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 By Pat Piekarski    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Challenge to council: let people vote on pathway

I was under the impression that we elected people to office to represent us. Silly me! That certainly isn’t the case in Electric City, where the people have no say in what the city council decides to do. They have proven that time and time again....

 
 By Sharon Sumpter    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

County commissioner considerations

In the primary, Okanogan County voters demonstrated that they want change from the county commissioners. One incumbent did not get enough votes to run in the general election. The other was in an almost three-way tie with two new candidates. The...

 
 By Bert Smith    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Thanks for magical weekend

The Coulee Dam All Class Reunion Committee and I would like to thank the Grand Coulee Dam area businesses and residents for hosting our reunion Aug. 5-7. Something very special and almost magical happened that weekend as 500 former classmates and...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Council censorship eliminates free speech and thought

There are a lot of TV and print and talk shows about terrorism here and terrorism there. It is a serious matter, terrorism is. What makes it worrisome is that it is not well defined, and it seems some government officials want it that way. Some of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Take a bite out of crime

Recently, a group of people went to Crown Point to pray. Not too unusual, but what they prayed against might be. They prayed against crime. In particular, they prayed against the recent uproar of criminals in our area. It has gotten bad. The place...

 
 Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Seventy- three years ago

A 1:60 working hydraulic model of Grand Coulee Dam provided engineers valuable information about the behavior and effect of water on the spillway bucket and on the riverbed downstream from it.  ...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 17, 2016

A caring network can support far more than young mothers

My oldest daughter was a new baby when she attended my high school graduation, so I can attest to the importance of a network of support for young parents barely old enough to grasp the coming meaning of adulthood. Her mother and I had plenty of...

 
 Opinion    August 17, 2016

Coach applicant says he is qualified

I have coached soccer for over 25 year, from ages 4 to 19, both boys and girls. I have multiple licenses, and I’ve trained thousands of kids in academies, clinics, and camps. I founded two soccer clubs: White Pass Soccer Club in 1995, and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 17, 2016

Perspective changes everything

Have you ever witnessed something with a group of people and, while talking afterward, realize that you all saw something slightly different? Or have you ever heard a cop interviewing witnesses and all their stories are different? Perspective can...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    August 17, 2016

Looking ahead and back at our weather

At this midway point in August, it may be time to look into the crystal ball of future weather to see if we can spy winter predictions. There are a few things trickling down that are somewhat intriguing. First, the Climate Prediction Center’s...

 
 Opinion    August 17, 2016

Seventy years ago

A Euclid truck dumps its load of rip-rap rock on the parking area near the left powerhouse. – August 12, 1946 photo.  ...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 10, 2016

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Remember that old song from our younger days, which we would just keep singing and singing as we rode the bus to school or on a field trip? I was reminded of that song at a Public School Employees (PSE) Conference over the weekend. I sat at a table...

 
 By Paul Townsend    Opinion    August 10, 2016

Grand Coulee residents

Due to the increasing expenses and no rate increase in the last five years, the Grand Coulee City Council approved a $3.68 per month increase in its water rates. But on the plus side, the minimum charge per gallon of usage was increased from 6,000...

 
 By Mark Newbold    Opinion    August 10, 2016

Increase Alzheimer's research funding

Having recently lost a father to the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease, I feel strongly about the importance of research to prevent and cure this horrible disease. Alzheimer’s is currently the most expensive disease in America, not only...

 
 By Bob Schlein    Opinion    August 10, 2016

Pakootas is for us

When Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Morton were praising Teck Cominco for their polluting the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt, Joe Pakootas sued the Canadian firm and is responsible for a landmark decision to protect international boundaries and...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    August 10, 2016

Make public lands work for local communities

Theodore Roosevelt, who championed the cause of conservation during his presidency, once said, “Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural...

 
 Opinion    August 10, 2016

Fifty Years Ago

Grand Coulee High School Class of 1966, 12-year vets – From left: back row – Rick McClain, Chuck Perkins, Fred Manzer, Sherry Adams, Ronda La Pierce, Jenny Gobin, Eva Warner, John Weber, Marvin...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Sale of old school needs to happen soon

The eventual degradation of an empty building is nothing new, totally expected. Which is why leadership at the Grand Coulee Dam School District and an economic development committee of the chamber of commerce began working, before the new Lake...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    August 3, 2016

A tribal court gamed by the council is no legal court

In order to get around the censorship of the Colville tribal members’ newspaper, the Tribal Tribune (TT), I want to specifically thank publishers for printing reports about sordid tribal Colville Business Council (CBC) conduct. So what part of the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Staring at screens is exhausting

I am, as an intern, experiencing my first bout of what can only aptly be referred to as Dilbert Syndrome or Office Fatigue. I’ve been here at The Star for about seven months now. The hours, the days, the weeks, the months… all melt off the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Enjoy the dog days of summer

The heat finally showed up, and now we start limiting our time outside in the middle of the day. Water is the best friend of most of us right now and like a local man wearing his farm boy overalls with the legs rolled up for some air flow,...

 
 Opinion    August 3, 2016

Seventy-three years ago

An area of approximately 7-1/2 acres, upon which several thousand workers were housed during the construction days of Grand Coulee Dam, was converted into a number of individual Victory Gardens. The...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    July 27, 2016

Town is better off with new treatment plan package

Given the current squabble about the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, I suppose I should contribute my view. To begin with, this is a “simple” process and simple project: all of our Coulee Dam sewage is “domestic”… we don’t...

 
 By Myrna and Orie Francis    Opinion    July 27, 2016

Council ignoring people's wishes on pathway

This letter is to voice our comments, once again, on the Electric City pathway project. We did read the newspaper article regarding the most recent meeting and were pleased that the citizens are standing up for their rights. The people have a right...

 
 By Stuart Gillespie    Opinion    July 27, 2016

County finances held surprises in 2016

Dear Editor, This spring the (Okanogan) county commissioners found themselves with a big problem. They did not have enough money to pay 3-4 months of normal expenses until April property tax receipts arrived in the county’s account in mid-summer....

 

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