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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

State parks failing at Palouse Falls, Lyons

Two years ago, Washington State Parks bureaucrats in Tumwater hatched a plan to address so-called “overcrowding” at Palouse Falls. The plan was to close and relocate the... — Updated 1/30/2024

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you're bombarded with negativity. We're on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon us.... — Updated 11/21/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

No shortage of press problems

Well, more accurately, 2021 ended in smoke, at least here at the newspaper. That smoke came from the meltdown of our labeling system. And as a result, your newspaper was likely... — Updated 1/4/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Water rights should remain private, local

Under the guise of water conservation, the state Department of Ecology is once again moving to take water rights from farmers, ranchers and other private holders. Last month, the... — Updated 12/8/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time to recall, reconnect, give thanks

The last 20 months have been exceedingly difficult for most Americans. Across the country there have been coronavirus mandates, riots, increasing taxes, job losses and more. The... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time for businesses to object

The last week has not been good for small businesses in our part of the state. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing “snail mail” services. Stores were ordered to stop using... — Updated 10/12/2021

 

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 9/28/2021

 
 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 fi... — 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... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Power shortage or money grab?

Power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts? In the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday,... — Updated 7/8/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Honoring and thanking fathers this weekend

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/15/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

State government is in the way of getting people back to work

Masks are coming off. Most residents wanting a coronavirus vaccination have gotten one. Sports are on and students are back in the classroom. It’s not a coronavirus emergency... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

HB 1356 panders to PC power brokers

It’s a solution in search of a problem. Lawmakers in Olympia appear to be fast-tracking House Bill 1356, which would ban the use of “racially derogatory or discriminatory... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Gov. Inslee, 'tear down this wall'

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/26/2021

 

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