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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Immunizations make a difference

One of the consequences of Venezuela’s economic ruin is infectious diseases are reaching epidemic proportions and spreading to neighboring Latin American countries. Venezuela, a country of 30 million people, sits on large oil... — Updated 1/11/2019


Thanksgiving and a divided America

Thanksgiving is a wonderful American holiday. But as we celebrate it in 2018, we do so as a deeply divided country. This has been very evident with the recent midterm elections. Although the two main political parties seem to be... — Updated 1/11/2019


Science should determine federal listing of gray wolf

The recovery of the gray wolf is a success story for the Endangered Species Act, and the best available science should determine whether species remain listed. I am proud that the House voted last week to approve of legislation I... — Updated 1/11/2019


Thanking a wonderful community, from the Osborn Family

Michelle Erdman Stumpf and Kellie Thompson Ottmar came together to put on a silent auction benefit dinner for us. A group of women—Shanon Davis, Marianne Lazenby, Kellie Ottmar, Michelle Stumpf, Brittany Dew and Karen Jacinto—a... — Updated 1/11/2019 Full story


Changes needed at EARH

First, I would like to clarify that the correct name for the foundation is East Adams Rural Healthcare Foundation, not Hospital Foundation. Whoever is running the website for EARH needs to get Kellie Ottmar and I off the website... — Updated 1/11/2019


now is the time for action

Boy oh boy, it sure sounds dire when you read the fliers from Initiative 1631. It will be hard to pay all the price hikes the big oil companies say we will pay, even though the oil companies are making billion dollar profits.... — Updated 10/25/2018 Full story


Simple math and common sense

The October 18, 2018 article that appeared in the Journal, “Immigrants in Washington: A profile for the Midterms” (furnished by the American Immigration Council), espouses the following “immigrant” contributions to our... — Updated 10/25/2018 Full story


Volunteers needed to help those who help us

We need your help. Those in the communities of eastern Adams County who care about healthcare, please respond. The East Adams County Healthcare Foundation is in need of volunteers. The legacy of having an auction and donations... — Updated 10/25/2018 Full story


Thank you, Ritzville community

StageWest Community Theatre of Cheney would like to thank all the residents of the Ritzville area who attended our performances of “Love Letters” by A J Gurney. Your continued support is so appreciated Thank you Mike Hartman... — Updated 10/18/2018


Trip to Cheney is well worth your time

If you haven’t already seen StageWest’s current production of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, do yourself a favor and grab some friends to go see it with you this weekend. It’s not a mushy romance, but rather a character study... — Updated 10/11/2018


A grateful goodbye

Seven years ago, I walked through the doors of The Ritzville Journal to start my career as a journalist. I knew the role would help shape my future, but did not have any idea how much the next few years would impact my life. It... — Updated 10/4/2018


Teacher salary discussion

This letter is in response to Mr. Wade with hope that it will bring him more than a “basic fundamental understanding” of the new state funding plan. The reference to how teachers can make more by working in other districts is... — Updated 9/27/2018


Voting “no” for Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is your typical left wing politician out trying to buy votes with our money by promising to vote against cuts in Medicare and Social Security benefits. As an economist she knows, but fails to mention, these programs are... — Updated 9/20/2018


EACH Foundation needs volunteers

The EACH Foundation needs your help. In case you are not aware it is the East Adams County Hospital Foundation. It provides scholarships and needs of specialty equipment for hospital as well as EMT support and furnishings in the... — Updated 9/13/2018


Washtucna teachers deserve better

Back in 2007, when I was a first-year teacher in California, I made about $39,500. That was over 10 years ago. When I started at Washtucna two years ago, I made close to the same amount. From my basic fundamental understanding of... — Updated 9/6/2018 Full story


Nothing quite like small town support

We want to acknowledge this wonderful community. Your help during our recent accident was outstanding. Rose Jones, PA-C, at East Adams Rural Healthcare did an absolutely flawless job in the emergency room, despite other... — Updated 8/2/2018


There is no place like home

My grandmother, Davida Hille, was one of my favorite people in the world. She passed away a few years ago. It has been very difficult for me. One thing that helps though is to see all of you. All of you remind me of her and the... — Updated 7/26/2018



A live performance you don’t want to miss is at the high school auditorium in Davenport through Sunday’s matinee on July 29. Many of the actors are professionals with strong singing voices and lively dancing. I envy their... — Updated 7/26/2018


Appreciative of community support

The Washtucna Pioneer Cemetery commissioners would like to again thank community members and volunteers for your continued support. In October 2017, our cemetery was honored at the America in Bloom Symposium in Boston for... — Updated 7/12/2018


Thank you, Dr. Bryant

People tell others about what they don’t like about people or a situation. I want to tell you about someone I like. Three years ago, I had trouble breathing and my voice was changing. I want to say a very big thank you and kudos... — Updated 7/5/2018 Full story


Former CNO addresses EARH

At the last EARH Board meeting, Gary Bostrom, CEO/CFO, stated that he didn’t oversee day to day operations and that a former employee had been responsible for the Swingbed residents and Pharmacy resulting in a $500,000 write... — Updated 6/21/2018


Please respect the Fairgrounds

Rural communities have a rich history of agriculture celebration and we don’t have to look any further than our own Wheat Land Communities’ Fair. While a local fair dates back considerably in time, the current site of the fair... — Updated 6/14/2018


Free baby diapers

The St. Agnes Catholic Church has been distributing free diapers through the “PREPARES” pregnancy and parenting support in Ritzville on the second Saturday of every month. We are now offering the same service in Lind on the... — Updated 6/7/2018


Please don’t steal my flowers

How do we educate people to the fact that flowers put on graves at the cemetery are not put there for their taking? I like to put flowers out and leave them to make the cemetery look nice for the full week until the day before the... — Updated 5/24/2018


What happened?

Weeds, illegal fences and storage pods. Ritzville used to take pride in well-maintained yards and clean streets. Now cheat grass and dandelions abound in yards and alleys everywhere, even the downtown district. I thought fences... — Updated 5/17/2018


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