Pastor Column-My will be done, my kingdom come ...

My life is richer for having known Bob Passantino. He understood people as well as arguments. When a woman became a Christian, her husband mocked her and said she was stupid because “God cannot exist.” Instead of arguing, she asked him to visit with Bob. Bob listened to his arguments for atheism, and realized the man was poorly read. He said, “There are better ways to argue for atheism. Let me help you improve your arguments.” .

Eye to the Sky-Mars to appear much bigger, brighter in spring

This spring will bring us the best view of Mars in seven years.

Comments on Congress-Balancing liberty and security is a never-ending challenge

Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.

Science Matters-What's higher math good for? Plenty, says columnist

My father was intrigued by the mathematics he knew, but never understood what “higher” math was good for. Calculus was a mystery to him and he couldn’t conceive of more abstract mathematics.

Fair Exchange-Thinking beyond one-size-fits-all minimum wage

To everything there is a season. A time to plant, a time to reap. A time to gain, a time to lose. A time to build up, a time to break down. After a long season of loss and tearing down it is time to build up, reap and share the gain. The economy is turning and we are in a season of growth. The pleas for an increase in wages and a share of the financial gain has devolved into a debate on the minimum wage.

Columns-College is start, not end, of journey

I was brought up by two hard working and vigorous Latino migrant parents, Vicente and Maria, who dedicated their lives to providing their children a better future. My dad was always on the job, working in orchards, landscaping, anything and everything that he was given the opportunity to do.

POV: Science-Science journals: My monthly potpourri

You probably haven’t heard of a surgical procedure that relieves chest pain by tying off a minor artery. It worked, but it was abandoned. I’ll explain why later. But first, some other things that didn’t work or were proven to be dangerous.

Now Hear This-Music with a heart prevails in February

This month brings heartfelt crossover music to the Walla Walla Valley.

Columns-, Business-, Port of Walla Walla-Commercial air service flies high

We appreciate the residents who flew out of the Walla Walla Regional Airport in 2013. You are making a difference in keeping commercial air service viable in our market.

Columns-, Local-Teacher’s experience mirrors what students face

I am a son of Mexican immigrants. I share many of the experiences of many of the students I teach at Walla Walla High School. In my immigrant household, education was very much encouraged.

Religion-, Pastor Columns-Carrying Jesus: A wild ride, but worth it

When I was growing up, I had a friend who had a donkey. I remember a group of us playing in the field, looking for frogs and lizards, stomping in the creek, and then deciding it would be a fun idea to ride the donkey — the donkey that until now, had not been ridden.

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Simply Digital-Photographer field-tests Santa’s gift — a new digital lens

Santa was good to me this year! As my wife handed me a package from under the Christmas tree she said, “Be careful, it’s fragile.”

Comments on Congress-, Top Stories-Column: Hold the congratulations for Congress

Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment, and funded the federal budget for most of the year. The media has been commending Congress for finally doing its job.

POV: Science-Testosterone therapy: ‘Cure’ looking for problem?

Low T? OMG! The pharmaceutical industry wants men to think their sex lives, muscle mass and energy levels are in trouble because of — oh my goodness — low testosterone

Fair Exchange-If the minimum wage increases, then what?

As a long-time advocate of paying employees a living wage I should be happy that Seattle’s new mayor, Ed Murray, has issued an executive order to “begin the process of raising the minimum wage of the city’s employees to $15 an hour.”