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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 28, 2015 

It's up to us to maintain the gift

Local school district patrons this year have been given a huge, remarkable gift the benefits of which we are still discovering. And we will still have the privilege of maintaining it for a long time to come. Renewing the tax levy that helps do that...

 
 By Jim Keene    Opinion    January 28, 2015 

Local school levy a partnership

School districts in the state of Washington continue to rely on a partnership for funding between state and local resources. Local communities through a levy provide essential resources to augment the basic state school support. Our community has...

 
 By Karen Depew    Opinion    January 28, 2015 

Continue school support for this generation of kids

The reason I accepted the position of chair for the Levy Committee is because I feel that supporting strong schools means … Our kids benefit directly because: • The money stays in the community. • This levy is replacing the existing one, and...

 
 By Birdie Hensley    Opinion    January 28, 2015 

City officials have to tackle all the problems, not just yours

In the past weeks, we have had a few city council meetings and committee meetings at the local cities. As usual, sometimes things are said that have been taken wrong. Remember, most of these people on the local city councils, city committee are...

 
 By Art Harding    Opinion    January 28, 2015 

Update needed on high-speed chase story

Please provide your readers a follow up on charges brought against the alleged car thief. Please include in the update, what, if any, disciplinary action has been brought against the police officers that participated in the high-speed chase. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 28, 2015 

Gems in the Coulee: Volunteers

Anyone who knows anything at all about our history in the Coulee area knows that volunteerism is what made the heart start beating and thriving in this area. Sure, the great Grand Coulee Dam brought thousands into the area but if not for the local...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2015 

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Yvonne Kilsmoola-Quilachin St. Pierre is the first born baby at Coulee Community Hospital for 2005, the daughter of Yalonda and John St. Pierre of Elmer City. Marvin and Marilyn Farver of Nespelem celebrate their 50th wedding...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 21, 2015

Fraudulent hoarding should be a crime

Perhaps there would be nothing wrong with holding onto money collected for another purpose, if just holding onto it did no harm. But it does, and it is wrong. Specifically, money collected under a state law designed to promote tourism and create...

 
 By Rich Black    Opinion    January 21, 2015

Facts support continuing school levy

As a community, we are facing a significant decision between now and February 10. Whether we are willing to admit it or not, the outcome of this decision will affect everyone in our community — young and old. I am referring to the pending public...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 21, 2015

Your day-to-day encounters can mean a lot

Sometimes I can go a whole day without having any personable contact with anyone. Just ask my wife, she will confirm this. But on other days I can have contact with hundreds of people, missing out on an opportunity to influence, lift up or otherwise...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2015

Sixty-five years ago

Erosion in the spillway bucket, Block 54. This view, inside the working chamber of the floating caisson, shows erosions in the downstream face of the bucket at Station B16+07, sections A-1 and B-1...

 
 Opinion    January 14, 2015

Nine nominated for Volunteer of the Year, 2014

Below we present several well-thought-out nominations for Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Karen Depew for Volunteer of the Year I would like to Nominate Karen Depew as Volunteer of the Year. I know I only know a very small part of Karen Depew’s...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 14, 2015

Heros among us

This is a story of a real account that happened in the Coulee recently. I will change some of the names to protect the innocent. A husband and wife ride together to work every day. Except today the wife will be going alone because her husband is...

 
 By press release    Opinion    January 7, 2015

Death notification made via social media, troopers stunned

Southwest Washington - On January 4, 2015, troopers in Lewis County were called to a two vehicle collision on State Route 12 involving a passenger car and semi-truck. The driver of the passenger car, Mr. Jay Sume of Randle, WA, was fatality injured...

 
 By John Edgecombe Jr    Opinion    January 7, 2015

Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closuresRural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will...

 
 By Traci Bruckner Center for Rural Affairs    Opinion    January 7, 2015

Congress slashes conservation

When thinking about the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last month, one might ask, what does Congress have against conservation? They made huge cuts to conservation programs, such as the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) that...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    January 7, 2015

Making college affordable Is vital to America

When my parents graduated from high school in 1936, a college education was too expensive for the son of a copper miner and the daughter of a plumber. Eighty years ago, our country was in the middle o...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 7, 2015

Things to ponder while pondering about the pond

“I don’t wanna go back to school!” This statement was heard echoing from home to home on Monday as kids struggled to get up and get out the door following the two-week winter break. It was also...

 
 Opinion    January 7, 2015

Coulee Recollections

20 years ago Low income or disabled senior residents, 62 and older, qualify for a five-percent utility discount from the town of Coulee Dam, starting this year along with the same discount already available for garbage service. The discount amount...

 
 By Becky Billups    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Thanks to a strong city council

The Grand Coulee City Council Meeting that was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, was the first encouraging meeting that I have attended. It gave me my first glimmer of hope for issues that have concerned me for a long period of time, hopefully being properly...

 
 By Alice Frost    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Good advice on community soul searching appreciated

I am in complete agreement with Carol Netzel’s letter regarding the quarrels that have overtaken our community. In Alfred Lord Tennyson’s well known New Years poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells” one stanza reads: Ring out false pride in place and...

 
 By Wiyaka Steinke    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Citizens of Electric City should make their voices heard

If you are considering putting up a fence, accessory structure, shop or garage (in Electric City), now is your chance to be heard. The ordinances are changing! There will be a public meeting at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Electric City Hall....

 
 By Trees of Sharing Committee    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Thanks for helping 161 children

Thank you from the Trees of Sharing committee to everyone who helped provide Christmas gifts to 161 children in 63 families on Saturday, Dec. 20. We extend special thanks to Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, Coulee Family Medicine, Flo’s Café,...

 
 By Glen Graevell    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Why no poaching article?

Why has there been no article on the poachers that were caught netting fish on Banks Lake on December 8, 2014. Had to have my brother call me from Wenatchee and tell me about the article in the Wenatchee World and the other article in the Spokesman...

 
 By Lee H Hamilton    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Now it's time to focus on growing the economy

Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market is robust, and the Fed is expressing enough faith in the economy that an...

 

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