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A holiday with lesson in Northwest, U.S. history

Our state is named after our nation’s first president, which is a major reason why most folks have a day off from their work or school duties Monday, Presidents Day. The holiday splits the difference in honoring the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22).

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A conservative solution to climate change

Addressing climate change has been a contentious political issue for the last eight years. It need not be. Democrats have long been frustrated with the lack of Republican support for action to prevent climate change. Republicans have long been frustrated with Democratic solutions involving regulations and taxes that drag down the economy.

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Homelessness an issue for schools and community

The increase in the Yakima Valley’s homeless student population initially could be dismissed as a statistical anomaly, the outcome of greater efforts to identify the homeless, along with an increasingly tighter housing market and recent job losses by parents and guardians.

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Washington’s presidential primary needs overhaul

It’s clear that Washington citizens want to participate in the presidential nomination process. Many turned out to vote last spring in the state’s presidential primary, which was essentially meaningless because of its late date and lack of full participation by the political parties.

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The GeoPolitics of energy

If you think we’ve been doing a reasonable job of curbing fossil fuel use in our electricity production worldwide, you would be mistaken. While coal use in America and Europe has decreased because of cheap natural gas, coal use worldwide is still increasing.

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The politics of fear: Response to ‘Was the relocation of West Coast Japanese racist?’

As a sign of the times, a recent opinion piece in the Herald (“Was the Relocation of West Coast Japanese Racist” by Gary Bullert of CBC in Pasco) argues that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War Two was justified, in part, because of the atrocities committed by Imperial Japan in Asia. Just as Japanese American citizens were condemned for the actions of a foreign government with which they had no involvement, some politicians today are pandering to popular fears of Islam, connecting all Muslims by association to the atrocities of ISIS and radical terrorist groups.

Videos

Dramatic video shows D.C. police rescuing man from burning car

Video footage from a D.C. police officer's body camera records the rescue of a man from a burning car. Officers worked as a team and entered the smoke-filled car to pull the injured driver to safety.
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Dramatic video shows D.C. police rescuing man from burning car 1:54

Dramatic video shows D.C. police rescuing man from burning car

Bao Bao flies to new home in China 1:29

Bao Bao flies to new home in China

Harrison Ford mistakenly flies plane over airliner at California airport 1:08

Harrison Ford mistakenly flies plane over airliner at California airport

Elderly Richland man found after being stuck in mud overnight 0:38

Elderly Richland man found after being stuck in mud overnight