To the editor — The unvaccinated in our community have pulled us back into the pandemic. Not getting vaccinated is irrational and a serious moral failure.
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 — I receive The New York Times Morning Briefing. The July 26, 2021, article by David Leonhardt lays out facts regarding vaccinations for COVID.
To the editor — The Washington dairy industry wants the public to believe that dairy expansion is good for the economy. On July 13, 2021, the Capital Press printed an article entitled, “U.S. d…
To the editor — All of a sudden some politicians, including the mayor of Seattle, are calling for more police.
To the editor — I wear a mask indoors even though I've already been vaccinated. The vaccine protects me from serious illness, but I feel obligated to wear a mask to protect the unvaccinated un…
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The 2020 election and subsequent insurrection were new additions to the long trend of political polarization in the United States. Many Americans do not relate to one another and vote to spite the other rather than advance one’s self-interest. This trend in society has led to political movements built solely on memes and archetypes of an enemy/other.
A House committee to investigate the events of Jan. 6 held its first hearing this week, aiming to unravel the details of the Capitol riot that left five dead. The riot was an attack on our democracy, a startling insurrection that many have called an act of domestic terrorism, including FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.
Country music fans gave us a hint of their politics recently, or seemed to, by sending Aaron Lewis’ “Am I the Only One” to the top of the charts. It’s a lament about cancel culture, “statues coming down,” flag-burning and Americans who are not willing to “take a bullet” for freedom. The lyrics lit up right-wing message boards with happiness. Lefties, on the other hand, got their knickers in a twist.
After almost a year and a half, here we are stuck in the middle again on COVID-19, masks and how best to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that fully vaccinated people didn’t need to wear masks indoors. On Tuesday, they reversed course.
￼ couple of months ago, I wrote an op-ed for The Progressive magazine about why President Joe Biden needs to build a bridge with young Americans. The nationally syndicated piece drew hundreds of responses from strangers agreeing with my sentiments. But I heard nothing from the one place that mattered most: the White House.
After nearly 40 years of working and living abroad and seeing the evils of socialism and communism firsthand, I am saddened and even embarrassed to hear one of our political leaders, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., make a statement that Generation Y has “never seen prosperity.”
I have been thinking about the tenuous state our country is in right now and I am reminded of an exchange I had with a ninth-grade student several years ago.
Walt Disney, who grew up in a small Missouri town, liked to say all his success started with a mouse. Former Starbucks CEO Orin Smith, who ended up serving as a Disney board member, might have said it all started in Chehalis, his Western Washington hometown.
I’ve been hearing a lot of people in the health professions saying that we need at least 70% to 85% of people to get vaccinated in order to acquire immunity against COVID-19. The fact of the matter is it will take nothing less than 100% inoculation to achieve “eradication” of the coronavirus.
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…
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?