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Sophie's Choice: I am a wuss

October 22, 2014

I am not a sissy la-la. Or at least, I like to think I am not. Having a nurse for a mother and being raised in a place where your playpen consisted of mud pits, I don’t get weirded out by blood and dirt. Snakes? I find them fascinating. Bugs? Pretty hardy critters themselves (the nuclear holocaust may wipe us off the map like a magic marker on a dry erase board, but cockroaches will live on). True, I don’t get excited at the prospect of running into one of those dog-sized rats I saw in Italy, but that’s why man created the .22.

Sophie's Choice: The readers have spoken!

October 17, 2014

I can’t lie, good readers, I was simultaneously delighted and a bit disappointed that the pitchforks and torches got left at home (or at least in the pick-up truck) at the last two Coffee with Sophie sessions. After all, it’s hard for a girl to get cute cardigans over Teflon body armor and not look like you are carrying around that extra bulk.

Is Stevens County at the end of its ‘wolf rope?’ by Chris Cowbrough

October 10, 2014

Several days ago, elected officials from Stevens County traveled to Pasco to sit in on a meeting of the nine-member Washington State Fish and Game Commission. Also in attendance at the meeting was Hunters-area farmers and sheep-herders, Dave and Julie Dashiell. Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you probably know that the Dashiell’s lost at least two-dozen dead sheep (confirmed) to wolves. The bigger story is that this long-time area family is still missing upwards of 300 sheep.

House Call - By Julie Crist

October 1, 2014

The next big thing: Konjac

SPEAKING OF SPORTS By Chris Cowbrough

September 10, 2014

A lot to talk about this week

The high school sports’ season(s) got underway with Friday Night Lights and Friday Afternoon Sunshine from outposts like Hunters and Inchelium—to Kettle Falls and Colville.
From my cheap seat, all I have to say is it’s about time.” As an unabashed sports fan of the mostly college and high school persuasion, I have been eagerly awaiting the start of high school sports. Yes, it tends to ratchet up my workload exponentially, but that’s okay. What else am I going to do? It’s all about being a good sport all ways and always being a good sport.

Sophie's Choice: Straight talk on the bi-way

April 16, 2014

Let’s talk about sexual orientation.
For those of you who I haven’t immediately lost to another section of the newspaper, thank you for staying with me. I mean no rudeness, crudeness, or offense. But we’re all adults, and I would like to write about an issue that has been nagging at me for a while now.

Sophie's Choice: The Mythical Beast of Wedlock

January 28, 2014

Marriage has always been like my own personal Sasquatch. Do I really believe in it? I’ve fluctuated between “Yes, I’ve seen the proof!” to “No, if you examine the footage closer you will see that’s actually a dissatisfied couple in a gorilla suit.” Other times, I have simply been awed and inspired by other’s commitment to the Love Kool-Aid and their fondness and respect for their partner as they take the ride called life together.

FYI: Candy is dandy…unless it’s headed up your proboscis

January 28, 2014

A new top tax rate, higher Medicare taxes and the phase-out of deductions and exemptions could mean higher taxes for wealthier Americans this year—or not. Legally wed same sex couples, meanwhile, may find the true meaning of the “marriage penalty.”
One thing is for certain: All taxpayers will have a harder time taking medical deductions.

What's on your book shelf? by Sophia Aldous

December 18, 2013

Usually, I don’t hearken to computer games, at least not since my fellow elementary school classmates and myself used to squabble over who got to shoot at pixilated buffalo and deer in The Oregon Trail game during our allotted computer time. Facebook frolics such as Farmville are beyond me, considering that if I actually wanted to bail hay and milk cows, I know several people whose doors I could just knock on as opposed to clicking a mouse.

Another Take: Cougars, Huskies… Ducks and Beavers, oh my

November 27, 2013

After both Oregon and Oregon State looked about as interested in playing football last Saturday as I do in putting together a yearly business budget and participating in the hackneyed and cliché Christmas shopping bacchanal, I thought it would be a great idea to test your Northwest Rivalry Recollection this week.
This week and last week are rife with annual college football rivalry games from Left Coast to Right. Most of them I have heard some working AARP knowledge of.

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