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 By Jack Burchard    Opinion    December 7, 2016 

Dam would be costly boondoggle for Okanogan County

At this time of politics gone wild, let’s turn our attention to a significant local issue that we actually have the power to control: Enloe Dam. I’m amazed how the desire to “have our own dam” has become more important than the simple facts....

 
 By Michael Palanuk    Opinion    December 7, 2016 

No compromise needed with the Electoral College

I read with interest a letter from Joe Bialek of Cleveland on changing the election process. He is an avowed Democrat and showed us a way to manipulate figures to show that the United States should drop the “winner take all” electoral college...

 
 By Danna Dal Porto    Opinion    December 7, 2016 

PUD paying millions for "luxury" improvements

The Grant PUD is paying $41,516,398 for luxury improvements at Crescent Bar. Grant PUD ratepayers need to understand that they are paying for a golf course and a 61-slip boat marina, and these items contribute to higher monthly electric bills. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 7, 2016 

Your Story, Part 2

Last week I started telling you about my story, using only the three important parts that I thought were most relevant to my story. Sometimes what we think is important or a part of us is not essential to the heart of the person listening to our stor...

 
 Opinion    December 7, 2016 

Seventy-six years ago

The start of excavation for the removal of over-burden from the west tailrace slide area at Grand Coulee Dam. - Dec. 9, 1940...

 
 By Joe Bialek    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Proposing a compromise on the Electoral College

The framers of the US Constitution created the Electoral College as a result of a compromise for the presidential election process. During the debate, some delegates felt that a direct popular election would lead to the election of each state’s...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Federal government must listen to local community on snake river dams

Hundreds of local residents showed up last week in Pasco for a debate that many thought had long been settled. We again find ourselves making the case that proposals to breach the Columbia and lower Snake River dams would hurt our local community,...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Cheap gas fueling petrochemical expansion

In Washington, an abundance of low cost, reliable hydropower spurs economic growth. It is a key reason why energy intensive industries locate here. Today, our nation has a profusion of carbon-based energy. Unlike a decade ago when we relied upon...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Your Story Part 1

It starts with a question. That question can be difficult for some to answer, or for others it can release the flood gates of time and you end up knowing everything about them. A simple question, “What’s your story?” can require a person to...

 
 Opinion    November 30, 2016

Thirty-one years ago

Excessive snow on December 8, 1985, made it possible for artist Perry Ferguson to create this sculpture of an Indian on a horse. Assisted by Joe Kiehn, the sculpture was begun on Dec. 8 at 10:30...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    November 23, 2016

On sidewalks, streets, and petitions

Most of the Town was built over 80 years ago and we can’t expect that the infrastructure will last forever… and that includes our sidewalks. So for now, let’s skip the myriad of other issues/problems and let’s look at our sidewalks. At...

 
 By Sheilah Kennedy    Opinion    November 23, 2016

Kennedy recalls accomplishments, thanks supporters

I made the decision in 2012 to run for county commissioner to bring effective leadership to the county. I ran for reelection to continue that leadership of balancing budgets, adopting land use plans that were kicked down the road since 1965, and...

 
 By Lincoln County Comissioners    Opinion    November 23, 2016

Commissioners grateful for tax increase

Thank you to the voters for helping us to better serve the Public Safety needs of Lincoln County! The modest Public Safety sales tax increase was approved by 58 percent of the voters and will greatly help us to serve you better. We are very...

 
 By Joan Green    Opinion    November 23, 2016

Grateful for a good (local) campaign

Aren’t we all so grateful that this fiasco of an election year is over! For those young people who were experiencing their first presidential election, please don’t be turned off by all of it. The media has stated “never in our history have we...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 23, 2016

Who's Next?

Wrestling is a dedication sport. It is not always about the wins and losses and skill level. It is about the dedication you put into yourself and the time you’re willing to put in to be the best. How much are you willing to sacrifice? This time of...

 
 Opinion    November 23, 2016

Seventy-six years ago

Winter's icy grip on a spillway bridge pier at Grand Coulee Dam. -Nov. 12, 1940 photo...

 
 By Ed Bartley    Opinion    November 16, 2016

Concerned about crime in our community and want change? Get involved!

At some recent town council meetings, some Coulee Dam citizens expressed a desire to help stem crime in their community by forming a “Block Watch” program. I was asked to head this endeavor as I had worked with similar programs in Spokane and...

 
 By Soy Redthunder    Opinion    November 16, 2016

Football program's hard work paid off

I want to thank the school, the community, the students, the coaches and especially the players for an uplifting season. It goes to show hard work pays off! Keep up all the things in your lives.  Soy Redthunder...

 
 By Ashley Thrasher    Opinion    November 16, 2016

Thanks for the support in a clean campaign

I want to first thank all of those who assisted, supported, volunteered, donated, and voted for me in the Okanogan County Commissioner District 2 primary and general elections. The amount of support I received is truly humbling.  I also want to...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    November 16, 2016

Celebrating 127 years of the Evergreen State

Washington my home; Where ever I may roam; This is my land, my native land, Washington, my home. Our verdant forest green, Caressed by silvery stream; From mountain peak to fields of wheat. Washington, my home.   This verse of “Washington My...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 16, 2016

Remembering the Musings

I read in last week’s paper of the passing of Reg Morgan. To say the least, I am a little heartbroken to hear of this. On these very pages, week after week, Reg wrote about fishing, hunting, travel and the occasional stray pet as he let you in on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 9, 2016

We'll figure it out together

No matter what just happened, we’re all in this together. Regardless of which candidate won the presidential election, or any others you’re watching closely, the republic, state and county will su...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    November 9, 2016

Honoring America's defenders

The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten – President Calvin Coolidge said it well almost 100 ago. Friday is Veterans Day, when we as a nation honor those who have answered the call to defend our way of life. We exercise and...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    November 9, 2016

Even voting is at issue in this election

One of the more intriguing aspects of this unusual election year is the extent to which the underpinning of the election itself — voting — has become an issue in its own right. An act that we used to take for granted is increasingly being called...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 9, 2016

What is important to talk about?

Communication has always been a key to success. Ask any businessman or woman and they will agree. Ask any teacher and they will also agree. Ask any coach and the answer is the same: communication is key to winning and losing. In the classroom, on the...

 

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