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 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Back to school brings new challenges

Inflation has soared from 1.4% in January 2021 to 8.5% in July of this year, and parents are bearing the brunt of these increased costs as they face their annual back-to-school shopping trips — on top of the mounting costs for... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Teacher situation here okay

There is a national shortage of teachers, leaving some districts short of covering all their classrooms. While current events are creating problems in education, not the least of these problems are politics and financial... — Updated 8/24/2022 Full story


Support cultivated meat study

I was excited to learn Norway’s government is investing €10 million over five years to develop cultivated meat and precision fermentation. For those who don’t know, cultivated meat is grown from animal cells, without... — Updated 8/24/2022


The facts on school discipline

This is the last of three letters intending to bring clarity and facts to the community about the Grand Coulee Dam School District. This installment will address the complicated and challenging issue of school discipline. ISSUE:... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Citing the irrelevant is a sleepy trick

A neat trick in American politics is taking advantage of our collective unwillingness to really pay attention to what’s being said. So, when they talk about a real problem, attributing it or at least insinuating it’s due to som... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Drained Snake River reservoirs would resemble parched Rhine riverbeds

If you want a glimpse of parched river bottoms behind “would be breached” lower Snake River dams, look at recent photos of European rivers and lakes. On parts of picturesque... — Updated 8/17/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

That cold, clear, spring water

I got my desire to take drives from my dad who used to take us for rides all the time. He had an old car from the mid 30’s. I remember when my dad got his first new car, it was in the early 40’s before all effort turned to... — Updated 8/17/2022

 By John Adkins    Opinion

A giant step for Raider Nation

Nancy Kuiper is the new Athletic Director for the GCDSD. She is such a phenomenal common-sense choice – THANK YOU! She is one of the top three Lake Roosevelt Raider multi-sport athletes of all time along with Dawni Bjorklund and... — Updated 8/17/2022

 By Jim Brakebill    Opinion

Thanks for a great legion sale season

After two years without the ability to open our doors, we are again at the end of our sale season as we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic TEN week run at the VET Center. Our American Legion Post appreciates... — Updated 8/17/2022

 By Jim Brakebill    Opinion

Thanks for a great legion sale season

After two years without the ability to open our doors, we are again at the end of our sale season as we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic TEN week run at the VET Center. Our American Legion Post appreciates... — Updated 8/17/2022


The facts on school district finances

This letter is an effort to bring clarity and facts into the conversation about the financial operations of the Grand Coulee Dam School District rather than unsubstantiated opinions. This is the second installment of three total... — Updated 8/17/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Gas engines part of reducing CO2

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example,... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Brian Depew    Opinion

Rural America needs investment in home construction and repair

Communities in every corner of the country now struggle with a lack of affordable homes, an ailment long associated with fast-growing urban areas. A lack of affordable housing hamstrings rural towns’ abilities to attract workers... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Giving something back

I have always been taught to give something back to society. For years I tried to do so by volunteering or running for public office. I have held office in park boards, library boards and school boards.  Most recently I served 17... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Norm Luther    Opinion

Republican lawmakers cop out on gun violence

Who has more mental problems — the perpetrators of gun violence or congressional Republicans, including our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who lack normal compassion and regard for human life, even of young children? Congressional... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Judy Lindhag    Opinion

Welsh historic reunion coming

On Sept 9-11, this fall, a small group of Welsh descendants will be visiting the Almira-Wilbur area. They are a part of the North American Welsh Association out of Seattle. A while back, they followed up on a lead of an abandoned... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Gary Miller    Opinion

Local visitor's guide is the most useful

Hello. I am just commenting on your supplement, Grand Coulee Dam Area (Visitor’s Guide). I found this to be about the most useful tourist magazine for an area that I have ever come across. Kudos, to all at your paper. Have the... — Updated 8/10/2022


"Just the Facts" on school district personnel turnover

This letter is an honest effort to bring clarity and facts to the rumors, innuendos and often half-truths that frequent this page when referring to the Grand Coulee Dam School District (GCDSD). The local community, in particular... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Citizen Science, ENOS and weather disasters

This month I'll start with an interesting research project. The study involved data gathered more than 200 years ago. For the period of 1826 through 1872, citizens in New York... — Updated 8/3/2022


Eighty-eight years ago

On August 3, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) visits Grand Coulee Dam, a massive public works project undertaken as part of Roosevelt's efforts to ease joblessness... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The other aunt

I recently wrote a column on my Aunt Voe. I am writing this column on my Aunt Lorena, just to show how important family is to help younger members grow up. I was born in a farmhouse on Four Mile Creek, just out of Palouse. My paren... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Don't get used to it, it's not normal

Having come here in 1985, and having lived in Spokane before that, my idea of a normal summer includes high heat reaching into the 90s. Now, we’re trying to accept the latest triple-digit trend as the “new normal.” That’s... — Updated 8/3/2022


Eighty-four years ago

The construction trestle, with deck at Elevation 1180, approaches the spillway section of the dam. The Bethlehem Steel Co., under subcontract from Consolidated Builders, furnished... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Restore the role of the U.S. Congress

Congress has gradually surrendered its law-making role to the President, to the Supreme Court, and to the state governments. That isn’t working well. Early in the American experience the founders of our government realized that... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A giving community full of heroes

In the last couple weeks, this community has shone brightly with examples of strength and good will and a readiness to step up and do what is needed. First, people immediately stepped up to answer a communitywide need: to support... — Updated 7/27/2022


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