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Welcome the stranger

Oh those caravans of invaders coming across the Southern Border. We must deal with them by sending them back to fix their countries of origin; leaving them to suffer and be harassed at the border; and/or transporting them to... — Updated 1/12/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to change other Washington

It is time to change the way things are done in our nation’s capital---the “Other Washington!” The year-end Christmas dash to pass a $1.7 trillion spending monstrosity is the... — Updated 1/5/2023


State audit still not followed

The Washington State Auditor has completed a performance audit of the Employment Security Department and has found the agency still has not corrected its systemic performance and... — Updated 1/5/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Column: New Year, new airline?

Since becoming an adult and moving from Western Washington to Eastern Washington, I have a short history of traveling over the New Years holiday. Whether it was a sunny getaway... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion

Mental strength before anything

A strong mind and body are crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I learned that while recently completing basic training for the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Okla. I was never a... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Christmas magic alive and well

As a youngster, I looked forward to Christmas. I loved the food, the traditions and especially the presents - what kid doesn't? In high school and college, the luster subsided. As... — Updated 12/23/2022


Letter to the Editor

What have we learned since the 2020 election? No matter how ill-founded the lie, if continually repeated for two years--the Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen--many people will believe it. Repeating lies has bee... — Updated 12/22/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Veterans' Wreaths Across America

The Holiday Season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans’ graves across America help to ease that pain. More... — Updated 12/22/2022


State should simplify regulations

Former state senator and current state Director of Commerce Lisa Brown rightly describes the difficulties a small business startup faces in Washington. Brown says the state... — Updated 12/15/2022


Letter to the Editor

Question Just out of curiosity, why do people concerned about the quality of care at the clinic or anywhere in the OMHC run to Facebook 411? Instead of taking this concern, where the issue can be discussed with the board of... — Updated 12/15/2022

 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

What is protein degradability?

Question: What is meant by the term protein degradability and what does it mean for beef cows? Protein degradability is a term used in ruminant nutrition and therefore applies only... — Updated 12/15/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Busy week of meetings in Olympia

I’ll soon be hopping into the pickup for the long drive from Olympia back home to Ritzville. These past few days were spent in our state capital for Senate Assembly Days, which... — Updated 12/8/2022


Vaccine authority still unclear

In June, Gov. Jay Inslee dictated there would be a permanent COVID-19 vaccine mandate that extended beyond the reach of his emergency powers. When the Legislature convenes in the... — Updated 12/8/2022


Letter to the Editor

I was surprised to learn that Republicans are starting to use Ranked Choice voting to choose their candidates in their internal primaries. I thought Ranked Choice Voting appealed only to Left wing types. One reason I’ve read... — Updated 12/1/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Consumers return to stores to shop

Despite higher prices, inflation and safety concerns, more Christmas shoppers are browsing on-line but making in-store purchases. The National Retail Federation reported an... — Updated 12/1/2022


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


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


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