Longview Daily News - Opinion

Congress must vote on farm bill in the fall

Passing immigration reform legislation — even a sliver of the whole complicated, contentious, comprehensive mess — takes doggedness and an ability to nimbly tweak and massage a bill to placate numerous constituencies with various concerns. Read more

Letters: Holocaust deniers

I wish to address Esther Cepeda's column on Friday, July 27, on the term Holocaust as used about World War II. Read more

Letters to the Editor: Davis, Dale (election)

I'm not sure, but I think I've got this right. If I vote for a Democrat, the Republicans will say I'm a socialist. But if I vote Republican… Read more

Letters: Unnecessary casualties

Congratulations to Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for joining as a co-sponsor in a bipartisan bill to make it easier for children to get spe… Read more

Editorial cartoons from The Washington Post

Check out our gallery of recent cartoons from Nick Anderson, Clay Bennett, Lisa Benson and Signe Wilkinson. Read more

Local effort to curb small but powerful e-cigs is on target

Living in a small town in rural America such as Walla Walla has its advantages. One of those is the dangerous and disturbing national trends arrive late.

Unfortunately, they do arrive. Read more


Commentary: A Holocaust denier is running for Congress. One of his constituents would be Auschwitz prisoner No. 27,276.

In an unassuming bungalow in Chicago's Garfield Ridge neighborhood, a woman approaches her 90th birthday. She lives simply but fully, appreciative of 49 years of marriage, two children, her faith. And her country. She searches for words, occasionally relying on her native language, Polish, to tie together her thoughts while grasping the arm of a visitor. Across from her sits a friend, John ... Read more

10 insights on today's news that will make you smarter tomorrow

Stay in the know! Browse through opinions and analysis on today's hottest topics. Read more

Commentary: When the call to evacuate comes, what will you take?

Those of us who live in canyons of kindling are jumpy these days. California is in flames, the stories are ghastly, the pictures astonishing and terrifying. Cooking smells are alarming, as are helicopters and sirens. Nights are the worst. What if we're sleeping when the fire starts? What if my husband's snoring and the fan on high drown out the warnings and alarms? What if there are no ... Read more

Commentary: Trump hurts US exports in the marketplace of ideas

If you are a believer in free markets, you might be tempted to be pleased by some of the more positive policies of the Trump administration: lower corporate tax rates, more market-friendly judges, a greater emphasis on deregulation. Resist (the temptation, if not the administration). When it comes to ideas, the lifeblood of capitalism, the influence of President Donald Trump isn't nearly so ... Read more

Commentary: The GOP's civil rights betrayal

It was one year ago this weekend that hundreds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Va., for the now-infamous "Unite the Right" rally. We all know what happened next. Counter-protesters showed up to condemn their hateful message, and the rally descended into violence, leading to the senseless death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old activist and paralegal. Afterward, ... Read more

Commentary: It's time to decriminalize sex work

Donald Trump's presidency could mark a new phase in how America deals with prostitution, long considered the oldest profession. On April 11, the president signed an act that reconciled the Senate's "Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act" and the House's "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act." His action was aimed at restricting internet advertising of commercial sex ... Read more

Commentary: Why do I love antique malls? They're the Museum of Ordinary Folks

When my wife and I are on the road, the shortest line between any two points runs through an antique mall. Not an antique shop, mind you. Their range is generally limited and upscale: fine china, arts-and-crafts furniture, Rolex watches. An antique mall's offerings, however, run the gamut. That's why we rarely leave without Diane calling out: "Come see this! My family used to have one." We ... Read more

Commentary: Innovation is key for educational equality

Soon more than 50 million American students will start or head back to K-12 public schools. Many will go to classrooms with devices like iPads or laptops for each student, smart boards and other emerging technologies. Their parents will log in to online portals or smart phone apps to check their grades or pay for lunches. Others will have less access to the latest and greatest school tech. ... Read more

Kelso teachers get 8.5 percent pay raise

Mallory Gruben mallory.gruben@tdn.com

Kelso teachers will get an 8.5 percent pay raise under a labor contract the Kelso School Board appr… Read more