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 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    June 13, 2018 

Politics: We need it

Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Or our declining national optimism. There’s wage...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 13, 2018 

Sometimes something bigger happens

It happened not long after graduation started in the Lake Roosevelt 2018 ceremony. A shift occurred. One more graduate was added to the class, and there was not a dry eye in the gym. It first...

 
 By Cora Fox    Opinion    June 13, 2018 

Abuse of farm safety net harms rural America

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes billions of dollars in payments to farmers across the country. Farmers rely on this money as part of a safety net, which helps them mitigate risks involved with working in agriculture....

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Dexter calls more than balls and strikes

Strike, ball, foul ball, you're out, you are safe - all calls you would expect from an umpire. Right? Meet one umpire that has added a whole lot more. Kenny Dexter. Ken was the public works director f...

 
 By Iris Lathrop    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Re: "If chickens discriminated against people"

Love your articles, Mr. Lucas. Thought you might get a chuckle out of this. Roosters — noisy critters and necessary to get more baby chicks. Wonder how many people hate roosters but eat lots of chickens – whole, parts and eggs? I have a neighbor...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Straw pulp looks like win-win

Here’s a switch! Rather than closing another pulp and paper mill, a new one is under construction right here in Washington. Columbia Pulp’s plant on the Snake River will use a new technology that...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 6, 2018

The day has come: goodbye, seniors

“This is bittersweet.” “I was not prepared.” “No one told me about this.” “Every time you think something will be easy, it is not.” These were all phrases that scooted through my head...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Let's hear it for our oceans!

Let’s start off with some facts about our oceans: The Earth’s oceans cover 71 percent of its surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water. Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s water is...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Suppressed no more

After attending the opening of the wine bar on Main Street Friday night, the ribbon cutting at the new art gallery on Spokane Way on Saturday, and getting a bite and a cup afterward at the new coffee house a block away, a niggling, suppressed hope...

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Communications crisis

There are biblical references to false statements and rumors. It is not a new issue, but currently the problem is amplified by an electronic twist. The printed word on paper has been a mainstay of the American experience since well before the...

 

Freedom Writers, Keller version

I had the privilege of going to Keller last week to see one of my heroes. Yes, one of my heroes was in Keller; her name is Erin Gruwell and she is the teacher the movie “Freedom Writers” is based upon. As I sat there in Keller school and...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Bad labels tough to shed

The battle in Seattle over the city council’s imposition of a head tax on large companies is generating disparaging labels which local elected leaders likely will come to regret. As a mayor, the last things you want are “anti-business” or “jo...

 

Be ready to duck

Readers will note a change in The Star lately. Longtime reporter Roger Lucas is changing roles in his latest attempt at retirement. The first of what we expect will be many opinion columns by Lucas appears on this page, along with his sense of humor...

 

Great community helped find lost dog

3I recently lost my dog in the Grand Coulee area, and with the help of your wonderful community, I got him back safely. I wrote a poem about the ordeal and wanted to share it with the all the people who so graciously helped. Thank you. Dave Bremmer...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion    May 23, 2018

If chickens discriminated against people

There’s a rooster in Electric City. And it is a direct violation of the city’s chicken ordinance, which allows a handful of hens, but no roosters. A clear violation of equal treatment under the law. The city council, who started this farce by...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 23, 2018

With arms wide open

Sometimes you just have a good weekend. When things build upon each other and you know you are supposed to be right here, right now. That is the way last weekend unfolded for me and for others in our...

 

More funding is needed for Alzheimer's research.

In the state of Washington, there are more than 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s dementia. As an elder law attorney I see many, many cases of families dealing with a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    May 16, 2018

The Climate Divide is changing

In 1878, John Wesley Powell, solider, geologist, explore and professor, placed an imaginary longitudinal line on a map based on his exploration observations. That line, he explained, represented the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 16, 2018

Speaking of life

We have all had that one person who has spoken so directly into our heart that it changed us forever. It might have been a parent, a grandparent, an uncle or an aunt. It may have been a boss, a...

 
 By Frank Clemente    Opinion    May 16, 2018

Corporate tax cuts not trickling down to workers

Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt, and threaten deep cuts to essential public services like...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 9, 2018

A roundup of complications

Few things in modern life are as complicated as healthcare. That fact was all too apparent last week as Coulee Medical Center officials presented their case for supporting the practice of delivering babies in rural hospitals, especially CMC. From a...

 

Central Washington stories show need for opioid abuse answers

“My brother is an addict. I am raising his daughter.” That is one of the many responses I received when I asked constituents of the 4th Congressional District how opioids and heroin abuse have affected people in our community. The responses are e...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 9, 2018

Taking him with you

This past weekend I found myself in many different situations as we packed in a lot of things over the few days we had off. On most Saturdays we go into Spokane and pray for those in need at the Heali...

 
 By Kim Callinan    Opinion    May 9, 2018

For many, living with advanced dementia is a fate worse than death

My grandmother, whom we called “Nana,” always loved children. Many times, she asked me to give her great-grandchildren. In 2000, the moment finally arrived. But it didn’t seem to matter. Eagerly, tenderly I lay my newborn son in her arms. She...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 9, 2018

New approaches needed to fight super wildfires

With western wildfires growing in size and destroying more homes, farms and businesses, there is a need for new tools and approaches. The infernos are spreading so fast they are outstripping our ability to fight them in traditional ways. Meanwhile,...

 

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