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 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Return to WOTUS will hurt Central Washington farmers

President Biden is stretching the limits of his executive authority – and this time, the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities across the nation are at stake. As a lifelong farmer, representative of this area, and... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

Whatever you think of it, we're global

No matter how hard we try, we really can’t avoid one another. We live in a world where what takes place somewhere else on the globe has a very good chance of affecting us. The pandemic, of course, is a perfect example. A virus... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Polluted water has greenhouse gas problems

In our zest to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind- and solar-generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

An income tax in Washington is unconstitutional

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: An income tax in Washington state is unconstitutional. Democrats in our state legislature recently passed Engrossed Senate Substitute Bill (ESSB) 5096, a bill that would impose a new... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A tale of two aunts

A person, years ago, asked me if I had a favorite relative. I had two aunts that would qualify, but I couldn’t say which one was my favorite. I would just call a tie and move on. Aunt Lorena was my dad’s youngest sister and... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

An opportunity to make community a little better

At least three areas in the surrounding countryside are used locally as shooting ranges, possibly all illegally. That may offer an opportunity to improve. Last week, a firefighter friend in Ephrata noted he and his fellow... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Expect the unexpected

When traveling in foreign countries, always expect the unexpected. In Bothell, I met a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong who came to this country but had to leave his wife behind. He was born in Hong Kong and easily fit within the... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Garth Dano    Opinion

Killer's release sickens prosecutor

I am passing along an extremely disappointing decision from the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB), involving a matter I recently handled. In 1997, Adam Betancourt, then almost 17, along with another juvenile shot and... — Updated 6/9/2021


Thanks to all involved in our rescue

A harrowing experience is behind us, and it is time to commend those who calmed and saved us. First, I have to commend the dispatcher that kept me on the line until safety arrived. I do not know what county she was from. (911... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Folks, it's dry - be fire wise

As we linger on the dry side of precipitation in our region, it’s prudent to check dedicated weather sources that, as part of their work, speak to near-future weather and... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Bless everyone, no exceptions

That headline is from a sign my wife put above the door to our kitchen in opposition to anyone who has other ideas. This country in its absolute worst state is extremely blessed. At its best, it’s an unstoppable wonder. To keep... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Bob Franken    Opinion

Human Cicadas

Think of us as cicadas, the insects you’ve heard about ad nauseam, that live underground for 17 years and then surface to get it on. Well, we humans in the U.S. have sheltered in place for 17 months, give or take, tucked away... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Honoring our commitment

For many of us, Memorial Day serves as a turning point in our calendars. The beginning of summer, the end of another school year, and the start of many trips with family and friends. While many of us are looking forward to the new... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Those public conveyances

When traveling, better have some idea of how you are going to get around in foreign countries. In the Orient, no country bests Japan. I have traveled there in taxis, subway, boat and plane. You will find that their operations are... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

Refugees strengthen America

We Americans have long prided ourselves on offering a safe haven to people seeking refuge from conflict and repression. The theme is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Arnie Marchand    Opinion

4th of July Canoe Border Crossing is coming

This year will be the 20th Anniversary of the First Nations People crossing the border on Osoyoos Lake, paddling cottonwood dugout canoes from Osoyoos to Oroville. The crossing is to let all our People and the local communities to... — Updated 5/26/2021


Are you thinking about the fair?

Spring is here and the planning for the 2021 Okanogan County Fair, Sept. 9-12, is in full swing! Are you ready? Have you thought about the projects you will be entering? Now is the time to begin planting if you are interested in en... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

President Biden's policies directly responsible for border crisis

President Biden has created and perpetuated a crisis at our southern border, and I’ve seen it firsthand. On Friday, I visited the United States-Mexico border to see for myself what was going on. Based on media coverage alone in... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Digging those Norwegian roots

My grandmother, Marie Rusten, was born in Norway in 1861. I have spent a lifetime trying to get information about her, while some of it was right at my fingertips all the time. I don’t have much that was my grandmother’s, only... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Brian Depew    Opinion

Dollar General seeks to reshape small towns

Dollar General has become a ubiquitous feature of America’s small towns. The discount retailer is opening about 1,000 stores per year, with more than 16,000 spread across the country.  Many local economic developers see the... — Updated 5/26/2021


Take action to support your resident bumble bees

Bumble bees are easily recognizable thanks to their loud buzz, fuzzy appearance, and distinct color patterns. Throughout the U.S. and Canada, nearly 50 different species play a role in sustaining our environment’s health. Their... — Updated 5/19/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Build our future electricity supply around hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington are located half a world apart, they have lots in common — beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes, and — vibrant salmon and trout fisheries. Both are... — Updated 5/19/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Gwen Hilson knows coulee people and things

While working at the Star, I learned early on just ask Gwen Hilson. She has worked at the Star for a zillion years and under three owners. When writing about people or places you always come up with questions,and it’s easier to... — Updated 5/19/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The Pacific Northwest agrees: Keep your hands off our dams

There’s been a lot of talk about our dams over the last few weeks, and I want to make it abundantly clear: Any “solution” for our salmon population that includes removing the dams on the Lower Snake River is a nonstarter.... — Updated 5/19/2021


Recognizing National Police Week

In honor of National Police Week, Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington recognizes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement. This year, the week is observed Sunday, May 9 through... — Updated 5/12/2021


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