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 By Betty Brashears    Opinion    April 22, 2015 

Above and beyond the call of duty

During a recent illness, I was having some serious health problems and needed medications. I had, just had, an 8:30 doctor’s appointment. It was already late afternoon and I couldn’t get my new defibrillator to work, and my meds weren’t ready....

 
 By Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal    Opinion    April 22, 2015 

"Ferguson" doesn't represent most law officers

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a group of teenagers who were part of a scouting organization. The first question I asked was, “What do you think of when you think of the police?” A 17-year-old boy raised his hand and said,...

 
 Opinion    April 22, 2015 

Hydrogen fuel cells should be developed for energy storage

In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 22, 2015 

Is Aprils Fool's Day all month long?

Over the past month, a few funny things have happened. Well, to be honest, at the time it was not funny at all. Remember when our parents used to say, “Someday you will look back at this moment and laugh.” Well they were right, like they mostly...

 
 Opinion    April 22, 2015 

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The Grand Coulee Dam Middle School fifth-grade “Math Is Cool” team finished fifth place at the regional spring competition in Moses Lake, competing in division two against 45 other teams, representing 39 schools from around...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 15, 2015

More gathered than the sum of those meeting

One never knows what benefits will take shape when people come together to solve a problem. Aside from tackling the initial problem, the very act of meeting with open minds often precedes other unforeseen but important outcomes. Such may well prove...

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    April 15, 2015

Things to ponder on tax day

Happy April 15th. Today is Tax Day and is the day we are required to give an account of our earnings to the IRS tax collectors. A lot will be written by the media and a lot will be said by the politicians about this but I am sure that a couple...

 
 By Hallman and Syngal    Opinion    April 15, 2015

Gap is ahead of Equal Pay Day

When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That’s how equal partnerships work. Today, you know the Fishers’ company as G...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 15, 2015

A too-late letter to dear Grandma

First of all, I am so sorry. Sorry I never came to try and fix our relationship. I will carry that burden now for the rest of my life. But most of all, I am sorry that we did not get to say goodbye to each other. Know this if nothing else: I still...

 
 Opinion    April 15, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 Years ago Total Health Events, LLC, of Blaine, Wash, the same company that put on last fall’s triathlon, is hosting the “Over The Dam Run” 5K/10K and a half marathon on Sunday, May 8 on Colorama weekend. The original race began in 1977, orga...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Time to appreciate our parks

Last week, the National Park Service launched a new public relations campaign aimed raising public awareness of the treasures it keeps available for all. The campaign urges folks to “Find Your Park” and is premised on the idea that many people...

 
 By Dan Johnson    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Re: "They're de-populating Eastern Washington humans" (Letters from Our Readers, 3/25/15)

Please Star Newspaper...do some fact checking. Wolves have never been re introduced to our state, and Grizzly Bears won’t stay in the Columbia Basin for too long before they head for the Rocky Mountains. (ps...wolves have returned by migrating...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 8, 2015

New rail safety regulations welcome

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has announced new rules that reduce the vapor pressure in oil tanker cars leaving his state’s booming oil patch. The goal is to reduce the risk of fiery explosions like the one that killed 47 people in...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Easter Revelations

This past weekend and the week leading up to Easter was a revealing week for me. My wife and I took part in some long lasting traditions that have been around for thousands of years. All were eye opening and shined a spotlight on my past mistakes,...

 
 Opinion    April 8, 2015

Sixty-five Years Ago

This photograph, taken from the intersection of First Street and Ickes Avenue, looks to the northeast, a part of the area to be developed as an extension to the Right 230-kv Switchyard. First Street...

 
 Opinion    April 1, 2015

Continued pot prohibition aids criminals

I find it very disappointing that we are beginning the third year in which adults over 21 years of age living in Washington state can legally possess and use cannabis (marijuana) products, yet we have NO legal cannabis businesses in the Grand Coulee...

 
 By William Riley    Opinion    April 1, 2015

They're de-populating Eastern Washington humans

Federal and state agencies are preparing to reintroduce grizzly bears and additional wolves into Washington’s rural counties. Lawless environmental groups like Earth First and Earth Liberation Front attempted to create habitat for these dangerous...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    April 1, 2015

Responding to questions and concerns from Central Washingtonians

An important part of serving in Congress is responding to questions from constituents on a range of topics, from Obamacare to national security and religious persecution abroad. I always look forward to hearing from constituents who contact my...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 1, 2015

Mud puddles

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster ride for my family, and after talking to a few other people, they too have been going through some trials and tribulations. Then after the big wind storm that swept through the area, followed by an inspir...

 
 Opinion    April 1, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Coulee Community Hospital opened its newly designed birthing room on March 16, 1995, a $20,000 project funded by the Coulee Medical Foundation and celebrating its 10-year anniversary and 516 deliveries this spring. Another birthing room...

 
 By Cathy McMorris Rodgers    Opinion    March 25, 2015

Advocating for Eastern Washington Veterans

  Not a day goes by when I don’t hear from veterans in our community who are struggling – struggling to access quality care, and struggling with a bureaucratic system that continues to fail them. That is unacceptable. We should be honoring the...

 
 By Dow Constantine Susan Johnson    Opinion    March 25, 2015

After five years, consumers have embraced the Affordable Care Act

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law five years ago, Washingtonians have sent a powerful message: The Affordable Care Act is working, and the quality healthcare coverage choices offered on Washington Healthplanfinder are...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 25, 2015

Forts: the forgotten practice

Remember the fort. Ours was in the middle of a bunch of sagebrush out by the bird hills. OK, some of you are saying, where the heck is the bird hills? Well, we locals know that out along the...

 
 Opinion    March 25, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The Bureau of Reclamation’s law enforcement contract with the city of Grand Coulee increased by nearly $100,000 for union modifications on time-and-material rates, boosting the government contracts to a total of $1.5 million dollars....

 
 Opinion    March 18, 2015

Cooperation springs anew in the coulee

Just in the last few weeks I have noticed signs of spring in the Coulee. There are new birds at my feeder; the quail are marking out there territory as they call in the morning. The forsythia is in bloom, and my daffodils are getting prettier every d...

 

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