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We Support Cindy Carter for re-election as county commissioner

Why: Cindy cares about Grant County and actively participates in making it better. Cindy listens and is passionate about finding positive solutions. Cindy is fiscally responsible and holds departments accountable. Cindy is dedicated to public...

 

The Grant County PUD needs experienced commissioners

Looming at the PUD is replacement of a complicated (and vital) energy sales contract, new infrastructure to meet growing power demands, and the resolve and creativity to finally finish building out the PUD fiber optic network. We need commissioners...

 

Why I'm supporting independents, Democrats and Republicans

I urge voters to consider personal qualifications of candidates - rather than simply party affiliations. My votes for unaffiliated/independent candidates Ann Diamond and Salley Bull are for their ability to unite people rather than divide them. I sup...

 

Save our institutions

Our institutions are essential in preserving democracy. Some vital elements of our democratic institutions include a free press, judicial system, environmental protection, education, labor unions, intelligence agencies, election systems and health...

 

Your vote does matter

Did you know that in the 2016 presidential election, over 108 million eligible voters didn’t vote? Were you aware that nationally, the voter turnout was less than 40 percent in the 2014 midterm elections and 21.4 percent of eligible voters were...

 

Please vote NO on I-1639

This is another bill sponsored by billionaires and organizations such as Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR). They spent $10.5 million to get I-594 passed in 2014. That bill approved by voters now makes it illegal to loan a rifle to a...

 

Carter knows where money comes from

Cindy Carter is a rarity these days, an elected official who knows where money comes from. She learned to work as a child and retains a remarkable work ethic. I visited the Carters when they were finishing their house. Cindy was not there giving...

 
 By Don Long    Opinion    October 24, 2018

Look for unintended consequences

We have important PUD Commissioner choices on the ballot this year. The platform of two of the PUD Commissioner candidates seems solely to be reducing rates for irrigation and residential customers. But, history is full of unintended consequences...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 24, 2018

Senior Profile: Rainy Dawn Vargas-Thomas

There are some students who fly by under the radar, and they are moving to the college of their choice when you realize you missed out on knowing a senior who is pretty special. That is not the case w...

 

I-1631: Higher costs, no impact on emissions

Ballots are starting to arrive and it’s getting to be decision time. As someone who works with a lot of businesses, especially small businesses, I am concerned about the impact of the costs associated with Initiative 1631, the energy tax measure....

 

Signs of hope

As we watch the larger political world seem to strain to pull itself apart, it’s heartening to see signs of local unity shining a beam of light through the clouds. Last week, Coulee Dam’s city council agreed to consider paying for the extra...

 

Thanks for great fire response

We would like to thank the personnel from all of the area fire departments that responded to the fire in Elmer City on October 15, 2018. The high winds and encroaching darkness made containing the fire difficult and dangerous; however, these brave...

 
 By Lynn Garza    Opinion    October 17, 2018

Brewer understands the big picture

I have known Terry for 15-plus years, quite some time before he became a PUD commissioner. Terry has integrity, incredible character and is highly qualified for the PUD commissioner position. There is no question in my mind that he is the best...

 

This is about jobs

Did you know that irrigated agriculture accounts for 24 percent of the employment in Grant County? Grant County agriculture directly employs over 7,000 Grant County residents, and indirectly creates employment for another 10,000. Agricultural...

 
 By Jon Lane    Opinion    October 17, 2018

Brewer has helped the success of Grant County

I support Terry Brewer for Grant County PUD Commissioner. I have known Terry for over 20 years. It has been my pleasure to work with him as Director of the Grant County EDC and in his role as a PUD Commissioner. Don’t mistake Terry’s quiet...

 
 By Ruth Hall    Opinion    October 17, 2018

Bull would be better

It was the Three Devils Road closure that brought to light the glaring conflicts of interest within our county government. Through public records, we learned that previous road closures/vacations were being approved in spite of public testimony to...

 

A researcher among us writes books

Gail Morin, of Elmer City, is on her 62nd book. Are they western adventure, romance, war stories, children books? No, nothing like that. Gail writes geneology-type books, getting all her information from public records. Her books, many of them...

 

Ann Diamond is best choice for Washington's 12th Legislative Dist.

Dr. Ann Diamond is running as an independent for the diverse and large Washington Legislative District 12, Position 1. As an independent, she will not be affiliated with a party platform and is more able to represent the varied interests of our...

 

Okanogan County needs a new District 3 commissioner

Jim DeTro has been an Okanogan County commissioner for eight years and is running for another four years. This is why you should not vote for him. In 2016, after two of his compatriot county commissioners were defeated, he said that he would not run...

 

Theater, pool needed, but more is being offered

In response to the “Jess, Shut Up!” column in the October 3 Star newspaper, I am in agreement with Jesse in his wish to gain funding to reopen the theater and a pool. I disagree with him, however, when he states that the only two events in the...

 

Help inform others

Voters, please speak to your neighbors, friends and family about the upcoming election. After making hundreds of calls on behalf of candidates, I have found that there are many voters who do not subscribe to a newspaper and do not have internet...

 

Thomas endorses Hall for auditor

I am endorsing Cari Hall for Okanogan County Auditor. I have known Cari for many years, I had the pleasure of working with her in her previous position as chief financial officer for a large non-profit entity the county has connections with. And,...

 
 By Don Long    Opinion    October 10, 2018

Keep Pheasant as Treasurer

'Is it time for change in the Grant County Treasurer’s office? The answer is simple: NO. Darryl Pheasant has the training, experience, integrity and respect to be retained as Grant County Treasurer. His opponent does not list any credentials...

 

Two candidates offer change

Has everyone had enough of partisan politics? Of shaming, and name calling, of representatives voting party line instead of for their constituents? This election, you have a chance to effect change by electing change in your own backyard. We have two...

 
 By Jack Janda    Opinion    October 3, 2018

Brewer enthusiastically protects PUD customers

I’d like to take this opportunity to ask the citizens of Grant County to re-elect Terry Brewer to the board of commissioners of Grant County PUD. My name is Jack Janda and I serve as a commissioner of Mason County PUD #1. As a fellow PUD...

 

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