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Health insurance should not be market based

Our congressman, Dan Newhouse, (R-4th Dist.) has repeatedly advocated for “market-based health insurance,” promising that for-profit health insurance companies will deliver on the goals of less expensive, higher quality, and more available...

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion    May 24, 2017 

Wait for me!

The world is changing at a fast pace, making it difficult to keep up and even more difficult to know what it all means for us and our children and grandchildren. Only a generation ago, 60 percent of college students in American colleges were men....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 24, 2017 

Let's get unplugged for a moment

Recently, two girls at Lake Roosevelt High School sat in the cafeteria during lunch. They had been having a really good discussion as they munched on their chow of choice when one of them looked up at the other eaters in the room. They were amazed...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 24, 2017 

They were proof that cooperation works

Recently, Washington state’s largest environmental, wildlife and natural resources agencies recognized 43 large forest landowners for their “exemplary efforts” to upgrade forest roads and stream crossings which improved salmon habitat and water...

 

Seventy-four years ago

View of the base for the stator of generator L-6, taken from No. 1 crane in the left powerhouse.-May 12, 1943 photo...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Don't let it wear off

Students who witnessed a mock crash scene last Friday may not realize it, but they were given an important advantage that we hope they don’t squander. As horrific as the actors and organizers of the mock accident scene made it, the impact of any...

 
 By Anna Johnson    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Rural America deserves a champion

The Center for Rural Affairs has fought on behalf of rural communities for nearly 45 years. We are heartened by U.S. Department of Agriculture Sec. Perdue’s expressions of support for rural communities during his early days in office. However, we...

 

Appreciating foster parents

Did you know that May is National Foster Parent Appreciation Month? There are nearly 9,000 children currently in foster care in Washington state. Children enter foster care at no fault of their own. Most children in foster care have endured some...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 17, 2017

America needs more welders, fewer philosophers

“America needs more welders and fewer philosophers,” proclaimed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio during the 2016 presidential campaign. He hit the nail on the head without disrespecting philosophers. Industry News reported in 1988 that there were...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Miracles happen daily

In a world where turmoil, drama and entertainment seem to grab the front page, top stories and flood our cyber space, I was reminded over the weekend that miracles still surround us. A blooming flower, an egg hatching, planets in orbit and other...

 

Seventy-nine years ago

The 1938 high water of the Columbia River tops the upstream spillway blocks and floods the blockouts left for the outlet works gate installations at Elevation 934. The maximum flow for 1938 was...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Here's hoping you're too busy to read this right now

This coming weekend is typically one that is packed full for many local folks, in a good way. This year it promises much the same, weather holding. With Mother’s Day, the Colorama festivities, the big rodeo, and the old-home week atmosphere at...

 

Okanogan PUD leading us down the river to ruin

In spite of all the economic factors pointing in the opposite direction, our Okanogan PUD is pushing ahead with the electrification of Enloe Dam. This decision has no basis in reality and defies common sense. The estimated construction cost of $42.5...

 
 By Mike Lowry    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Remembering Mike Lowry

There was nothing pretentious about Mike Lowry. What you saw is what you got! Lowry was one of Washington’s most colorful governors. He served one term from 1993 to 1997. He died on May 1 at age 78. There was nothing subtle about Mike Lowry. He...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 10, 2017

The experience of Colorama

I have vivid memories of our local festival. The week-long wait as a child drove all the kids crazy. Watching day by day as carnival rides showed up and slowly erected themselves into something magical and astounding. Seeing trucks pulling horse...

 

Over sixty-two years ago

An old round up of horses in the coulee before these grounds were flooded to form Banks Lake - Cleatis Lacy photo...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Rebuilding and taking off

Man, you’d think we’d just come out of a long winter and every part of the community was now straining with fresh green shoots of progress at the first rays of sunshine. The buds are everywhere:...

 
 By Sharon Sumpter    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Thank you, Commissioner Branch and Okanogan citizens!

More than 60 engaged county residents attended the April 23 Community Outreach Meeting in Okanogan to hear Commissioner Chris Branch speak about Okanogan County. For almost an hour the commissioner spoke about current and future issues before the...

 
 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion    May 3, 2017

County commissioners making improvements

One bright spot in an otherwise troubling political scenario is the significant change in Okanogan County governance made by our two new county commissioners, Branch and Hover, during their first four months in office. Now that they are elected,...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    May 3, 2017

A president struggling to get on track

I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails. Yet I also believe that constructive...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Senior Profile: Angelo Clark

Every once in a while a student comes along that you wish would never leave. That’s how I feel about “Iron” Angelo Clark. Over the past few years, I have watched this young man go from the average place for students, just getting by, and...

 

Sixty-seven years ago

The pumping plant will be supplied with two 100-ton bridge cranes to handle future installations. Here a beam is being lowered by the 100-ton bridge crane. - May 3, 1950 photo...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 26, 2017

Off by one word

An article in last week’s Star, written on an event that occurred at deadline, accurately reported the event on which we had limited information available — except for one word. “Vandalism” was the wrong choice in the headline of “Daylight...

 

It's time for Washingtonians to take a test drive

Washington, along with every state in the nation, utilizes a gas tax to provide a major source of funding for roads and bridges. It has been a reliable workhorse for decades, but its future...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 26, 2017

A few things on my mind this week

First off, a lady very instrumental to my faith passed away last week. Pat Piccolo, whom I consider one of the kindest ladies I have ever had the privilege of being around, was not only instrumental in a lot of people’s lives, but was there when I...

 

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