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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 4, 2016 

A fine semantic line was crossed

There is no disputing that any organization has a right to control who speaks for it, but that doesn’t translate into a right to censor speech. Birdie Hensley was officially admonished by her...

 
 By Zielsdorf    Opinion    May 4, 2016 

Readers appreciate Utz's column

I just wanted The Star to know how much we appreciate Jesse Utz’s column “Jess, Shut Up.” My wife and I have been subscribers of The Star since we moved here in 1999. It is refreshing to see a paper where Christianity is not maligned, as in...

 
 By Trevino    Opinion    May 4, 2016 

Questioning our forestry practices - native ethics vs. tribal drive

Human beings and nature exist on the same moral plane. An eco-centric world view, should be regarded as a precondition for an aesthetic and ethical appreciation and love of our (yours and mine) environment. Self-determination is a foundational...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 4, 2016 

Seniors, are you ready for the next step?

This is the time of year when a small group of people in our community start to panic. A whirlwind of activity surrounds them, with every day being one step closer to that goal they have coveted for the last 13 years: graduation. The senior class of...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2016 

Sixty-six years ago

A Ridge Rider Trail Ride. – 1950...

 
 Opinion    April 27, 2016

Four-school memorial a great idea

Reading Connie Babler’s letter to The Star April 13, 2016, brought back many happy memories of going to school in Coulee Dam and growing up in such a great place. The idea of a “memorial” representing all four schools is a great idea. And all...

 
 Opinion    April 27, 2016

Help from all welcome on school memorial

In response to the letter from Connie Babler a couple of weeks ago, the Grand Coulee Alumni Association would like to clarify a few things. First of all, the main concern of our association is that the names of the combined schools be remembered. We...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 27, 2016

Kirk Adams taking his skills to the Big Apple

Kirk Adams has earned the reputation as a visionary leader who gets things done for people with disabilities. Those qualities, coupled with hard work and determination, rewarded him with the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 27, 2016

A gem in the Coulee: Richard Hill

Most of you probably have no idea who this is. Some USBR employees know him, but more importantly a handful of high school kids know him too. Recently Mr. Hill came to Lake Roosevelt and spoke some tr...

 
 Opinion    April 27, 2016

Seventy-seven years ago

When the 70-ton steel closure gates were not needed for river diversion purposes, the contractor suspended them from special storage barges anchored in the right forebay. – April 1,...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2016

Retain Judge Estudillo

There is one type of election where we, as voters, have a right to expect accuracy — elections for our judges. These are the facts about the judicial elections this year in Grant County: Judge David Estudillo was appointed last year, after an exten...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 20, 2016

What is the root cause?

A lot of stuff has been happening across Coulee Country, and the entire nation, for that matter. Theft, drugs, abuse and neglect are just a few of the plagues that are ravaging our neighborhoods and...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 20, 2016

President Obama's proliferation of new regulations

Even though President Barack Obama has less than a year remaining in office, his administration is cranking out new government regulations at a record pace. The rush reflects the President’s plan to use his final months to cement his...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    April 20, 2016

No rate regulation of broadband Internet

We live in an astounding time of technological progress, during the “Information Age.” Since the 1990s, the Internet has flourished and created a digital marketplace, revolutionizing the world economy and the way commerce is conducted. Private...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2016

Eighty-one years ago

One of the two dining rooms in the contractor's mess hall. - January 1935...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 13, 2016

Puzzling: Okanogan County considering outsourcing juvenile detention

Citizens would do well to continue their skepticism regarding a curious study underway by Okanogan County commissioners on whether to ship out to other locations juvenile offenders in its justice system, rather than house them in county. The...

 
 By Connie Babler    Opinion    April 13, 2016

Re: "Raising funds for a solid memory" 3-30-16 Star

I would like to respond to the Grand Coulee alumni group fund raising article that appeared in The Star newspaper March 30, 2016, and thank them for getting this fund raising started. I want to correct the information of only three high schools...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 13, 2016

Be vigilant against suicide

A crisis is upon us. A father recently reached out to me and had an idea for a column. He had noticed a scary situation taking form with a group of young people. This group was and is a tight-knit community type of clique that speaks of death constan...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    April 13, 2016

Gumshoe reporter meets favorite athlete

Growing up in the 1990s, I loved the Seattle Sonics and used to shoot hoops at home in the woods, on a dirt road near a hill. Sometimes I’d miss my shot and the ball would go rolling far down the hill and I’d chase after it. I’d pretend I was...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    April 13, 2016

Local enforcement for local lands

It may be news to many Americans, but as individual land owners, ranchers, and farmers in Washington already know, the federal government is one of the largest property managers in the nation, and especially in the West. According to a 2014...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 6, 2016

We should be thinking about root causes

While law abiding citizens often find it frustrating to learn that those accused of crimes against them are arrested but very soon released, that doesn’t mean the system doesn’t work. Sometimes it just means it’s slower than we might like,...

 
 By Vicki Ratcliff    Opinion    April 6, 2016

Reader thankful for those who step up

I would like to say thank you to officer John Tufts, the Grand Coulee EMTs and the staff at Coulee Medical Center for their outstanding care for my mom, Bobbi, during her distress. I am so thankful to live in an area where people really step up and...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    April 6, 2016

A wet and warming March

Let’s take a look at drought here in the West. California drought conditions have changed somewhat. Unfortunately, the state is still mostly in severe drought. The exception there is the extreme northwest corner that is showing to be drought free....

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 6, 2016

Cost of Boeing airplanes at heart of job cuts

Boeing’s new cost-reduction plan has deep ramifications for Washington because the bulk of the 4,500 job cuts are likely to land here. CEO Dennis Muilenburg asked investors to view the savings...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 6, 2016

Polishing history

My favorite subject in school is and was history. I loved learning of our country’s and state’s past triumphs and struggles. I still today loves hearing of people’s journeys — where they came from, their ancestry and what events reshaped...

 

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