June 10, 2012
The National Democratic Party Convention will be in Charlotte, NC during the first week of September. 13 Delegates from Central Washington will participate, including 5 from Yakima.
Teri Staudinger of Pasco
Brad Taylor of Prosser
Rosalinda Mendoza of Union Gap
Jeremie Dufualt of Yakima
Matt Tomaskin of the Yakama Nation
Elizabeth Mendoza of Yakima
Mary Stephenson of Yakima
Ken Caylor of Othello
George Fearing of Richland
Dennis Montes of Nespelem
Lorrie DeKay of White Salmon
Jon Ferguson of Ellensburg
Karen Keleman of East Wenatchee
Alternate Delegates from Central Washington
John Orozco of Yakima
C’Ann Kariores of Colville Nation
In November the Electoral College will meet in Olympia where the Democratic Presidential Electors will vote for Barack Obama.
George Fearing of Richland
Alternate Presidential Elector
Asa Washines of the Yakama Nation
June 10, 2012
Usually I make use of government statistics to make my economic arguments. This time I will use graphs sent out by a major Wall Street investment firm called John Thomas Financial. That’s kind of amusing; although, come to think of it, Wall Street is a great place to find authentic economic reports without a trace of ideology. This series of graphs is simple and easy to digest. It shows various measures of performance of the US economy between January 2007 and early 2012, with the enactment of the 2009 Stimulus marked clearly on each one. When you page through the graphs you can see the lag time between enactment and impact. You can see that the impact was significant and you can see that the impact is receding rapidly now.
President Obama has asked Congress to reconcile their respective Transportation bills and to pass something. The Transportation bill funds good public works programs that have always been approved by Republicans. Now, suddenly they aren’t okay, never mind what is good government. The President has asked for revenue-sharing for states, no more or less than in previous recessions under Republican Presidents. What was good for Reagan is good for the country. Today the House of Representatives refuses to take any fiscal steps to help the country get on its feet again. That’s not ideology, that’s a shame.
May 22, 2012
Have you noticed how impossible it is to follow the action in Congress without having to read online newspapers? In the spirit of providing factual information, it is necessary to publish important Congressional votes. I subscribe to a customized weekly report from Megavote that is specific to this congressional district.
Congress is not in session this week. Last week, Hastings voted for a Defense Authorization that was passed by the House but is in trouble because it exceeds the Budget Act that was signed last year. Yes, Virginia, there really is a Budget Act and it is current law.
May 14, 2012
Wow, I went to look at this website:
and they have this scary chart! I couldn’t actually pull the exact numbers, because it moves so fast. Be sure to go look!
CURRENT WORLD POPULATION
NET GROWTH DURING YOUR VISIT
Here’s a documentary about Mother Earth: Mother: Caring for 7 Billion http://www.motherthefilm.com/
Thanks to Ed Patton of Yakima for this news tip!
May 6, 2012
The Selah chapter of Ducks Unlimited celebrated their 32nd year and the parent organization’s 75th year at their annual fund raising dinner Saturday evening at the Elks Lodge in Selah. Ducks Unlimited combines ecology, family activities and responsible hunting.
What does Ducks Unlimited serve at their fund raising dinner?
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May 3, 2012
By Robert Beal
May Day march in Yakima photo by Mary Baechler
Eve Valdivia — with solid teamwork and sponsors — did a great job coordinating the (chilly) May Day March for Working Families. The number of people who engaged (at some point) was higher than the estimates in the paper — at least 750, according to an experienced organizer/journalist who did a conservative count-based estimate.
As the march moved through town, people were coming off the sidewalk and out of their homes to join the parade.
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May 2, 2012
A.L.E.C, Alec, alec, what’s ALEC? The answer is: plenty. If you do a search query “The American Legislative Exchange Council” you’ll get 39, 700,000 or more hits. That’s a lot of hits for an organization that has tried to stay below the threshold of public awareness.
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April 30, 2012
We’re excited for all the good things that are happening in Yakima and central Washington. As you may know, the Yakima Free Press is a community oriented publication started as a means to give voice and presence to those who could not otherwise be heard.
