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Time to Open Up a Can On the YH-R! — Dave’s Diary

KIT and myself have both had our share of crossed swords with the Yakima Herald-Republic over the years on a variety of subjects. This weekend the YH-R printed an editorial critical of the Yakima City Council’s decision to appeal the court decision in the ACLU voting rights case.

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City Appeals ACLU Case – Here Is Why — Dave’s Diary

The Yakima City Council voted 5-2 today to file an appeal in the ACLU voting rights case.   The head shaking, finger wagging, insult parade has started in earnest so allow me to explain why -FROM MY PERSPECTIVE -we did what we did and what we hope the outcome will be.

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Black Sheep In The Family Not As Common As You Think – Dave’s Diary

Coming out of the holiday season and all those family gathering we are reminded that there seems to be one in every family. It seems all families have a “black sheep” member that presents unique challenges or difficulties. 

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Rollin’ With Royalty – Friends Say “Let It Go” — Dave’s Diary

My daughter Katelyn’s 6th birthday Sunday was a big success.  Plenty of good friends, good parents and great cupcakes at Gymnastics plus but the highlight was a visit from Queen Elsa of Arendelle.

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Christmas Memories with the KIT Crew — Dave’s Diary

Reminiscing about Christmas's past seems to always be a part of Christmas present.  There are some wonderful memories tucked away as the result of time spent with families in days gone by.  For me, time spent playing not working with dad is a favorite

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Dave Responds to the Plaza Advisory-Vote Decision — Dave’s Diary

The City Council is getting a lot of "Interesting mail" about the decision not to hold a first-of-its-kind advisory vote. Here is a recent email and my response ... just so you know how I'm thinking and why.

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Is the Fix Worse Than the Problem? — Dave’s Diary

The vote was 4 to 3. That’s as close as it can get. Ultimately the City council agreed to empower legal counsel to take the city redistricting plan to the judge. There was no compromise with the ACLU

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Less Golf, More on the Gravity Please — Dave’s Diary

As we roll into the Labor Day weekend with boating and barbecues, we need to keep in mind the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack is just 12 days. Interpret that: Remember Benghazi.

The Newsmax organization has a couple of reports worth considering

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Check The Facts-Don’t Fight Your Friends — Dave’s Diary

Did you ever have someone miss what you were saying, get upset about it and then spread the misrepresentation all over as if it were truth?  How did you deal with that?

A very special community supporter did that to me

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When Do We Give Ourselves A Break, Yakima? — Dave’s Diary

Sometimes I hate social media. When I think of all the good it could do and then I see all the bad being done, it can be demoralizing. Cyber bullying has even cost lives. The First Amendment guarantees the right, but conscience and character need to guide the content.

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