Winding down at the end of the season

It’s a wrap. Another school year complete — in the books. TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Finished. Because I am tired. It happens every year.
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Regional library celebrates it’s mail order service

The first mail order library in the country is turning 50 this month.
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Slices of Life | Seven wonders — of life

We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World. Most of us couldn’t name them all.
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Center for Rural Affairs | Overcoming three types of biases

While many people are familiar with the concept of bias, having a deeper understanding of what it is and how it manifests is often the first step in circumventing negative ramifications.
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Jill Pertler | Outworking worry

I worry. We all do. We all have things to fret about and fixate on. Real and legitimate things that could and may go wrong that will mess other things up big time. And lately — oh, lately — doesn’t it seem there are more major, huge and catastrophic issues to occupy our brain space? It seems that way because it is that way and that, in and of itself, is cause for worry. So many volcanic...
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Don Brunell | Lt. Dan Needs Lots of Helping Hands

By Don C. Brunell Sinise’s organization also links high school students with World War II veterans for tours of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He believes it is vital for young Americans to understand what our veterans have sacrificed. That link is weaker today. Today, with no military draft, less than 2 percent of our population is defending the rest of us. “Freedom and security are...
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Rep. Dan Newhouse | When Disasters Strike, Central Washington Communities Come Together

By Rep. Dan Newhouse “Okanogan Strong” was the motto that aptly described the community’s response during devastating wildfires that struck our region in 2014. That same saying applies again today as the Okanogan community grapples with a natural disaster — this time severe flooding that is potentially the worst since 1972. Emergency declarations have been issued by the state, county, and...
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Jill Pertler | Three uncles

By Jill Pertler Slices of Life They’d be the first to admit they are more adept at handing off a football versus a tiny human being, but during the last week they’ve certainly given the latter their best efforts. At exactly two minutes before midnight on a recent Sunday, soon-to-be Monday, my three sons became instant uncles. Their excitement and curiosity regarding the whole process has been...
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Rep. Dan Newhouse | We need a stronger Iran deal

By Rep. Dan Newhouse 4th Congressional District of Washington Last week, President Trump used his legal authority to withdraw the U.S. from President Obama’s flawed 2015 deal with Iran, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA). I opposed Obama’s Iran deal in 2015 because it did not do enough to keep Iran from a path to developing a nuclear weapon. One of my main concerns was that...
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Don Brunell | Streamlining regulations makes more housing affordable

By Don C. Brunell America’s supply of affordable housing is shrinking and a bevy of government regulations on residential construction only acerbates the homeless problem. As a result more people are now living “unsheltered” in tents along the freeway or beneath overpasses because they can’t afford to pay rent or a home mortgage. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...
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