Voters have three times rejected proposals for building an aquatic center in Walla Walla. And each proposal had fewer bells and whistles — slides, wave pools, etc. — but the projects were apparently not austere enough for citizens.
The U.S. tax code should be stable, a document taxpayers (or their accountants) can count on for long-range planning purposes.
The Yakama Nation has reason to be upset with the decision by Congress to allow public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain, the tribe’s sacred land.
The Social Security Administration seems to be run by a few disingenuous, irrational knuckleheads.
Now is the time for the Walla Walla Rural Library District board of directors to rethink the wisdom of its plan to build a central library in the Walla Walla-College Place urban area. The concept made no sense when it was proposed two years ago and nothing has changed to justify its construction.
The plunging price of gasoline from about $4 to $3 a gallon has done more than allowed drivers to keep a few more of their hard-earned dollars, it also presents an opportunity to upgrade the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.
A brouhaha is brewing in the nation’s capital over the Senate confirmation for Mickey Barnett’s second term on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors.
A Washington state vehicle license plate made of metal with a good coat (or more) of paint doesn’t wear out easily. Heck, even those that get rammed a few times can look pretty darn good.
The federal income tax deduction for the sales tax Washingtonians pay is on track to be preserved for another year. The U.S. House, in a 378-46 vote, approved a package of about 50 federal tax break extensions that includes a one-year continuation of the sales tax deduction.
It has been 36 years since Congress approved the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, yet only now has the U.S. Supreme Court been asked if employers are mandated to offer light duty to those who are pregnant.
The city’s roads, despite a solid effort by the city to repair them, still stink.
Artistic speech is generally protected speech as the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to free expression.
Kidneys and other human organs that can be transplanted are a scarce commodity.
Domestic abuse is never acceptable. Never.
It appears generic drug manufacturers have taken a page out of the playbook of oil companies, which seem to find innovative ways of manipulating the market to maximize profits.
Greed has perverted the American Dream.
It is never a surprise when a government entity balks at a public disclosure request and then squawks about how onerous it will be to fulfill the request.
Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is a Democrat, but he isn’t anybody’s yes man — including President Obama’s.
Education has been reformed so many times in Washington state it seems to have come full circle. The state is starting over.
The voters have spoken, and Initiative 1351 will become law. A bad law, but a law nevertheless.
The state’s economy seems to finally be growing.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson abused his 4-year-old son when he repeatedly beat the child with a small tree branch, leaving him bloodied and bruised. That behavior is abhorrent and should not be tolerated in society.
Local government is pretty much the same everywhere. Water, sewer, public safety and roads are the major concerns.
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.
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.
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.
The Walla Walla Valley is fortunate to have a new and important educational opportunity that will give local high school students more — and better — options as they chart their future.
Voter turnout in Walla Walla County was strong in comparison to the lousy voter turnout statewide and nationally.
State lawmakers already faced an enormous task heading into their annual session in January.
Initiative 594 (expanding background checks on gun sales and transfers) was approved in a landslide Tuesday, but that does not necessarily mean it will be a great law.
Pro football and big-time college gridiron action capture the attention of ESPN and the other 24/7 sports channels, but it’s high school football that really means something to communities throughout America.
Republicans got what they wanted — control of Congress.
The U.S. Postal Service can’t win. Or, at least, that’s how those running the federal agency probably feel.
Summer should be a lot cooler for kids in Walla Walla next summer.
The Seattle Seahawks sell out every game. Seahawk jerseys, hoodies and T-shirts are the best sellers in the NFL.
General Election Day is almost here, yet most folks who plan to vote have already done so.
The National Football League has had a few recent, high-profile domestic violence incidents that have triggered some disdain for the NFL and, at least to some, athletics in general.
State lawmakers don’t need free — very expensive — meals. And, as we’ve argued for years, they should not take them in most cases.
The Washington state Supreme Court is poised to make a ruling on the limits of free speech on the Internet that could have far reaching implications.
The turmoil at Walla Walla Community College is surprising, perhaps even shocking, given the school has been hailed as the best community college in the nation. Even the school’s president, Steve VanAusdle, was surprised about the depth of the discord.
Government inefficiency — too often supercharged with incompetence — has left the American people with low expectations. We’ve come to expect a slow response and long line when seeking government help or services.
Four state Supreme Court positions are on the Nov. 4 ballot. Two are uncontested.
Although nobody in the United States has been drafted into the military in more than 40 years, it remains violation of federal law if men do not register for the draft between the ages of 18 and 25.
Once again, advisory votes are on the 2014 General Election ballot. Don’t waste your time filling in the oval or giving the two faux measures any thought.
Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber continues to say he has not taken sides in the sheriff’s race between incumbent John Turner and incumbent Tom Cooper.
Although Congress — the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House — remains dysfunctional, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been doing a relatively good job representing the 5th Congressional District over the last two years.
Walla Walla County Auditor Karen Martin has done an excellent job running the Auditor’s Office for the past 16 years. Voters should re-elect her for another four years.
In the race between Dale Johnson and Jim Duncan for the open seat on the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners, the winner is clear — it’s the voters.
Rep. Terry Nealey, a Dayton Republican, has done an excellent job representing for 16th Legislative District.