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 By Betty Brueske    Opinion    April 16, 2014 

Moving forward

I had some goals and expectations when I decided to run for hospital commissioner, primarily involving increasing utilization of CMC while maintaining the financial solvency of the facility. Since my election, however, I’ve been provided with a...

 
 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    April 16, 2014 

To the people of the Grand Coulee Dam area, an opportunity

Recently our entire community went through a major upheaval which in one way or another involved all of us. We saw that, when aroused, the people of this area can effect change. Our local hospital is such an important factor in our lives that we were...

 
 By Mark Payne    Opinion    April 16, 2014 

If you might want a building, better be heard

The planning meeting Tuesday the 29th of April at 7 p.m. at Electric City city hall is not just for steel buildings, it’s for any accessory building over 850 square feet built out of any materials. If you think you might ever want a garage, shop...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 16, 2014 

Things I think about

OK, sometimes when I look around the Coulee I see things or hear things, and I cannot help but dwell on these things for a while and just think. For example, “I won’t buy a house below the dam....

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2014 

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Selected as Miss Grand Coulee Dam 2004 was Tiffany Barry. Princesses Jennifer Sedillo and Canace Payne. The City of Grand Coulee will be received a new fire truck.           Twenty...

 
 By Angel H. Clark-Hall    Opinion    April 9, 2014

Freedom without justice is not liberty

As our forefathers came together to build this great nation, the inclusion of equal rights, and the separation of church and state were foundational to our government, as documented in our nation’s archives in numerous letters, including the...

 
 By Congressman Doc Hastings    Opinion    April 9, 2014

Protecting American workers and their paychecks

  Every day, I hear from hardworking people in Central Washington who are struggling to support their families and put food on the table. At a time when three-quarters of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, the Obama Administration is im...

 
 Opinion    April 9, 2014

Sixty-five years ago

Bureau diver D.S. "Spud" O'Donnell; right; and tender; Glen Eggleston; taking soundings in the prepakt concrete placing area around the base of the right powerhouse training wall of GCD. The grout...

 
 By Maryann Winn    Opinion    April 2, 2014

Re: "Hospital controversy may settle down" (3/26/14 Star)

I don’t think so. It isn’t just Scott Graham that the hospital staff does not trust. It is the entire administration. And the board still doesn’t see why that is. This administration has ruled with intimidation, secrecy and double standards,...

 
 By Rick Heiberg    Opinion    April 2, 2014

Time to have your say

Most of us have experienced a lot of frustration as a result of the way our country has been going in recent years, with massive and seemingly limitless debt, great increases in various giveaway programs and politicians of all stripes who seem...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 2, 2014

Gems in the Coulee – Fern Blaylock

Her name goes hand in hand with the food bank and hugs and kisses. Those by themselves are enough to put her on the list of local gems, but this small-in-stature lady has a heart that is bigger than...

 
 Opinion    April 2, 2014

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Concerned about the effect a new sidewalk would have on the parking and safety of his building, a Grand Coulee businessman disputed the city’s plan to repair Burdin Boulevard. Milt Snyder does not want a sidewalk placed in front of th...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    March 26, 2014

An open letter to the citizens of Coulee Dam

The election outcome last year seated a new mayor and two new town Council members for Coulee Dam. A lot has changed in Town Hall - council meeting procedures actually encourage public participation, issues are openly and robustly discussed before...

 
 By Lois Chilton    Opinion    March 26, 2014

Something wrong with the scenario

I have waited to comment on the CMC “situation,” as Jess Utz so kindly referred to it; but I can no longer. I worked at CMC for 10 years and I enjoyed my time there. I helped raise funds for the dream of the new facility to be realized. I am so...

 
 By Gerry Salstrom    Opinion    March 26, 2014

Re: "Commissioners to look for cause to fire hospital CEO" (March 12)

In reading the article on the hospital board meeting I find it appalling that Administration "incentived high performance team," was rewarded for the hostile work environment they created. To have staff members low census to the point of no leave or...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 26, 2014

Spring has sprung, Yippie!

The birds are chirping, the trees are budding, bugs are making an appearance and the kids are getting rambunctious. Spring is here and summer just around the next bend. So that means a few things are...

