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 By Pat Leigh    Opinion    November 22, 2017 

In her case, "I" is for Issues

Dr. Ann Diamond has retired from her career as our small-town doctor and entered the race for state representative of Legislative District 12. Her campaign kickoff was great fun, with beautiful pies, hot cider and wonderful bluegrass music by The... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 22, 2017 

Baptized

There are those moments in everyone’s life that you can look back upon and realize the importance of a pivotal decision. Two young ladies made those decisions this weekend and it made me think back... Full story

 

Sixty-eight years ago

Feeder canal formwork in slide area - Forms for the transition section from "square-to-round" in the "cut-and-cover" portion of the feeder canal. - November 8, 1949 photo...

 

Celebrate local businesses on Nov. 25

Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore — a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping, and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike, and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000. I would peruse toy racks...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    November 15, 2017

Shameful tax code proposal would do great harm

Cathy’s craven role in “money-changing” the U.S. Tax Code to aid “The Money-Changer’s Tax Paradise” in offshore tax shelters is shameful! The $1.5 trillion-dollar tax giveaway is the biggest tax giveaway to giant corporations in modern...

 

Debt and taxes

As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome. It’s almost...

 

Legislative wins for Central Washington approved by U.S. House

Much of the nation’s attention has rightly been focused on Congress’ current push for historic tax reform — the first major effort in more than 30 years. While pro-growth tax reform is a critical topic, I would like to share an update on...

 

Sixty-eight years ago

Transition Section from square to round in the "cut-and-cover" portion of the Feeder Canal across the slide area. Each of the two barrels has a capacity of 3,600,000 gallons a minute, and the...

 

Be aware of what we require of our military

The average citizen in modern American is too far removed from the reality that keeps our country demanding more of those who choose to serve the country with military service. So inside this issue of The Star, we include our annual salute to our vet...

 

The only merciful thing

I hope everybody saw Dapper Dan Newhouse’s latest screed, wherein he pats himself on the back for a number of things, not least supporting the new Republican bill to renew CHIP. Give me a break. CHIP never should have lapsed: kids don’t quit...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    November 8, 2017

Doublespeak supports the unfair and morally obscene

Doublespeak supports the unfair and morally obscene Is Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers ignorant about what is going on, literally, on the ground? She gives “doublespeak” about her support for the destruction of public lands in supporting Hou...

 

Re: "Dangerous dog seized from owner"

These people are unreal. One-time bite and he’s dangerous. Really, but you can drive drunk and get five and six DUIs and go out to try and kill again, but a dog being protective is all of a sudden dangerous. You people need to really get your...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 8, 2017

Growing up, Raiders and conversation

This weekend was jam packed with sports, emergencies and some really good impromptu conversations with strangers and friends. Here are the highlights. Raider football is headed to the state playoffs....

 

Sixty-seven Years Ago

Spillway bucket repair, block 54: this view, inside the working chamber of the floating caisson, shows the finished surface of the replaced concrete in the apron section, which is at the downstream...

 

Vote to support juvenile center upgrades

It hasn’t been long since our previous county commissioners held evening meetings discussing the pros and cons of sending our juvenile offenders to Martin Hall in Medical Lake. Individuals from the Coulee Dam area even made the long journey to Okan... Full story

 

Vote for juvenile detention and jail facilities

In 2016, hundreds of citizens spoke out against a possible move of Okanogan County’s juvenile detention facilities to the Spokane area to be managed by a multi-state business. That proposed move would have also meant a loss of 10-plus professional... Full story

 

Rural prosperity essential to Washington

While Seattle is growing rapidly, our rural areas continue to struggle. They don’t have the corporate giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing creating jobs and economic opportunities. Farms are predominantly family-owned. Today, there is a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 1, 2017

Gems in the Coulee: Sheila Darnold

If you know her, then you already know she goes way beyond what an average secretary does. If you don’t, then you have not had a child go through the school system in the last, well, a lot of years. Sheila Darnold’s work ethic is beyond superb....

 

Sixty-eight Years Ago

Cleaning up the foundation of North Dam – Dynamite and power shovels have removed the bulk of the excavation, and men with shovels are cleaning the balance. In the background, the trench for the...

 

Consider carefully before you cast your vote

Before you cast your vote — take the time vetting. In other words, “make a careful and critical examination.” Do you “really” know about our Coulee Dam candidates? You already know about David Schmidt and Gayle Swagerty … they actually...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 25, 2017

Passion and belief

I recently had to write a recommendation letter for a young man in our community that has been nominated for an award. Part of the criteria was to write about his “Passion and Belief.” That got...

 

Amazon's plan reminiscent of Boeing's Chicago move

Last year, Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates wrote about the similarities and differences between Boeing’s corporate office move to Chicago and Amazon’s plan for a second headquarters. Boeing wanted to leave Seattle in an effort to...

 

Sixty-eight Years Ago

Form Work for the cut and cover section - Preparing forms for the entrance to the cut and cover stretch of the feeder canal. A transition section from round to square is required and a further...

 
 By Darla Orr    Opinion    October 18, 2017

Mean spirit not warranted against protesters

The volume of recent surprisingly vitriolic comments has forced me into this rare, lengthy post. In this age when our kids and grandkids will spend more time on social media than we adults ever will, is it possible we could set a good example by...

 

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