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Comments on Congress-Column: Government as an innovator? You bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

Columns-, Local-El Salvador visit an eye-opener to fair trade coffee

The van rumbled down the side of an El Salvador volcano on a steep, gravel road when someone asked, “What’s that?”

POV: Science-Journals: My monthly potpourri

In this month’s look at the journals we travel to Nova Scotia to touch on climate change, leave Walla Walla for prostate cancer treatment via expensive machines, then dive into the world of advertising to discuss claims about antioxidants.

Columns-, Local-Chávez made life better for farm workers

“Si, se puede” or as translated in English, “Yes, it can be done” was a very powerful statement coined by the Mexican-American César Chávez.

Curiosity Watch-Mars rover reaches convergence of sandstone formations

The Mars rover Curiosity has been on its journey to Mount Sharp for several months, but for the past few weeks it has had the “pedal to the metal” to reach its next stop — a waypoint called Kimberley.

Science Matters-Life on Earth doubtful without magnetosphere

More and more planets are being discovered orbiting around stars far from Earth. When we think about the possibility of their supporting life there is one requirement we seldom consider. Those planets will probably need to have a magnetosphere somewhat like that of the Earth’s.

Pastor Column-Redemption remains a holy mystery

As we approach Easter, there will be a lot of talk about redemption, but what does redemption mean?

Comments on Congress-Column: The time has come to fix the government

In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.

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Arts & Entertainment-, Wenaha artists-Dayton duo make architecture for avians an art

For sculptors Jon and Marilu Bryan, art is for the birds, literally.

Columns-, Port of Walla Walla-Business retention essential in Port’s strategy

The announcement of a new business coming to the Walla Walla Valley often results in headlines in the newspaper.

Columns-César Chávez serves as role model to get involved

Many people in Washington state do not know what day March 31 is or what it means to those who work as farm laborers.

Pastor Column-Following Christ in a post-Christian world

Much has been written in the past few years about the massive cultural shift in the United States today. Headlining that writing is that “Christendom” is dead or dying. The “post-Christian” era that replaces it is characterized by a secular value system, which tells us “all truth is relative and all forms of faith are equal.” In other words, we are told “what works for you may not work for someone else but as long as it works for you it is fine.”

Eye to the Sky-Total lunar eclipse coming up around tax day

The first total eclipse of the moon visible in North America since 2011 will occur April 14.

Now Hear This-April showers Walla Walla Valley with torrent of music

In the 14th century, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of “Aprille with his shoures soote,” linking, in the prologue to “The Canterbury Tales,” the month of April with nature’s abundance and the torrents of spring. If alive today and living in the Walla Walla Valley, Chaucer might well turn his pen to celebrating a month of musical abundance.

Columns-Set your goals high; don’t be discouraged by critics

was brought to the United States by my parents from Mexico when I was 5 years old so life in America is all I have come to know.

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