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 By Fix Quinn    Opinion

Quinn Minute – A salute to my dentists

   Every morning when my mirror smiles back, I am grateful to two dentists who have helped me for decades.        They must be darn good, because thanks to regular visits I’ve retained excellent cuspids, bicuspids, plus... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The Biden Administration's assault on America's agricultural producers continues

Last week, President Biden turned his back on agricultural producers, small business owners, and anyone who wants to have authority over their own property by vetoing a bipartisan, bicameral effort to stop the Biden... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Traces of a wagon train

All work and no play…. You know the rest. While in college in 1955-59, I occasionally took some needed time off to go fishing, despite two jobs, a full college load of classes and being a husband and father. I was located in... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Lou Stone    Opinion

Collusion's collateral damage 

Regarding “Disbarred Colville Tribal Spokesperson,’ ...Chairman [Erickson] continued, “The Colville Tribes will always protect its members...People who think they can prey on our community without suffering consequences are... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Employers struggle to find work balance

Today, employers continue to struggle finding enough workers while attempting to bring people back to the office (work sites). A key problem is there simply aren’t enough people... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Kids' weather knowledge boosted

Developing exciting, supplemental courses that young learners will become motivated about can be challenging. Some schools have proven that it can be done. I don’t recall any... — Updated 4/5/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Places where the faithful gather

[Editor’s note: We mistakenly ran only a part of this column last week; here’s the full piece.] I’ve visited both the spectacular and the simplest of places where the faithful gather. A visit to Angkor Wat near Siem Reap in... — Updated 4/5/2023

 By Lou Stone    Opinion

On Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations peddling on reservation

If 2023 Colville Business Council (CBC) candidates know, let alone understand, what organized racketeering is, can they attack its head, the colonized CBC, on the Colville Indian Reservation (CIR)? “Part of the Organized Crime... — Updated 4/5/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

School safety needs wider attention

My mom would be horrified by the rash of violence in our schools today. The most recent tragedy at Covenant School in Nashville, where three students and three adults were shot to... — Updated 4/5/2023


Serving our nation's bravest

In the United States, there are currently over 1.3 million people serving as active-duty military. These men and women are dutifully serving our nation, and when they return home, it is crucially important they have the support of... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Places where the faithful gather

I’ve visited both the spectacular and the simplest of places where the faithful gather. A visit to Angkor Wat near Siem Reap in Cambodia is probably the place I will always remember. The complex is huge and the construction... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Norm Luther    Opinion

Parents' Bill of Rights? Sounds OK until you see who supports it and why

H.R. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights, passed the House on Friday. A recent column by Sean V. O’Brien, Eastern Washington director of right-wing Washington Policy Center (WPC), “We must affirm parents’ rights, put students... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Lou Stone    Opinion

Tribal courts add insult to injustice, injury upon tribal members; a colonization fulfillment

2023 candidates for Colville Business Council (CBC), what do you commit to your claim as a “candidate for change”? What change? Year after year, “change” turns out to be about another face replacing the same... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Truth or consequences

Our Constitutional First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech is a fundamental requirement for a successful democracy. But false statements produce consequences that threaten our democracy and the well-being of our society. Fif... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Ric Quinn    Opinion

Quinn Minute – The tooth of the matter

I got an e-mail from one of my newspaper friends wondering when old toothbrushes should be switched out for new ones. Frankly, I know little about the mouth, but I once gave an oral report. And I must admit my teeth aren’t all... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Elwood Watson    Opinion

Tucker Carlson is fake news

What is going on with Tucker Carlson? In private messages unearthed by lawsuits against Fox News, the fiery host was a fierce critic of former President Donald Trump, even as he continued to praise and defend him on television. ... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Those embarassing moments

I held the last “coffee hour” that Sen. Warren Magnuson ever held. The senator had assisted me with some of my arrangements when I made my trips to the Far East. So when one of his aides called and asked if I would hold a... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Our mix of free enterprise and socialism has been working for a long time

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was developed during the Great Depression that occurred in the 1930s. It was a federal government program that established electricity for a seven-state area, and it bolstered the free enterpris... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Tracy Maher    Opinion

Carter story brought back a sweet memory

I took a little trip down memory lane after reading Roger Lucas’ remembrance of Jimmy Carter in last week’s edition of The Star. While I never met President Carter, I did in fact spend a lovely couple of days with his sister Ru... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Rob Coffman    Opinion

Washington State Supreme Court opposes transparent government

Lincoln County has always been a huge proponent of transparency. We believe, as elected officials, that we should not get to decide what the public should or should not know about how their tax money is spent. In fact, in 2016 the... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Rix Quinn    Opinion

Quinn Minute – Free meals

     It was just a case of mistaken identity.      But after all these years, I need to share my secret. That’s why I’m telling you.      In my younger days, I worked in a downtown store’s advertising department.... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Rivers in the sky, it's real

Back on Jan. 11, Peter Funt's column appeared in The Star newspaper, titled, "Cry me an atmospheric river." The author wrote about some of the terms used in weather forecasting,... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

A leader you can respect

Jimmy Carter is in the news. At 98, Carter has entered hospice care. He has been counted out many times only to resurface with a hammer in his hand, building houses for other people. While having a lackluster one-term presidential... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Linda Benesch    Opinion

Inequality is weakening Social Security. Here's how we fix that.

Is your salary less than $160,200? If so, you’re among the 94 percent of American workers who pay into Social Security all year long. But there’s a privileged group that’s about to stop paying into Social Security for the... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Thoughts on fourteen hundredths of a second

We take a lot of risks in our everyday lives. Some are more worthy than others. From assuming we know how to navigate that ice during a thaw to getting behind the steering wheel, life is full of them, some warranted, some not. Last... — Updated 2/22/2023


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