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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 19, 2014 

Broader approach would benefit area, grow jobs

As local towns decide on how much money they’ll spend next year, the season always brings out what for councils is a bothersome and needlessly complicated question: How much money should we spend to promote tourism, and how should we spend it? Thre...

 
 By Don Andrews    Opinion    November 19, 2014 

Coulee Dam time was like living in a luxury neighborhood

I have lived here, in Grant County near Electric City, for about 20 years, but I needed a rental house for the summer. Merle Kennedy found a nice little house in Coulee Dam; it was just what I wanted, so I said “I’ll Take it”. I had not...

 
 By Diane Canady    Opinion    November 19, 2014 

Correction to section on veterans

Just a note to correct a couple of errors in the Vet section of this week’s Star. First of all, I enjoy looking at and reading the tribute to the vets. As to the picture of the American Legion Post that was dedicated to Louie Canady, it is in Pine...

 
 By Becky Billups    Opinion    November 19, 2014 

Just say "NO!" to the mayor

I have watched with much interest with how the mayor wants to handle the situation with the hiring of the police chief. The Civil Service Commission has, and “should” continue to have the role in deciding who will hold that position. The only...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 19, 2014 

Almost time to give thanks

With all that is going on in the world and the holidays right around the corner, I thought maybe I would start the preparation for being thankful. Just like a professional baseball player has to go to spring training before the season, and just like...

 
 Opinion    November 19, 2014 

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago On Monday, Nov. 15, the Colville Tribes' fish and wildlife dept. released 712 rainbow trout, weighing an average of 5.35 pounds, in to Lake Rufus Woods at Ed Scahllenberger's net pen site...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 12, 2014

If not the whole bagel, half would still be good

As a matter of fact, we view the four towns as one in many ways, but in purely practical terms joining just two would be very good start. In any large city, the populations of Electric City, Grand...

 
 By John Bury    Opinion    November 12, 2014

Apparently, veterans are low priority

The elections are over, back to business with Congress as they have many unsettled issues in need of attention. The VA scandal is still a priority for Congress to settle. Although the VA has made some progress toward veterans care and benefits improv...

 
 By Phil Berry    Opinion    November 12, 2014

Torn flags look bad

The flags along the 155 corridor are all ripped and unsightly. Should be replaced or removed immediately.  Disgraceful for viewing on Veteran’s Day. Phil Berry...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 12, 2014

National Anthem thoughts

I was standing at the Veterans Assembly last week at the high school during the National Anthem and found myself thinking of not only the 30-plus veterans on hand for the event that we were honoring but of other vets that lost their lives giving the...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    November 12, 2014

Moses Lake helps put BMW World center stage in MunichMoses Lake helps put BMW World center stage in Munich

There is a new look to Bavarian tourism these days. In the past, tourists flocked to Munich’s city square like Seattle’s New Year’s revelers at the Space Needle. They came to see the ancient Glockenspiel, a giant cuckoo clock on the city hall t...

 
 Opinion    November 12, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Grady “Skip” Lael joined the Marine Corps exactly 61 years ago, in 1943 on Veterans Day, serving 29 and a half months with the Amphibian Tractor Battalion in one lone, famous campaign in the Pacific, the taking of Iwo Jima. He...

 
 Opinion    November 5, 2014

Prepared is better than not

It was somewhat comforting Tuesday morning watching Coulee Medical Center personnel practice skills they hope they never need. Comforting, that is, between ugly realizations and visions of what it means to contract the Ebola virus — or to deal...

 
 By Roy Hamilton    Opinion    November 5, 2014

Thanks to the entire community

I wish to thank the entire community for their support following the passing of my wife Donna. I have received hundreds of cards and condolences since the sudden event. I cannot personally respond to them all, so I will address many of you via the...

 
 By Catrien Slater    Opinion    November 5, 2014

Businesses should follow rules on credit card fees

Recently, I’ve noticed that a lot of the local businesses are imposing a fee when paying with a debit, credit, and even EBT cards. I am a frequent shopper to some of these places and I am getting a little annoyed with having these illegal fees...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 5, 2014

Paying it forward

In the movie “Pay It Forward,” Haley Joel Osment creates an idea to make the world a better place. Help someone, just because they need it, and expect nothing in return. Just tell them to pay it...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    November 5, 2014

Connecting the dots to lower gas prices

It’s often difficult to “connect the dots,” to show people how the global marketplace affects their daily lives. But plunging gasoline prices are giving Americans a first-hand lesson in the law of supply and demand. The law of supply and...

 
 Opinion    November 5, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago With the third year of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant ending, the Grand Coulee Dam School District is seeking alliance with local cities to fund the fourth year and possibly extend the program for a second term. Ad...

 
 By Michael Palanuk    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Don't steal the rocks

Since 9-11 I have watched the evolution of Bureau security in and around the Dam. For a long time, it appeared that the after a shaky start, the program would mature with age. I now think I was wrong. In the beginning, the powers that be did...

 
 By Reg Morgan    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Sailing to a new horizon

OK mates: It’s time to bid adios to the Airport Addition. During the past 34 years our three kids have graduated from college and are well on their way to seeking their fortunes, or so they tell...

 
 By Jim Bailey    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Vote down Electric City Proposition No. 1

Voting for a property tax increase for Electric City (E.C.) police protection is one thing, but in effect giving the city government a blank check to determine the type of police services is another. E.C. recently sent a letter to the voters...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Rotary planning sign project

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Rotary Club has started planning for a few community projects. One project is to gather all the individual services club, church and other not-for-profit organizational...

 
 By Phyllis M Melberg    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Local marijuana moratoriums prevent job development

These ridiculous moratoriums against legal marijuana businesses only stops jobs from coming to our community! I understand that the people that are opposed to these businesses have all the money they need to get by. ALL THE REST OF us have to go...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Chats that mean something

I have had the privilege the past few months to have had a couple of chats that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Sometimes in a world of fast paced mayhem and “gotta go” attitudes, a quick...

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Perspective on Ebola

Some of our national news media and some politicians have sensationalized Ebola. Is that reasonable? We cannot know the future. Ebola may eventually become the Halloween trick of the century, but right now it is not. We are frightened by things we...

 

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