 
 Opinion    March 26, 2014

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Random Heroes to rock the Coulee. Corey Hilson, Brian Edwards, Brandon Ricks, Clancy Dieser and Mike Harden, five local boys will give their first local rock concert Friday night. Security upgrades at Grand Coulee Dam continue with the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 19, 2014

Poch will be missed

For nearly three decades, Coulee Dam has benefited from the reliably calm and deliberate approach taken by Councilmember Bob Poch, who announced his resignation last week. While it’s understandable that after 28 years he’s decided to step away,...

 
 By Laura Knighten    Opinion    March 19, 2014

Apologies to Lovelace and Hughes

I would like to apologize to Dawn Lovelace and Wendy Hughes. Dawn, I did not read your letter in The Star. It was put down and never picked up again. Since we live up on the hill we don’t go to town but once a week and my computer is not used...

 
 By Nancy Mitchell    Opinion    March 19, 2014

State Auditor's Office should be involved in Grand Coulee

Why hasn't anyone gotten the Washington State Auditor’s Office involved or at least reported to them what is going on at the Grand Coulee City Hall between the mayor, city council and Police Department, including the chief because he knows what is...

 
 By Chip Cathcart    Opinion    March 19, 2014

Re: "Government obliged to protect liberties"

After reading Angel Clark's letter in this newspaper, I was troubled by a few of the things that I read. I think some of that can be attributed to a misunderstanding of the U.S. Constitution. First, Angel states that "when our government permits...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 19, 2014

Fight for OUR hospital

I don’t have all the answers. There, I said it. Kids are now smiling and so is my wife. Now, with that being said, I think it is about time I wrote about the big issue in our community, the...

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2014

Commissioners ask NPS for changes

[Editor’s note: The National Park Service closed the entire Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area during last fall’s government shutdown. The following is a letter to NPS from Lincoln County commissioners (and submitted as an opinion to The...

 
 By Janice Archer    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Questions, questions, questions!

I came away from my first hospital board meeting last night, March 10, 2014, with some unsettling questions. Actually, I had a hard time falling asleep as I tried to make sense of all I had heard, seen, and experienced. My first question. The...

 
 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Staff cuts apparent at hospital

Having been a recent patient at our community hospital and having been a nurse’s aide for several years I would like to present my observations of patient care. In January I was hospitalized for four days. During that time I observed nurses and...

 
 By Kathy Wilson    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Gas prices too high

I fully agree with Carl Russell. These gas prices in the Coulee area are completely out of sorts. Wilbur is 46 cents A GALLON cheaper as of yesterday (March 8). How is that possible ? It's a Conoco station also & … I realize it's in a different...

 
 By Ron Zacherle    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Tribal members are trapped

Thank you for accepting this letter; our Colville Tribal Tribune has been censoring us for a solid year now, so we have no other choice but to write through other sources. Our tribal leaders across the reservation are ethically and criminally...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Raiders, Babies and a Polar Plunge

This past week was a busy one. So here is a recap of the week in a glimpse. The week started with a “Man Date.” Jeremy Hanson and I traveled to watch the Raider Boys B-Ball play in the Regional...

 
 Opinion    March 12, 2014

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago School Board Directors indicated they would hold off on approval of a plan administrators proposed to bring test scores up, at least until they have more information. This was after the board fielded questions for two and a half hours...

 
 By Patrick Connor    Opinion    March 5, 2014

Can anyone stop the power of Premera?

Amid the public policy mess created by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a tiny pebble of a good idea looked set for passage at a recent committee hearing of the Washington Legislature — that is until the heavy boot of Premera Blue Cross came...

 
 By Kathy Wickman    Opinion    March 5, 2014

Graham should walk away

I just read the very sad news that Dawn Lovelace has resigned her position at CMC. I am a former employee of CMC and worked around the most amazing people and also met the most wonderful people in our community. I still miss being greeted by them eve...

 
 By Carol Schoning    Opinion    March 5, 2014

Public outcry needed to save hospital

Public outcry needed to save hospital We need our doctors, the ones we know and trust. If they leave, I believe that CMC may as well close their doors. If Mr. Graham leaves real soon it might have a chance. Who is he, anyway; I have never seen him....

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    March 5, 2014

Gas prices still upsetting

I assume the local public is satisfied with Jack's Service response to my letter about gas prices in Grand Coulee Dam area compared to 25 miles in every direction is 10 to 30 cents cheaper. As I didn't see any other response to his letter. I don't...

