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Letter to the Editor: What happened to small-town tradition?

Dear Editor, I am so disappointed to read that there will not be a Memorial Day service at Ritzville Cemetery. This tradition has been appreciated by our town in the past. Words cannot express our community’s sentiment over this loss. Sincerely,...

 

Legislative Commentary: May 16, 2019

Dear Friends, I’ll start by congratulating the thousands of WSU students who were awarded degrees this past Saturday, at the end of the 2019 spring semester. And by thanking the state Department of Transportation’s branches in Spokane and...

 
 By Brandon Cline    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Editorial: Celebrate Memorial Day by making a difference locally

Memorial Day weekend is often a time for families to take a break from the monotony of everyday life, to pack into their cars, RVs and trailers for an extended weekend of camping, or maybe just staying at home for a weekend of relaxing and...

 

Column: Celebrating National Small Business Week

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy.” A lot of people don’t realize exactly how many small businesses are all around us. Whether it be a storefront on Main Street in downtown Ritzville, the local fruit stand off the...

 

Letter to the Editor: Vacation Bible School returns next month

Dear Editor, As the school year nears an end, most of us think of summer. On June 17, Ritzville Community Vacation Bible School gears up. With an African Safari theme this year, we remember that When Life is Wild, God is Good. We will meet many wonde...

 

Letter to the Editor: Help needed for honoring Memorial Day

With Memorial Day approaching, the American Legion Post 51 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 11446, would appreciate any help that is available for putting up the flags on the 24th of May at 5:30 in the evening. The take down of the flags will...

 

Column: Renewable energy and agriculture reduce carbon footprint in Central Washington

Last week, the House voted on legislation that would force the President to participate in the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce carbon emissions in the United States and the world. On the surface, this bill paints a pretty picture: reducing our...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Business Column: Montana's new approach to homelessness could provide working blueprint

Montana’s legislature took the unusual step of exempting older, less-valued mobile homes from property tax as a way to stem homelessness. The bipartisan legislation, which Gov. Steve Bullock signed into law last week, aims to keep people in their...

 

Letter to the Editor: Recent Eagles renovations miss the mark

To the Editor, I commend the Eagles for trying to fix up their building, but am baffled as to why they choose to tart it up rather than restoring and preserving the historic facade. The brickwork...

 

Monthly Column: Next CEO at EARH hired, new state budget consists of both positives and negatives

The exciting news is that your District has settled on a new Chief Executive Officer to take over from retiring CEO Gary Bostrom. The new CEO is Mr. Corey Fedie. He comes to us from the Kit Carson County Health Service District in Burlington,...

 

Letter to the Editor: Undeberg Invite provides inspirational moment

It was a cold and stormy day last Saturday at the Undeberg Invitational, where over 600 tracksters and volunteers gathered to hear Greg Whitmore, Athletic Director for Lind-Ritzville High School, welcome entrants from 33 schools. He emphasized...

 

Column: Christians targeted on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka

Easter Sunday is the holiest day for observant Christians worldwide. It is the day followers of Jesus Christ celebrate his resurrection, and many believers choose to be baptized or receive their first communion on the special day. It is the day on wh...

 

Column: Tax reform is working for Central Washington

Tax Day is a day that has been historically regarded as stressful, complicated, and unworthy of any significant praise. It is a day that is typically dreaded by American taxpayers and business owners. However, on Monday, April 15th, we observed the...

 

Business Column: Montana woman recognized globally for efforts to save state's health insurance plan

Imagine sitting home and learning Fortune Magazine just listed you among the world’s greatest leaders? That’s exactly what happened to Marilyn Bartlett who led the effort to save Montana’s state employee health insurance plan from bankruptcy....

 

Legislative Commentary: April 25, 2019

Dear Friends, During the five years that our bipartisan coalition led the Senate, we could protect the people from any bad or extreme (or both) legislation that came over from the Democrat-controlled House. Of course, the House would also block the...

 

Legislative Commentary: April 18, 2019

Dear Friends, While I spent hour after hour this week debating and voting on legislation in the budget committee and in the Senate chamber, a woman from the town of Snohomish was out in front of the Capitol conducting what she calls a “fast in...

 

Column: Goodbye to last Doolittle Raider, a hero of the Greatest Generation

On April 9th, we said goodbye to a hero of the Greatest Generation. Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, passed away at the age of 103. In the aftermath of the devastating sneak attack on...

 

Pastor's Column: Easter Article 2.0

I recently submitted an Easter article to The Journal that was mistakenly printed early in last week’s edition – and with the incorrect title. When I emailed editor Brandon Cline about it, he apologized and offered to reprint it in this edition...

 

Letter to the Editor: Bob's TV and Appliance closing its doors

The Bob’s TV and Appliance store at 208 N. Division will permanently close in the next 60-90 days. No worries though, I will still provide repair services from my home, in addition to other service calls to the community. My work phone number,...

 

Legislative Commentary: April 11, 2019

Dear Friends, One of the many flaws in the 2019-21 budget proposed a week ago by the Senate’s Democrat majority was that it lacked new funding to allow 20 more students at WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane. When the budget came...

 

Column: USDA launches new navigation tools on Farmers.gov

The old saying, “the customer is always right” may hold true as a best practice for business, but it just rarely seems to apply to services provided by the government. In my many conversations with farmers in Central Washington, it is clear that...

 

Business Column: State lawmakers need to re-examine budget before adjourning

Before lawmakers wrap-up their work in Olympia, they should re-examine their hefty new state spending plan. The budget may not be sustainable even with a substantial increase in taxes. It may force legislators to return to the State Capitol to cut...

 

Pastor's Column: Sinners in the hands of a loving God

One of the most famous – or infamous – sermons in American history was preached in 1741 by a Massachusetts minister named Jonathan Edwards. The title was “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” It was the quintessential “fire and...

 

Legislative Commentary: April 4, 2019

Dear Friends, A couple of weeks ago we started using a catch-all term—“Taxapalooza”—to highlight the sheer number of tax proposals put on the table before and during this legislative session. If you were to visit my office at the Senate,...

 

Focusing on justice for indigenous women

According to the Yakima Herald Republic’s special series, “The Vanished:” “A report from the National Institute of Justice found that more than four out of five Native American women have experienced violence in their lives. In 2016, the...

 

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