Column: The first step in forming commission is naming it

A major problem for special education is the term “special education.”

City of Walla Walla’s leaf pickup is a great service

Local government is pretty much the same everywhere. Water, sewer, public safety and roads are the major concerns.

Letter - Reporting of crimes spurs many questions

I find the reporting related to alleged crimes sometimes confusing.

Letter - Make sure snow, ice is removed for safety

Today as I was paying my bills, a couple of places in Walla Walla were lacking in removing the snow and ice in front of their locations.

Letter - Mandatory voting out of socialist playbook

In response to The Washington Post editorial that appeared in the Union-Bulletin on Nov. 16:

Editorial: Give generously to United Way of Walla Walla County

The success of the annual United Way of Walla Walla County campaign is critical to this community. The money raised supports services used by 30,000 in this county every year.

Letter - Quality low, prices high at local restaurants

I have become increasingly concerned about the increase in restaurant food prices and the decrease in quality — whether it is soggy fried mushrooms or lo mein, which is nothing but dry noodles and celery.

Letter - The weak and the strong

Two items lie on my desk. One is a July 24. 2010, Seattle Times column by Danny Westneat about Clint Didier, an ex-NFL star who ran for Congress this fall in Washington’s 4th District, winning 61 percent of Walla Walla County’s vote.

Letter - Trash trucks are ruining street

I’m a resident of Southeast Valley Drive in College Place and employ Basin Disposal for our trash collection, which is Wednesday of every week.

Community warming shelter should be established

The First Congregational Church of Walla Walla came to the rescue. The church on Palouse Street opened its doors to be the city’s warming center for those who had no place to seek protection from the weekend’s frigid — and dangerous — temperatures.

Olympia’s to-do list: Will GOP gains make a difference?

This fall’s $28 million election battle over partisan control in Olympia ended with what Gov. Jay Inslee called a “status quo” final score.

Editorial: Obama’s effort to promote ‘net neutrality’ is welcome

President Obama is seeking to protect “net neutrality” with his proposal to regulate Internet service providers in the same way the emerging telephone industry was regulated in 1913.

Column: Lift restrictions on who can receive the Eucharist

Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to come forward and speak openly about their concerns and hopes for change within the Church. My hope is that there will no longer be any restrictions, regarding the reception of the Eucharist, placed upon couples, gay or straight, based upon their marital or nonmarital status.

Letter - Obama sending more war equipment disappointing

How disappointed I am in my president using his executive privilege to send even more military equipment and advisers in a “new offensive” against radicals in Syria and Iraq.

Letter - Veterans should be seen in parade

I went to watch the Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday. The parade was great!