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 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Dysfunctional pattern continues

In my last thoughts shared in The Star, I mentioned that I had hoped that the upper brass in the GCDSD would start to be accountable for the downward spiral of dysfunction created by their superintendent. I love our local school... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Leaps of abstraction

A while back a person told me I’m always fighting for the underdog. I liked Underdog as a kid but was more of a Popeye fan. I was hoping the GCDSD high brass would not feed me more spinach. However, more cans were opened with lea... — Updated 3/16/2022

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Out of touch

Previously I’d mentioned how much I appreciate The Star seeking input by polling our community about the upcoming school levies. People need to be heard and I’m proud of those who’ve studied the issue and logically... — Updated 1/26/2022

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Make diversity and equity a priority

In life it is very important to make progress from being fully aware of current reality and learning from the patterns involved. We should always strive to improve and find balance from our mistakes. This is not happening at the... — Updated 1/19/2022

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Thanks for making community wonderful

Cheers. This is a festive time of year and I want to cheer on a few who make our community wonderful. First, I want to thank our Raider Cheerleaders. Almost two dozen students turned out and they are rockin’ our athletic events.... — Updated 12/22/2021

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Find progressive solutions

I want to thank the GCDSD Board of Directors for making sure their coaches are being fully compensated and that each sport is getting an assistant for various logical reasons. Thanks for stepping up and doing the right thing. I res... — Updated 3/10/2021

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Seek input and respect history

When I see Kenny Hoke he always waves and makes my day. Every time this happens, I think about the state championship basketball team he was on back in the days when the rim and net were real baskets. Since Grand Coulee and Coulee... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

A diamond in the rough

My wife, who knows me well after 47 years, says I’m the most patient person she has ever met. When you combine this patience with the actions of putting others first and practicing sound human dynamics, learned from Gonzaga’s... — Updated 2/17/2021

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Keep focus on facing local challenges

School finance is becoming more and more challenging. When we keep losing ground we cannot continue to make up the deficit by asking our community members to fill the funding gaps. For factual information look into all Washington... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Proud of community members

Our small community has many exceptional people. I want to take a moment to highlight just a few that have earned my admiration over decades, years or recently. Their messages during this extremely challenging, chaotic time are... — Updated 1/27/2021

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

The time is now for top GCDSD leadership to step up

Whether you’re a local CEO of an organization, business owner and/or a community member, I’m thankful for many of you who’ve been appreciative of the thoughts I’ve shared about our local school district. I’m especially... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

COVID-19 vaccinations should be given for learning organizations

As Superintendent of the Wellpinit School District, I am very fortunate that all of my staff have been at work in person. This has taken extensive collaborative preventive preparation and is due in a large part, to the support and... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Appreciated DeWinkler's thoughts

Thanks, Donna DeWinkler, for the thoughts you shared in The Star Newspaper recently. Tolerance of a diversity of viewpoints is always healthy. Everyone needs to have a growth mindset and be open to learning from each other. We get... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Agreeing with Gilman

Wow, it was great to hear from Ray Gilman in The Star newspaper last week. Ray served the Grand Coulee Dam School District as an administrator for decades. His loyalty and longevity were amazing. He is aware of what is going on wit... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Extremely grateful for firefighers

During my college years I worked for the USDA Forest Service on fire crews and in the Red Zone at Mount St. Helens after the volcano erupted. These jobs were very time and labor intensive. I admire, appreciate and am extremely... — Updated 9/16/2020


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