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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 10, 2016 

Traumatic news demands much of us

The arrest last week of a popular educator is an emotionally wrenching trauma for a significant portion of the community, not just for him and his family. If he’s guilty of what the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force say he is, they’ve...

 
 By Kathy Wickman    Opinion    February 10, 2016 

Re: "CEO: Auditors didn't like what they found" (Jan. 27 Star)

I am sickened and disturbed after reading the article about the $150K bonus that was received by [four] employees at CMC. You obviously think that you built and ran CMC by yourselves; that is what bonuses are paid for: employees who exceed...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 10, 2016 

The climb continues through perseverance

What would have happened if Michael Jordan would have quit basketball after not making his high school team as a freshman? Or if George Washington had told his troops, “We are getting our butts kicked and starving and freezing; let’s go home.”...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    February 10, 2016 

Reining in Operation Choke Point

What do you call it when the federal government targets legitimate businesses and causes them to be shut down, not for illegal activity, but because they are deemed undesirable by the Administration? Answer: federal regulatory intimidation. Last...

 
 Opinion    February 10, 2016 

Sixty-seven years ago

This is the main stem of the main canal of the Columbia Basin Project. It carries more water than most rivers in the state of Washington. Here, one mile north of Adeo (does anybody know where this...

 
 By Myrna and Orie Francis    Opinion    February 3, 2016

A few of our thoughts regarding the proposed parks, trails and paths in Electric City

It seems to us that we have a group of council members that likes to spend a lot of money. We live on Sunny Drive in Electric City. A few years ago council members proposed a park on the lake, just below our property, due to opposition they decided...

 
 By Robin Batterman    Opinion    February 3, 2016

Our voices can still be heard!

The path route pictured in The Star newspaper, Jan. 13, behind Electric City homes and through natural wildlife habitat is NOT set in stone. In an era where preserving our natural wildlife habitats and delicate environments has gained importance,...

 
 By Deb Hester    Opinion    February 3, 2016

Hoping church gets second life

I grew up with Dan Peterson as my pastor in the Bothell/ Inglewood area, where he moved after working on the Coulee Dam Community Church. He would be very sad to hear of your church’s demise. Dan told many wonderful stories about building the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 3, 2016

Two words for fighting sickness

Sickness can be a war on many fronts. From the common cold to a major disease, it affects us in a wide variety of situations that cause us to go to war for ourselves. Sometimes it is a battle of one and sometimes you must devise a plan filled with...

 
 Opinion    February 3, 2016

Seventy-seven years ago

At the close of 1939, Consolidated Builders had completed 68.5% of the contract work for Grand Coulee Dam. With more than 9,000,000 cubic yards of concrete in the structure, the right and left...

 
 By Billie Hasenwinkle    Opinion    January 27, 2016

Expressing concerns on the proposed trail

Regarding the Electric City trail, with the (Jan. 20) meeting being at 1:00 in the afternoon and I work for a living, I cannot make it. I wish for this letter to be my thoughts and my opinion on this matter. Now, I’m no letter writer, so I’m just...

 
 By David Hasenwinkle    Opinion    January 27, 2016

State's own engineers should address "dangerous" roadway along proposed trail

“[Brad] Parrish stated that phase one of the trail system, from Coulee Playland to North Dam Park, would eliminate ‘a very dangerous’ stretch of narrow roadway that walkers and bicyclists have to face today.” Knowing there is already a...

 
 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion    January 27, 2016

Your county tax dollars are hard at work! But accomplishing what?

On 1/11/16, the Spokesman Review announced that Okanogan County is one of five Washington counties that each donated $1,000 to the American Land Council (ALC), an organization supporting the militant (Bundy) takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    January 27, 2016

Stop wasting time on wrong trees

In a recent letter to the editor, the mayor of Coulee Dam states that it is the duty of the town council to “protect the infrastructure” of the town. The basic essence of protection is to replace the bad with the good or the wrong with the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 27, 2016

Gems in the Coulee: Operation Red Apple

Most of you know nothing about a secret operation that is going on at Lake Roosevelt. But I am about to let you in on an undercover operation that has been lifting the spirits of staff and blessing everyone from bus drivers to teachers at the...

 
 Opinion    January 27, 2016

Seventy-seven years ago

The power barge, "Paul Bunyan," was built by Work Progress Administration forces and launched into the Columbia River Reservoir on January 4, 1939....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 20, 2016

At some point, cities should get serious

Grand Coulee’s mayor is right when he says in a front-page article this week (“New twist could bring towns’ functions together”) that his city has “a lot to offer” other municipalities in considering how the four in the Grand Coulee Dam...

 
 By Walt Hunner    Opinion    January 20, 2016

Cycling in the Coulee

Thank you for the excellent bicyclist photo on page 4 of The Star 1-13-2016 edition. However, I’m curious as to the intent of the photo title, “Maybe not YOUR first choice.” A more appropriate and effective title would be “A winter ride in...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    January 20, 2016

Questions about Coulee Dam trees

In reading a recent letter to the editor concerning the appraised value of the street trees in Coulee Dam, a number of questions came to mind. Does the letter reflect the view of the entire Coulee Dam Town Council? What is the number of the town ordi...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    January 20, 2016

Town can't violate its own rules

As you know, the town council directed that the Public Works Department to remove a healthy ornamental cherry tree within the town’s right-of-way. Subsequently, the mayor immediately directed that the town administration (including Public Works)...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 20, 2016

The persuasive perspective

Experience + your current situation x encouragement = decisions being made. That sounds simple enough, and I am sure there are a lot of other factors involved, but really this is the basis for our decisions. Plus all you math geeks (Jeremiah and...

 
 Opinion    January 20, 2016

Seventy-five years ago

Winter's icy grip on a spillway bridge pier at Grand Coulee Dam during construction. –- Nov. 12, 1940...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 13, 2016

Olympia coverage is a little extra

A story that starts on page 2 this week comes through The Star’s association with the state association that works with colleges in the state to encourage and support journalism education. “Governor, DNR 2016 budget proposals seek wildfire fighti...

 
 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    January 13, 2016

Trees in Coulee Dam are assets

The town of Coulee Dam has declared by ordinance that it is in the best interest of the public that the trees be maintained and encouraged. The municipal budget supports the maintenance of the trees as directed by the ordinance. Knowing the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 13, 2016

The game of groans

This last weekend was the start of the NFL Playoffs. Wins by the Chiefs, Seahawks, Steelers and Packers set things up for an action-packed football weekend coming up. But I want to talk about the game between the Bengals and the Steelers and the...

 

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