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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Council slithered to a new non-position

Our best guess is that last night’s non-decision by the less-than-courageous (being kind) Grand Coulee City Council was a dishonest move predesigned before the meeting to allow elected leaders not to make a decision. If that’s true, it’s...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Time is important, so is listening

Governance, like life, is full of trade-offs. One of them is efficiency versus efficacy, and you strive for one at the risk of losing the other. Such was the case at last week’s Electric City Council meeting, where the mayor and a council member...

 
 By Tom Hawkins    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Are there plans to support medical marijuana patients here?

Kudos to Jean Comstock and Jim Pachosa, the Grand Coulee business couple that have asked the city council to grant them a business license for a marijuana retail store near Coulee Medical Center, and to Grand Coulee Police Department Chief John...

 
 By Robert Fifield    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Roundabout is a bad idea for Four Corners

In regards to the Four Corners, I sure hope that they don’t put in one of them roundabouts that they were talking about. I wish that the person that ever came up with that idea had been still born. Most of the population have never driven extra...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

First kill, welcome to summer

If you don’t know by now, we moved last year to the country, to a beautiful setting looking down the Columbia and up the San Poil. We enjoyed the winter with many a deer, birds of many kinds and the occasional coyote. The spring brought the...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Protecting Civil Rights and national security USA Freedom Act strikes a balance

No American should fear that their government has made a false choice between prioritizing either national security or civil rights. Our nation needs a continuing, robust debate on the proper balance the federal government should strike in defending...

 
 Opinion    May 13, 2015

News from the GCD Senior Meals Program

The GCD Senior Meals Program would like to thank the generous anonymous donor who gave $400 last week. We get excited over any additional money that comes into our coffers but this one sent us into the full Happy Dance. Extra funds allows us to...

 
 Opinion    May 13, 2015

Gem in the Coulee: Betty Lacy

Quite appropriate, I think, that on Mother’s Day I write on Mrs. Lacy as a Gem in the Coulee. Since, after all, she is one of the founding mothers of our community and definitely the founding mother of Ridge Riders. She is still to this day one of...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 13, 2015

Connecting the Dots . . .

How is Seattle’s Lighthouse for the Blind connected to the Export-Import Bank? Very closely. Since 1918, The Lighthouse for the Blind has provided education, training and manufacturing jobs for...

 
 Opinion    May 13, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Sylvan "Smitty" Smith, 91, on this coming May 27, started playing golf at age 50 and just got his first hole-in-one last week on the 11th hole on the Banks Lake Golf Course, which is 143...

 
 Opinion    May 6, 2015

Event at school deserves thanks

We would like to thank everyone for helping make our Family Fun Night a success! Without all of you we would never be able to pull out such an event. We thank you Scott Hunter and the Star for always putting the word out there, and Shane Moses for...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 6, 2015

Every day should be Teachers Week

First off, I would like to wish every teacher past and present a Happy Teachers Week. I have talked about my favorite teachers in the past and how they influenced my life. Even when I did not know or...

 
 By Celia Wexler    Opinion    May 6, 2015

Now is the time for sunlight on trade

  Popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. … And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge...

 
 Opinion    May 6, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago A silver linden tree will be dedicated in memory of Carlos Hughs, town mayor from 1982 to 1986, in Mason City Park, across from the Coulee Dam Post Office in observance of Arbor Day....

 
 By Ken Noggles    Opinion    April 29, 2015

PUD's cost of service analysis is a lot of hooey

The Grant County PUD Commissioners are holding a “Cost of Service Analysis” workshop in the PUD office in Ephrata, May 4, at 9 a.m. Before you go, I would urge you to visit the “Public Disclosure Commission” website at www.pdc.wa.gov. It will...

 
 By Tom Hawkins    Opinion    April 29, 2015

At the mercy of criminals and city councils

I have been asked a few times recently if I have received a Ten Day Warning/Eviction Notice from Housing Authority of Grant County due to having my freedom banner on my balcony railing. I have not, and I seriously doubt I will, at least not before...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 29, 2015

Incorporating the "No Fly Zone"

I can’t help but think back sometimes in our country’s past and our great grandparents’ time and wonder if that time was harder or easier. I mean, obviously there was the great depression and that was very hard. Also when the pilgrims first...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    April 29, 2015

Congress should repeal the estate tax and make the sales tax deduction permanent

  Americans prosper and create prosperity for others when they are able to keep and spend more of what they earn. April is Tax Month, and it can be a reminder that nothing in life is ‘as certain as death and taxes,’ to paraphrase Benjamin...

 
 Opinion    April 29, 2015

Seventy-six years ago

A local women's softball team c. 1939-40. Identified is Norma Hooenman with the ball, and Coach Nelson. Anyone else look familiar?...

 
 By Betty Brashears    Opinion    April 22, 2015

Above and beyond the call of duty

During a recent illness, I was having some serious health problems and needed medications. I had, just had, an 8:30 doctor’s appointment. It was already late afternoon and I couldn’t get my new defibrillator to work, and my meds weren’t ready....

 
 By Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal    Opinion    April 22, 2015

"Ferguson" doesn't represent most law officers

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a group of teenagers who were part of a scouting organization. The first question I asked was, “What do you think of when you think of the police?” A 17-year-old boy raised his hand and said,...

 
 Opinion    April 22, 2015

Hydrogen fuel cells should be developed for energy storage

In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 22, 2015

Is Aprils Fool's Day all month long?

Over the past month, a few funny things have happened. Well, to be honest, at the time it was not funny at all. Remember when our parents used to say, “Someday you will look back at this moment and laugh.” Well they were right, like they mostly...

 
 Opinion    April 22, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The Grand Coulee Dam Middle School fifth-grade “Math Is Cool” team finished fifth place at the regional spring competition in Moses Lake, competing in division two against 45 other teams, representing 39 schools from around...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 15, 2015

More gathered than the sum of those meeting

One never knows what benefits will take shape when people come together to solve a problem. Aside from tackling the initial problem, the very act of meeting with open minds often precedes other unforeseen but important outcomes. Such may well prove...

 

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