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Hospitality of Odessa wins the hearts of hikers

To the Editor: Last week, 21 retirees from Olympia spent three days in Odessa. We hiked through the coulees, looked at birds, studied geology, learned about local history, golfed and enjoyed local refreshments. Lake Creek Coulee has some beautiful tr...

 

Reader questions fairness of illegal immigrants in U.S.

In 1869, the main Western Expansion started. The railroads began expanding to more towns and cities. They brought the people who cleared the land, established schools, built roads and made the west what it is today. Many of these people had come...

 

Writers express concerns for public safety issues

To the Editor: Just a warning, Spring is here, and yard cleanup after winter is underway. Those with pets should be aware. Ours are like our children, and I try to protect them as such. Most of the products we spray to kill the unwanted weeds and...

 

The physics of climate change

To the Editor: Carbon dioxide is the thermostat of earth’s atmosphere. That was demonstrated by John Tyndall, a British physicist, in experiments done in his laboratory in the 1850s. Using a relatively simple apparatus he showed infrared radiation...

 

Writer encourages a visit to Odessa's Spring Fling

To the Editor: Spring Fling! I’m not sure how long ago Spring Fling started, but it is here and going strong. Spring Fling a time to clean up the yard and the house, and get ready for a productive and happy time of year. But it is also about and...

 

Fireworks cause concern over past race weekend

To the Editor. Concerning the fireworks of Friday, March 29, 2019 and Saturday, March 30, 2019. Friday night was bad for noise. Saturday sounded like a war zone. Two large blasts around 8 p.m. shook our house and rattled our windows, and we live...

 

Opposing views: Freedom Foundation vs. Northwest Accountability Project

After Lincoln County Commissioners Rob Coffman, Scott Hutsell and Mark Stedman recently passed a resolution to hold open meetings for negotiations with the county’s public employees union, there has been considerable debate about the issue. Now...

 

Animosity in the political arena shocks letter writer

To the Editor: The animosity expressed by tone of voice, facial expressions and questions about undocumented people (i.e., illegal aliens) at political meetings amazes me. I attended a Conversations with Cathy meeting in Medical Lake in October...

 

Writer objects to lack of enforcement by sheriffs

To the Editor: Initiative 1639, a broad set of firearms restrictions, was approved by the voters last year. Effective as of January 1 of this year, the age for firearms purchases was raised to 21. Rest of the law takes effect July 1. It makes no...

 

Lawmakers seek solution to state's homeless crisis

• Bill would allow homeless people to survive in public without fear of obstruction • Law prohibits discrimination based on housing status A group of 11 Democratic lawmakers aims to address the rights of homeless people and their ability to...

 

SB 5735 would assume kids under 14 incapable of committing crimes

• More than 3,000 12- to 14-year-olds were charged with crimes in Washington state over the last six years • Bill would presume this age group incapable of committing crime in an effort to keep more juveniles out of detention • Prosecutors...

 

Diary of a mad, fat, bipolar woman #6

By DYANNE DEERING Can we talk for a minute about all of the new and exciting things that are going on in my life? I know what you’re going to say, “Dyanne, your life is already sooooo exciting.” Well, recently it got even more exciting. In...

 

Diary of a mad, fat, bipolar woman #7

All right, lets talk about “Baby Mama/Daddy Drama.” Can somebody please tell me why I am constantly hearing about the parent with custody of the child withholding visitation from the other parent for stupid reasons. This is not legal and it is...

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Guest editorial:

Homelessness, like poverty, is not a choice. Society creates the circumstances for both to exist, sometimes side by side. In other words, the misery experienced by the homeless and the poor is cruel and needless except to those who have political...

 
 By Jim Boss    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Who is Q, whose online posts now have followers all around the world?

By JIM BOSS On October 28, 2017, Q began posting on the chan boards 4chan and, later on, 8chan. Followers have learned through these posts that this is a military intelligence operation promising that great change is coming worldwide. Autists...

 

Christmas 2018 through the eyes of a child

What a month this has been. It’s hard to have a good Christmas when your spouse HATES the holiday. My seven-year-old Anabela started out the month beyond excited. Every day she would ask when are we decorating the tree. But the tree was locked in...

 

Diary of a mad, fat, bipolar woman #4

By DYANNE DEERING What makes this woman MAD? It’s easy. It’s when we take it upon ourselves to judge other people. I’ve touched on it before when I have talked about the misconceptions on voluptuous people, but we are always judging people....

 

Rolling Thunder Pizza, art, events, music, advertising for Odessa

To the Editor: – Use it or lose it – – Probably not – – We’re in for the long haul – You may have noticed that the last two weeks the Rolling Thunder Pizza shop has been closed. If you did not notice, well, I don’t know what to say....

 

Health care concerns prompt letter writer

To the Editor: At least 75 percent of Americans believe that health care is the #1 issue in this election. Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted at least 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare)....

 

Writer finds untruths in ads for McMorris Rodgers

To the Editor: It must be working for Rep. McMorris Rodgers to make ads approved by her that are untrue. I just received a solicitation by mail on September 14, 2018 that doubles down on the lie that her opponent wanted to allow sex offenders to...

 

Can we afford to send Lisa Brown to Congress?

To the Editor: Lisa Brown is your typical left-wing politician out trying to buy votes with our money by promising to vote against cuts in Medicare and Social Security benefits. As an economist she knows, but fails to mention, these programs are unsu...

 

Mass murderers on the loose here

To the Editor: It looks like we have created a generation of mass murderers. The kind we read about and grew up with! Serial killers like Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, The Green River Killer etc. But now they’re so much younger! Most are 14-22 years of...

 

Letter to the Editor: Hammond supporter weighs in on candidates

To the Editor: I support Sylvia Hammond for the District 13 state house in Olympia. As a farmer and teacher, she understands agriculture, water rights and the importance of quality education. Hammond listens to the concerns of those living in the...

 

Ask Dr. Universe

Dr. Universe: Asked by Izzy, age 10, from Maryland. Dear Izzy, Not only do I enjoy answering science questions from kids, but I also like naps, tuna fish sandwiches and chasing lasers. I wasn’t entirely sure why I like chasing those little red...

 

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