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School events shouldn’t compete with community Labor Day weekend has been a time when the communities of Benge, Lind, Ritzville, Sprague and Washtucna come together to celebrate and display what have been some of the great... — Updated 9/21/2021


Shot order for 4-H volunteers goes too far

Talk about a bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur. On Sept. 3, Washington State University Extension Office Director Vicki A. McCracken took it upon herself to dictate that all 4-H volunteers now have to be “fully vaccinated... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Lou Marzeles    Opinion

Rise of arrogance, need for 'Sense'

Arrogance is running wild in Olympia. It has consumed the State Legislature and the office of governor. This article addresses only the arrogance, not the specific policies, of these institutions. It is time for Uncommon Sense. In... — Updated 9/16/2021


Letters to the Editor

We have to get back to normal The masking at schools and inside public places, regardless of vaccination status, is very questionable. The one-size fits all approach (typical of government) should not apply to our rural, sparsely... — Updated 9/16/2021


America's band of roughnecks fueled allied D-Day mission

When thinking of England’s fabled Sherwood Forest, the medieval images of Robin Hood and his band of archers and swordsmen hiding in the woods giving the sheriff of Nottingham a hard time comes to mind. Who would envision a crew... — Updated 9/9/2021


The impact of September 11 on America

Sept. 11, 2001 – a day that no American who lived to see will ever forget. I was recently asked about where I was that day, and I remember it keenly, deeply. I think it’s a question every American has an answer to—a moment en... — Updated 9/9/2021


Covid mandate protests erupt statewide

It’s clear: Parents in Washington are sick of their children being used as pawns by radicals in power who wish to destroy family, children and faith. Widespread protests against mask mandates at school and vaccine mandates at... — Updated 9/2/2021


Let's not repeat history

Having lived in three developing countries for 17 years, I met very fine Americans — as well as arrogant and ignorant Americans. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, USAID, Peace Corps, U.S. Military, UNICEF and UNESCO and... — Updated 9/2/2021


Long-term effects of the vaccine

The long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are unknown. The leadership is telling us the vaccines are safe; yet, the minimum 5-year observation trials for gene therapy drugs have not been conducted. The COVID "vaccines" are... — Updated 9/2/2021


Mark Weigand should return to the City Council

Mark Weigand is well aware of the issues which face Ritzville and the issues which the majority of the city councils have taken over the years that have had negative consequences for the residents of Ritzville. Mark Weigand has... — Updated 8/24/2021


Governor Inslee's misuses & abuses

It has now has been over 530 days since Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a state of emergency and again issued another order without going through the Legislature. He ordered that all state employees and healthcare professionals working... — Updated 8/24/2021


COVID killed, but so did the response

When stopping the spread of the COVID virus mattered most, Washington state officials failed badly Key Findings 1. State mortality data show that the governor’s restrictions may have increased the number of deaths by 50% during t... — Updated 8/24/2021


The TRIPS waiver would give away patent and copyright protection

Liberals in Congress are actively campaigning to force price controls on drug manufacturers. The House has already passed bills that would limit the amount of money pharmaceutical companies can charge for drugs. The fate of this... — Updated 8/17/2021


Letter to the Editor

McMorris Rodgers undermining medical advice Clearly it is public officials like our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers who most irresponsibly undermine trust in the COVID-19 vaccines and other life-saving recommendations made by medical... — Updated 8/17/2021


Concerns about new long-term care tax

Mr. Ed Schweitzer, who founded and leads Pullman-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, recently pointed out how the new long-term care tax will have an extra-bitter taste for... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Parents push back against covid mandates

Parents of public school students in the 9th Legislative district have had enough of coronavirus-related mandates from Olympia. Shutter schools, curtail sports, wear masks, limit field trips and restrict access to graduation. Those... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Massive reforestation effort needed in Washington state and beyond

Massive forest fires in the western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

The Ritzville Journal is here to stay

Let me start by saying The Ritzville Adams County Journal is here to stay. I say that after several people asked me last week if we were closing. Some of those questions were prompted by our editor’s decision to take another job... — Updated 8/5/2021


Care program to be funded through workers' pay

There was some good news recently coming out of a meeting concerning a 2019 law creating a state-run, long-term-care program to be funded through workers’ paychecks starting in January. In case you’re not in the loop, a... — Updated 8/5/2021


Letter to the Editor

Effectiveness of Trump’s vaccine If there are any Americans out there who are still loyal to Donald Trump, listen up: Don't be sidelined by "Trumpian talking heads." Stay focused on Trump. He and Melania are both vaccinated.... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

White House approval for free speech

It’s shaping up to be the year for conspiracy fans. UFOs are confirmed by the U.S. military and now government censorship through social media platforms is acknowledged. “We... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Katie Teachout    Opinion

Farewell to the Ritzville Journal

This is my last issue as editor of the Ritzville Adams County Journal, as I have accepted another job here in town. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for letting me share your stories over the past year and a half.... — Updated 7/29/2021


Letters to the Editor

Ritzville’s pool brings joy I’ve lived across the street from the Ritzville swimming pool since 1977. My children and now grandchildren as well as myself have enjoyed the pool for these many summers! Last year the pool was... — Updated 7/20/2021

 By Kerry Jackson    Opinion

Avoid a looming homeless crisis

Homelessness is a growing problem in virtually every state. Nowhere is it more pressing than in California, which in the past three years spent more than $13 billion, roughly $30,000 annually for each homeless person, to address... — Updated 7/20/2021

 By Liv Finne    Opinion

Resolution passes against teaching Critical Race Theory

The elected board of the Chehalis School District has responded to the concerns of parents and passed a resolution banning the teaching of controversial Critical Race Theory in public school classrooms. The new policy, passed June... — Updated 7/13/2021


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