August 26, 2015
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Senator Newhouse's letter
Dear Editor
In response to Senator Dan Newhouse's letter concerning the defunding of Planned Parenthood and his half truths about the video's as well as the abortion services that this non-profit organization  provides to low-income women… are the real facts ladies and gentlemen.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) provides roughly 300,000 abortions yearly on a nationwide basis.  The US has a population of roughly 320 million.  This means that approximately 10 percent of the services that PPFA provides are abortions.
Here's the first fun fact that Senator Newhouse neglected to mention in his statement.  None of those services are paid for with federal funds. None of your tax dollars are allowed to go towards paying for abortions. Those services are paid for by people like me; women who are deeply grateful that these services were available when we needed them and want to see those services continue.  Women like me, who needed low cost pap smears and cervical screenings when I was in my 20's and working three jobs and still had no insurance because none of my employers offered it and I couldn't afford to pay for it myself on the crap house and wages they paid me.  I had access to low cost birth control to stop the PCOS I suffered from, something I would not have been able to afford had  it not been for PPFA and in case you're wondering, PCOS is a hormonal disorder that causes sterility, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer.  So yes, I am deeply indebted to PPFA because had it not been for them, the odds of my being gifted with the beauty that is my daughter would have been considerably slimmer.  I don't forget that.  I pony up every time I get a letter because I know the value of PPFA.  I lived it.
So some of you may be asking at this point just what do my tax dollars pay for when it comes to PPFA.  The services our tax dollars pay for include contraceptives(birth control); long acting reversible contraception; emergency contraception; screening for breast cancer, cervical and testicular cancers; pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted disease; comprehensive sexuality education, menopause treatments, vasectomies, and tubal ligations.
These services allow both men and women who are not economically stable to have control over their reproductive health which is directly related to their economic health, given the fact that the Republican Party continues to slash funds for social services.  Defunding this vital non-profit service removes these options form the lives of people who desperately need them and forces not only them but their children deeper and deeper into poverty.
The second fun fact is that Senator Newhouse failed to mention that these videos he referenced in his statement last week were a series of secretly taped but EDITED videos that actually showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing how to legally provide aborted tissue to researchers.
Given the omission of this from the content of his statement, Senator Newhouse would have you believe that PPFA was doing something illegal, which is not the truth, and which in turn begs the question 'just what else are you trying to hide Senator?'
Based on his statement, Senator Newhouse doesn't care whether women have access to birth control so that we can limit the sizes of our families to what we can conceivably afford to feed, clothe and hopefully educate.  He doesn't care if we die of cervical, ovarian or breast cancer because we did not have access to medical screening that would have given us the chance to live to see our children grown, married and with children of their own.  All he and the members of his political party are concerned with is attempting to regain and maintain total control over the women of this nation, for reasons we're all aware of but none of which can be printed here….
Senator you are not pro-life, no matter what you say. You and your political party only want a child born, because every child born now and in the years to come means there are that many fewer jobs 18 years later.  These results are that there are fewer resources to take care of the population growth and the rest of the equation is nothing more than the first lesson in economics; supply versus demand.  You have a huge supply of people that need work so they can eat?  So they have four walls and a roof? They'll work for next to nothing….which is exactly what the 1 percent wants.  That's no pro-life ladies and gentlemen.  That is pro-birth. 
And I am deeply appalled at your blatant disregard for women's health in your constituency and based on your stance concerning this issue you believe that poor men and woman are incapable of taking the information available to them and making for informed decision based on their immediate and long term need regardless of whether they are single or not.  I am outraged at your flagrant and deliberate attempt to conceal the actual economic and political facts of this issue from you constituency and spin it for the sole purpose of further curtailing of the rights of women.  And the reason I say this is because the medical profession cannot remove organs from a corpse without the consent of the person prior to death but you and your party have passed legislation in several states of this country that has high-jacked women's bodies for nine months, forcing them to continue pregnancies they neither want and bear children they cannot afford.
In other words ladies, if Senator Newhouse has his way, a corpse will have more body autonomy that you will and our granddaughters will be fighting the same battle for personal freedom that the grandmothers of our generation won.
Not in my state Senator.  Not in my town.  Not on my watch.
Ellen M. Barnes

Many local families, farmers, and businesses in Central Washington are still dealing with the ripple effects and devastating economic impact caused by the months-long slowdown at 29 West Coast ports during contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Congress must now take action to approve legislative reforms to address future slowdowns to reduce the crippling threat they pose to our economy.

School Board

By Rebecca Fink
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The Board's first order of business was the 'swearing in and seating' of the 2015-2016 Student Board Representatives: Zebbie Castilleja, Taylor Beightol, Tye Taylor and Juan Guerra Martinez. "Each of these students brings something unique to the board," stated Board President, Bill Jenkin. "We are happy to have them aboard," echoed Superintendent Ray Tolcacher. The four were sworn in by Tolcacher, ceremonially seated, and then given name tags and board mugs.
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