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 By Steve Zowada    Opinion    January 17, 2018 

Thanks for history feature

I sent you a request awhile back about returning to the 10-60 years ago in the Coulee area — Coulee Recollections. I see the first Star of the year has it in it! Thanks so much! I think there are a lot of people from all years that will read it!...

 
 By Stacie Blake    Opinion    January 17, 2018 

Chain migration or family reunification?

It is historical fact that millions of people have come to the U.S. to create new lives in freedom. Immigration is the origin of our history as a country. Our federal government did not even keep immigration records until 1820. The bedrock of U.S...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 17, 2018 

Perfect day, different lenses

If I asked you to tell me what your perfect day would look like, I would get different responses from across the spectrum. One day over the weekend took on the look of a different day, not through my own personal lenses, but through the eyes of anoth...

 

China's Sword Policy cutting deep into recycling

Earlier this month, China launched its “national sword” policy which bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported. Meanwhile, its upcoming March edict imposing a lower limit on contaminants is having global reverberations. Since the...

 

Coulee Recollections

40 years ago Lake Roosevelt slid by Tonasket in a thrilling 55-53 overtime victory. Leading in scoring was Matt George with 15; Craig Loe with 12; Ernie Edwards with 11 and Martin Mueller with 8 points. 50 years ago Electric City School opens: With...

 

Subscriber extras, state coverage offered online

Through a statewide association, The Star will provide its readers in the next few weeks with news from our state capital as our elected representatives wrestle with the issues of the session which just began. Experience tells us we won’t always...

 
 By M. Townsen    Opinion    January 10, 2018

Variety store is needed

It’s really a shame that people with buildings don’t want to lease to get another variety store here. It definitely keeps our visitors here for the simple fact they could find socks, sandals and things they may have forgotten. Maybe the people...

 

Women overcoming belief barriers

Science has given us the ability to know things. Before the era of science, that being most of human history, people could only believe or not believe many things. Still true. But some things can be proved. For example, water heated at sea level...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 10, 2018

Senior Profile: Dylan Jenkins

Last year I wrote about a few seniors who are preparing to graduate high school and become members of society on a new level. I decided to share with you a few from this year as well. I recently sat...

 

Farm bill program supports rural businesses

Rural entrepreneurs are often important members of their communities. The upcoming farm bill offers a significant opportunity to support those entrepreneurs and their rural businesses through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. Created...

 

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Police were called to North Dam Park after a pedestrian saw a vehicle submerged in Banks Lake. They have not identified a suspect. Vehicle owner Lewis Adrian, 26, was awakened by his uncle Phillip Wakwak about an hour after police were...

 

Reflection on buying a newspaper

My daughter called 20 years ago to chat. “What did you do today?” she asked. “Bought a newspaper,” I answered. “Um, yeah, OK?” she said. “No,” I said. “I mean we bought the newspaper, The Star.” When that revelation sunk in, it...

 
 By Larry Price    Opinion    January 3, 2018

Thanks to Mayor Wilder and council

I would like to thank Mayor Greg Wilder and council for all their hard work and devotion over the last four years. I wish them well for all their further endeavors. Respectfully, Larry Price Coulee Dam...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 3, 2018

Looking back to the stars we lost in 2017

Someone once told me, “The older you get, the more people you know die.” It is a true statement. Here are some of the stars from television, movies and music that passed in 2017 whom I will truly...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    January 3, 2018

Winter Solstice has passed - now more daylight

With the passage of Winter Solstice, we will start gaining more daylight. It’s not that noticeable; it’s measured initially in about one minute each day, and that’s at sunset. When we arrive at...

 

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Lake Roosevelt boys won their Raider Nation basketball tournament with a lopsided win over the visiting Lapwai, Idaho Wildcats, 78-47. Matt Pleasants had his way under the basket much of the night with a total of 28 points. The two...

 

The truth is in there, somewhere

As we enter the New Year, we suggest the best resolution of all would be to keep a level head, an open ear and a metaphorical red pen at the ready to scratch out the hyperbole in our political rhetoric, examples of which can be found in each of the...

 

Promise kept on reducing tax burdens

For hard-working families and entrepreneurs in Central Washington, keeping more of your own paycheck was my goal in supporting historic legislation approved by Congress, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The last time the nation’s federal tax system was...

 

The GOP's tax overhaul: worst Christmas present ever

Some Christmas presents are a wonderful surprise, others a big disappointment. We try to be polite about the clunkers, figuring it’s the thought that counts. But the new Republican tax law — what President Trump has described as a “big, beautif...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 27, 2017

Changing the focus and moving forward, with a little inspiration

One of my desires is to one day be able to help people in need. I have been helped by many members of our community over the years and I have always wanted to “pay it forward.” I recently heard...

 

School district should consider all kinds of costs and benefits

In the business world, decisions are generally made by weighing the costs of something desirable for a business against its benefits over time. A piece of equipment may cost a lot of money, but if it pays for itself in a few years and provides an...

 

DACA allowed him to follow his dream

The sunlight came in through the shades, shaking me from my dream. But as a 6-year-old, that just meant Saturday morning cartoons. I sprang up and dashed to the living room. As I turned on the television, there he was — a blue-and-red blur flying...

 

It's possible and worth it to escape alcoholism

I never drank until my mom died and step-dad moved out. I raised myself and younger brother alone with no one since I was 17. Right away, I got into a crowd, and we didn’t drink socially. We drank explosively: blackouts, pass outs, drunk driving,...

 

Million wreaths across America

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed while serving in uniform. Normally, the fallen are remember...

 

Local public lands being privatized by big farm

There’s an elephant in the room, and its name is Gebbers Farms or “Gamble et al” in court documents! Our public lands are once again under threat of privatization by Gebbers Farms — this time, over six miles of French Creek Road, which provid...

 

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