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 By Pam Lewison    Opinion 

Producers don't like to see waste

Whether it is a crop, milk or livestock, no one involved in agriculture wants their products to go anywhere other than to consumers. That is what makes the COVID-19 crisis... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion 

Papermakers gaining ground from pandemic

In recent years, papermakers in the Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Get involved in schools, now

Due to the coronavirus, there are a lot of questions on what school will look like next fall. On social media, a number of memes suggest public schools will be very different. They... — Updated 5/28/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State may push income tax, again

TVW recently interviewed the top budget writers in the Senate about the state's outlook and the possibility of a special session. In one interview, Sen. John Braun (ranking member... — Updated 5/28/2020

 

Quarantine sacrifices appreciated

As the state starts to open up again, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who stayed smart and stayed home. You helped keep the virus away from people - many peop... — Updated 5/28/2020

 

Letters to the Editor

Sign R-90 to regain sex ed control In March, our state Legislature voted to require comprehensive sex education in every public school. It did this despite many thousands of residents communicating their concerns and opposition... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Testing and tracing isn't voluntary

Voluntary must have a different meaning inside state government offices. Last Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee and other participants in his coronavirus press conference said participation... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

May 13 Letter to the Editor

Sheltering in place doesn't make sense There's a lot to appreciate about farmers donating potatoes and volunteers helping to distribute them. But if one is awake, it's also deeply... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Medicaid: A cash cow, until it isn't

Medicaid began in 1965 as a safety-net health insurance entitlement for low-income families with children, the disabled, and some long-term care. The program is financed by both federal and state governments in sort of a 50/50 arra... — Updated 5/18/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Tattletales reporting 'non-essentials'

I took a look at the state Department of Health non-essential business complaint list over the weekend. I didn’t really expect to see much. And I would’ve been correct if I had... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Sign peitition to upend "seXXX ed"

I encourage readers to support Referendum 90 repealing the new K-12 sexual education law. The Legislature recently passed this bill, Senate Bill 5395, creating new learning standards for sexuality education. It requires... — Updated 5/8/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    Opinion

Enjoy the potatoes before reality hits

Who can deny the beauty of a crisp fall day full of late-season sunshine and laughter in the air, as gorgeous crimson leaves twirl down to the ground from stately oaks, maples and... — Updated 5/8/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Immediate priorties: Keeping residents safe, pay bills and put food on the table

America’s unemployment rate is suddenly approaching historic levels. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began almost two months ago, roughly 30.3 million people have filed for jobless be... — Updated 5/8/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Truckers are keeping stores stocked

As we get deeper into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding more Americans to thank. Until recently, truckers have been behind the scenes just doing their jobs, but join the list of... — Updated 4/30/2020

 
 By Gary Cook    Opinion

City is almost there

With all the things going wrong with our lives this spring, COVID -19 has been the most prominent. The city of Ritzville scheduled a much-needed rehabilitation of the large water tank located in the golf course more than a year... — Updated 4/30/2020

 

Letter to the editor

Athletic trainer here for local students Like many in the community during this trying time my heart goes out to our student athletes, especially those in the class of 2020. I know many of you were looking forward to this spring... — Updated 4/30/2020

 

Letters to the Editor policy

The Ritzville Adams County Journal publishes letters of civic nature relating to area, state and national issues and politics. Letters should be limited to 250 words, and any cited facts should be attributed to the source of... — Updated 4/23/2020

 

Letters to the Editor

Shop locally and help out our businesses We all need to pitch in. Buy your groceries, gardening supplies, and take-outs here in our towns to help out our hard-working businesses and families. It’s vital for our communities... — Updated 4/23/2020

 
 By Greg Whitmore    Opinion

Guest Column

My ninth-grade health class is finishing up a drug/alcohol unit through Google Meet that was disrupted by the current crisis and school closure. We are having some great... — Updated 4/23/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    Opinion

Send us your milestones

In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, we at The Ritzville Adams County Journal and Free Press Publishing are asking readers to send in community news. We'd like to publish more... — Updated 4/23/2020

 

Letter to the editor policy

The Ritzville Adams County Journal publishes letters of civic nature relating to area, state and national issues and politics. Letters should be limited to 250 words, and any cited facts should be attributed to the source of... — Updated 4/16/2020

 

Letters to the Editor

Government overreach needs to be reined in Gov. Jay Inslee’s house-arrest order for the populace, Proclamation 20-25, is in conflict with the Bill of Rights. Our rights of the free exercise of religion, of the people to... — Updated 4/16/2020

 

Start comeback with homebuilding

More than 230,000 small businesses across our state have been shut down since March 25 by order of Gov. Inslee. While the executive branch does not view these employers as being... — Updated 4/16/2020

 

Restore constitutional rights

Our nation’s founding fathers were no strangers to pandemics. They knew of many viruses and diseases — yellow fever, smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, to name a few. Yet, when the Constitution was written and signed, our... — Updated 4/10/2020

 

Emergency has effected Ritzville

We don’t need to be reminded these are strange times. Anxiety has increased exponentially with the lifestyle changes we are all experiencing. The city of Ritzville has made some difficult choices concerning our service to you,... — Updated 4/9/2020

 

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