An actor’s tale: McDonald's was there for me

McDonald's sales have slumped. Maybe the public wants healthier food. Maybe there's too much competition. Maybe people aren't into the chipotle barbecue snack wrap.

Letter - What is going on with train derailments?

I drove a tanker hauling diesel, aviation fuel, gasoline and most petroleum products that loaded/unloaded through a hose during my truck driving career.

Column: Time to give working families raise

If we have learned anything about the economy over the past few years, it is this: Real, sustainable and fair economic growth comes from the middle out, not the top down. If the middle class isn’t feeling secure, and if workers can’t climb their way up the ladder, it doesn’t matter how many millionaires are getting bonuses or how many multinational corporations are making record profits. Our economy isn’t truly working unless it is working for every working family.

Editorial: Congress must curb NSA data collection powers

The Fourth Amendment was enacted by the Founding Fathers to prohibit unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. It requires warrants for searches to be approved by judges and supported by probable cause.

Letter - Council member won’t seek second term

It is with much reluctance I announce my intention not to seek a second term on the Walla Walla City Council. Rather, I will be focusing my efforts for the next few years on furthering my career in education, where I believe my talents and service to the public may be better directed.

Column: OKC takes Sonics, elephants and is now after Boeing jobs

I’m getting a complex about Oklahoma City. It keeps stealing our stuff.

Editorial: Now isn’t time to lift 1 percent limit on property taxes

A bipartisan effort in the Legislature to boost funding for struggling local governments is a reasonable proposal. But the timing is lousy, so don’t look for the proposal to get serious consideration (or approval) in the current special session.