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 By Laura Wright    Opinion

Hawley 4 Sheriff - Rodriguez 4 Coroner

I have worked in some form of law enforcement in Okanogan County for 31 years having started in Winthrop. The last 3 years have been a rollercoaster ride with COVID and the negative changes in the laws that were passed in WA... — Updated 11/4/2022

 By Bonita Radtke    Opinion

If levy doesn't pass, we give up extra state dollars too

My ballot for the November 8 election came Friday and is now completed, waiting to be dropped back into the mail. We're fortunate it's so easy here to contribute to the success of our community by voting. This election's school... — Updated 11/4/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The good old days

Remember when our elected officials represented their constituents? That was before they found it better to represent themselves. Senators Warren Magnuson and Henry Jackson come to mind. Let me explain. When living in Bothell, I... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Don Brunel    Opinion

Recycling lithium batteries must accelerate

Demand for Electric Vehicles (EV) is soaring---accelerated by climate change concerns. EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses which are responsible for 30 percent of our greenhouse gas pollutants. The switch to... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Don Brunel    Opinion

Veterans looking for next career may find opportunities in rural communities 

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. As they contemplate what’s next on their career path, the answer may lie in a rural community. Returning veterans are a perfect fit for the next... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Don Brunel    Opinion

America's real recovery hinges on people returning to worksites

To “Build Back America” key workers must return to jobsites. It is not good enough for President Biden to lean back on low unemployment numbers claiming success when employers cannot find workers. Inflation is a huge deterrent.... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Heavy Harleys and my biker gang days

I had a few years as a motorcycle nut, riding a BSA. The BSA was built by the Birmingham Small Arms Company, which stopped building motorcycles and built war materials instead during World War II. I and my friend, Joe Emerson, a... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

We could us a little optimism; here's some

A century ago, people in the Western world were excited about the future. The automobile was coming online, and the Wright brothers put an internal combustion engine on their flying machine and were performing demonstrations... — Updated 10/26/2022


Kriete inspires wholehearted trust

I have had the pleasure of knowing Joey Kriete for 30-plus years and was honored to have worked alongside him in Law Enforcement for nearly half that time. Not only is Joey a true and loyal friend, but a phenomenal mentor and... — Updated 10/26/2022 Full story

 By Lisa Carlson    Opinion

What the district is getting right and why you should support it

The upcoming levy is VERY important to our students, staff and community. To reiterate what you’ve already been reading/hearing, you are currently paying just over $4 per thousand and with a “yes” vote it will DROP almost... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Bugs, snakes and gators

My daughter Kim lives in Louisiana. She likes it there, just a ew miles from Denham Springs and on the banks of the Amite River. Two main reasons she likes it there are that most of the storms you hear about go around where she... — Updated 10/19/2022


Civility needed before, during, and after election day

  Discussion and debate has always been a part of rural America. From coffee shops to the local co-op, rural residents aren't afraid to show their loyalty for one candidate or... — Updated 10/19/2022


Endorsing Chlarson for superior court judge

I have known Melissa Chlarson for over 30 years, and I am proud to support her as our county’s next Superior Court Judge. Melissa and I both grew up in the Columbia Basin and attended Moses Lake High School together. Years... — Updated 10/19/2022

 By Joe Tynan    Opinion

Education - an ongoing mission and community partnership

I want to thank Scott Hunter for his well-thought-out editorial in last week’s edition of The Star. He’s 100% correct — because the levy is asking the voters to approve a lower rate on their home values, it doesn’t mean... — Updated 10/19/2022


A friend's secret

Maybe she thought she could trust me, or maybe she just really needed to tell someone right then. We were both about 10, and our conversation then sheds light for me on a minor item in today’s report from the Elmer City Council m... — Updated 10/19/2022


Central Washington facing an all-time crime high

Over the past few years, there has been an uptick in crime across the nation. Unfortunately, Central Washington has been no exception to this trend. Indeed, the total number of... — Updated 10/14/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Wishes fulfilled….

The Thai student we sponsored at the University of Washington while living in Bothell keeps coming back to me. His name is Khien, and I have mentioned him in previous columns. He was a college professor in Bangkok and already had... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Kevin Danby    Opinion

Noting a voter's pamphlet error

On page 42 of the recently sent Voter’s Pamphlet there is an error or typo. This involves the race for Grant Superior Court Judge between Anna Gigliotti and Melissa Chlarson. Judge Gigliotti’s statement says that she was... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Louis Logan    Opinion

Thanks for visiting and filling out survey

Grant County Democrats thank the hundreds of friendly people who stopped by our building during the fair in August. Forty-five filled out our survey. It revealed participants’ top concerns: 1st (a tie), healthcare and sensible... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Mark Nash    Opinion

Reader has questions for voters

My name is Mark Nash. I don’t have children at Lake Roosevelt Schools. But I do have Grandchildren and a Great Grandchild who attend school there. I have some questions for the voters. Who paid for your elementary and high... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

School levy passage is needed

The reduced amount elected school board directors at the Grand Coulee Dam School District are seeking in the upcoming levy should be an easy yes for voters. Sensitive to the times we’re in and emerging from, the board changed... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

It's a different story… when it's your money!

My boss at the Idaho Statesman in Boise told me when he hired me that when his reporters traveled, they went first class. True to his word, he would always ask me where I was going to stay when assignments took me out of Boise. If... — Updated 10/5/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Firewood is new European gold

With Russian President Vladimir Putin cutting off natural gas supplies, Northern Europeans are scrambling and reverting to firewood to heat their homes, boil water and cook. It is r... — Updated 10/5/2022

 By Dan Langdon    Opinion

Charge of bias is hollow

Recent letters to the editor accusing The Star of bias ring hollow to me. After all, the editorial page regularly runs columns by Republican Representative Dan Newhouse and conservative business leaders. Editorial pages are for... — Updated 10/5/2022


Town hall meeting on 2022 school levy set

As a community, we are facing a significant decision between now and November 8th, Election Day this year. Whether we are willing to admit it or not, the outcome of this decision will affect everyone in our extended community ... — Updated 10/5/2022


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