To the editor — I want to thank Bob Romero for his letter of June 26. I agree wholeheartedly! I especially liked his statement that the Yakima Health District "science and data" provide a significant sample size and lead to different conclusions than the state is drawing. He was right. And i…

To the editor — I was disturbed to read Rita Hanses' letter encouraging a vote for Chris Corry. The influence of human beings on nature has exacerbated global warming and is a direct threat to life on this planet. Nearly every day, we read about a climate catastrophe somewhere. Scientists sa…

To the editor — What is wrong with Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic? People are dying in Yakima County and enforcing the mask requirement is impossible, so why is he giving the "no mask" dunderheads additional reasons to infect the rest of the people in the county? I don't understand why the …

To the editor — Regarding your front-page article June 18 about Laura Perez’s whining about the city of Selah removing the Black Lives Matter "art" her adult children defaced a public street with, not once, but twice! Perez and her children should know that just because their graffiti suppor…

To the editor — When I was in basic training at Fort Carson, Colo., in the mid-1950s, I had a bad cold for the first 14 weeks. During the 15th and 16th weeks, however, we bivouacked in frigid temperatures under a cloudless sky at the foot of Pikes Peak. Within a couple of days my congestion …

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To the editor — I live up on Chinook Pass, State Route 410, and I have never witnessed so many disrespectful, inconsiderate drivers in one area ever. Up here in Cliffdell, the speed limit is 35 mph. So my point is, why won’t you all do this? It is a residential area and I am sure you would n…

To the editor — In response to Eric Prater's June 21 letter titled "Autonomous zone for E. Washington," in which Prater endorses combining Eastern Washington and Idaho into one state, I decided to do more research into why people would support such an intriguing proposition.

To the editor — Two choices. America, love it or leave it. We are a proud country. The only thing that needs to be changed is our long-term politicians. They are the real instigators of current protesters\riots. What ever happened to "we the people"?

To the editor — For generations coaches and parents have understood that one of the many benefits of youth sports is that kids learn to abide by the rules while they work together as a team to reach a common goal. I grew up in Selah during the era of coach Carlon, for whom Carlon Park is nam…

To the editor — I would publicly like to thank Rosauers grocery store (The Orchards shopping center at 72nd and Tieton Drive) for making the effort to help protect the public from the COVID-19 virus. They have stationed an employee inside the front door who disinfects the handles on each and…

Imagine living in a home without a computer. Or access to broadband internet. Imagine your family’s only connection to the internet is a smartphone with a data plan that is prohibitively expensive. Now imagine your kids — both of them —need to get their education through that smartphone. But…

The high rate of COVID-19 infections among the Latino population in Yakima County didn’t take me by surprise. Knowing well that poor dissemination of news in Spanish still exists, it was just a matter of time before we would see the adverse effects on our community.

This is the time right now when young people from every grade level in our local schools would be going through all the rites of passage that are familiar to us in concluding the latest cycle of a school year. We all know June as the time when students are gathering in classrooms for those l…

With changes necessitated by the coronavirus, most of us have more free time. Yes, it’s isolating and costly. But perhaps the pandemic is offering a silver lining — time for unhurried reflection on what is truly important. And although the virus will be with us for months, perhaps years, let…

Billions are projected to suffer nearly unlivable heat by the year 2070, according to a recent article in the Yakima Herald-Republic. Each year the planet gets hotter. The oceans are rising, becoming more acidic and quickly becoming overfished. Weather patterns are rapidly changing and storm…

To the editor — A debate in the Letters section was whether the government can create wealth. Econ 101 says no, and here is why. No government at any level inherently has “money.” Each can obtain some through taxes/fees and borrowing. They can then spend that on operating expenses and projec…

To the editor — All lives matter. Sudden in-custody police deaths have been occurring for decades. Over those years, many police policies and procedures have been changed or modified. Usually there are several commonalities when these incidents occur. First, a person is arrested for an alleg…

To the editor — I support Vicki Baker for Yakima County commissioner. We met as recently appointed members of the Yakima County Board of Equalization. After training by the state Department of Revenue, we have participated in numerous hearings where property owners are challenging the county…

To the editor — I am a licensed mutritionist with a master's in nutrition. I am writing to urge readers to call on the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to postpone publication of the report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee so that the federal agencies…

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