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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,...

 

Change is budding out all over

Change and rebirth are evident in more than the green buds on the trees in the coulee area. With a bright new coffee shop to hang out in, Colorama around the corner, new educational programs in planning at local schools, and progress made toward...

 

Are we biased?

Are we biased? The short answer is yes – everyone is, like it or not. Our brains categorize people based on what we’ve learned from our family, community, television, social media, and other sources. Our brains, in part, function like a filing...

 

Progress in Congress on protecting Northwest hydropower

For months, my Pacific Northwest congressional colleagues and I have been raising our voices and working on legislation to prevent increasing forced spill at the lower Snake and Columbia River dams from raising electricity rates in our region by $40...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 2, 2018

Build up the artist

I was honored this weekend to spend some time with some truly gifted men and women. I attended a training session put on by First Peoples Fund, in partnership with Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF). The training was about how to hone your...

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion    May 2, 2018

Color me red, white, and blue

Some politicians, pundits, and lobbyists launched vile attacks on the student survivors of the mass murder at a school in Parkland, Florida. That seems counterintuitive, since we usually exhibit sympathy toward innocent victims. The critics have...

 

Why you should care about a curtain

This community can be counted on to step up to address a need, but we don’t always know about them. This week, the Rotary club of which I am a member is pointing one out that has gone unmet for a very long time. Those of you who have lived in the...

 

Holocaust remembrance fading

Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, the late Elie Wiesel, once said of that horrific state-sponsored genocide that, “to forget the victims means to kill them a second time. So I couldn’t prevent the first death. I surely must be capable of...

 

Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy

Millions of college graduates find themselves saddled with crushing debt, and more than a third of them won’t be working in their chosen profession. Many will be working for low wages. Meanwhile, millions of high-paid jobs are available in the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 25, 2018

Senior Profile: Alyssa Hobrecht-Flores

Sometimes life just happens. That was the summary of my sit-down chat with this powerful young lady getting ready to walk the stage and get her diploma at Lake Roosevelt. Alyssa Hobrecht-Flores is...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    April 18, 2018

Faux news foments more hate

American narcissism-exceptionalism is the most habitual exporter of terror around the globe by the cruelties out of Congress and the White house. Exports of military arms and environmental poisoning of foreign Peoples and their lands creates...

 

Fifth Free Coulee Community Shred Day coming this Saturday

In 2016, alone, 15.4 million Americans suffered the loss of approximately $16 billion due to identity theft. One way to protect yourself from identity theft is to destroy, through shredding, unneeded paper records and files that contain your...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 18, 2018

I can only imagine

The song “I Can Only Imagine,” by MercyMe, has been a family favorite since it first came out. I have vivid memories of this song and the lyrics cut me to the core every time I hear it. Such...

 

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