To the editor — Yakima County Superior Court recently concluded the murder trial of Anthony Mallory who stabbed and killed Michael Ochoa, but it took two trials for justice to be served. That’…
Opinion Poll: Should the House of Representatives proceed with impeachment hearings against President Trump?
In light of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's recent statement about President Trump's alleged obstruction of justice in the Russia probe — "If we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime we would have said so," Mueller said — do you believe the House should start impeachment proceedings against the president.
Online Opinion Poll: Do you agree with President Trump's hard-line stance against China in the ongoing trade dispute?
Opinion Poll: The tit-for-tat trade war between the U.S. and China, resulting in higher tariffs, has adversely affected the economy. In the Yakima Valley, and nationwide, farmers have suffered — though the president recently announced that Washington state cherry and dairy farmers are eligible for more federal aid. Do you support President Trump's approach to dealing with China on trade?
Reader Poll: Do you believe Iran poses a big enough threat to the U.S. and its allies that we should go to war against the Islamic Republic?
The Trump administration is considering taking military action against Iran, reportedly prepping up to 120,000 troops to counter Iranian-back forces in Iraq and Syria. Some administration officials have pushed for action against "identified credible threats" from Iran. President Trump has sent mixed signals in comments and Tweets. Do you feel military action is needed against Iran?
Reader Poll: Do you believe the state should overturn its 21-year ban on affirmative action in public education and employment?
The Legislature, in its recent session, approved Initiative 1000, overturning the 1998 voter initiative that prohibited the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment in public education, employment and contracts on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. One day after lawmakers overturned the law, activists filed a referendum to put the measure on the November ballot. Do you agree with the Legislature that the previous law should be overturned?
Reader Poll: Commerce Department data released last week shows that Washington state was the nation's fastest growing economy in 2018, leapfrogging the Evergreen state to No. 10 on the national list. Growth came, primarily, from information services and retail — Amazon and Microsoft. Do you feel that you, living in Central Washington, have benefited from the state's surge?
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. Ever…
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 t…
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 s…
To the editor — Last weekend I was in Post Falls to visit a daughter and we had Sunday breakfast at a popular venue. The wait was outside, for a considerable time, although they knew to expect…
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There’s something slightly ridiculous about feeling the need to praise Maryland’s Republican governor for taking rational steps and making reasonable statements before national media, as if his actions represent some sort of singular, unicorn moment. But given that much of that party’s faithful has, in just the past five months, tried to: overturn the presidential election, overthrow the government, gaslight voters and, now, is in the process of ostracizing members who fail to show prope…
Regardless of whether you agree with his agenda or not, it is now clear that President Joe Biden does not merely want to tinker with the economy or with social welfare spending. He wants to go big.
Being Kevin McCarthy can’t be easy or very much fun these days.
Late last month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered an olive branch to his country’s main adversary. Speaking on Saudi television, the kingdom’s de facto ruler said he seeks “to have good relations” with Iran.
As a Yakima-area health care professional, I’m concerned about low local vaccination rates and I’ve wondered what information I could provide to make people more comfortable receiving it. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.) Of the 175,000 adults l…
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…
On March 31, the Biden administration unveiled a much-anticipated $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The White House released a statement promising investment to “rebuild our country’s infrastructure,” acknowledging that “after decades of disinvestment, our roads, bridges and water systems are…
We are a loosely structured group of retired physicians who have lived and practiced in Yakima for three and four decades. We have become increasingly concerned about the state of medical care in our community over the past decade.
Yakima City Council members are considering shortening the public comment time limit from three minutes to two or even a minute-and-a-half and perhaps limit the comment period to the beginning of meetings. Do you feel the public-comment process should be changed?
Online Poll: In the wake of the release of the redacted Mueller Report, should Congress pursue impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump?
The recently-released redacted Mueller Report, showed no coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives in influencing the 2016 election. However, the report did not exonerate the president from charges of obstruction of justice. Should Democrats in the House continue to investigate the question of obstruction of justice against the president and seek impeachment?
Online Poll: Do you feel that Yakima County’s ban on recreational marijuana businesses should be revisited in another advisory vote?
Yakima County banned recreational marijuana businesses in 2014, two years after voters statewide approved recreational pot use. In 2017, county voters upheld the ban in an advisory vote — though some claim the ballot language was confusing. Do you feel a second advisory vote should be put before the electorate?
Online Poll: Was it appropriate for the Yakima City Council to strip Council member Kay Funk of her committee assignments?
