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Cracked sidewalks, efficiency and practicality

Efficiency in government is always an important goal, but not always the most important one. That point was made clear by the Coulee Dam Town Council last week when it directed that the worst of the town’s sidewalks should be fixed with money...

 
 By Arnie Marchand    Opinion    July 19, 2017 

Requests for the new Colville Business Council

I have written you, the Colville Business Council, through this approach to let everyone know what I am saying to you. Now that we have a new Business Council seated, I respectfully ask that each of you take these three things into consideration, now...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    July 19, 2017 

Guinness caught in Brexit border cross-fire

When the Economist Magazine reported the price of a Guinness pint could increase because of Brexit, it grabbed readers’ attention. Brexit is the process whereby Great Britain, including Northern Ireland and Scotland, is withdrawing from the Europea...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 19, 2017 

This old truck

Most of us have one. An old, rusted, two-door rig that moves slowly and rattles a lot, and packs our debris from here to there. Camping trips, dump runs and the occasional adventure are the only times they get out on the road, but we won’t get rid...

 

Eighty-two years ago

First bedrock exposed in excavation on west side, along tailrace. – July 24, 1935 photo...

 

Boys & Girls Club a welcome addition

The establishment of a Boys & Girls Club at the Nespelem Community Center has a lot of potential to make a big difference in the lives of many children and for the community. Many have been advocating to bring in the national organization for years,...

 
 By Kathy Neal    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Re: "Asking for a reasonable outcome for rescue" (July 5 Letters from our Readers)

I totally agree with Dorothy Harris; a rescue is badly needed in this area, we have no vets available on weekends, we have no place to take strays. If they were available, they would end up putting them down! Years ago I found a dog that had heat str...

 
 By Carol Shoning    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Disappointed in holiday happenings and tourism in general

I, for one, am very disappointed in this non-4th of July, 4th of July celebration. Many who had reservations here over the 4th did not know that the fireworks were on Saturday. One of my daughters who works in the office of Columbia River Inn called...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 12, 2017

The well of love

One of the hardest things to do as a servant of Christ is to find the good in everyone. Some people are just plain rude or have really done something diabolical in the past that has hurt us deeply. But God has been telling me something lately...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Encourage good media

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder...

 

Eighty-two years ago

Looking upstream, Government Camp is in the lower right corner, above which is the west cofferdam and excavation conveyor running in Rattlesnake Canyon. To the left is the Machine Shop area of Mason...

 
 By Glo Carroll    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Questions for candidates

Here are three questions/concerns/issues that have been posed by our community members to candidates in the upcoming August primary and November election.  Again, I have no favor toward any candidate. I am simply asking questions so that voters can...

 
 By Dorothy Harris    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Asking for a reasonable outcome for rescue

Thank you for the nice piece on 21 June about the rescue situation in the Grand Coulee Area. It seems to me that the last sentence says it all: “But it isn’t going to happen under an R-1 zoning, Byers assured her.” Do you know what this tells m...

 
 By Lillie LaPlace    Opinion    July 5, 2017

A letter to the secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education Dear Secretary DeVos,

Though I doubt that this letter will reach your desk, I find it ever more necessary as a public school student to address you. I am white, I am Christian, I have a 4.0 GPA, my family lives comfortably, and I do not face many adverse challenges in...

 

A more perfect union

Wealthy coastal cities versus the agrarian countryside. Supporters of big central government versus advocates of a limited government. Big states versus small states. Manufacturers versus traders. Debt hawks versus doves. Sound familiar? If you...

 

Seventy-seven Years Ago

"Miss Coulee," the first big passenger boat to go into service on the lake behind Grand Coulee Dam. - July 8, 1940...

 
 By Chip Cathart    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Re: "Proposed federal budget cuts would take money from public to give to private schools"

I was surprised to see such a biased article on the front page of the paper on June 21, 2017. The article titled, “Proposed federal budget cuts would take money from public to give to private schools,” should have been in the opinion section. Rat...

 
 By Glo Carroll    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Specific questions for candidates and an idea

I recently asked local candidates to tell us about their candidacy. After polling local folks and hearing from more than a few folks on social media, it seems there are specific questions that we’d like to pose to the candidates. These are two of...

 

Students' "community service" shouldn't sound like a punishment

I was very thankful to be asked to sit in on the LRHS Senior Oral Boards! I didn’t realize how much of a rewarding experience this was going to be.  One thing I promised to address was the community service requirement. While most didn’t have a...

 

Students' "community service" shouldn't sound like a punishment

I was very thankful to be asked to sit in on the LRHS Senior Oral Boards! I didn’t realize how much of a rewarding experience this was going to be.  One thing I promised to address was the community service requirement. While most didn’t have a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Generations of service

I recently took part in some training, and they compared the four generations that are currently in the workforce: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials, all working together and the struggles with communication that occur...

 
 By Glo Carroll    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Local candidates should lead by example

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Time to involve the people

Last Wednesday evening, the Coulee Dam Town Council met to consider, among other agenda items, if the Town of Coulee Dam will change its status from being a Town to that of a City. Town Hall made little effort to inform the public and give adequate...

 
 By Ed Bartley    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Objecting to Coulee Dam councilman's behavior

At this past week’s Coulee Dam’s Town Council meeting we observed an extremely angry outburst from Dave Schmidt (a town council member) directed towards some of Coulee Dam’s citizens when they objected to a comment made by Mr. Schmidt....

 
 By Carol Daily    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Why are signs restricted, not letters?

My husband and I were told we had to take our candidate-for-mayor sign down. By law, you can only have signs up so far ahead of the election. The week before we were told to take it down there was a letter in our Star newspaper to vote for a new...

 

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