To the editor — My congratulations to those at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic who planned and those who implemented the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations. To be honest, I was happily surprised at how extremely well organized it was and how pleasantly efficient the staff was. It was …

To the editor — The first 300 years after Europeans came to America, humans owned other humans as slaves. The slaves having brains and hands made them very valuable property. An outsized sense of entitlement justified people owning other people. American slaves were captured, shipped from Af…

To the editor — People used to think taking an oath was a big deal. Senators trying an impeachment take this oath: “I solemnly swear … that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment … I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: so help me God.“

To the editor — It is so pathetically predictable. Democrats now in control of Congress and the presidency are working on the next COVID-19 relief package, larding it up with unnecessary wish list spending. If you haven't been unemployed, your business closed or severely impacted, or infecte…

To the editor — Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the famous Soviet dissident and writer, coined the phrase “Live not by lies.” He had lived under a regime that was built on lies and experienced the horrors of a totalitarian government that controlled the populace with lies using media and coercion.

To the editor — I wonder if the folks who voted for President Biden are having buyer’s remorse. Did they think that he was going to open the border to anyone who wishes to invade our country whether they have COVID-19 or are criminals? Did they think he was going to end our energy independen…

To the editor — Regarding the formation of a new Columbia state from Eastern Washington: The most current data from the state of Washington Office of Financial Management, from November 2019, indicated the 20 counties comprising Eastern Washington provided 17.19% of state tax revenues while …

To the editor — I agree with Dan McDonald’s opinion piece outlining Rep. Mike Simpson’s plan to recover Columbia Basin salmon. It hits very close to home, here in the Yakima Valley -- and my livelihood. The opportunities from our salmon runs, fishing success and values that established Yakim…

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To the editor — Regarding the editorial “Phase 2 delay could have been avoided” in the Feb. 21 YHR: Given the importance of advancing the South Central region from Phase 1 to Phase 2, I would think that the health departments and officials of the involved counties would have some interest in…

To the editor — My wife and I just returned from getting COVID shots administered by the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic at the Convention Center. What a great job they did! Every step in the process was thought through and was a testimony to the professionalism of the organization.

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The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump was a remarkable civics lesson on constitutional issues of free speech. The meaning of the words “fight“ and “fight like hell” were debated at length. It is certainly true that these words are routinely used in political speech and are not, in the…

For nearly three decades, we’ve been grappling with diminishing salmon runs, and these fish are running out of time. Now, thanks to Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, our hopes for the future soar as we contemplate a proposal that combines salmon recovery with true infrastructure modernizati…

I live in Yakima and work as a Department of Services for the Blind. I rely on paratransit to get around, but that’s a challenge because transit service stops running at 6 p.m. I’m in a band, and before COVID, having no transit options in the evening made it difficult to participate in band …

As Yakima residents know, water issues here in the West can be contentious — discussions can quickly become arguments. We’re now seeing something quite different in Yakima County. We’re finding some consensus on water issues, with conversations becoming easier as we start from points of agre…

I read recently in the Herald-Republic about the passing of Don Schussler. I wanted to express my deepest condolences to his family and to take this opportunity to recognize a few of Don’s significant accomplishments as a member of the City Planning Commission and the Yakima City Council, an…

To the editor — Moving our country ahead to a more equitable place is dependent upon acknowledging facts, accepting reality and cherishing democracy. We are facing a moral crisis in which greed and corruption are meeting generosity and ethical behavior, and it’s hard to say which is winning.

To the editor — Andrea McCoy, I am going to miss your column very much. I always looked forward to Thursdays when I would read your latest recipe in SCENE. So glad I have a folder of them. You have always offered the most delicious creations. I can't wait to try the Rigatoni.

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