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Column: Making the tough decisions in Congress

Congress is responsible for funding our country, and we have some difficult decisions to make. I came to Washington D.C. to advocate for the priorities of my constituents, and I have heard loud and clear that the people of Central... — Updated 8/8/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Washington must be careful not to follow Sweden's haste

Sweden and Washington State are very similar. Both have strong “green” movements and are quickly moving to eliminate all carbon-emitting fuels from cars and power plants. The caution for Washington elected officials is not to... — Updated 8/8/2019


Weekly Column: We remember the Carlton Complex fire

Five years ago, Washington state experienced the most catastrophic wildfire in its history. The Carlton Complex fire raged through Central Washington, burning more than a quarter of a million acres and leaving more than 500 homes a... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Examining alternatives to flaring natural gas

In oil rich West Texas, shale producers and pipeline owner Williams Co. are fighting over whether new “burning off of natural gas” permits should be approved. It is a battle between companies that are usually aligned. Flaring... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By Don Vanderholm    Opinion

Guest Column: Providing an update on the LRHS Modernization Project

The high school project is moving forward with no foreseeable delays in starting school. Landscaping and other work will likely continue after school picks up again, but interior work should be finished with no impact on the... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By Millie Hopkins    Opinion

Library Corner: Summer youth programs abound at EALD

We offer so many different activities and programs at East Adams Library District for youth! This summer, we have daily activities for kids including GAMERZ, Lego Club, kid crafts, and free movie showings. On August 8, NASA... — Updated 8/1/2019


Legislative Commentary: Aug. 1, 2019

Dear Friends, Harvest time has come to my farm and others in the area. Every harvest is at least a little different from all the others before it; as much as I might like to see another record wheat-cutting day like we had a year... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: America's renewed interest in the Moon

With all of the attention on the 50th anniversary of the Lunar landing, many are looking ahead to the next half-century of space exploration. Of particular interest is returning to the Moon, which may come as early as 2024. For... — Updated 7/25/2019


Legislative Commentary: July 25, 2019

Dear Friends, I have to believe each of us can come up with at least one example of “I remember where I was when…” with the “when” being an important moment in history. I have several, and the 50th anniversary of one is... — Updated 7/25/2019

 By Amy Hille    Opinion

Library Corner: EALD provides for a healthy dose of knowledge

A current ad campaign stemming from the partnership of the American Library Association and the National Institutes of Health states, “Because librarians know information is the best medicine for healthcare questions,” and... — Updated 7/25/2019


Column: American troops deserve better

One of Congress’ most important Constitutional responsibilities is providing for our military and national defense. For the past 58 years, this has been a bipartisan affair. Members of the House and Senate from both sides of the... — Updated 7/18/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Column: No green cheese, drill sargeant

Shortly, after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps on the dusty lunar surface, some comedian in our army unit at Ft. Knox, KY, posted a sign in our barracks: “Sorry, Drill Sgt.,... — Updated 7/18/2019


Legislative Commentary: July 11, 2019

Dear Friends, The 9th District spans all or parts of six counties, and on the Fourth of July that means many celebrations spread across a lot of territory – at last count, six parades plus other community gatherings. One person... — Updated 7/11/2019


Weekly Column: Protecting freedom and opportunity

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the United States of America was established. Last week, families across the country celebrated this momentous anniversary with firework displays, parades, and... — Updated 7/11/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: China's mighty migrating mandate

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. In fact, when it comes to tough new garbage and recycling restrictions, they may migrate elsewhere sooner than you might think. For example, Shanghai is one of the world’s... — Updated 7/11/2019


Thanking our outgoing CEO

As you probably know by now, we have a new CEO at the District, Mr. Corey Fedie. This paper will be telling you about Corey, but I will say that he has made a great first impression with everyone, and is brimming over with the... — Updated 7/11/2019


Weekly Column: Make our National Parks great again

This Fourth of July, America will celebrate its 243rd birthday. Our country has come a long way since 1776, and there is still more progress to be made. Our independence and our patriotism are what set the United States apart from... — Updated 7/3/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Restoring affordability to a college education is vital for America's future

When my parents graduated from high school in 1936, a college education was too expensive for the son of a copper miner and the daughter of a plumber. Eighty years ago, our country was in the middle of the Great Depression and... — Updated 7/3/2019


Column: Recognizing National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month, and Washington has many reasons to celebrate. Washington is home to almost 400 dairies, nearly 275,000 cows, and 18,000 dairy jobs. In fact, while Washington may be known for our iconic apples, dairy... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Examining the rare earth metal dilemma

Hopefully, when American and Chinese leaders meet to resolve trade differences, talks won’t breakdown and result in a new round of tariffs or product restrictions. It is in both nations’ interests for presidents Trump and Xi... — Updated 6/27/2019


Column: The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border

People from all over the world come to the United States for a chance to live a better life. Some are coming here to work, some are coming to reunite with their families, and some are escaping corrupt governments. We should... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Family-owned businesses are America's backbone

During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton famously intoned, “I feel your pain,” reassuring voters he understood what they were going through. Since then, similar statements of empathy have become a... — Updated 6/20/2019


Column: 75 years and counting

This past week, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, otherwise known as D-Day. Many of us know D-Day as an event that eventually resulted in victory for the Allied forces in World War II. Thousands of bra... — Updated 6/12/2019

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Normandy D-Day clicker innovation

During World War II, the American GI earned the reputation for being innovative, adaptable and resilient. Nowhere was that more evident than the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. For example, Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, commander of the... — Updated 6/12/2019


Column: Caring for the land and serving people

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) motto is, “Caring for the land and serving people.” That is exactly what the students of USFS Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers do. With 25 locations across the country, these Civilian... — Updated 6/5/2019


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