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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

More gathered than the sum of those meeting

One never knows what benefits will take shape when people come together to solve a problem. Aside from tackling the initial problem, the very act of meeting with open minds often precedes other unforeseen but important outcomes. Such may well prove...

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

Things to ponder on tax day

Happy April 15th. Today is Tax Day and is the day we are required to give an account of our earnings to the IRS tax collectors. A lot will be written by the media and a lot will be said by the politicians about this but I am sure that a couple...

 
 By Hallman and Syngal    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

Gap is ahead of Equal Pay Day

When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That’s how equal partnerships work. Today, you know the Fishers’ company as G...

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    April 15, 2015 

Coulee Recollections

10 Years ago Total Health Events, LLC, of Blaine, Wash, the same company that put on last fall’s triathlon, is hosting the “Over The Dam Run” 5K/10K and a half marathon on Sunday, May 8 on Colorama weekend. The original race began in 1977, orga...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Time to appreciate our parks

Last week, the National Park Service launched a new public relations campaign aimed raising public awareness of the treasures it keeps available for all. The campaign urges folks to “Find Your Park” and is premised on the idea that many people...

 
 By Dan Johnson    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Re: "They're de-populating Eastern Washington humans" (Letters from Our Readers, 3/25/15)

Please Star Newspaper...do some fact checking. Wolves have never been re introduced to our state, and Grizzly Bears won’t stay in the Columbia Basin for too long before they head for the Rocky Mountains. (ps...wolves have returned by migrating...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 8, 2015

New rail safety regulations welcome

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has announced new rules that reduce the vapor pressure in oil tanker cars leaving his state’s booming oil patch. The goal is to reduce the risk of fiery explosions like the one that killed 47 people in...

 
 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,...

 
 Opinion    April 8, 2015

Sixty-five Years Ago

This photograph, taken from the intersection of First Street and Ickes Avenue, looks to the northeast, a part of the area to be developed as an extension to the Right 230-kv Switchyard. First Street...

 
 Opinion    April 1, 2015

Continued pot prohibition aids criminals

I find it very disappointing that we are beginning the third year in which adults over 21 years of age living in Washington state can legally possess and use cannabis (marijuana) products, yet we have NO legal cannabis businesses in the Grand Coulee...

 
 By William Riley    Opinion    April 1, 2015

They're de-populating Eastern Washington humans

Federal and state agencies are preparing to reintroduce grizzly bears and additional wolves into Washington’s rural counties. Lawless environmental groups like Earth First and Earth Liberation Front attempted to create habitat for these dangerous...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    April 1, 2015

Responding to questions and concerns from Central Washingtonians

An important part of serving in Congress is responding to questions from constituents on a range of topics, from Obamacare to national security and religious persecution abroad. I always look forward to hearing from constituents who contact my...

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    April 1, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Coulee Community Hospital opened its newly designed birthing room on March 16, 1995, a $20,000 project funded by the Coulee Medical Foundation and celebrating its 10-year anniversary and 516 deliveries this spring. Another birthing room...

 
 By Cathy McMorris Rodgers    Opinion    March 25, 2015

Advocating for Eastern Washington Veterans

  Not a day goes by when I don’t hear from veterans in our community who are struggling – struggling to access quality care, and struggling with a bureaucratic system that continues to fail them. That is unacceptable. We should be honoring the...

 
 By Dow Constantine Susan Johnson    Opinion    March 25, 2015

After five years, consumers have embraced the Affordable Care Act

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law five years ago, Washingtonians have sent a powerful message: The Affordable Care Act is working, and the quality healthcare coverage choices offered on Washington Healthplanfinder are...

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    March 25, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The Bureau of Reclamation’s law enforcement contract with the city of Grand Coulee increased by nearly $100,000 for union modifications on time-and-material rates, boosting the government contracts to a total of $1.5 million dollars....

 
 Opinion    March 18, 2015

Cooperation springs anew in the coulee

Just in the last few weeks I have noticed signs of spring in the Coulee. There are new birds at my feeder; the quail are marking out there territory as they call in the morning. The forsythia is in bloom, and my daffodils are getting prettier every d...

 
 By Felix Marcolin    Opinion    March 18, 2015

To the Grand Coulee Dam Area Seniors:

Thank you, Maggie Stewart, for dreaming up the idea “Most Valuable Volunteer” as a way to get things going at the Senior Center. Thank you to all those members who nominated me as the first recipient of the honor and elected me 2014’s...

 
 By John Crabtree    Opinion    March 18, 2015

Water is Life

Here in the west, we understand that there is much truth in the old joke that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. Rural and small town America depend on water and our neighbors downstream count on us to preserve the quality of that wat...

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    March 18, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago A spreadsheet-type document titled “Coulee Family Medicine for Year 2004,” only listing patients at CCH’s on-campus clinic in Grand Coulee, and copies of the hospital’s financial statements, have been circulating among citizens...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 11, 2015

Kudos for answering the call, and for putting it out there

We’d like to thank those people who have answered the local call for new emergency medical technicians, and those who made it possible. EMT training is not easy, takes a lot of time and requires significant commitment, not to mention money. But...

 

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