Guest Commentary


Holidays and politics: Rebuilding civility

With the chill in the air and the leaves already falling, the holidays are just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting or being hosted, the old rule of not discussing religion, money, or politics serves as a reminder of the issues which can divide even those who love each other the most. But in an era where everything, from ice cream to music, is politicized, avoiding political topics in conversation with those of differing views becomes almost impossible. Is this overly divisive and ever-present political tension healthy for society?

November 21, 2018 noon read more..

The Mayflower Compact Facilitated Pilgrim Starvation

The pilgrims realized that some kind of governing document was needed for the new colony, “as human nature is prone to disunity and differences that could be disruptive of peace.” Governor William Bradford thus described the circumstances under which the agreement came about.

November 16, 2018 noon read more..

Wine, food and visiting weekend is here

It’s just a week away from one of my favorite Yakima Valley events -Thanksgiving Day dinner, of course, but also Thanksgiving in Wine Country, the best opportunity to sample wine paired with great food and desserts.

November 16, 2018 noon read more..

U.S. health care’s primary problem — A doctor shortage

America’s medical system is facing a primary care crisis. To meet our nation’s needs would require almost 15,000 additional primary care doctors. Take into account the effects of aging and population growth, and the shortage will climb to almost 50,000 by 2030.

November 14, 2018 noon read more..

Grease FDA wheels to save lives

When you’re desperately ill, your chances of recovery improve as your access to treatment improves. That’s why it’s such good news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to speed up the process of getting new medications to patients.

November 7, 2018 noon read more..

Being a good listener

Buddy and I took a little trip to the big red and yellow ballot box near the Sunnyside post office the other night to deposit my ballot and that of my daughter Sarah.

November 2, 2018 noon read more..

The Politics of E15

On October 9, President Donald Trump announced that he was lifting the EPA’s ban on summertime sales of E15—a motor fuel blend consisting of 15% ethanol instead of the usual 10%. Trump’s announcement is telling. It teaches much about politics, trade policy, and the sorry state of the environmentalist movement.

November 2, 2018 noon read more..

Just the messenger

I was chatting with a Daily Sun News contributor recently and made mention that I was filling in as “just a messenger.” I was helping find an article she was interested in locating.

October 31, 2018 noon read more..