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 By Glo Carroll    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Local candidates should lead by example

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Time to involve the people

Last Wednesday evening, the Coulee Dam Town Council met to consider, among other agenda items, if the Town of Coulee Dam will change its status from being a Town to that of a City. Town Hall made little effort to inform the public and give adequate...

 
 By Ed Bartley    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Objecting to Coulee Dam councilman's behavior

At this past week’s Coulee Dam’s Town Council meeting we observed an extremely angry outburst from Dave Schmidt (a town council member) directed towards some of Coulee Dam’s citizens when they objected to a comment made by Mr. Schmidt....

 
 By Carol Daily    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Why are signs restricted, not letters?

My husband and I were told we had to take our candidate-for-mayor sign down. By law, you can only have signs up so far ahead of the election. The week before we were told to take it down there was a letter in our Star newspaper to vote for a new...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Fake news about the jungle!

Reading the recent piece about the circus visit, I found a statement to be two-thirds correct. “Jungle cats” is a misleading title for the three big cats that are part of the circus. Lions, specifically African lions, are not jungle dwellers,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Artists unite

I do not consider myself an artist. Yes, I am a writer and an amateur photographer and even have grander ideas about drawing and painting. But I do not consider myself an artist. So when I found mysel...

 

Sixty-seven years ago

Chute Section - The feeder canal changes at this point (Sta. 89/50) from its regular trapezoidal section to a rectangular chute section in order to discharge its enormous flow into the equalizing...

 

Why we're shedding light on issues that need it

In and of themselves, two surveys of union members in Grand Coulee Dam schools paint an alarming picture of conditions in the schools, but their hues can be softened or sharpened with other factors that add more light. The surveys, outlined in a...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Voters should meet candidate and town staff

In a political statement four years ago, Gayle Swagerty talked about getting public involvement. Since taking the position of council person, she has made little effort to get the public involved or even give the public adequate opportunity for...

 
 By Gay Northrup    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Representative representing somebody else

While I would like to hang up my phone and put down my pen and just wait for the U.S. to heal by itself, I just can’t sit idle. Participation in the direction of our nation is the basis on which our country was founded. We all recognize the phrase...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 14, 2017

The four will be missed

After this year, four matriarchs in the school district will be cuddling grandkids, snow birding, and beach combing. All four have left their marks on the youth of the area, and as the youth turn into adults they will take the lessons learned from...

 

Sixty-nine years ago

Privately owned boats and docking facilities of the Coulee Dam Yacht Club were damaged by the heavy winds of June 9, 1948, which drove driftwood across Lake Roosevelt into the dock area. - June 11,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Reader online access will change this month

For some time, The Star has published just about all of its stories online as well as in print. That practice will continue, but by the end of this month, online access will not be free. Why? Because we can’t afford to lose you, and we are...

 
 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Elect a new mayor

As you probably know, the current Coulee Dam mayor has chosen not to file for another term, and with that decision, we need to elect a new mayor. I’ve been active on Town Council for almost four years. I serve on town committees with well-thought...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Can trees migrate?

Really, do trees migrate? The answer is a yes. A little clarification here, though; trees don’t actually move themselves. What does occur: tree populations can shift over time. A recent study confirms that, over the past three decades, trees in...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Tripping with seniors 2017

I was honored to be asked to go on the senior trip this year. This class is jammed full of special personalities, funny characters and future stars looking to make their mark in the world and on each other. So here is a recap of our trip to Seattle....

 

Sixty-nine years ago

Water rages downstream past the town of Coulee Dam in this 1948 photo showing the west bank of the Columbia River. During the 1948 flood, extensive damage was done to the riprapped slopes on both...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Not on our soil

The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of “chutzpah,” if not necessarily the word. Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by the Washington, D.C., police....

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Texas flush with transportation cash

In the last decade, there has been a highway construction boom in Texas. On the other hand, lawmakers in Olympia still scramble to fund road maintenance. Texas, a state with a population of 27 million, is flush with cash thanks partly to a 10-year...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Peacocks gone with the wind

Thirty-plus years just does not feel like enough time. The Peacocks are about to pull up roots and travel the nation on a permanent road trip. We have gotten used to the snow bird effect, but this tim...

 

Seventy-two years ago

The sheep of Joe Hodgin travel from winter quarters at Adrian, Washington, to their summer range in the Colville National Forest. - May 9, 1945 photo...

 

Health insurance should not be market based

Our congressman, Dan Newhouse, (R-4th Dist.) has repeatedly advocated for “market-based health insurance,” promising that for-profit health insurance companies will deliver on the goals of less expensive, higher quality, and more available...

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion    May 24, 2017

Wait for me!

The world is changing at a fast pace, making it difficult to keep up and even more difficult to know what it all means for us and our children and grandchildren. Only a generation ago, 60 percent of college students in American colleges were men....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 24, 2017

Let's get unplugged for a moment

Recently, two girls at Lake Roosevelt High School sat in the cafeteria during lunch. They had been having a really good discussion as they munched on their chow of choice when one of them looked up at the other eaters in the room. They were amazed...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 24, 2017

They were proof that cooperation works

Recently, Washington state’s largest environmental, wildlife and natural resources agencies recognized 43 large forest landowners for their “exemplary efforts” to upgrade forest roads and stream crossings which improved salmon habitat and water...

 

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