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 By Brandon Cline    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Editorial: How The Journal plans to cover crime

Well, it’s pretty rare to hear directly from me in editorials in back-to-back weeks. In last week’s issue, I had the pleasure of introducing The Journal’s new full-time reporter, Jeremy. In his 10 or so days on the job so far, Jeremy has dove...

 
 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...

 

Editorial: Bring on the new year!

First of all, I’d like to apologize for how sparse this issue might seem. Christmas fell on a really bad day—a Tuesday—for our newspaper this year, the day where I usually sit down and spend most of the day putting the newspaper together on...

 

Allow me to introduce myself

Hello, devoted reader. I am Brandon Cline, the new managing editor at the Ritzville Adams County Journal. I never really know what to say when I write these articles introducing myself, but here goes nothing. I was born and raised in Goldendale,...

 

RDDA, Rankin deserve high praise for theatre’s rebirth

If viewing a major motion picture is the goal, you can do that anywhere. If what you seek is to combine a bit of nostalgia with modern entertainment, then the venue you select must be carefully chosen. Ritzville has always had a diamond in the rough...

 

Community response overpowers Mother Nature’s wrath

Without question, the best news when the storm subsided Sunday evening was that no one was seriously injured or killed. There was notable property damage to homes and public facilities, but everyone walked away relatively unscathed. While many were...

 

The Journal’s pictures are one of this business’ retail products

Photographers are faced with a very difficult situation these days. Especially if their pictures are what they rely on to cover their living expenses. Not to mention the extraordinary cost of their equipment. The advent of smart phones with... Full story

 

Voting is a civic duty we should all take more seriously

Overall, voter turnout in Adams County fluctuates wildly depending upon the nature of the election. For instance, one of the best voter participations on record in recent years was the November 2012 General Election when 75.76 percent of voters sent...

 

This is the right time to invest in new hospital

A new public hospital is a weighty investment requiring careful consideration rather than swift emotional reactions or knee jerk negative responses. This is an expensive long-term investment we all must give careful, rational consideration to. A few...

 

Division Street closure a necessary inconvenience

Just about every day someone expresses their frustration over the closure of Division Street. Folks are frustrated and fed up with the inconvenience of the blocked roadway. If you’re accustomed to zipping up or down Division, sailing along the...

 

Choose your words carefully, use constructive criticism

Question the actions of local government as often as you like. Elected leaders and publicly funded administrators should not be allowed to operate without oversight. The beauty of the system in Washington is that government must be transparent and ac... Full story

 

City infrastructure upgrades a necessity

This summer the City of Ritzville will undergo a rare phase of construction, primarily aimed at improving aging infrastructure — streets, water mains, sewer lines and the drilling of a new domestic water well. The project list is long, complicated...

 

Constantly rising newsprint costs lead to narrower Journal

It was inevitable. Sooner or later the printing plant in Cheney was going to follow the rest of the industry and move to a narrower roll of newsprint. If you are a subscriber to a daily newspaper, such as the Spokesman-Review or the Tri-City Herald,... Full story

 

Yes Virginia, and everyone else, there is a Santa Claus

(Editor’s Note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become... Full story

 

Vote, it’s important

The outcome of the General Election will result in new directions for the nation, the state of Washington, Adams County, and individual cities and towns. We encourage you to carefully consider the choices on your ballot and vote for the candidate of... Full story

 

Show support for your community, attend the fair, rodeo

It’s easy to say you support your community. It’s easy to be an armchair quarterback and critique how an event or organization operates or forecast its success or failure. But if you don’t get involved, you truly can’t say you have supported... Full story

 

Take time to understand the age of Ritzville's infrastructure

Ritzville is aging. To the point where major investments will likely be needed in order to continue delivering critical services to residents. The current economic conditions of the state and nation don’t make this a good time to be facing major...

 

Hospital must remain viable, community healing should come to the forefront

More than one person, in more than one venue or discussion, has suggested East Adams Rural Hospital is at risk of suffering its own demise. True, more than one argument has been made to suggest the district has crossed into uncertain territory, or th...

 

Local levy support critical for our schools

A year ago, while visiting Olympia, Gov. Christine Gregoire told us the state’s finances are in poor shape, forcing difficult decisions that will ultimately result in decreased funding for our communities. One year later, it’s happening again....

 

Merry Christmas to all, on this a generous season of giving

The press deadline for The Journal is Wednesdays, and this week was no different in many cases. One glorious addition to the early morning start of our day was the presence of the sun and a brilliant blue sky. What a treat for everyone after being...

 

Enjoy the turkey, don’t eat too much pie and remember to give thanks

Today is the day we set aside to give thanks. Just how we accomplish the task is as diverse as the makeup of our country. The freedom to celebrate our way is one of the reasons our country is a great place to live in. Many of us will use this day to...

 

Journal’s website to become subscriber-based offering

There is a tremendous amount of time and effort involved in gathering news, feature stories and pictures for a weekly newspaper. Producing a community newspaper is a labor of love, one that has been accomplished in Ritzville for 125 years. The...

 

Letters of support for candidates — our policy

Our country’s foundation is based on the Constitution of the United States. We all too often take the document for granted as we exercise our rights as citizens in this free country. During the campaign season, we tend to raise our voices more...

 

Commissioners’ right to delay five-year plan

Now wasn’t the best time to approve a new five-year strategic plan for Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2. The commissioners, under the guidance of Kirk Danekas, appear to have recognized there’s good reason to slow down and consider...

 

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