 
 By Angel Clark Hall    Opinion    March 5, 2014

Government obliged to protect liberties

Some 2,000 years ago the religious leaders judged a man to be an evildoer, a blasphemer who mingled with the dregs of their society. These leaders condemned the man to death, fearing that he would turn the people against them, and strip away their...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 5, 2014

My Uncle, a veteran

This morning I got the news, the kind of news that no one wants to get, whether it’s expected or not; my uncle had died. Ninety-nine percent of you don’t know him; he did not live here, never...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2014

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Nine lovely ladies will be competing for the title of Miss Grand Coulee Dam this week. They are: Jennifer Sedillo, Heidi Rise, Keanna Cawston, Candice Payne, Lacey Ward, Tiffany Barry, Natasha Cawston, Kristin James and Angelina Moore....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 26, 2014

If CEO cares, he'll step down

Whether he believes he’s making all the right decisions as a manager or not, Coulee Medical Center’s CEO should resign if he cares at all for the community asset he’s tried to lead since 2009....

 
 By Pete and Elva Horn    Opinion    February 26, 2014

Great wrestling coach imparts more than mat skills

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam for having the foresight to have chosen such a great man to be their wrestling coach, Steve Hood. I have watched and gotten acquainted with this man over the last years. It...

 
 By Harvey Moses Jr.    Opinion    February 26, 2014

Tribal council doing as it pleases

I have rarely aired my opinion in the newspapers regarding the events of the Colville Confederated Tribes. I’ve always felt that “we” needed to take care of and keep our own house clean. However, some very serious occurrences have happened...

 
 By Ray Schoning    Opinion    February 26, 2014

City hall crew friendlier

Ya know, it used to be when I would go to Coulee Dam City Hall I used to feel challenged, not physically or emotionally, but psychologically. Maybe I’m wrong, but I felt there was a felling of “you better know what you’re doing here so you won...

 
 By Arlene Lisansky    Opinion    February 26, 2014

Help after accident appreciated

On Friday, Feb. 7, I had a one-car accident. I was hoping to find the names of the two people who so generously gave their time to help me and contact the police and ambulance. This was on SR155 late in the morning. I do know there was a young lady...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 26, 2014

Beyond Olympics - our own "gold"

So the Olympics are done passing out medals for another year, but there was a very big medal passed out this weekend, and boys’ Raider Basketball moved one step closer to get their chance at a...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2014

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago CCH is to receive disaster money to help treat people in a major disaster, such as a bioterrorist attack. Penny Lewis, chair of the CCH safety committee, announced last week that the hospital would receive nearly $40,000.00 in grant...

 
 By Gerry Salstrom    Opinion    February 19, 2014

CMC board should reassess its position on hospital administration

I know most people are aware I have been a strong advocate to remove the administration from CMC. I have yet to see any action taken towards this, and in all fairness I realize the board must make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed....

 
 By Fern Blaylock    Opinion    February 19, 2014

Benefit concert a success

Fern Blaylock and the local pastors would like to thank everyone for their outstanding support of the benefit concert last week with Lost and Found. Everyone had a great time and we received donations of 160 pounds of food and $1,725 to assist those...

 
 By Tom Hawkins    Opinion    February 19, 2014

Glad reason prevails on marijuana use

I am glad to live in a community where we can put to rest the myth that smoking marijuana is a fringe activity engaged in only by those on the margins of American society. In reality, marijuana smoking is extremely common, and marijuana is the...

 
 By Jerry Beierman    Opinion    February 19, 2014

Inslee should explain support of illegal students

I’m writing this letter in reply to an article in the Grant County Journal dated Monday, January 27, 2014, on page 3 with the heading of “Inslee’s” and under the heading of financial aid. Inslee wants lawmakers to approve a plan that would...

 
 By Terry Jones    Opinion    February 19, 2014

Seeking info on family history

I was born in Grand Coulee in 1940. I would like to get information about my family. One grandfather worked on the dam and the other ran a tavern. My grandfather's names were Iver Harold Jones and Paul Hunich. Can you help? Can you refer me to...

 
 By Truman Covington    Opinion    February 19, 2014

Board member's comments usurp council authority

This in direct reference to the Butch Stanger letter of 2-12-2014. I was surprised that he found it necessary to answer my initial letter to the editor. Not only was my letter to Colville Tribal Council, but also, he usurps council authority through...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 19, 2014

Winter Olympics: Heartbreaks, heros and their stories

Have you been watching the winter games in Russia? We have, on and off, and something has changed for me. In the past I would be cheering for the USA all the way and be disappointed if we did not get...

 

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