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 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

Our country rests on people doing the right thing

As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer. In particular, I keep... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Governor Inslee, what is Phase 3?

When our state moved into Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s latest iteration of a reopening plan, it signaled a well-deserved step forward for our region. Following guidelines under the leadership of local health districts and elected... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Joe, and those motorcycle days

Joe Emerson joined our class as a junior at Palouse High School. He became my closest friend and remained so for several years. His older brother had ties with a motorcycle group in Spokane and we soon followed him there. Our... — Updated 3/3/2021


Regarding park funding

As a former council member and current park committee member, along with my co-park committee member, I have sat back, listened, and read the newspaper. We feel it is important to correct information regarding the Electric City... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Grades or duck hunting

I started college when I was 25, and already with a family. That required that I had to work a lot to pay my way, and of course the bills. While I had several jobs, carried a full course load, I found time for personal activity. I... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Lu Nelson    Opinion

Cold weather, high demand for electricity highlights need for diverse resources

Last week, extreme weather caused power outages for much of the central United States. Bitter cold led to increased demand for electricity while also forcing significant portions of electric generation offline, leaving millions of... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Curtis Hecla    Opinion

Re: "Popular beach at Steamboat Rock closing permanently" Jan. 27, 2021 Star

I am a former resident of Grand Coulee. Three brothers were born there, the first in October 1935, coinciding with the opening of the Mason City hospital. As a pre-teen in 1950, an older Indian befriended me and spent time describi... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Pam Johnson    Opinion

Addressing three themes on school district

I am writing in response to John Adkins’ series of letters to the editor, the most recent being 2/17/21. As a Lake Roosevelt teacher of nearly 17 years, I have had the opportunity to experience the changing tides of many administ... — Updated 2/24/2021

 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 Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Removing Snake River dams is unwise

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s $33 billion plan to remove the lower Snake River dams is unwise. However, if he pushes it, he needs to include the impact of breaching dams in his home state, which completely shuts off salmon... — Updated 2/17/2021

 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 Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

The joy of a new baby

A few days ago, we had a new baby in the family. Actually, it was a great grandchild, the fourth for us. She joins Kaylee, Damon and Westlyn as great grand babies. I guess it is a sign of getting old. But what a joy to see them... — Updated 2/17/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

You know what they say about statistics

An apparent weakness in Washington’s coronavirus response efforts bit the governor in his political behind this week, a weakness that has seemed glaring to us for many months. Perhaps it’s this newspaper’s service area at... — Updated 2/17/2021 Full story

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Super Bowl ads: super expensive, super perplexing

Why would any company spend $5.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl ad that leaves viewers perplexed, as some glitzy and abstract commercials did? After production costs are tacked on, you’d think advertisers would want their... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Air: we need it – part 2

Last month we addressed the general state of air quality monitoring across the nation and more specifically here in the state of Washington and locally. To summarize, the agencies... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Better be prepared

When you travel, expect the unexpected. Always have money on you for the country you are visiting. My first trip to Vietnam started out as an embarrassment, and nearly was a disaster. I forgot to exchange money before leaving Hong... — Updated 2/10/2021


RE: "Popular beach at Steamboat Rock closing permanently" (1-13-21 Star)

The closing of Steamboat Rock Park’s Boat Camp and access due to erosion doesn’t make sense. The fact that there is reluctance to identify the reason more succinctly leads one to suspect there is more to the story than... — Updated 2/10/2021

 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 Dan Newhouse    Opinion

A voice for Washington agriculture

Central Washington is one of the most agriculturally rich and diverse regions in the United States. Since coming to Congress, I have had the honor of representing our agricultural producers, advocating for strong trade agreements... — Updated 2/3/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Awestruck in a temple

Dropping in for a three-day trip to Siem Reap, and a visit to Angkor Wat, a temple complex nearby, was a change of plans, and a welcome one at that.  Rediscovered by a French archeologist in the mid 1800s. Siem Reap was Cambodia... — Updated 2/3/2021

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

The path forward

With the handoff of power from one president to another, we enter this new phase of our national life in deep distress. We are polarized, struggling to communicate reasonably with one another, and seemingly unable to find common... — Updated 2/3/2021


EMTs get big thanks

January 3 found me calling 911. This is about the responders... Such a fabulous team a time of need.  I was in dire straits and they had an obstacle course with the gurney. I am sure they had a huge part in saving my... — Updated 2/3/2021

 By Dennis Carlson    Opinion

Inaccurate comparisons made between school districts

The Star is truly a community newspaper that provides information and publishes varied opinions for its readers. I often agree with those opinions that appear on its Opinion Page, sometimes disagree but seldom have no interest in... — Updated 2/3/2021

 By Chip Cathcart    Opinion

Impeachment rush exposes left wing's hypocrisy

Last week›s opinion page had two contrasting letters about President Trump›s recent impeachment. Both letters inspired a reaction from me, so I decided to pipe up.  Many have said that President Trump was responsible for what... — Updated 1/27/2021

 By Era Schrepfer    Opinion

Re: "He is a simple complex friend" (Jan. 6 Star)

I just wanted to thank Roger Lucas for his kind article that mentioned FIUTS a couple of weeks ago. We always enjoy learning about connections and bonds that people form as a result of our work, and it’s even more meaningful... — Updated 1/27/2021


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