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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

Policies our readers should know about

Readers should be aware of a couple of policies The Star will follow this year and into the future. First, regarding elections: The Star will accept one letter from each of the candidates in local elections this year as a means of introducing their...

 
 By Fred Netzel    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

Candidate Netzel introduces himself

My Thanks to Star Publisher Scott Hunter for this opportunity to write to all of you as I begin my campaign for a seat on the Coulee Dam Town Council. From the beginning, Scott has supported and encouraged local citizens to improve our greater Grand...

 
 By Jim Brakebill    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

Vets are thankful for a good sale season

Once again, we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic summer season at the VET Center. Our American Legion Post appreciates everybody who came by and shopped with us during our sale season. Although it seemed like a really long...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

What do we believe anymore?

OK, by now we should all realize that we cannot believe everything on the internet, on social media, and on some network and cable news shows. Everything, it seems, is molded, skewed and edited to lean one direction or the other. What some may call...

 

Seventy-eight Years Ago

The W.P.A. tugboat "Blue Ox" is railroaded out onto the elevation 1180 trestle where a crane lowered it to the water surface of the Columbia River Reservoir. - August 4, 1939 photo...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Back to Mayberry

There was a time, not so long ago, when neighbors helped each other out. They loaned tools, kept an eye on each other’s property and kids, and came over for neighborhood barbecues. The Andy Griffith Show depicted everyday small town life, a...

 

Open Letter to the Tribal Council

I am an Okanogan Indian and a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. I am so disappointed in your name choice; I must re-remind you of your history and that we are not 12 tribes; we are but 10 bands of one tribe. The name...

 
 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Bipartisan Support for Sanctions Sends Message of American Strength

Last Wednesday, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation into law that Congress had passed overwhelmingly to sanction hostile regimes in North Korea, Russia, and Iran. I joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the House on a vote of 4...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Good communication lies at the heart of our democracy

Do ordinary citizens still have a voice in Washington and in their state capitals? Despite the cynicism of these times, my answer is, yes, we do. ... But we have to exercise it. I don’t just mean going to a town hall meeting and yelling, or...

 

Seventy-eight Years Ago

The upper portion of a ring follower emergency gate in a chamber of the elevation 950 gallery. The hydraulically operated gate closes or opens a 102-inch diameter outlet conduit 16 feet below at...

 
 By Lori Powell    Opinion    August 2, 2017

Magnificent dam is missing an important piece

Grand Coulee, Washington. What a beautiful place to call home. I had never heard of this small town before I relocated here two years ago. Since I’ve been here I have seen so many beautiful sights, but nothing has compared to the creation built,...

 

Congress should not forsake the basic concept of insurance

Insurance at its essence is a simple concept. A large number of people get together and make payments to a central fund so that when an unfortunate event occurs to one member there are sufficient reserves to cover the cost incurred. It is all too...

 

Supporting teaching health centers to boost rural care

Delivering high quality health care in rural communities – including those in Central Washington – has long been a growing challenge. Access to primary care can be time-consuming and costly for medically-underserved rural residents....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 2, 2017

The games go on

When John Elway retired, the Broncos did not close down Mile High Stadium and go home; they came back and gave it all they could the next year. When Michael Jordan left the Bulls, the rest of the team did not quit and refuse to play the next year. Wh...

 

Sixty-eight Years Ago

Repairing eroded spots on the face of the spillway at Grand Coulee Dam. Like a dentist filling a tooth, workmen are busy concreting the eroded spots caused by the spring and summer overflow sweeping...

 
 By Shelly Stine    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Re: "Coulee Dam Council: Fix the worst sidewalks now," July 19 issue

As I was waiting to go up the hill in the line of traffic after the fireworks this year, I saw a woman pushing her baby in a stroller. She hit one of the bumps in the sidewalk and the stroller did a stoppie. If that baby hadn’t been buckled in, it...

 
 By Larry Price    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Price looks forward to run for Coulee Dam mayor

My thanks to The Star for providing the opportunity to share some of my background and why I want to be your mayor for the next four years. I am looking forward to listening to you share your concerns, ideas and thoughts of how we can work together...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Coulee Dam criticism

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. Winston Churchill Three and a half years ago the voters of Coulee Dam elected a new...

 

Medicaid cuts hurt rural seniors and rural communities

Tucked within the text of both the House and Senate’s bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is language which seeks to fundamentally change the Medicaid program. While the enactment of this legislation is unknown, the principle...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Ya-tah-hey!

Last week I wrote a column called “This old truck.” I got a lot of good feedback from guys and a few gals. But Saturday I got to see an old truck in action as it carried the casket of my good friend and mentor, Derlyn Brown. The truck was an...

 

Seventy-two Years Ago

Roof of right powerhouse looking west from bay R-4, and showing in general the major breaks in the mastic wearing course, along the downstream or right-hand side of the downstream row of concrete...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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