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 By Rich Lowry    Opinion

We need to make more of our own drugs

A country learns about itself in a crisis, and one revelation in the coronavirus emergency is that we can’t make our own penicillin. The first patient successfully treated with the antibiotic was a woman suffering from sepsis in... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Faith of a nation

Faith can be a funny thing, depending on where you’re standing and what you put your faith into. I was raised to put my faith in God first, family second and country third, but... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Don't forget to take your shoes off

It’s been a long tradition in some homes to take your shoes off when entering. This was a common practice in earlier days when it was so easy to track in because everything around was dirty or muddy. Now most homes have cement... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Liberty is not boundless

You get to choose, but I don’t? Not only that, but your ability to choose is more important than me living. That’s the end logic of the current cry for liberty, defined here as our citizens’ God-given right to ignore the... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

 By John M. Kemble    Opinion

Million Dollar Mile (part 2)

When the Million Dollar Mile outside of Coulee City was created it inadvertently ran through a field with a level area and a natural spring surrounded by trees. For uncounted years... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Jess Utz    Opinion

How is your time spent during distancing?

I was pondering this today. How are we spending our time during our self-isolation and social distancing? The way I see it we must look at the bright side of a dark situation. So... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Brighter future for papermakers

In recent years, papermakers in the Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19 pandemic.... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Cutting out China to strengthen our supply chains

For years, U.S. dependence on China has harbored a rising threat to our national security. Now, during a global pandemic, this threat has come clearly into view. After decades of well-known wrongdoings, human rights violations, and... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Embrace the moment, not regrets

Some people are expressing little but regret over the fact that high school graduations across the country, Lake Roosevelt’s included, will not be what anyone had in mind this year. That much is certain, but, graduating class,... — Updated 5/20/2020 Full story

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Coronavirus, work must coexist

By now it is apparent that, barring a miracle, a cure for COVID-19 will not happen soon; however, to make it a condition of removing the economic lockdown would be a catastrophic... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Hot and dry with potential for wildland fire - Better weather tech on the way

Some have asked what we can expect this summer — weather and wildfire conditions. I’ll share what the Washington state climatologist states in the most recent monthly report:... — Updated 5/13/2020


Missing Colorama first time in 38 years

Hi over there. Sad day at the Womack house when I read about the Colorama days cancelled.  I have been in the parade with our 1968 AMX for 38 years in a row. Susan has been with... — Updated 5/13/2020


Golf course wouldn't be open if it weren't for …

I believe that the community needs to honor two people who are responsible for keeping our golf course open. Jim and Rose Keene have volunteered numerous hours in the last couple of years at the golf course. They don’t do it for... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Acts of kindness

During our lives we experience a number of acts of kindness that help make life more pleasant or easier. With the coronavirus here, we all have an opportunity to perform meaningful acts of kindness by observing a few procedures to... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

A plan for the People's House

Throughout these unprecedented times, members of Congress — like many families across the country — are facing uncertainty about returning to work. While we understand that it will take time to return to business as usual, we... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion

The US Construction Railroad

Bids to build the construction railroad were received May 17, 1934, and 22 firms competed for the work. The two low bidders were L. Coluccio of Seattle, and David H. Ryan of San... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Sometimes you have to learn the hard way

 A short item in the Sunset Magazine caught my eye just as we were planning a quick early summer vacation. lt featured a bed and breakfast in Lamoille, Nevada, only a few miles from where Dorothy and I were married in Elko. Over... — Updated 5/6/2020


Disappointed in graduation plans

Having just read the new senior graduation plan, as a grandma of a senior, I am upset. It feels like after 13 or 14 years of supporting, praising, fighting for, crying with, and celebrating, grandparents not only have no input,... — Updated 5/6/2020


Proud and thankful for this community

I cannot stop thinking back to state volleyball, state football, and most recently state basketball. Standing outside with my students and their homemade signs waving and cheering as the fire trucks, police cars, and buses came... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Rob Coffman    Opinion

Governor's proclamation unconstitutional

Since Governor Inslee issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation last month, Lincoln County has been scrambling trying to determine how to best balance our paramount duties to provide for Public Safety, Public Health... — Updated 4/29/2020 Full story

 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Hope, Love, Pray

I don’t know if you noticed the signs near the bridge and other places since our social distancing started, but rumor is they are all over the entire Colville Indian Reservation.... — Updated 4/29/2020


A Lucas sea turtle

Somewhere in the Carribean there’s a sea turtle swimming around with my name on it. Let me explain. A number of years ago I was looking for an out of the way place for my wife and me to go on vacation. I had used a travel agent... — Updated 4/29/2020


Real danger now waits

We’ve had it pretty easy so far. Not much evidence here of the devastation other places have been dealt at the hands of COVID-19. Or even of the level of tragedy the Seattle metro area has suffered, which has been far lighter... — Updated 4/29/2020 Full story

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Thank the truckers

As we get deeper into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding more Americans to thank. Until recently, truckers have been behind the scenes just doing their jobs, but as shoppers... — Updated 4/22/2020 Full story


We need to get through this time and tighten our belts, just as we have through two World Wars, terrorist attacks and other epidemics

Newspapers in the United States have traveled rough seas to the First Amendment freedoms we enjoy today. From the colonial Stamp Act through wartime censorship to today, when thousands of newspapers were slammed with the public hea... — Updated 4/22/2020 Full story


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