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 By Gay Northrup    Opinion    December 13, 2017 

Local public lands being privatized by big farm

There’s an elephant in the room, and its name is Gebbers Farms or “Gamble et al” in court documents! Our public lands are once again under threat of privatization by Gebbers Farms — this time, over six miles of French Creek Road, which provid...

 
 By Diane Babler    Opinion    December 13, 2017 

Re: "City passes moratorium on new storage units"

Mini-storage in a prime retail business location? Terrible plan. Please, City Council, don’t allow this. There are plenty of mini-storage options in this community already. Diane Babler...

 

Re: "Tribal leader offended by Trump's 'Pocahontas' comment"

I was insulted too. These elders are such an important part of our country’s history and should be treated like royalty for their service. They are a dying breed. Did not like that he used this opportunity to be cheap and tacky. No wonder our...

 
 By Kevin Nordt    Opinion    December 13, 2017 

PUD positioning for future needs

Affordable and reliable energy is one of the main drivers of our rapidly-expanding economy in Grant County. As stewards entrusted with the care and operations of your local public utility district, we take our job seriously. A decade ago, no one coul...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 13, 2017 

Careers and life do mix

In case you had not heard yet, I got a new job at the school this year. I am the Pathways Coordinator at Lake Roosevelt. With that comes a couple of very big boots to fill. Those boots belonged to...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    December 13, 2017 

And the snow fell, a little

Early November teased us a little bit with measurable snowfall that apparently has stalled. Not to worry, ski fans and snow junkies, it will snow again. I spent some time looking at what winter may...

 

Back to the future for the park district

The Coulee Area Park and Recreation District (CAPRD) has five commissioners. As of our December meeting, two commissioners’ terms have expired. The remaining three are on board until the end of 2019. Two of us are “gentle retirees” and likely...

 

The license for war

In the 1700s, when weapons of war were still primitive, the Founders of our constitution were wise enough to know that war could ruin nations, and they gave the congress the sole authority to declare war. Congress last declared war 75 years ago....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 6, 2017

The season upon us

Christmas. The word brings a wonderful excitement to children all around the world. Visions of presents, Santa, hot chocolate and goodies galore dance between the temples of the little ones. Blinking lights, snowmen and reindeer flicker on the lens...

 

Washington would benefit from ANWR leasing

For the last two decades, federal legislation allowing oil and gas exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has been stymied. Now, it is part of federal tax reform which Congress is likely to approve. Allowing new oil and gas leases...

 

School leaders have more than discipline at stake

Parents and school employees spoke loud, clear and long at a long school board meeting Monday about a lack of discipline in Grand Coulee Dam School District schools, an issue that involves much more than the schools alone. This community is not alone...

 

Food bank thankful for a ton of support

The Care and Share Food Bank has received over one ton of donations from our small communities with big HEARTS in the last two weeks. The Boy Scouts, Coulee Medical Center, and Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, plus other smaller drives, did a great...

 

Bill would streamline USBR, BIA water projects

Life on our eastern side of Washington’s so-called “Cascade divide” certainly offers many natural advantages: less rain, more time spent outdoors in the sunshine, and an ideal climate for apples, wine grapes and many other crops, just to name a...

 

Finally got turkey!

Sometimes Thanksgiving Day just does not go according to plans. But Sunday Night, when I was eating turkey, I realized it was very well worth the wait. I heard there were many who had Turkey Day debacles this year. A two-hour wait for a tow truck,...

 

A history lesson on tax cuts

To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. His proposal...

 
 By Pat Leigh    Opinion    November 22, 2017

In her case, "I" is for Issues

Dr. Ann Diamond has retired from her career as our small-town doctor and entered the race for state representative of Legislative District 12. Her campaign kickoff was great fun, with beautiful pies, hot cider and wonderful bluegrass music by The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 22, 2017

Baptized

There are those moments in everyone’s life that you can look back upon and realize the importance of a pivotal decision. Two young ladies made those decisions this weekend and it made me think back... Full story

 

Sixty-eight years ago

Feeder canal formwork in slide area - Forms for the transition section from "square-to-round" in the "cut-and-cover" portion of the feeder canal. - November 8, 1949 photo...

 

Celebrate local businesses on Nov. 25

Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore — a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping, and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike, and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000. I would peruse toy racks...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    November 15, 2017

Shameful tax code proposal would do great harm

Cathy’s craven role in “money-changing” the U.S. Tax Code to aid “The Money-Changer’s Tax Paradise” in offshore tax shelters is shameful! The $1.5 trillion-dollar tax giveaway is the biggest tax giveaway to giant corporations in modern...

 

Debt and taxes

As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome. It’s almost...

 

Legislative wins for Central Washington approved by U.S. House

Much of the nation’s attention has rightly been focused on Congress’ current push for historic tax reform — the first major effort in more than 30 years. While pro-growth tax reform is a critical topic, I would like to share an update on...

 

Sixty-eight years ago

Transition Section from square to round in the "cut-and-cover" portion of the Feeder Canal across the slide area. Each of the two barrels has a capacity of 3,600,000 gallons a minute, and the...

 

Be aware of what we require of our military

The average citizen in modern American is too far removed from the reality that keeps our country demanding more of those who choose to serve the country with military service. So inside this issue of The Star, we include our annual salute to our vet...

 

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