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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 17, 2014 

Volunteer of the Year to be announced in January

Evidently, we need a little more time to think. Each year, The Star solicits nominations from readers for Volunteer of the Year award, and each year, we receive multiple letters nominating between fiv...

 
 By Lee H Hamilton    Opinion    December 17, 2014 

Look up, Americans, it's not as bad as you think

We are one glum country. Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal...

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    December 17, 2014 

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The Coulee Dam Town Council approved a hotly contested budget last week before a packed house of community members who spoke their minds on several hot budget issues with the Mason City...

 
 By Connie Williamson    Opinion    December 10, 2014

Thanks to the community for making this holiday special

I put out a request on Coulee Area Virtual Yard Sale on Facebook. I needed a free bed for a needy senior lady. Wow … were my socks knocked off. Let me first say “Angie” is beaming. She is going to bed early tonight to enjoy her new bed. Many,...

 
 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 Jaimie Woo    Opinion    December 10, 2014

The country has spoken: time to change direction on tax extenders

While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a message that they do not like the country’s...

 
 Opinion    December 10, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The preliminary 2005 budget has been released for the town of Coulee Dam with expenditures at $1.26 million with over $777,000 for police operations including revenue of $540,000 in USBR...

 
 By Lee H Hamilton    Opinion    December 3, 2014

What lies ahead

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It’s the next few weeks and...

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    December 3, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The Grand Coulee town council passed a $2.8 million dollar budget for fiscal year 2005 Tuesday night including $65,000 to replace the roof on city hall, a projected $733,000 budget for...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 26, 2014

The whole city is now vulnerable

Last week, the Grand Coulee City Council reversed its earlier decision that had kept the chief of police job under the protection of the city’s civil service commission. That reversal should be reconsidered. No matter how much faith council...

 
 By Clinton Andrews    Opinion    November 26, 2014

Remembering fallen comrades: Screaming Eagles

My name is Clinton J. Andrews. I was a member of the 3/502 HHC BN Postal Clerk, Infantry 11C Mortar Crew member in the Air Assault unit of Fort Campbell, Kentucky 1984-1985. While I was getting desert fatigues and boots, because I wanted back to...

 
 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 Congressman Doc Hastings    Opinion    November 26, 2014

Farewell

As I complete my final weeks in Congress, it is only natural to reflect on the past 20 years. It has truly been my honor and privilege to serve you and represent those who call Central Washington home in Congress.  Whether it’s helping seniors...

 
 Opinion    November 26, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Raider basketball practices starts next week for both the boys and girls teams. Head coach Brad Wilson expects 35 or more to show up for the first practice with four starters, all seniors...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 19, 2014

Broader approach would benefit area, grow jobs

As local towns decide on how much money they’ll spend next year, the season always brings out what for councils is a bothersome and needlessly complicated question: How much money should we spend to promote tourism, and how should we spend it? Thre...

 
 By Don Andrews    Opinion    November 19, 2014

Coulee Dam time was like living in a luxury neighborhood

I have lived here, in Grant County near Electric City, for about 20 years, but I needed a rental house for the summer. Merle Kennedy found a nice little house in Coulee Dam; it was just what I wanted, so I said “I’ll Take it”. I had not...

 
 By Diane Canady    Opinion    November 19, 2014

Correction to section on veterans

Just a note to correct a couple of errors in the Vet section of this week’s Star. First of all, I enjoy looking at and reading the tribute to the vets. As to the picture of the American Legion Post that was dedicated to Louie Canady, it is in Pine...

 
 By Becky Billups    Opinion    November 19, 2014

Just say "NO!" to the mayor

I have watched with much interest with how the mayor wants to handle the situation with the hiring of the police chief. The Civil Service Commission has, and “should” continue to have the role in deciding who will hold that position. The only...

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    November 19, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago On Monday, Nov. 15, the Colville Tribes' fish and wildlife dept. released 712 rainbow trout, weighing an average of 5.35 pounds, in to Lake Rufus Woods at Ed Scahllenberger's net pen site...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 12, 2014

If not the whole bagel, half would still be good

As a matter of fact, we view the four towns as one in many ways, but in purely practical terms joining just two would be very good start. In any large city, the populations of Electric City, Grand...

 
 By John Bury    Opinion    November 12, 2014

Apparently, veterans are low priority

The elections are over, back to business with Congress as they have many unsettled issues in need of attention. The VA scandal is still a priority for Congress to settle. Although the VA has made some progress toward veterans care and benefits improv...

 
 By Phil Berry    Opinion    November 12, 2014

Torn flags look bad

The flags along the 155 corridor are all ripped and unsightly. Should be replaced or removed immediately.  Disgraceful for viewing on Veteran’s Day. Phil Berry...

 

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