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Senator: Working together, we have helped our veterans

As we come up on the Fourth of July weekend, and we reflect on what it means to be American, I am honored to join the Walla Walla community for a big step forward in fulfilling the promise we make to those who serve our country.

Column: Confederate flag flies in Washington

Now that South Carolina may stop flying its Confederate flag, and Mississippi could remove the charged symbol and even Amazon has stopped selling it, about the only place left to see the emblem of Southern resistance still proudly flapping in the wind is: here.

Opinion - Jindal aims to out-conservative conservatives

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, barely registering in the polls, announced his presidential run on Wednesday. The once wonky conservative is now clinging to the Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson in hopes of convincing the right-wing base he is one of them. It seems there is not a far-right position or slogan he does not embrace. How times change.

Opinion - Taking down Confederate flag won't fix everything

In the worst possible way — responding to an unspeakable act of racist barbarism — we have stumbled into one of our all-too-rare “Reconsider the Confederacy” weeks. This year's week looks as though it will lead to the relegation of the Confederate battle flag to museums and history's dung heap, where it belongs.

Column: We need both insiders and outsiders in Congress

Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

Column: Our sad response to mass shootings is to pack more heat

It’s often said following each mass shooting that America will numbly do nothing about its guns and violence problem. But that isn’t quite true. We do respond.

Column: Lessons learned in pigheadedness from another Washington

The state on Monday sent out shutdown notices to 4,000 contractors — the latest sign our political system is lurching from one manufactured crisis to another. Just like that other Washington.

Column: Dolezal brings up specter of delusional ‘racist anti-racist’

The story of former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal has seemingly allowed America to shift attention from black lives that still matter to the seemingly delusional qualities of anti-racism and our contemporary notions of identity.

Column: I-735 volunteers work to make sure ‘small potatoes matter’

As if on cue, another million bucks was dumped into a so-called “citizens’ initiative” — by one rich guy. But some citizens calling themselves “small potatoes” say they’re going to prove me wrong that only the superrich can make the ballot.

5 myths about standardized tests and the opt-out movement

Denisha Jones is a visiting assistant professor of early childhood education at Howard University in Washington D.C., and over the last 10 years, she has taught kindergarten, preschool, and served as a campus-based preschool director.