Have a meeting schedule and announcements for your group or club? Put ‘em here. Have a comment on the city council? You got it…post it here.
The thing is…the YFP doesn’t employ anyone, it’s a labor of love. Don’t wait for us to come to you, send us something we can publish. We’re looking for interesting original material on almost any subject, especially when it’s local.
The responses have been enthusiastic and generous. Thank you, 2012 is already a great year!
April 29, 2012
When I think of the nuns who have worked in Yakima County, everything Kristoff says about selfless sacrifice; serving the poor is so very true. These are real heroes of Yakima County.
We Are All Nuns – NYTimes.com.
April 18, 2012
The April 17 tax day protest took place Tuesday afternoon beginning at Millennium Plaza and then joining up with a Union Rally. At issue is the fairness of income taxes. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 15% tax bracket was discuseed and compared to the higher percentage of tax paid by those who make far less than Romney’s 20 million or so income (Romney filed for an extension, his tax return is therefore unavailable).
Conspicuously absent was the Tea Party. No signs, no rally, nobody save for Douglas Chilson, Tea Party stalwart who watched from the sidewalk. Nick Hughes stood alongside Doug. I asked for their comments…they parroted a few bumper sticker slogans before wandering away. Clyde Stewart listened to both sides before declaring the injustice of proposed cuts to Medicare. “Poor people don’t make a penny from Medicare”. He continued “Money spent on Medicare goes to doctors and hospitals and administrators, poor people get care, everyone else gets the money”
Did the Tea Party die?
April 13, 2012
By Jeffry S. Bohlinger
To be satisfied is to be dead. Complacency leads to mediocrity. If you’re not in the race you are just a spectator.
Ambition, drive and motivation are the fuel that has caused our species instant gratification. Did or does this condition provide us happiness? Imagine me and you. I do.
Just because we can download a truckload of information in minutes, does that make us smarter? Happier? Freer? True peace comes from acceptance.
Not everyone is going to become a movie star, pro athlete, rock star or infomercial God. Most people are going to be servants. They’re going to check your groceries, fix your car, paint your house, teach your children, deliver your mail, preach a sermon on Sunday.
Most of us are servants. If you’re looking to be served you’re probably going to live a life of disappointment. You’re special, just not that important.
If at the end of the day you go to bed not hungry, good for you. You’ve been served.
April 9, 2012
The Yakima County NAACP is co-sponsoring a teach-in on Yakima Pursuit of Happiness. at the Southeast Community Center.
The Yakima Pursuit of Happiness Teach-In will take place on Friday, April 13, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. in the SE Yakima Community Center gym and MLK Room. NAACP president James Parks celebrated Yakima efforts to attain improved health. “NAACP Youth have conducted workshops on healthy eating, exercise and proper treatment of chronic conditions,” he said.
Sponsors include Northwest Harvest food bank and harvest gleaning resource, the Metropolitan Community Church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima, Yakima Pride, First Fridays (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning and Allies social group), Yakima Valley Peace Advocates Network and others.
Yakima has much to be proud of in reaching the goal of happiness for all who live here.
April 9, 2012
Research adds to understanding of homophobia.
Yakima and central Washington has its share of homophobia as evidenced by strident comments made to the Yakima Herald Republic and other newspapers. Many of those who condemn homosexuals justify their words with Biblical quotes.
In a new study reported by Science Daily, research conducted by a team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara has revealed patterns behind hostility towards homosexuals. The study will be published in an April 2012 edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
This excerpt sums up the research. ” The study is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of intense and visceral fear of homosexuals, including self-reported homophobic attitudes, discriminatory bias, implicit hostility towards gays, and endorsement of anti-gay policies.”
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April 6, 2012
Six popular radio stations in Yakima are owned by Clear Channel, which in turn is owned by two private equity firms, one of which is Bain Capital. It doesn’t matter whether or not Mitt Romney knows what goes over the air. Because he is the founder of Bain Capital and a major investor, the current owners have Romney’s interest at heart. Check this out at the Columbia Journalism website. The stations are listed by state and Washington is next to last in what is an astonishing long list of hundreds of radio stations. This should concern everyone willing to ask if it is possible that they are being manipulated and influenced for somebody’s gain.