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    Guest column: Washington’s primary care Medicaid gap doesn’t balance out

    In just the last year, more than 12,000 Benton County residents gained access to health care through the Medicaid expansion. It’s a good step toward better health in our area. But imagine having coverage and still not being able to get an appointment with a primary care provider when sick...

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    Guest column: Maya Lin’s art will connect people to silent Celilo Falls

    The roar has been silent for 58 years. I am talking about one of the geographic and cultural features that helped define the Northwest for thousands of years. Celilo Falls was a stretch of river once considered one of the most productive fishing grounds in North America. It was a center of commerce...

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    Fast Focus: We must decriminalize mental illness

    A recent nationwide study of mental health conducted by Mental Health America revealed the shocking news that the state of Washington ranks 48th among the states in terms of highest prevalence of mental illness and lowest rates of access to treatment for its citizens. This combination of high need...

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    Guest column: State-sponsored coercion violates Stutzman’s right

    Let’s say I own a florist shop. I’m an atheist, and consider our existence — what we are — to be the result of ongoing evolutionary process. We are a sexually-dimorphic species, in other words, male and female. The population of male to female in our species is very close...

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    Guest column: Colon cancer screenings will save lives

    March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and an opportunity to bring attention to potentially lifesaving actions people can take. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that 132,700 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the U.S.

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    Guest column: Sometimes we get the rain before the sunshine

    Sometimes you have to be sad before you can be happy. That’s what I told my daughter, the other day, when she asked me why I was crying. Many of us have grief in our life. Grief for a beloved parent, grief over a lost relationship. Having cancer is also a grieving process, not only for the...

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    “We believe a well-designed, revenue-neutral carbon tax program provides a more cost-effective alternative to a cap-and-trade regime for reducing GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions. We believe this approach ensures a uniform and predictable cost of carbon, lets market prices drive solutions, ...

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    In Focus: Should cities ban pot sales?

    As many of you already know, the Kennewick City Council has long been a strong advocate of job growth and the creation of new businesses in the city of Kennewick. A strong strategy for job growth and for finding ways to attract new businesses in our area is the backbone of a strong economy for future...

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    In Focus: Advice to a teen from a teen: Be smart

    My idea for writing this topic about the maturity of most teens these days came from an experience of realizing my own maturity and how I can improve the way I am successful in school and society. Also, I wondered why aren’t most teens realizing reality.

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    In Focus: Help get our youngsters off to good start

    Children do not have to start school behind! Public school teachers do a fantastic job of ensuring children make a year’s growth in a year’s time. However, kids entering kindergarten are performing somewhere between three and eight years old on academic tasks. Kids who start school...

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