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 By Roger Lucas    Opinion 

Why are so many people angry?

Service people catch the brunt of angry people. They have to take it out on somebody, I guess. You constantly read of incidents of anger interrupting airline travel. Usually, it is some small inconvenience brought on by someone... — Updated 5/29/2024

 By John Adkins    Opinion 


I’ve always been a simple person who needs very little to be happy. My first date with my partner was over 50 years ago. We talk about how if we had nothing but our family, would we be alright? We realize without a doubt we’d be... — Updated 5/29/2024

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion 

Isle of Flags ceremony fits the reason Memorial Day exists

Every year on Memorial Day, a few citizens go to great effort to put on a tremendous display of patriotism to honor and remember those veterans who have passed on, dedicating new flags to those whose families wish to have them... — Updated 5/29/2024


Giving our farmers a seat at the table

As many of you know, Central Washington is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. From Sunnyside to Okanogan, our hardworking producers provide the food for our nation, and the world. Central Washington is... — Updated 5/22/2024

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Honoring families of those making ultimate sacrifice

On Memorial Day, we traditionally honor Americans in our military who gave their lives in battle for our country. It is called the “Ultimate Sacrifice,” and they died pro... — Updated 5/22/2024

 By Robert Fields    Opinion

Blame was wrong

I am the first to admit when I’m wrong. A city employee and I had a talk. He informed me that the concrete (see “Let’s try common sense on illegal dump” in May 8 issue) was not from the city road project, but from a private... — Updated 5/15/2024

 By Robert Fields    Opinion

Blame was wrong

I am the first to admit when I’m wrong. A city employee and I had a talk. He informed me that the concrete (see “Let’s try common sense on illegal dump” in May 8 issue) was not from the city road project, but from a private... — Updated 5/15/2024

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The watcher became the watched

Last Saturday was my 34th Colorama Parade. I will likely remember this one more than the rest. I had sat at my vantage point for over an hour before the parade started. It was really hot out. Just as the first part of the parade... — Updated 5/15/2024


RFK, Jr is a token candidate

Having family at Grand Coulee, I have relatives who work at the dam and it mystifies me how little attention presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., pays to hydro-electric power. True, I mention wind and solar, but rarely... — Updated 5/8/2024

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Sunday is Mother's Day

We honor our mothers this week. This, of course, is something we should do all year long. I was born at the beginning of the Great Depression. My mother was a depression mother, the kind that is made of kindness and steel. She was... — Updated 5/8/2024

 By Robert Fields    Opinion

Let's try common sense on illegal dump

I have tried to address the illegal dumping on federal land a couple of times, but Scott did not agree with me, so he throws my letters in the trash. So I went to The Star building and asked why? He told me I need to quit writing... — Updated 5/8/2024

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Pragmatic Kilmer, McMorris-Rodgers will be missed

Unfortunately, too many pragmatic Democrats and Republicans in Congress are retiring at a time when we need them most. Two are from Washington: Reps. Derek Kilmer (D), Olympic Peninsula; and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R), Eastern... — Updated 5/1/2024

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Where did those taters come from?

I decided to quit my job with Potlatch Forests and move to southern Idaho so I could see my future wife more easily and not have to drive 500 miles on weekends to see her. I guess that’s when I came in contact with Idaho p... — Updated 5/1/2024

 By Don Andrews    Opinion

What if our president …

What if our president went to the Arlington Cemetery to put a wreath on the unknown soldier and said the soldier who gave his life to protect us was a loser and a sucker? What if our president got out of the service draft about a... — Updated 5/1/2024

 By Robert Fields    Opinion


When coming from Coulee Dam through Grand Coulee I understand people like to take a left at The Star newspaper building to save time on the way to Wilbur. If it is a safety hazard, make it a four-way stop! Or tell area police to... — Updated 5/1/2024


Lumping - easy and wrong

It’s tempting sometimes to lump people into easy categories. Stereotypes exist for a reason. But if you learn anything from this issue of The Star, it should be this: Labeling groups of “those people” as this type or that one i... — Updated 5/1/2024

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Assaulted by prescription drug ads

Watching the evening television news is something I typically don’t do. There are a few reasons why. There is the widespread TV news edict, “If it burns or bleeds, it leads.” Next,... — Updated 4/24/2024


From China to Central Washington: tracing the deadly path of the fentanyl epidemic

Communities across Central Washington have been devastated by the epidemic of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which is the leading cause of death for people ages 18-45 in the United States. Dubbed the “silent killer” of Ame... — Updated 4/24/2024


A tremendous act of compassion

Some deep thinking has been going on, and its helping. Last week, many local professionals in law enforcement, emergency medicine, and other first responders, — the folks who have to live with the possible trauma of a car crash t... — Updated 4/24/2024

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

More worn-out wind blades, solar panels landing in dumps

While wind and solar farms generate “greenhouse gas free” electricity, there are ongoing concerns over their impacts on our environment especially as a rapidly growing number of... — Updated 4/17/2024

 By Carl Russell    Opinion

A little political history

For the people that have not followed political history, I would like to give you my perspective as to where the political parties have gone from the late 1950s and early 1960s. (I voted for JFK.) The Democratic Party today is wher... — Updated 4/17/2024

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Could a man be dog's best friend?

If a dog is man’s best friend, then why can’t a man be a dog’s best friend? I lost my little dog over a year ago. She had been with me for about 15 years. Now I don’t want to pick a fight with people who feel differently about pets... — Updated 4/17/2024

 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

Take our daughters and sons to Grandma's

“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is on April 25th, and I think we should try something different this year: Let’s take our daughters and sons to grandma’s. The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation says th... — Updated 4/17/2024

 By Norm Luther    Opinion

Send Conroy to Congress

Carmela Conroy gives eastern Washington voters the unusual, important opportunity to elect a foreign policy expert as their US Representative. As Foreign Service Officer for 24 years, she served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Norway, Ne... — Updated 4/10/2024

 By Priya Helweg    Opinion

Taking action on the maternal health crisis

Last month, I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska for a Maternal and Child Health Conference. This conference brought together maternal health experts and advocates to discuss the heart-wrenching maternal health crisis in our country... — Updated 4/10/2024


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