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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    January 11, 2017 

Avoiding déjà vu all over again

The late Yogi Berra coined the phrase, “It’s déjà vu all over again!” It is used extensively to describe political miscues. Case in point: ObamaCare. Recently, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel wrote a column describing...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    January 11, 2017 

Our system comes with no guarantees

There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent failure...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 11, 2017 

Senior Profile: Aiyanna Picard

As we start the New Year I wanted to highlight some of the seniors in this year’s class at Lake Roosevelt who are succeeding and striving to make a difference in their own lives. I choose Aiyanna Picard because, well, she is “The Legend,” and...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    January 11, 2017 

December brings cold snap and snow

Let’s start out with a quick look back at 2016 weather, shall we? What really stands out for me in 2016 was the amount of precipitation we received. Our area averages 10.55 inches annually. Well, that changed and will likely change the overall...

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Who wants you to believe it?

We say that we live in the information age. The available quantity of information is immense. The reliability of that flood of information is uncertain. That situation is not entitely new; there have always been rumors. But electronic communication...

 
 By Hayley Stoebner    Opinion    January 4, 2017

A foster care crisis grows in Washington

There is a growing crisis in Washington’s foster care system. There are currently more children entering foster care than the present number of foster homes can handle and the need for more homes is urgent! Sadly, due to the shortage of homes,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Childhood greats who passed in 2016

The year 2016 saw many of my childhood heroes and icons pass away. As the year wound down, they seemed to come in waves and it got me thinking more and more about the celebrities who entertain us throughout the years, and in some cases become part of...

 
 Opinion    January 4, 2017

Seventy-six years ago

Winter at Grand Coulee Dam. – January 12, 1940 photo...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Rezoning caution warranted, but so is all due speed

Advanced planning has never been an apparent strength in this community born of the Great Depression, which is why anytime the subject of zoning comes up, wise people flee to the hills. But this time it must be different. Grand Coulee’s planning...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 28, 2016

Our goals for 2017 involve you

A small-town newspaper must be more these days, and over the last decade-plus, we’ve been learning, along with the rest of the industry, just what that means. In 2017, our goals at The Star involve a better implementation of what we’ve learned...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 28, 2016

Looking back, marching forward

As 2016 is wrapping up and we prepare for what lies ahead in 2017, it is always good to glance back at the last year and remember the events that affected us most. Now, I could go global for this column, but I decided to keep it personal because I...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    December 28, 2016

Washingtonians serving one another

The great philosopher Bob Hope once said, “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” He has a point. This time of year, Christians...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    December 28, 2016

Want to govern effectively, Mr. Trump?

As Mario Cuomo said, politicians campaign in poetry but have to govern in prose. Now we have a president-elect who campaigned in tweets ... but still will have to govern in prose. Donald Trump showed great skill as a campaigner, steering his...

 
 Opinion    December 28, 2016

Seventy-six years ago

Winter work of the Government camp maintenance crew. - January 12, 1940 photo...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas Coulee Country

Last Sunday night was Faith Community Church’s Annual Christmas Dinner and it got me to thinking about holiday traditions. Maybe it was the Archers and their 30-plus years of service to God and church. Maybe it was watching the Hansens’,...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    December 21, 2016

Change coming to Washington

As the 114th Congress comes to an end, it is worth looking back on my first term in Congress and highlight the important accomplishments and the change that Americans should expect before the 115th Congress convenes next year. While there has been...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    December 21, 2016

An abnormally warm November

There was a big change in mean temperature for the month of November, not only here but statewide. Here at the home weather station I recorded a November mean of 44.7˚F. The all-time mean temperature for November is 37.5˚, giving us a +7.2˚ differ...

 
 Opinion    December 21, 2016

Sixty-eight years ago

Workmen preparing to construct an ice deflector on the left training wall. When completed, the deflector will divert the ice that slides down the top of the training wall out into the river,...

 
 By Whitney Slater    Opinion    December 14, 2016

On Bob Ferguson's ban on the most popular firearm in the country

The news story “Thousands of gun crimes go unpunished in Washington,” run by King 5 News on Nov. 16, asked King County Sheriff John Urquhart why prohibited persons are not prosecuted when they attempt to buy a firearm. He plainly stated they do...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    December 14, 2016

A million Wreaths Across America

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed while serving in uniform. Normally, the fallen are remembered on Memori...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 14, 2016

Winter memories

This early snow and cold front has me remembering back to my childhood and the fun we had in the snow jungles during winter. We spent almost all day outside, in the bitter cold. Of course, we were stacked up with layers upon layers of long johns,...

 
 Opinion    December 14, 2016

Seventy years ago

Excavation work along the Feeder Canal. Town of Grand Coulee shown at extreme right.- Dec. 19, 1946 photo...

 
 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...

 

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