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Valid points overshadowed by unnecessary rhetoric

After reading the letter written by former Coulee Dam Mayor Wilder, I felt compelled to address what appears to be nothing more than a self-congratulatory essay and an attempt to criticize those who didn’t vote the same way he did.  First, I want...

 

A report and thanks from Trees of Sharing

The annual Trees of Sharing project began Nov. 1 and culminated with the delivery of wrapped Christmas gifts to 120 children in 54 families Saturday, Dec. 15. Thank you to every person who enthusiastically supported this project by purchasing gifts...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 2, 2019

Welcome 2019 in with prayer

It seems hard to believe that the actual year is 2019. Just under a year and we will be looking at 2020. When I was a kid I thought for sure we would have floating cars by now and kitchens that made...

 

End of old Congress, beginning of new year

As 2018 comes to a close, so does the 115th Congress. It is an honor to represent the diverse interests of the Fourth Congressional District, and I am especially proud of the accomplishments we achieved that will improve the quality of life in...

 

Top 10 movies to watch in the Coulee (and one TV show)

Ah, small town life. Country living. Old pickup trucks, down-home diners. You gotta love it. Sometimes it's a bit dull, but only boring people are bored, so you have to create your own excitement. If...

 

A Husky Rose Bowl memory - from 1960

In a few days the University of Washington Huskies will be in the Rose Bowl. It will be their 15th appearance in Pasadena and the Huskies will have the opportunity to tilt the record in their favor, currently having a 7-7 record. Washington’s...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 26, 2018

My hope for Christmas is that you would find yours

A young child cannot sleep the night before Christmas. Visions of the toys that will be there, the stockings overflowing with goodies, and the mouthwatering feast all keep a young mind from drifting...

 

No apparent reason for proposed Geezer Beach changes

I wish to express my concern about the proposed changes to the access at “geezer” beach. I see no reason for the proposed changes, other than paranoia over the possibility of some incident which might occur. I do not recall an incident actually...

 

Re: "Mayor subject of harassment complaint" in Dec. 19 Star

I respect the electorate. Some had vetted — and others did not. And for my good reasons, I voted the minority (Gayle Swagerty) for mayor, based on my own vetting process … and she lost. After all, “it’s just an election”… and in a small c...

 

Farm bill passage helps Central Washington farm country

Last week, Congress voted 369-47 to pass the 2018 Farm Bill, sending this critical legislation to President Trump for his signature into law. The agreement sets us on a better path for our country’s farmers and ranchers, for our rural communities,...

 

Resolve to care for children in 2019

2019 is almost here! Are you searching for a New Year resolution but aren’t exactly sure what you should resolve to do? Do you love children and think they deserve to be cared for in a safe and nurturing home? If you answered yes to either of...

 

Christmas wreaths help ease pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when they were slain in the line of duty while protecting our country. It hit home again last month when Army sergeants Eric Emond, 39, Brush Prairie, a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 19, 2018

Senior profile: Gloria Michel

Continuing on with profiling a senior in Lake Roosevelt High School, this month I chose a senior who follows a family tradition of being profiled right here in these pages. Quincy “The Kid...

 

Twister economics no solution to school funding

Solutions to serious problems should not require contortions of logic that look like the loser in that old game of Twister. You know the one: where players try to reach different spots on a large surface on the floor with different parts of their...

 

Childhood heroes never die

I had my heroes, just like every kid. Mine really got started by getting to know the owner of one of the three active taverns in Palouse in the late 1930s. His name was Pop Brantner. I never did learn his first name. The unlikely friendship began...

 

Moment of reflection, part 2

A couple weeks ago, I told you about my moment of reflection during Natural Helpers. Well, Sunday night I found myself reflecting again, and this time things got personal. Sometimes it is hard to write this column without giving you a deep look into...

 

Re: "People may no longer be able to drive on 'Geezer Beach'" in Dec. 5 Star

Yet another takeaway? As a disabled fisherman, I, along with many other disabled, aged friends, have fished Geezer Beach for many years. We fish this area exclusively four to five times per week from January to June. Due to our disabilities and very...

 

Re: "Coulee Dam theater subject of hope" Dec. 5 Star

I would love to see the cinema start showing movies again. I know a lot of people were disappointed when it closed, and with so little to do around the area it would be a big win to see it reopened. I hope the town keeps supporting Kimberly...

 

The name, itself, says a lot

When the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced proposed possible changes to the way it manages a local fishing beach, it used in an official document the popular name given it by the folks who use it, a name first made popular in the writings of a...

 

Liberty flag is flying

I would like to congratulate the Grand Coulee City Council for their support for the Republic, Washington police chief’s stance on the Initiative 1639 gun law. I would also like to thank Councilmember Tom Poplawski for his succinct comments on the...

 

About consolidating cities

I was asked where Electric City sewer goes. And if we do this, how much more will w/s/g go up after we just got a hike in this? And our zip codes would change; how many people would have to be notified and have to get a mail person to deliver our...

 

Re: "Examples of stewardship good and bad" (Reporter's Notebook, 11/28/18 Star)

My wife and I appreciated the stewardship article written by Roger Lucas. We’ve traveled extensively throughout the USA with a special focus on small towns, and we have yet to find a place as amazing as our area. Long before the vehicle and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 5, 2018

A moment of reflection

It happened for me on Thursday night at the K Diamond K Ranch. As I sat in this big circle with 21 students from Lake Roosevelt and nine adults, I realized that a dream had come true. Natural Helpers... Full story

 

Health care is top of mind

When Congress convenes next year, lawmakers must focus on the cost and quality of health care. In November, voters made it clear health care was on top of their minds. According to the Kaiser Family...

 

Consolidation equals positive change

The subject of consolidation has come up many times over the years, and the benefits seem to always outweigh the negatives. Sometimes it comes down to the personal feelings of the sitting councils and what they are willing to look at in their own...

 

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