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 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

To those interested in the future of our children

On June 14, I was part of a group of interested people who met with the Okanogan County Commissioners and staff members of the Juvenile Justice Center to listen to a presentation of their work with our troubled kids. The presentation included...

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

Many thanks due as POWER honored

It was an honor to accept the award for POWER as Organization of the Year, but the real honor goes to all the volunteers over the years who have made the projects possible. A special thank you to Pat Holbert, Dick Berry, Ray Burge and Doug Patrick...

 
 By Clea Pryor    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

Thanks to Ridge Riders for an excellent event

Once again, I would like to applaud the Ridge Riders for a very successful Memorial Bull Riding tribute event for my dad. A thank you also to the community for the support and attendance. It is very time-consuming to manage an event like this, and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

What's going on out there?

Here are a few thoughts from the last few weeks. Remember, my thoughts are strictly my thoughts, not anyone’s at the paper, school, church or in my household. Please do not hold them accountable for anything I might write here or say in public....

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

Defending our national motto: "In God We Trust"

Ask someone to recite our national motto, and you might just get a couple different responses. Such has been the confusion about our national motto that in a speech President Obama delivered in 2010, the President even said, “In the United States,...

 
 Opinion    June 22, 2016 

Seventy-seven years ago

Gravel Pit – The contractor's aggregate processing plant, where sand and gravel is washed and screened into the proper sizes.  The large stockpile is the surplus sand mined at the Brett Pit and...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    June 15, 2016

What it takes to be an effective citizen

It’s so easy in a presidential election year to forget that our system is not about a single person. This year especially, when the dynamics of the presidential contest have dominated news coverage so thoroughly that even the Senate and House...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 15, 2016

Citizens should fill out chamber's brief survey

Pop quiz: How would you feel about merging local towns? That’s the essence of a new, very short survey that likely arrived in your mailbox early this week. It’s being asked by the local chamber of commerce in order to gauge the interest local cit...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    June 15, 2016

America's answer to radical terrorism must be strength

To face a threat, we must begin by calling it exactly what it is. Our nation has once again been attacked by radical Islamists. Early Sunday, Americans woke up to the horror that 49 innocent individuals had been killed and dozens wounded in an insidi...

 
 Opinion    June 15, 2016

Seventy-six years ago

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

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 8, 2016

Ceremony brings another challenge to center stage

She described it perfectly, although few could hear her. “Everybody’s worst nightmare,” was the way Principal Ronanda Liberty pegged the experience she was having in front of a gymnasium full of people anxiously waiting to see and hear the...

 
 By Darlene Morava    Opinion    June 8, 2016

My pay-it-forward experience

A friend and I stopped at a fast food drive-in recently for something to drink. I put in my order, “a small soda,” and waited for the cashier to tell me the cost. “One dollar and forty cents,” she said. I looked in my purse and remembered I...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 8, 2016

The disappearing classes

With the recent class of graduates surviving the sticky heat in the gym and receiving their neatly bound diplomas, I decided to look back at some of the subject courses throughout the years that have mysteriously disappeared from the schedules of...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    June 8, 2016

Equip our troops and rebuild our military

From our founding to the present, American history is filled with reminders of the sacrifices of patriots who took up arms when the call went out to defend their country and the principles that we hold dear. We just observed Memorial Day, when we rec...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Gems in the Coulee: Dr. Dennis Carlson

Sometimes the hard work of one man can go unnoticed. But in the case of Dr. Dennis Carlson, we have a new Pre-K-through-12 school that cannot go unnoticed. Since his arrival here in Coulee Country, he has made an impact. He would be the first to...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Stay-at-home millennials

Today, more millennials are moving back home, even though the economy is improving and wages are inching upward. Recently, Pew Research Center revealed that a third of young adults today are more likely to live with their parents than they were...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    June 1, 2016

The Trump-Sanders two-step

The upshot of the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump phenomena is that both parties are moving to the left. Sanders’ and Trump’s styles and affects are very different –the rumpled, oddball lecturer in Socialism 101 vs. the boastful,...

 
 Opinion    June 1, 2016

Sixty-eight years ago

At the request of the American Red Cross, volunteers turned out in great numbers to give assistance to flood-stricken families in or near present-day Elmer City. This was a common scene, where...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 25, 2016

Crash event organizers deserve thanks

The folks who put together last Friday’s “mock crash” did a great service to the whole community. The event, designed to give young drivers a taste of the reality of a car crash, not something depicted neatly for a television scene, probably...

 
 Opinion    May 25, 2016

Memorial Day should be every day

This Monday, when you’re driving back from camping, a mini vacation or just drinking an iced tea after doing yard work, take time to reflect on what Memorial Day is. What it is not is an extra day off on Monday. Although that is nice, it is not...

 
 By Mark Kubiak    Opinion    May 25, 2016

Okanogan PUD playing dangerous game

Our Okanogan Public Utility District is playing a dangerous game with our future utility rates, and it could cost all of us a lot of money. On May 9, the Okanogan PUD, voted unanimously to proceed with re-energizing Enloe Dam. While Enloe Dam has...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 25, 2016

Tips for safe Memorial Day trip

The good news this Memorial Day weekend is more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel, making the unofficial kickoff to summer this year the second busiest on record. AAA reports nearly 34 million people across the nation will be driving,...

 
 Opinion    May 25, 2016

Sixty-four years ago

Compacted backfill is being placed behind the retaining wall extension, shown just to the right of the center of the picture, by George Nolte and Company, subcontractors of Bellingham, Washington....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 18, 2016

How would you answer Kate?

Approached by someone who knew nothing about the area you live in, how would you answer them if asked for the most important facts they should know before or during a visit to the area we call home?...

 
 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    May 18, 2016

A theme cropped up in hearing on change in juvenile facilities

On May 10, a public meeting was held in Okanogan involving a possible change on where our troubled juveniles would be housed over a period of time. The three Okanogan County commissioners were there, also three commissioners from other counties who...

 

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