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    In Focus: Making Central Washington visible in D.C.

    I have begun my travel to our nation’s capital to meet with my new colleagues and start the process for committee assignments. As I start this new role, there are some things I would like to say.

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    In Focus: Climate change affects national security

    Climate change and its consequences may be controversial for some, but it is not a problem to be ignored according to our nation’s senior military planners. As Rear Admiral (ret.) David W. Titley, former oceanographer of the Navy, stated in 2013 testimony to Congress, the scientific basis...

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    In Focus: Let’s make ‘green’ the new pink

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Among the beautiful fall colors are bright splashes of pink almost everywhere you go. It’s painted in stripes down the street, it hangs from lamp posts and it has become the must-have color of October. Stores put out pink wares to grab your attention...

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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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    Guest column: Labor agreements help community

    “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” A French term when translated to English says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” To fully understand how this is relevant in today’s world, one only has to pick up a history book. ...

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    In Focus: Why voters should pass Initiative 591

    Initiative 591 protects against illegal search and seizure, preventing politicians and bureaucrats driven by an anti-rights agenda from depriving citizens of their property without due process. Those who say this could never happen have forgotten the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in New ...

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    In Focus: Initiative 594 will cut crime, save lives

    In 2012, my mother became one of far too many women who fall victim to domestic violence when she was shot by her husband. Thankfully she survived her attack, but many women are not as lucky. Domestic violence can easily become fatal when abusers have easy access to guns, and that is the reality...

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    In Focus: Next step for safety tax: performance audits

    The third time was the charm for the Benton County public safety sales tax increase. After voters rejected a 0.2 percent increase in 2007 and 2008 they approved Proposition 14-5 during the primary this year with a 53 percent yes vote. The ballot measure increases the local sales tax rate by 0.3 ...

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