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LETTER: Enthusiasm counts for voter turnout

A few years ago, I attended a workshop on politics in San Francisco. One of the main ideas taken away from that event was the importance of enthusiasm. Washington State has tried to increase voter participation with mail-in... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Healthy workers key to virus control

Keeping hospitals and health workers healthy is key to fighting diseases. With new and more deadly viruses, the job is more challenging. Although the coronavirus has captured the world’s attention, it is important to note the... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Lunell Haught    Opinion

Only one chance every 10 years

Washington has the opportunity to review and change the Redistricting Commission every 10 years. This is the group that works in the background making sure the wheels of democracy turn smoothly and fairly. The commission decides... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Bill would keep boys out of girls sports

Boys are boys and girls are girls. There's no in-between, at least when it comes to sports. I know it's not politically correct to say that in this day and age. But genetically... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Public records should remain accessible to all

When House Bill 1888 was proposed this year to help protect state employee unions from an ongoing battle with the Freedom Foundation, the media was strong in opposition against... — Updated 2/12/2020


City Hall'er: Asking for the public's feedback

The train’s horns going through Ritzville have been an issue with our citizens for years. We at the city have seen a renewed interest in addressing this issue. In the past, support or objection by the community has been split on... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Commentary: Copper is making a comeback

Government leaders, doctors, and medical researchers worldwide are working feverishly to stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep it from becoming a global pandemic. Wuhan, one of China’s major transportation hubs whose popula... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Brandon Cline    Opinion

Letter from the Editor: Saying goodbye and giving thanks

Well, this is really the first time I’ve had to write one of these, so let’s see how it goes. This week will be my last with The Journal. I have recently accepted a position with a news organization in southwestern Washington,... — Updated 1/30/2020


Business Commentary: Dams are the Northwest flood busters

A year ago, much of America's heartland was inundated by Missouri River flood waters. At least 1 million acres of U.S. farmland in nine major grain producing states were under... — Updated 1/23/2020


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public sch... — Updated 1/23/2020


City Hall'er: Come have coffee with the mayor

Everyone at the City of Ritzville works to keep you informed of our policies and decisions. Except for rare executive sessions by the city council, our meetings are public. This inc... — Updated 1/23/2020

 By Heidi Harting    Opinion

Library Corner: How you can play a part in what's being offered at the Ritzville Public Library

Imagine getting to hold the future in your hands. As the main purchaser for the library, that’s the way I feel every month as I look through catalogs and reviews of upcoming books that won’t be released for months. Should we... — Updated 1/16/2020


Guest Column: State Rep. accused of domestic terrorism asks for due process

Under our Constitution, anyone accused of a crime has right to see all the evidence against them, to face their accusers, and to call witnesses in their defense. I have been falsely accused of being a “domestic terrorist” by a... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Brock Hires    Opinion

Guest Column: It's time to define when 'adulthood' is

The minimum age to purchase tobacco is now 21, a move that has been applauded on both sides of the aisle as a means to prevent hundreds of thousands of premature deaths. Yet the same people implementing the new law don’t seem to... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Sulfur standard aims to curtail maritime fuel oil

With the new decade comes an international air pollution regulation which hastens the switch from high sulfur fuel oil to either diesel or LNG in ocean-going ships. The mandate drops the sulfur content from 3.5 to .5%. While that... — Updated 1/8/2020


Letter to the Editor: Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce happenings

As I come to the end of my term as president of the Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank the Chamber Board, our members and community members who helped with all the events that the Chamber put on/helped with... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Millie Hopkins    Opinion

Library Corner: What's coming to East Adams Library in the new decade

It’s a new year and a new decade! The older we get, the more places and things we want to see but it may seem like we have less time, energy, and money to do these things. The Washington State Library has loaned us a virtual... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: For the sake of Washington's economy, Boeing needs strong tailwinds in 2020

As we launch into 2020 and the ensuing decade, Boeing faces very strong head winds which are major concerns for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest. Things are vastly different now. In my first column of 2019, I wrote that... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Eric Walker    Opinion

EARH Corner: Taking inventory of the year that was at EARH

As we wrap up a year and, indeed, a decade, it’s a good idea to take a little inventory. As to things done, there’s a lot of good news. We have more primary-care providers, enough so that prompt appointments, even same-day... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Caring local small businesses make ours 'A Wonderful Life'

At Christmas, millions watch the 1946 movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While it is labeled “fantasy drama”, the show gives us a glimpse of reality and reminds us of the importance of caring local business owners.... — Updated 12/26/2019


Library Corner: Looking back at our local newspapers

As we look forward to the holidays and the inevitable tick into 2020, I can’t help but look back at our local history and how it’s been preserved and reported by our newspapers and their reporters for six generations. The... — Updated 12/19/2019


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, The report of the December 3 Ritzville City Council in The Journal could have and should have read differently. The council member who first presented the case for hiring of a new police officer was not mentioned.... — Updated 12/19/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Bridges shouldn't have to sink to be replaced

Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced. However, at times that’s what it takes. Too often new projects succumb to years of fighting among interest groups and endless political bickering. In 2013, opposition killed... — Updated 12/19/2019

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Column: WDFW needs to back off of land acquisitions

Earlier this month, state Department of Fish and Wildlife Director officials said they needed an additional $26 million to effectively manage its existing lands and programs. They s... — Updated 12/19/2019


Weekly Column: Promoting rural STEM education

Science, technology, engineering, and math – more commonly known as STEM – have become some of the most highly demanded careers in our nation’s economy. Schools across the country and in Central Washington have emphasized... — Updated 12/12/2019


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