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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 26, 2017 

Off by one word

An article in last week’s Star, written on an event that occurred at deadline, accurately reported the event on which we had limited information available — except for one word. “Vandalism” was the wrong choice in the headline of “Daylight...

 
 By Reema Griffith    Opinion    April 26, 2017 

It's time for Washingtonians to take a test drive

Washington, along with every state in the nation, utilizes a gas tax to provide a major source of funding for roads and bridges. It has been a reliable workhorse for decades, but its future...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 26, 2017 

A few things on my mind this week

First off, a lady very instrumental to my faith passed away last week. Pat Piccolo, whom I consider one of the kindest ladies I have ever had the privilege of being around, was not only instrumental in a lot of people’s lives, but was there when I...

 

Eighty-three years ago

Site of Government Camp - delta at mouth of Fiddle Creek. - April 3, 1934....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 19, 2017

The value of a different kind of lesson

The local PTA is looking for support to continue filling in an important gap in the curricula offered by local school districts. Each year the group funds or sponsors a variety of worthwhile events, the latest being the science fair at Lake...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 19, 2017

Easter Beauty

Last weekend was Easter, and while some were searching for some bunny to get chocolate and eggs from, I was searching for the “Beauty of Christ.” I had been given an assignment and was to speak at church on Sunday morning. Three of us had...

 

Distractive driving goes beyond the law

Distractive driving goes beyond the law While state lawmakers work to bridge major differences in the budget, they agreed our distractive driving laws need stiffening. Companion bills sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers (R-LaCenter) and Rep. Jessyn Farrell...

 

Eighty-two years ago

Government Camp across the river. Pier 3 for highway bridge under construction - top of pier 2 (east side) in foreground. - April 25, 1935 Photo...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 12, 2017

Don't keep the home fires burning

At one point it seemed that for several years, the local community slipped by without a home burning down. That was unusual, a local fire chief and I agreed, hoping the trend would continue. It didn’t. Although home fires are reportedly less common...

 

Re: "Charges dismissed on former LR teacher"

I just wanted to congratulate you on the Guzman story. At a time like this, stories about immigration have political ramifications, and it is courageous of you to publish this story, which approaches the process with compassion and a level, fair...

 

Entrepreneurs remain key to America's success

American entrepreneurs’ ability to invent, create and bring products and services to market makes our nation great. Their success generates the tax revenue that fund our schools and puts people to work. Many “big businesses” started in the...

 

A good and faithful judge

Fourteen months ago, the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia left a void on the nation’s highest court. Not only did the court lose an esteemed colleague, but the nation lost an eloquent advocate for constitutional limits on...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 12, 2017

What a memorable week!

I had the honor and privilege of attending two events this week that moved me in such a way that I will always remember. I attended the Northwest Indian Youth Conference as a chaperone and our son’s wedding, as, well, me. Both were very special....

 

Seventy-one years ago

Dry Falls and Falls Lake near Coulee City, Washington. Taken on infrared film. - April 21, 1946 photo...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    April 5, 2017

Change the name of the tribes

In support of Arnie Marchand’s letter to the editor, I couldn’t agree more about changing the name of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Indian Reservation, etc. John Colville was some punk Brit who never set foot in the Americas, let alone this...

 

In appreciation of "our village"

When you lose a child, at any age and whatever the cause, it changes the rest of your life. Each day you wake up wishing it weren’t true, wanting to cry and scream when you realize it is true and then you resolve to finding your new normal in this...

 
 By Brad Halm    Opinion    April 5, 2017

Still waiting on a constituent meeting with Rep. Newhouse

After several months of repeated phone calls to Representative Newhouse’s staff, I finally received confirmation that he will be scheduling a constituent meeting during the April in-district work session (sometime between April 10th and April...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 5, 2017

The youth of a nation

Every once in a while someone surprises me — with their actions, words or change in character. This is especially encouraging when it is a young person. Sometimes we don’t give them the credit that is due to them. We lump them into a generation t...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    April 5, 2017

Is partisan science any good?

Rain! We’ve had a decent amount of it in the past year. I measured a total of 15.21 inches of precipitation at my home weather station in 2016. Rain is just one of many forms of precipitation. It’s part of the water cycle, more properly the...

 

Seventy-eight years ago

While these six airplanes of the 116th Observation Squadron, from Felts Field, Spokane, enjoyed the 184-mile nonstop, round trip to Grand Coulee. A plane from the unit's photo section got this...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Thanks for a great science fair

You hear all the best teachers talk about it, and last Thursday night anyone who attended the PTA’s science fair at Lake Roosevelt Schools got a little taste of it, as well. “It” would be the...

 
 By darla orr    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Update regarding Ristine family house fire

Thank you to everyone who has contributed items to help the Ristine family start over after a fire destroyed their home on January 29th. Friends opened an account on the website GoFundMe, which to date has received almost $2,000. However, due to my...

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Shooters have left an awful mess

Shooters that use the gravel pit at Osborn Bay behind Electric City: I have not been back there for over a year. I went out there Wednesday the 23rd of March. When my grandkids come they like to shoot, so we go back there. They burn up lots of powder...

 

What to do after you're elected to tribal council

This is a letter to all those vying for a position on the Tribal Council. You should do three things after becoming an elected representative. First: Change the name of the reservation. REASON: Time has long since passed that we continue to call...

 

State carbon tax would be harmful

A major hurdle for lawmakers in Olympia working to finish the next two-year state budget and adjourn is the so-called “carbon tax.” However, Gov. Jay Inslee wants a first-ever levy on CO2 emissions. While it targets coal and natural gas power pla...

 

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