To the editor — Over 400 shootings in the United States over last weekend. Four hundred. Experts say it could be the result of pandemic, and that numbers usually rise around Memorial Day. Every corner of our once great country is affected. The fallout of the pandemic remains to be seen; I fe…

To the editor — God bless Dan Newhouse, Jamie Herrera-Beutler, Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and other Republican and Democratic leaders who have the personal integrity and moral courage to oppose the lies and corruption of ex-president Donald Trump. These principled leaders have been censored and…

To the editor — Our primary doctor, Dr. Odhett Cojocaru, one of the best in the business, left us about a year ago to take a position in the Seattle area. Now, Dr. Abel Li, eye physician and surgeon, is also leaving Yakima for the west side. What do we have to do to retain good competent doc…

To the editor — It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the residents of the Yakima area for the past 18 years. My practice of eye care in Yakima has come to an end as my family and I are moving to the west side of the mountain. I was recently credentialed with a University of Washingto…

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To the editor — Your headlines in Monday’s paper “Kids, Sports, and Masks” caught my eye. And I’m sure the sub-headline “Yakima Health Board wants state to relax masking rules for outdoor youth sports” was definitely an attention-getter, a real narrative-hook because it was so controversial.…

To the editor — I appreciate the Yakima Herald-Republic's acknowledgment of our 15th District legislators for their successful effort this year to fund local capital projects. Your editorial mentioned Sen. Jim Honeyford and Rep. Bruce Chandler, but missed Rep. Jeremie Dufault. That's unfortu…

I became interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in fourth grade, when I started in my school’s “Gifted and Talented” program. Math especially caught my attention. It’s exciting that there is always more to learn and typically more than one way to arrive at the …

In rural Washington, where many families live below the federal poverty line, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit our kids hard, and on multiple fronts. They’re struggling with loneliness, lost school time, and hunger. Some have lost parents or other important people in their lives. They’re depres…

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Tolstoy is dead. That’s what I thought as I turned the last page of a biography by his daughter Alexandria. More than 100 years ago. Known for “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina,” the Russian author Leo Tolstoy was more concerned about the human soul in his final decades.

To the editor — The Electoral College came into being after a debate among the Founding Fathers deciding many voters at that time lacked the resources to be fully informed. Today the lack of news resources isn't the problem. The Electoral College is outdated. Gallup polls show 61% favor abol…

To the editor — In response to the reader whose decision was to wait on a COVID shot until she saw how other community members fared, my decision to get my vaccination as soon as possible came from 1954, when I was one of 1.8 million first-, second- and third-graders, "Polio Pioneers," who p…

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