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 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...

 
 By Felix Marcolin    Opinion    March 18, 2015

To the Grand Coulee Dam Area Seniors:

Thank you, Maggie Stewart, for dreaming up the idea “Most Valuable Volunteer” as a way to get things going at the Senior Center. Thank you to all those members who nominated me as the first recipient of the honor and elected me 2014’s...

 
 By John Crabtree    Opinion    March 18, 2015

Water is Life

Here in the west, we understand that there is much truth in the old joke that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. Rural and small town America depend on water and our neighbors downstream count on us to preserve the quality of that wat...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 18, 2015

We need to honor the badge

With everything going on in the world right now — Ferguson, Missouri and other places — with the attack on law enforcement officers, I thought I should share my perspective on things. Not that my perspective is the right or wrong one, I just try...

 
 Opinion    March 18, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago A spreadsheet-type document titled “Coulee Family Medicine for Year 2004,” only listing patients at CCH’s on-campus clinic in Grand Coulee, and copies of the hospital’s financial statements, have been circulating among citizens...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 11, 2015

Kudos for answering the call, and for putting it out there

We’d like to thank those people who have answered the local call for new emergency medical technicians, and those who made it possible. EMT training is not easy, takes a lot of time and requires significant commitment, not to mention money. But...

 
 By Jerry Sands    Opinion    March 11, 2015

Thanks, and sorry to see you go

I would like to thank the Electric City Planning Commission that I worked with over the years for all their hard work and long hours spent bringing Electric City to the city it is today. We accomplished a lot of good things together. I was sorry to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 11, 2015

When I grow up …

When we were kids, we had dreams of being a firefighter, police officer or other things. Those dreams were influenced by a bunch of different things, including parents, grandparents, neighbors and books and TV. Somewhere along the line, as we are...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    March 11, 2015

Can Washington avert California's water wars?

California is in the midst of a fierce water war, a conflict that holds lessons for us in Washington state. In many ways, we are alike. Both of our states’ populations are growing and we have some of the world’s most prolific agriculture...

 
 Opinion    March 11, 2015

Sixty-six Years Ago

The construction trestle, with deck at El. 1180, approaches the spillway section of the dam. The Bethlehem Steel Co., Equipment mounted on a work barge to be used by the Pacfic Bridge Co.,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Newspapers, media, bubbles, and the fracturing of democracy

I gave the college kids a mixed bag of goods last week about the nature of newspapers and media in general, and tied it to some worries I have about the health of our democracy. Asked to be this year’s “publisher in residence” at Washington Sta...

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Senate transportation bill irresponsible

It seems ironic that on the same day that a huge increase in gas prices is seen in the area, the Washington State Senate passes a $15 billion transportation package that includes an 11.7 cent per gallon gas tax increase. It is fiscal...

 
 By Bob Frankin    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Rudy's Love Hatefulness

I think we’ve missed one possible explanation for Rudy Giuliani’s behavior: Maybe he’s concealing the fact that he suffered a blow to the head severe enough to cause lasting damage to his prefrontal cortex. That’s the high-function part of th...

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    February 25, 2015

Sands has been a good mayor

I am sad to see Mayor Jerry Sands resign. He has been a very good mayor. But I can understand his frustration and his wanting time for the family because the mayor job is a full-time commitment. Honestly, I don’t know how he withstood the office...

 
 By Steve and Gerry Salstrom    Opinion    February 25, 2015

Forthright, dedicated mayor will be missed

It is with mixed emotions I am writing this after reading the article regarding Jerry Sands resigning as mayor of Electric City. I am a personal friend of Jerry and Connie, so I am aware of how they want to be able to travel, spend time with their...

 
 By Lonna Bussert    Opinion    February 25, 2015

Sands did job when no one else would

I know Jerry Sands (mayor of Electric City) had thoughts about retiring last election, but as there were no other persons running for mayor, he stepped up to the plate and once again took on the responsibility. I, for one, am sorry to see him go. I...

 
 By Birdie Hensley    Opinion    February 25, 2015

Time to step up, 509ers

509ers, now is the time for you to step up and help with your city government. All of the Mikes, Lees, Clays, Marks, Bobs, Joes, Janes, Marys, etc, (local 509ers) who do not want 206ers, aka “coasties” to run your city. “They are just trying...

 
 By Mark Payne Mike Dennis    Opinion    February 25, 2015

Re: "Electric City Council: no restrictions on outbuilding size" Feb. 18

Accessory building do have size limits in Electric City. The accessory survey that the planning commission had the city mail out last September did show that the community did want some size limits on out buildings, 34% to 64%. That is why the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 25, 2015

New champions, old champions and losses

A coach once told me that a bad loss is sometimes the best thing for a team. It lets you know that there are still things to work on and that it exposes our weaknesses. That statement can be applied to our everyday life as well. Sometimes we are goin...

 
 By Brian Depew    Opinion    February 25, 2015

Rural America: It's complicated, really complicated

There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980’s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times,...

 
 By Jerry Sands    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Mayor Sands explains his resignation

My wife Connie and I retired in 1999 and moved to Electric City from Seattle. We did some investing in the area, did a lot of fishing and I played a lot of golf. Then one day in 2005, Troy Ritter asked if I would consider running for Electric City...

 

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