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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

If we could share in pain

If we could partake of the pain of others, and so lift a small portion of it from them, how would it change the world? Perhaps not much, judging by the reaction and feelings spread throughout the community when news hit of young man, full of promise,...

 
 By Mike Anderson    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

Voting not to play

Three-card Monte, what a wild game that is. In my 60 years I have learned a few things. One thing I learned is that there are only two possible winners for that game. The first possible winner is the people running the game, they control the deck,...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

In praise of pragmatism

As you watch the healthcare proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times. In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatists? It would not change the issues at hand. On the one...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

A Man's Soap Opera

Back when I was younger, (yes, that long ago), I found something on television that would change my Saturday-morning cartoon watching forever. If I got up early enough I could watch the Lone Ranger (in black and white) and Sergeant Preston before...

 

Seventy-four years ago

USBR barge taking soundings of the river bed below Grand Coulee Dam for a study of the erosive effects of summer floods. - March 1, 1943 photo...

 
 By Brad Halm    Opinion    March 15, 2017

Open letter to the US House of Representatives and District 4 Representative Dan Newhouse

I am very concerned about the current state of affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bills are being voted on willy nilly with minimal input from constituents, across the aisle, and from the Congressional Budget Office, apparently in a quest...

 

Speed limit change should be temporary

I had to chuckle at Scott’s editorial about the speed limit change above the dam, as I too had done the mental calculations! After driving 40 mph through that stretch for 16 years, it’s apparently made its way into my DNA as I catch myself on a...

 
 By Joan Green    Opinion    March 15, 2017

Proof that your one vote counts

The Moses Lake School Bond passed officially Friday February 24, with a very small margin. For the last few months, I had been encouraging everyone to vote yes for the school bond and our kids. I specially wanted to urge the young people to vote. In...

 

Progress on Repairing America's Health Care

Throughout my time representing the people of Central Washington in the U.S. Congress, constituents from across the 4th District have shared with me their deeply personal stories about the struggles and hardships they’ve faced under the Affordable...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 15, 2017

Is it finally here?

Although spring does not officially start until March 20, I feel something in the air. Along with feeling the brisk morning air, I am smelling the morning wetness, seeing the sprouting buds, hearing the early-morning song birds and feeling the...

 

Seventy-nine years ago

Mining raw aggregate at the Brett Gravel Pit with a power shovel and conveyor system. - March 16, 1938 photo...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 8, 2017

It all adds up

It’s not easy to get used to driving 10 miles per hour slower on a short stretch of highway you’ve been traveling daily for decades. That’s a problem many folks face trying, straining, braking to navigate the multi-lane stretch of highway 155 b...

 
 By Ian Ross    Opinion    March 8, 2017

Questions for Rep. Dan Newhouse

On Feb. 23 constituents of the 4th Congressional District of Washington gathered at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp to participate in democracy and make our voices heard by you, our elected representative. You were not present. Had you...

 

Rescuing America's Health Care System

  Repealing and replacing “Obamacare” is necessary to prevent Americans from suffering the consequences of this failed and unraveling law. Promises of affordability and lower premiums have turned into the reality of diminishing choices, rising...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 8, 2017

Senior Profile: Olivia Arnold

I sat down with the young lady I call “Live” and learned a bit more about what makes her tick. I have known the Arnold family for a long time and have watched this senior at Lake Roosevelt bloom into an amazing adult, but I heard more than I...

 

Sixty-eight years ago

Workmen operate prepakt grout equipment as they pump grout into prepakt areas at the base of the right training wall. Equipment shown here includes, at top, two double-drum grout mixers; center, two...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 1, 2017

What a waste of energy

Yet again, local cities are forced to waste time, effort and money in a disagreement that wouldn’t exist if they did what may be the logical thing and merged. Electric City is objecting to a spike in their metered sewage flow into Grand Coulee...

 

President Trump should start by building an electronic wall

Imagine if President Donald Trump’s much-touted wall cost nothing to build. And if it deterred not only illegal border crossers, but also those who legally come to the United States and then overstay their visas. And if it could be erected almost...

 
 By William Kilby    Opinion    March 1, 2017

Congressional benefits under ACA spelled out, compared

Congress is currently in the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as the ACA or Obamacare. This seems like a good time to look at the ACA healthcare benefits that are provided to members of Congress and their staffs at...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 1, 2017

Communication - the key to everything

Ask any married couple who has a successful marriage and the word “communication” will come up as a key to a healthy, long partnership. Also, any successful business will use the word communication as a key to a thriving venture. In the last...

 

Sixty-eight years ago

John Berry, a Bureau of Reclamation engineer, observes tensiometer readings of the cable pull during puller machine tests used for maneuvering the floating caisson, maintaining contact with shore...

 

The threats to our representative democracy

With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment. These are, indeed, worth our attention — but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our...

 

Congressman, communicate with us

This week, February 18-26, is an in-district work week for the House of Representatives, during which members of Congress are supposed to be meeting and communicating with constituents. Yet it appears that Representative Dan Newhouse will not be atte...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    February 22, 2017

Crybaby bullies, cowards to boot

Justice has never flourished on the Colville Indian Reservation (CIR) for tribal members, although federal Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) funds are intended for the very purpose of providing law and order for the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 22, 2017

Winter woes will yield to spring

“It was a dark and stormy night.” This is considered one the worst beginnings of a suspenseful novel. But we have been living it. Cold weather, lots of snow and now the melt-off. Add very little sunshine and the winter blues hit you where it...

 

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