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 By Ashley Parkinson    Opinion 

What Thanksgiving means to me

Thanksgiving was my favorite time of year growing up, and in many ways, it still is. Of course, some of that magic has disappeared as I get older, but the meaning remains the same.... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Dr. Don Llewellyn    Opinion 

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

Dr. Don Llewellyn Livestock Extension Specialist Director, WSU Lincoln County Extension, Davenport, WA Myth: The mystique of "water belly". Here's one that is especially relevant... — Updated 11/23/2022


President Biden deserves credit for election

Give President Joe Biden some credit for mid-term election Democratic successes when most everyone, including the media, predicted otherwise. Instead of focusing on himself, he quietly avoided states where he’s unpopular and... — Updated 11/17/2022


Lincoln County candidates as Michael Scott quotes

If you read the headline of this column and first thought, “what in the world are they talking about,” we don’t blame you. Let us explain. A good chunk of our staff was born in the dreaded millennial era, and sadly, many from... — Updated 11/17/2022

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Don't focus on carbon, manage our forests

Forest health, climate change, and a plan that got almost no input before being announced is at the heart of the "carbon project" announced by the Washington State Department of... — Updated 11/17/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    Opinion

Thank you, veterans

Editor's note: Byrne Bennett is a reporter for the Lincoln County Record-Times. Any opinion expressed in this column is his own and not necessarily that of The Record-Times or Free... — Updated 11/11/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Remember veterans with more than flag-lowering

Lowering our flags to half-staff is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or police officers killed in the line of duty.... — Updated 11/10/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Taking an interest in human interest

One recent October day, I looked around and suddenly realized things had changed. No, it wasn’t the fact that since my recent marriage, I can’t seem to find where anything is... — Updated 11/10/2022


Crimes increase; education decreases

It's no secret that crime has worsened throughout Washington in recent years, thanks to laws passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and a decrease in the number of... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Recycling lithium batteries must accelerate

Demand for Electric Vehicles (EV) is soaring — accelerated by climate change concerns. EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses which are responsible for 30... — Updated 11/3/2022


Letter to the Editor

Today is November 1, 2022. The month in which we acknowledge our gratitude and thankfulness for the things we have been given. I believe that gratitude and thankfulness should be celebrated every day. I ask the 2022 high school... — Updated 11/3/2022


Letter to the Editor

This in follow up to the article written by Drew Lawson in the last publication on October 20, 2022. First off, I would like to say I am that ex-wife of the man with pending charges of rape of our daughter. I am absolutely... — Updated 10/27/2022


New payroll tax in July 2023

A window to apply for an exemption from a payroll tax that begins in July 2023 is still open, but it will only be open for about two more months. It closes Dec. 31. If you're one... — Updated 10/27/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Recovery hinges on return to work

To "Build Back America" key workers must return to jobsites. It is not good enough for President Biden to lean back on low unemployment numbers claiming success when employers... — Updated 10/27/2022


Too many predators, not enough prey

We have a predator problem. And hunters are noting that it gets worse with each passing year. In the state Department of Fish and Wildife’s District No. 1 – the northeast corner of the state comprising GMUs 101, 105, 108, 111,... — Updated 10/20/2022


Letter to the Editor

Finally, Republicans have settled on an issue besides inflation, opposing abortion, contraception, fair elections, CRT, and books on gender. That is to attack President Biden. Two recent Letters to the Editor in local newspapers ar... — Updated 10/20/2022


Letter to the Editor

I recently saw a post on Facebook for a film screening regarding transgender people, children, and the question, “what is a woman” that is being held at the church. Surprised that church members are interested in this topic, I... — Updated 10/13/2022


Inslee trading money for booster shots

I recently commented on negotiations between Gov. Jay Inslee and unions on the upcoming contracts for state employees. As I said before, while I don't fault the proposed salary... — Updated 10/13/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Get kids off electronics and on the field

Six-man football. I’d never heard of it before mid-August. When I played football, it was the traditional, 11-man variety. Heck, I didn’t even know there was anything else. Play... — Updated 10/13/2022


Smiley is the best choice

For Washington residents, the decision on who to vote for in the race for U.S. Senate should be a no-brainer in the Nov. 8 general election. The fact that incumbent Patty Murray, a westside Democrat, doesn’t want to debate... — Updated 10/7/2022


My report: Letter to the editor

As a citizen of Odessa, I have always had an interest in Odessa’s medical delivery system. The reason for my interest is another story. In my conversations with other citizens, I have been asked to express concerns that we agree... — Updated 10/6/2022


Long-term care a life need

There wasn't much notice for August's webinar hosted by the WA Cares Fund. It was titled, "Long-Term Care Planning for Near-Retirees." I finally went back for a watch. In addition... — Updated 10/6/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Action plans aren't always the greenest

Here is a simple question: How should we measure the success of climate policy? The answer should be, “By maximizing CO2 reduction for every dollar spent.” This smart approach... — Updated 9/29/2022


Letters to the Editor

A time to think, reconsider What a free and open society we have: There are a host of laws for gun control and anti-trusts (monopolies) that are somewhat bypassed, too many authorities and politicians, much of the public being... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Garbage is an important energy source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity---enough to power... — Updated 9/22/2022


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