July 1, 2015
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Prosser, WA 99350
Last week in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court accepted the federal government's argument in the case of King v. Burwell, and in the process effectively rewrote legislative text.   I was deeply disappointed with the Court's ruling. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent that, "the Court forgets that ours is a government of laws and not of men." The Court's decision effectively rescued Obamacare from its own text, setting a worrisome precedent that ignores the legislative role our Constitution gives exclusively to the people's elected representatives in Congress.
Yakima Valley farmers have the same problem as their California counterparts: there just isn't enough water for crops, migrating fish and people.
In California this year, an estimated 564,000 acres of prime cropland will be left unplanted because of the fourth straight year of drought.  Economists at the University of California, Davis estimate the drought has caused $2.7 billion in economic losses and cost 18,000 farm workers their jobs.
Class of 2015
To the Editor:
It seems the only thing missing from the "2015 Special Graduation Edition" in the Record Bulletin was the Graduates themselves! Although I did not have a family member graduating,it is always a pleasure to see"Traditional Senior Photo pages, the Top 10 Scholars and the Howard Wilson and the Ellen Berendt recipients!
A spokesperson fromP.H.S. said all the information was ready but the paperstated they did not have time to print it and thattheir focus this year was on the history and traditions of graduation!
I hope in the future,the Record Bulletinwill reconsider and find timeto recognizetheGraduates!
Congratulations Class of 2015!
Respectfully submitted by Gail Blair

City Council

By Rebecca Fink
Last Tuesday evening, June 23 the City Council met.  First on the agenda was Citizen Participation.  Bill Jenkin, came as spokesperson for a group of downtown business owners who were affected by recent storm water flooding.  Jenkin spoke to council with two concerns: No capacity for water run-off from storms and attracting businesses to downtown with these type of issues.  Jenkin said, "What's happening is there's no capacity for storm water," later he continued, "It's amazing it just floods from the alley way."  Jenkin spoke of diverting the water and the possibility of French drains. Councilman Randy Taylor suggested, "A probable solution can we take the water to Seventh Street?"

Rep. Newhouse welcomes Federal Agricultural Disaster Designation for Central Washington due to drought

Washington, D.C. Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Secretary, Thomas Vilsack, announced the designation of select Central Washington counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought. The USDA designation allows farmers to be considered for eligibility for additional federal disaster assistance from the Farm Service Agency, including emergency loans.