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 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion    July 10, 2019

Gifts from a once-captive doctor

Sometimes new friends can result in strange gifts. I was in Vietnam just after the Tet offensive in 1968, partially to pry about the war and to visit parents of students I had met at the University of Washington. I had visited one set of parents two...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    July 10, 2019

Protecting the Nest

I like to take pictures. A lot of you know that, and I don’t get out as much as I like to. I especially like to take pictures of birds, second, only recently, to taking pictures of my granddaughter....

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 10, 2019

China's mighty migrating mandate

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. In fact, when it comes to tough new garbage and recycling restrictions, they may migrate elsewhere sooner than you might think. For example,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion    July 2, 2019

Port and Bureau: a public service study in contrasts

The next time you tee up your ball at Banks Lake Golf Course, take a second and say a word of thanks to the three Port District commissioners who made it possible. The three, Jim Keene, Gary Haag and Leonard Sanders, deserve some kind of award for...

 

Geezer beach smack down!

The action at Geezer Beach might be viewed as a deliberate provocation. Tyranny should be opposed at any level. The incremental erosion of personal freedom extends to every citizen. The apparent disregard for public opinion by the bureau creates an...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    July 2, 2019

Must Try: Smokin' Oak

Sometimes you just must get in the car and go. Well, if I’m honest, we had business to tend to in Vancouver, Washington, but Karrie had not been since she was a kid and I had never been. As we...

 
 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion    July 2, 2019

Make our national parks great again

This Fourth of July, America will celebrate its 243rdbirthday. Our country has come a long way since 1776, and there is still more progress to be made. Our independence and our patriotism are what set the United States apart from the rest of the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Only you can prevent forest fires

Did you listen to Smokey the Bear? He wasn’t just talking to children; he was talking to you there, mister, flicking your cigarette ashes out of the car, lighting fireworks to enjoy their exploding lights and sounds, mowing the lawn because it need...

 

Geezer beach controversy can teach lessons

The stated reasons for banning vehicles from geezer beach seem devoid of logic and common sense. The implication is that geezers and geezeretts are hopeless, bumbling, incompetents who need to be protected from themselves. Geezers typically didn’t...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Rare Earth metal dilemma

Hopefully, when American and Chinese leaders meet to resolve trade differences, talks won’t break down and result in a new round of tariffs or product restrictions. It is in both nations...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    June 26, 2019

This little light of mine

This is a different kind of summer for Karrie and me. We have a summer job. It consists of a little 4-month-old that I call granddaughter. But there is more, much more. We start our mornings with cudd...

 
 By Frank Ayers    Opinion    June 19, 2019

"We don't care, 'cuz we don't have to"

Why did “the Powers that Be” waste our time by pretending that they wanted to be collaborative members of this community, requesting our input? No one familiar with the situation at Geezer Beach believes for an instant that this decision had...

 
 By Bob Poch    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Re: "Beach parking banned at Geezer Beach by USBR"

Gentlemen, I am writing to express my gratitude for your removal of one of the last remaining recreation sites for the elderly in this area. I am sure all of the incapacitated and handicapped people will appreciate this as well. Incidentally, I...

 

The bureau is not your friend

Why not hassle the locals? It’s been a while since the last time, and it seems we need a lame excuse to get back at the people for welcoming us here. Sound familiar? It should, if you have lived in the Grand Coulee Dam area for any length of time,...

 

Rural jobs are boosted by impact of SNAP

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture examines the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in rural America. Widely viewed as a program that helps combat urban poverty and food insecurity, SNAP has seen a...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    June 19, 2019

One person's smile

If anyone recently had to be stopped in the construction zone, as new electrical is being installed on the bridge in Coulee Dam, you might have noticed a certain flagger. You already know the one I...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Government got the geezers

One of the least threatening places you can go is a beach in late afternoon where a couple of old anglers are quietly staring at the water, waiting for a line to move. If anybody understands the unwritten rule, the need for common courtesy, the...

 
 By Becky Billups    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Heartfelt thanks and a caution

Thank you, Grand Coulee area and beyond, for coming to my scream for help, to try and help me locate my best, four-legged, friend, Love Bug, at the lower North Dam area. My heart is still broken knowing that she became a feast for a predator, but...

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Unusual greeter was featured attraction

Two Gun Willie was a featured attraction at Silver City, Idaho. The old mining town had seen better days, and so had “two gun.” Willie was born William James Hawes in 1876, right in the town, that in its heyday had some 2,500 residents. Willie...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    June 12, 2019

The importance of a board

This year’s graduating class, like many classes before them, had to sit in front of an “Oral Board” with community members that had looked over the educational portfolios the seniors had been ke...

 

Compromise is the essence of our democracy

You may not be ready for next year’s elections, but in political time, they’re coming up fast. Which means that at some point you’re almost certain to hear someone announce, sternly, “I. Will. Not. Compromise.” And if you’re there in the...

 
 By M. Townsend    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Thanks to a kind couple over Memorial Day

On Sunday at Spring Canyon Cemetery, I was out visiting my husband’s flag and family. I saw the most amazing thing happen. There was a couple putting roses on headstones that had no one to do it for them. I sat and watched them and cried thinking...

 

Geezer Rehabilitation

The perceived threat to public safety by individuals fishing at Geezer Beach might be mitigated if their attitudes could be redirected. It is conceivable that they may develop an awareness of public image. Notoriety might be attended by a sense of...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Does it really rain plastic?

The short answer to the headline – yes, it does rain plastic. Take a look around, plastic is everywhere. It’s in our everyday lives; it is, in fact, omnipresent. It is in our rain too. Plastic is...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    June 5, 2019

The hum of summer

The heat came into the Coulee like someone opened the oven door to peek at the cookies and the furnace blast hit them at full force. And just like that, summer arrived … and so did everything that...

 

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