Online Poll: After Kay Funk publicly questioned the hiring of the new police chief who had been the subject of an investigation in Denver, her fellow council members voted 5-2 to remove her from city committees for six months. Council member Brad Hill alleged Funk acted in an embarrassing, inappropriate, insensitive, combative and contradictory manner as an elected official. Do you agree with the council’s action?
Online Poll: Attorney General William Barr has released his four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, said to be in excess of 300 pages. Barr sent a letter to lawmakers Friday saying he will release a redacted report in mid-April. Do you think the report should be released?
Do you agree with the assessment by the Yakima Police Patrolman’s Association that Yakima City Manager Cliff Moore’s actions have undermined the department’s ability to provide effective law enforcement services?
The local police union last week delivered a near-unanimous vote of no confidence in the city manager, saying Moore rarely met with officers as a group, failed to consult the union prior to the firing of Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, denied officer compensation claims for post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and mishandled the search for a new Chief. Do you believe Moore has acted properly in his dealings with the police department?
For its 2020 presidential nominating process, should the Washington state Democratic Party stay with the caucus system to allocate delegates or use the primary for that purpose?
The Legislature has voted to move Washington’s 2020 presidential primary up to March 10 to give the state a bigger say in the selection of candidates. Now, the state Democratic Party, which in the past has used a caucus to choose delegates and deemed the primary nonbinding, will decide in April whether to match Republicans and have the primary count. Which way is best for Democrats in 2020?
Do you agree with the Legislature’s proposal to implement a statewide curriculum to teach comprehensive sexual-health education in the classroom?
Senate Bill 5395, requested by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, would replace the current optional “no means no” teaching plan with a K-12 system that, among other things, teaches about sexual violent behaviors, affirmative consent and how to build healthy relationships. As with the current program, parents can “opt-out” their children. Do you believe a more holistic sexual education curriculum should be taught?
The Legislature is mulling three bills, two sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, that would abolish the yearly task of “falling backward and springing forward.” One bill would put the matter on a ballot initiative; the other would be decided by lawmakers. Do you agree with the proposal to keep Pacific Daylight Time year-round in the state?
Do you support Sheriff Bob Udell and Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic’s stance that law enforcement officers do not have to enforce the new gun law?
Voters in November passed Initiative 1639, which places tighter requirements on purchases and ownership of semiautomatic rifles. But 13 county sheriffs, including Udell, have vowed not to follow the law, which goes into effect in July. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson say sheriffs could be held responsible if they don’t perform background checks and someone who shouldn’t possess a firearm uses it in a crime. Do you agree with Udell’s declaration?
The measles outbreak in Clark County, numbering more than 50 cases, has led the Legislature to debate a bill that would end the practice of people citing “personal” or “philosophical” reasons for not vaccinating their children. Since nearly all the children and teens who have fallen victim of the measles were not vaccinated, do you believe it is in the interest of public health to end exemptions?
Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, is crisscrossing the country gauging support for a possible 2020 presidential run as an independent. Most Democrats have denounced Schultz, saying his potential candidacy would siphon votes from its candidate and help reelect President Donald Trump. Republicans have mostly stayed silent, though President Trump has authored a Tweet belittling Schultz. If Schultz runs in 2020, would you vote for him?
The impasse that led to the longest government shutdown in United States history divided Americans along ideological lines. Now, President Trump has temporarily ended the shutdown but has threatened to reimpose it by Feb. 15 if no deal is made to get border-wall funding. A CBS News poll released last week showed that 71 percent of respondents believed border-wall funding was not worth the partial government shutdown; 28 percent believed it had been worth it. Where do you stand?
Should Washington enact low carbon fuel standards in an effort to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions?
Gov. Jay Inslee and state Democratic representatives, as part of Inslee’s “green energy” plan, have proposed that the state implement a Clean Fuel Program that would be similar to those enacted in Oregon and California. House Bill 1110 would reduce fuel carbon intensity by 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. Business groups and the trucking industry oppose the bill, saying it would significantly raise gas prices. Do you believe Washington should adopt this environmental measure?
Did the U.S. Federal Reserve make the right move last month to raise interest rates again, despite President Donald Trump calling it “crazy” and “foolish” and arguing that the Fed’s policy was the “biggest threat” to the U.S. economy?
Last month’s interest-rate rise to 2.5 percent — the Fed’s ninth such increase since 2015 — briefly sent stock markets tumbling. Fed chairman Jerome Powell’s explanation: “Despite this robust economic backdrop and our expectation for healthy growth, we have seen developments that may signal some softening.” Trump’s advice to Powell, via a Tweet: “Feel the market, don’t just go by meaningless numbers. Good luck!” Given this unprecedented criticism of a Fed chair by a U.S. president, do you believe the Fed made the correct call on interest rates?