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 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    February 22, 2017 

The threats to our representative democracy

With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment. These are, indeed, worth our attention — but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our...

 
 By Cam Alford    Opinion    February 22, 2017 

Congressman, communicate with us

This week, February 18-26, is an in-district work week for the House of Representatives, during which members of Congress are supposed to be meeting and communicating with constituents. Yet it appears that Representative Dan Newhouse will not be atte...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    February 22, 2017 

Crybaby bullies, cowards to boot

Justice has never flourished on the Colville Indian Reservation (CIR) for tribal members, although federal Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) funds are intended for the very purpose of providing law and order for the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 22, 2017 

Winter woes will yield to spring

“It was a dark and stormy night.” This is considered one the worst beginnings of a suspenseful novel. But we have been living it. Cold weather, lots of snow and now the melt-off. Add very little sunshine and the winter blues hit you where it...

 
 Opinion    February 22, 2017 

Seventy-five years ago

The motor barge Paul Bunyan moves barges into Marcus bridge. The bridge spans were moved, one at a time, to Coulee Dam to salvage the wood and steel in them. - Feb. 18, 1942 photo...

 
 By Peter Bauer    Opinion    February 15, 2017

Why is Rep. Newhouse in favor of giving our property away?

Here is an open letter to Congressman Newhouse. Please print it in letters to the editor section. Dear Congressman Newhouse: I am a believer in property rights, though my version of them extends beyond my front lawn. My property includes the clean...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    February 15, 2017

Rule reversal protects due process and Second Amendment rights

In December, at the very end of the Obama administration, federal officials finalized a rule that could limit the ability of some seniors who receive Social Security benefits to exercise their Second Amendment rights. The federal rule, submitted by...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 15, 2017

Senior Profile: Will Friedlander

I recently sat down with a young man I have known for a long time. Will “The Thrill” Friedlander is a man of few words, as many of you know, but I was able to extract a few things from the current senior at Lake Roosevelt High School. I asked...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 15, 2017

Kettle Falls marina closure could indicate a larger issue for congresswoman

After National Park Service officials announced last week that a marina that serves the north end of Lake Roosevelt would close, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers fired off a quick request for the NPS to reconsider and extend the current concessioner’s...

 
 Opinion    February 15, 2017

Seventy-two years ago

Eight-sided foundation of new field office under construction on the Ryan dump site. - Jan. 29, 1946...

 
 By Peter Bauer    Opinion    February 8, 2017

Congressman, how will you keep health care affordable?

This letter is written to Congressman Dan Newhouse in response to his letter to concerned constituents about the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act: Dear Congressman Newhouse, As you know, many Americans are concerned about their access to hea...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    February 8, 2017

A long history of grants and tree plans in Coulee Dam

Another grant application for your spending enjoyment has been written by Councilmember Gayle Swagerty and submitted to the Community Forestry Assistance Grant Program, a part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The Project Name...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    February 8, 2017

Washington has lots riding on NAFTA

In 1993, President Bill Clinton was pictured holding a Washington state apple while promoting the virtues of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). That photo only underscored the importance of the agreement and our trade with Mexico and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 8, 2017

The week of "supers"

The Super Bowl was Sunday, and if you missed it you missed a little bit of NFL history. Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick solidified their spots in the annals of Best QB and Best Coach of all time....

 
 Opinion    February 8, 2017

Seventy-two years ago

The O'Donnell brothers, Colin and "Spud," emerge from the waters of the Columbia River, below the downstream face of Grand Coulee Dam. These professional divers were engaged by the Bureau of...

 
 Opinion    February 1, 2017

Time to burst the bubbles

Readers of The Star should understand that opinions published on these pages do not necessarily represent this newspaper’s position. We print many articles that do not. That we would do so seems to surprise some. That very surprise is, in and of...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    February 1, 2017

Grant applications will cost money

To all of the residents of Coulee Dam: With Mayor Wilder PLEADING for passage, the Town Council voted three to two and approved the Recreation Trails Programs Resolution #16-2322 for the Candy Point/Crown Point Trailhead Restoration Project Grant....

 
 By Linda and Herb Sherburne    Opinion    February 1, 2017

Re: "My fellow Americans" (Jan 25) Jesse's article right on

My wife and I are in our seventies and have voted in local, state and national elections many times. You win sometimes, you lose sometimes. Jesse’s article was right on point. Very well done. Herb and Linda Sherburne Coulee Dam...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    February 1, 2017

Require common sense and accountability for public lands

As Washingtonians, all we have to do to enjoy some of the most beautiful natural scenery anywhere is to look out the window or take a short drive to one of our spectacular national parks or forests. We treasure our access to public lands, but we also...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 1, 2017

Continue helping the youth

Our youth can sometimes get a bad rap. A small group of rebellious teens can sometimes make an impression on an individual that defines an entire generation in that person’s eyes. The words disconnected, lazy, distracted and entitled are some of...

 
 Opinion    February 1, 2017

Seventy-five years ago

A steel span of the Marcus Bridge just leaving its position, in transit to Grand Coulee Dam. The two-deck barge is the workmen's living quarters. The tug, "Blue Ox," is shown in rear of the...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    January 25, 2017

Why I will serve only one term as mayor

I graduated from Coulee Dam High School in 1962 and then off to work as a draftsman and engineer technician. I needed more, so in 1968 I enrolled in Washington State University … subsequently graduating in civil engineering & geology (BS cum...

 
 By Covingtons    Opinion    January 25, 2017

Heroes help couple "bermed out" by snowplow

We made it home before the news hour last Wednesday evening after an overnight in Spokane. The highway was bare and wet, and everything went well until we tried to turn into our driveway. It had snowed three inches Tuesday night, and we had a berm...

 
 By Pastor Shawn Neider    Opinion    January 25, 2017

March for Life scheduled in Omak

Join us for the annual Omak March for Life Jan. 26. Meet in the park by the Omak Library at noon. The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both...

 
 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion    January 25, 2017

Overcoming legacy, new commissioners need support

Public participation and support from citizens are essential to carrying out improvements that are now underway by our newly- elected Okanogan County commissioners. These commissioners have inherited significant difficulties, including dealing with...

 

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