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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 22, 2015 

Is Aprils Fool's Day all month long?

Over the past month, a few funny things have happened. Well, to be honest, at the time it was not funny at all. Remember when our parents used to say, “Someday you will look back at this moment and laugh.” Well they were right, like they mostly...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 15, 2015

A too-late letter to dear Grandma

First of all, I am so sorry. Sorry I never came to try and fix our relationship. I will carry that burden now for the rest of my life. But most of all, I am sorry that we did not get to say goodbye to each other. Know this if nothing else: I still...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Easter Revelations

This past weekend and the week leading up to Easter was a revealing week for me. My wife and I took part in some long lasting traditions that have been around for thousands of years. All were eye opening and shined a spotlight on my past mistakes,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 1, 2015

Mud puddles

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster ride for my family, and after talking to a few other people, they too have been going through some trials and tribulations. Then after the big wind storm that swept through the area, followed by an inspir...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 25, 2015

Forts: the forgotten practice

Remember the fort. Ours was in the middle of a bunch of sagebrush out by the bird hills. OK, some of you are saying, where the heck is the bird hills? Well, we locals know that out along the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 18, 2015

We need to honor the badge

With everything going on in the world right now — Ferguson, Missouri and other places — with the attack on law enforcement officers, I thought I should share my perspective on things. Not that my perspective is the right or wrong one, I just try...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 11, 2015

When I grow up …

When we were kids, we had dreams of being a firefighter, police officer or other things. Those dreams were influenced by a bunch of different things, including parents, grandparents, neighbors and books and TV. Somewhere along the line, as we are...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 25, 2015

New champions, old champions and losses

A coach once told me that a bad loss is sometimes the best thing for a team. It lets you know that there are still things to work on and that it exposes our weaknesses. That statement can be applied to our everyday life as well. Sometimes we are goin...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Do our youth need help? YES!

Our kids need us. That part we can all agree on, but it is the how that can sometimes get overwhelming, causing some of us to drag our feet and hope someone else will take up the cause. The other barrier is sometimes we let the “Bad” kid or the t...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 11, 2015

An 80th birthday, Oh how time flies

I recently had the honor of being invited to a party for a man that has strong roots in our community. This column could have easily been called “Past Gems in the Coulee” or “Where are these Gems now” but this man is much more than a part of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Top 10 bands that influenced my life

OK, this is not a best bands list. This is a list of the most influential bands in my life. Bands that my parents infused onto me, bands that I chose for myself and bands that were just there at the right time. Second disclaimer: remember I am only...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 28, 2015

Gems in the Coulee: Volunteers

Anyone who knows anything at all about our history in the Coulee area knows that volunteerism is what made the heart start beating and thriving in this area. Sure, the great Grand Coulee Dam brought thousands into the area but if not for the local...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 21, 2015

Your day-to-day encounters can mean a lot

Sometimes I can go a whole day without having any personable contact with anyone. Just ask my wife, she will confirm this. But on other days I can have contact with hundreds of people, missing out on an opportunity to influence, lift up or otherwise...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 14, 2015

Heros among us

This is a story of a real account that happened in the Coulee recently. I will change some of the names to protect the innocent. A husband and wife ride together to work every day. Except today the wife will be going alone because her husband is...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 7, 2015

Things to ponder while pondering about the pond

“I don’t wanna go back to school!” This statement was heard echoing from home to home on Monday as kids struggled to get up and get out the door following the two-week winter break. It was also...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 31, 2014

The goal: seek out people to help

The time of year has come that we must reflect back on the previous year and prepare for the New Year ahead. Resolutions will be made, promises promised and goals set. Reflecting back can be heart breaking and inspiring but it is part of what makes u...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 24, 2014

A young spirit of Christmas

Was I that bad? Was I a spoiled brat? Sometimes in this world of selfishness and entitlement, I see it in our youth and I wonder those very questions. I see kids daily believing that they have a right to everything, no matter if they deserve it or...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 17, 2014

Find peace in the Silent Night

Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of this time of year we must pause. (OK, let’s pretend there is a dramatic 20-second silence right here) Sit back, relax, take a breath and let it soak in a second. That happened to me this weekend. Let me fil...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 10, 2014

Those red, green and white traditions

By now most of you have climbed into the attic or sunk into the depths of the basement to haul out those boxes of treasured relics. No, I am not talking about the 1965 baseball card set you inherited or the prom dress from your first prom. I am...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 3, 2014

Cold air tells a tale in the Coulee

Not to steal from the weather man, but it has been cold. Colder than Hans Solo in a Carbonite freeze. It might even be colder than a Hobbit in Melkor. OK, now that that is out of my system and movie buffs are happy, let's move right along. Since I...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 26, 2014

Cardboards boxes, willing hearts and friends

Last week I gave you a (try and make you smile) column about making a rough draft of what you are thankful for. Well, after the week I had, the true Thanksgiving list is here and ready for your approval. So here we go. Cardboard boxes can be hard to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 19, 2014

Almost time to give thanks

With all that is going on in the world and the holidays right around the corner, I thought maybe I would start the preparation for being thankful. Just like a professional baseball player has to go to spring training before the season, and just like...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 12, 2014

National Anthem thoughts

I was standing at the Veterans Assembly last week at the high school during the National Anthem and found myself thinking of not only the 30-plus veterans on hand for the event that we were honoring but of other vets that lost their lives giving the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 5, 2014

Paying it forward

In the movie “Pay It Forward,” Haley Joel Osment creates an idea to make the world a better place. Help someone, just because they need it, and expect nothing in return. Just tell them to pay it...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Chats that mean something

I have had the privilege the past few months to have had a couple of chats that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Sometimes in a world of fast paced mayhem and “gotta go” attitudes, a quick...

 

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