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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Value emergency response and responders

Maybe it’s just because we so often have a front-row view of tragedy, but two items in this week’s brought home the extreme importance of highly- trained emergency responders and some relief that...

 
 By Truman Covington    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

A response to a Tribal Tribune editorial,

“Relationships, the foundation of tribal journalism” Sorry sir, I take wholehearted umbrage with your recent editorial listed in its entirety! Tribal journalism? What a laugh! To me, journalism is about writing, editing and publishing in factual...

 
 By David Levine    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Trading up for a better trade deal

As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If we get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Other school workers touch lives too

I spent the weekend with some of the most dedicated, passionate and hardworking school employees from around the state. I was at a conference for Washington Public School Employees, where during...

 
 Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Grand Coulee Dam Schools will teach fewer students again this year, a fact reflected in the new budget. The school board passed is budget for the 2005-06 school year Monday night. It’s lower than the 04-05 budget by $140,000. Ray Hals...

 
 Opinion    July 22, 2015

Thanks for a job with variety

Last weekend called for attending and photographing two events that represent opposite ends of the social variety spectrum. I couldn’t help but think that their occasions on the same day in the same community serve as an indicator of a healthy...

 
 Opinion    July 22, 2015

Cat heroes applauded

We want to thank so much – the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Fire Department, Bryce McCleary, Bryan Kriger, Nikki Katich and Patricia Connant and the maintenance crew for rescuing our cat Whiskers from the shrubbery at Banks Lake Park. Their...

 
 Opinion    July 22, 2015

Don't push Japan to re-arm

U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur’s finest hour may not have been any sort of combat-related command decision on his part, but his role in assisting in the rise of a hugely prosperous and a decidedly peace-loving Japan after World War II....

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Supporting our small businesses by addressing burdensome regulations

I recently read a news story of an outstanding teenager in Prosser named Walker Orr. Since he was 8 years old, Walker has found innovative ways to offer a service or product in exchange for a reasonable price, from selling varieties of seeds to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Wanted: The moral thread of society

Have you heard this statement lately? “What is going on with our world today?” Or “That kind of stuff just did not happen when I was a kid.” Well, to be honest with past generations, “that stuff” probably did happen but it was behind...

 
 Opinion    July 22, 2015

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years go Sunbanks Lake Resort will begin construction of 11 villas in September and they will be ready for occupancy by the summer tourist season, chamber of commerce members learned Thursday. The town of Coulee Dam is going ahead with a...

 
 By Glo Carroll    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Beer tent did not cause sky to fall

I had a unique opportunity to see first hand the impact of the Beer Tent during the Festival of America. THERE WAS NONE. NOTHING. There was NO negative impact. It was right here, I could hear it and see it. Before the Festival, people predicted...

 
 By Tom Hawkins    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Even local Facebook group sensitive on marijuana

Things have certainly gotten interesting here in the Grand Coulee area, especially regarding cannabis issues. I got the R-76 petitions in the mail (only one packet finally arrived after Don Skakie had sent them multiple times via U.S. Postal Mail)....

 
 By John Crabtree    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Vibrant small towns embrace art and self-expression

Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places you will find art and cultural expression in the most unlikely of places. Small towns develop art and cultural expe...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Backyard lessons from a man

My Grandpa Utz delivered the Wenatchee World newspaper locally after he retired. He was the local distributor and on many, many occasions I traveled with him as he drove around the Nespelem area spreading the written news. We had many conversations...

 
 Opinion    July 15, 2015

GCHS Class of 1965 reunion this weekend

Fifty Years ago - The Grand Coulee High School class of 1965 will be holding its reunion this weekend. Pictured from left - bottom row: John Flowers, Jerry Brenchley, Louise Sackett, Brina Racy, Mick...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 8, 2015

The proof is in the pillow pudding, but it's political

We had a lot of extra pillows being used in the area last weekend. Against the odds imposed by truly oppressive heat, people streamed into this community continuously to celebrate the Fourth of July at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of...

 
 By Patrice McDermott    Opinion    July 8, 2015

The White House should enshrine a presumption of openness

The President has a new opportunity to ensure that the openness policies laid out on his first day of office do not end on his last day. On January 21, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order and two presidential memoranda to usher in what...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 8, 2015

One trophy, one winner, U.S.A.

There are winners and losers, plain and simple. Yes, we have altered our youth sports over the years to develop a mentality of, “If I just participate, I will get a trophy like everyone else.” But that is not reality. Yes, we want the warm...

 
 Opinion    July 8, 2015

Fifty Years ago

Coulee Dam High School Class of 1965 celebrated its 50th reunion this year. Next weekend the Grand Coulee High School class of 1965 will be holding its reunion. See page 4. Pictured from left -...

 
 Opinion    July 1, 2015

Fireworks are scary in this heat

If there was ever a good argument for expressing your patriotism and love of explosives in a big group, the weather is providing a better one. Frankly, the current heat wave is scary, especially remembering the wildland fires the local area has...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Time to revive the Black Rock Reservoir plan

Yakima Valley farmers have the same problem as their California counterparts: there just isn’t enough water for crops, migrating fish and people. In California this year, an estimated 564,000 acres of prime cropland will be left unplanted because o...

 
 By Lee H Hamilton    Opinion    July 1, 2015

We need both insiders and outsiders in Congress

Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy. There’s one important category, though, that I never hear...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Heat, heat and more heat

It’s hotter than a woolly mammoth in a sweater factory. There are lots of classic sayings out there to describe the current heat wave. Has anyone tried frying an egg on the sidewalk yet? Or barbecuing without turning on the gas? Just curious...

 
 Opinion    July 1, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce said this year’s giant fireworks show, sponsored by the Coulee Dam Casino will be about twice as large as last year’s with some special effects at the end. This year’s musical groups,...

 

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