LETTER: Brain drain

Agonizing thoughts should not enter one’s mind. They disrupt us and surely should be avoided. Even so, some of them cannot be ignored. This is… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021

PAT NEAL: Continued: Who owns the river?

In last week’s episode, we were attempting to answer the question, “Who owns the Hoh River?” Ownership began with the Native Americans shortly after the… Continue reading

LETTER: Tell us of dangers

On June 13, there was a rave for our public health officers raving about their “keeping us informed and educated about this new virus.” While… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: Public needs outbreak information

THE DANGEROUS GAMMA variant of COVID-19 was brought into Clallam County apparently by an anti-vaxxer Johnny Appleseed who traveled out of the county without getting… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A difficult question to answer

Tourists ask many questions about this land of ours. Is the weather always like this? How deep is the river? As a professional know-it-all, if… Continue reading

LETTER: A way to serve

In the national interest, we are sometimes asked to serve, in ways we may not like or understand. Young men were drafted to serve in… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2021


For the last 60 years, I’ve been, like my father and most of my friends, a fairly conservative Republican. I believed in the basic tenants… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2021

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: An apology, and a wish for dialogue

I’M WRITING THIS not to get you to take sides. Instead, I invite us all to take a pause. Two weeks ago, my PDN column… Continue reading

LETTER: An elitist

Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Brotherton is a elitist. During a Zoom meeting on Monday, June 14, Brotherton said commissioners Kate Dean and Heidi Eisenhour were… Continue reading

  • Jun 17, 2021

LETTER: Homeless encampment

Jefferson County Commissioner George Brotherton is proposing the county build a homeless encampment on Cape George Road near our community. We are a largely rural… Continue reading

  • Jun 17, 2021

PAT NEAL: The news from NOAA

It was another tough week in the news. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration threatened further restrictions on salmon fishing from California north to the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Fun on the farm

Every year along about this time, I think about the good old days. That was back when the Olympic Peninsula lowlands were filled with farms.… Continue reading

LETTER: Complaint

President Biden has just “pointed at Vice President Harris to handle voting rights legislation,” according to Politico’s website. If she handles this assignment with the… Continue reading

  • Jun 4, 2021

LETTER: Private information

I must comment on Gail Collins’ column on May 14-15, 2021 “Nobody’s telling who sold the gun.” She’s a journalist for the New York Times… Continue reading

  • Jun 4, 2021
Shawn Woodyard of Port Angeles talks with Juan de Fuca Festival street fair vendor Cholpon Djumabaeva, who with her husband Jon runs Kyrgyz-Konnection of Gig Harbor. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Festival, street fair return a relief

Our everyday talk equals poetry, Naa Akua told us. This was Saturday afternoon in a spoken-word poetry workshop, where I certainly didn’t belong. Or so… Continue reading

Shawn Woodyard of Port Angeles talks with Juan de Fuca Festival street fair vendor Cholpon Djumabaeva, who with her husband Jon runs Kyrgyz-Konnection of Gig Harbor. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

LETTER: Examples of racism

In regard to “Other’s Racism” (PDN, May 27): True, America did not use slaves to build the Colosseum or the Parthenon, but since both of… Continue reading

  • Jun 3, 2021

PAT NEAL: Searching for solitude

Now that the tourists are here, it’s easy to see why we put a season on them in the first place. From the acidified ocean… Continue reading

LETTER: Vaccination rewards

There are stories in the news lately about some of the lucky people winning lotteries and various prizes for finally getting their COVID vaccinations. This… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2021

LETTER: Others’ racism

America is racist and evil. Oh, really? America did not slaughter 6 million European Jews. Germany did that. America did not rape Nanjing. Japan did… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2021

PAT NEAL: The fate of the fish ducks

For some, the New Year begins on Jan. 1. Out on our rivers, the new year begins with the emergence of the baby salmon from… Continue reading