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 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Asteroids and winter 2022-23

Wondering why NASA sent a car-sized satellite to crash into an asteroid? Let’s take a look and see why. An “impact event” is when an astronomical object, like an asteroid,... — Updated 10/5/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Celebrating Central Washington's clean energy

From September 26 to September 30, we are recognizing National Clean Energy Week, an opportunity to celebrate the clean energy advancements taking place across the country. In Central Washington, we have extra cause to celebrate... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The sound of music

We all know the role music plays in our lives. Want to raise your spirits? Turn on some music. I have started to hold nightly concerts for my own benefit that can start by 9 p.m. and last until the early hours. I will come back to... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Karen Depew    Opinion

What's the deal?

Why should the vendetta that John Adkins has against the GCDSD Superintendent, negatively affect our children’s education? Your participation in this year’s School Levy is critical to the future of our children. Your voice and... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion


Remember LR grad Cade Egbert. I see him from time to time and he always gives me a big smile. Cade was special as an athlete. He may not have been the most talented, but no matter what year you think of, he would be a starter for... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Pam Johnson    Opinion

Positive changes noted at LR 

 In the spring of 2022, LR teachers and principal Natalie Kontos sat down and discussed the state of the school, behaviors, and teaching.  Major changes were decided upon, and now that there has been several weeks of... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Bruce Holbert    Opinion

Some confusion on how newspapers function?

I’ve read a few of the recent letters to the editor and there seems to be some confusion on how newspapers function.  Yes, one of their roles is to disseminate news and keep their readers apprised of events that may concern the... — Updated 9/28/2022


Enough is enough: Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans must stop

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Washington and across the nation that must be stopped: the bad behavior of coaches, parents and fans at high school and middle school athletic events. We’ve all seen it: the yelling,... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

How Livingston changed things

My wife and I lived the first time in the coulee back in 1953-55. I was a lumber grader down at the mill located above the dam. A fellow by the name of Kirkpatick owned 90% of the operation, and a fellow who ran the logging part... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The time for agriculture labor reform is now

We must fix our broken immigration system and combat the rising food costs every single American across the country is facing right now, and we must do it now. Agriculture producers across the country have been facing a labor short... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Kurt Steinke    Opinion

The Star needs to rethink

A well-deserved thank you to Carl Russell’s article last week. I am so glad someone finally stepped up and made the paper realize how bias it is with their week after weekstupid jabs at Trump and the Republicans. I thought that... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Ag labor reform is overdue, but …

Rep. Dan Newhouse’s call on this page for the U.S. Senate to pass his Farm Workforce Modernization Act repeats his longtime call for reform, and it’s by most accounts a reasonable and necessary legislation for all the reasons... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Student loan forgiveness hurts everyday Americans

President Biden’s student-loan debt forgiveness plan is one of the worst decisions I’ve seen this president make. This debt “forgiveness” would have Robin Hood rolling in his grave—it takes from the poor to give to the ri... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

A different way to judge travel

Our oldest son Paul is on Yellowstone Lake on a two-week canoe venture. It is his seventh canoe trip on the lake that lies within Yellowstone National Park. He is alone in a part of the country where there are grizzly bear, moose,... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Carl Russell    Opinion

The Star Newspaper just can't resist

From the time Trump came down the escalator to run for President, 99% of the news media ran very derogatory cartoons of Trump. The Star right along with them. But when he beat the establishment’s chosen one Hillary then the estab... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By John Adkins    Opinion

Celebrations & Challenges

The Friday night of Labor Day weekend my wife and I both got home very late. Bubba Egbert and the Raiders won their football game and Mrs. A. was very thankful that Jessica Tufts is her assistant cheerleading coach. Bubba and... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Summer 2022 in Review

We just completed Summer 2022. Before you say, “wait, summer isn’t over yet,” let me remind you there are two ways to look at our seasons. The information here is based on... — Updated 9/14/2022


How county roads are funded

Where does all the money for our county roads come from? You may be surprised to know that, in Lincoln County, only about 15% is generated from property tax revenue that is received from parcels of land in the unincorporated areas... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The kids are alright, but…

This is a continuation of earlier comments that education in America is not properly funded. I had pointed out that we need to rethink the value of teachers and the way we fund education, teachers included. I read a distressing... — Updated 9/7/2022


Resolve to lay down bridges, not walls, on 9/11

Religious factions which intrude on any government, or pursues the governance of its own nation is a rogue religion. 9/11 is a perfect example of how a religion can be used for its own ends. Let us consider that religion is a calli... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Study carefully, and carry a big idea

The recent suggestion that the area consider forming an emergency medical services district is a good one and could lead to a better service for everyone in the area when help is needed. Local leaders should consider it carefully,... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Don't relapse into eugenics

In the early part of the 20th century, some people developed the notion that they could improve society by preventing undesirable people from reproducing. They called their idea eugenics, which means the good gene. The concept... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Travel floodgates have opened

With covid numbers down, people have resumed long delayed travel interest. My family is no exception. It’s a test to balance caution and adventure. It started with my grandson, William, from Portland, closing out last year with... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Amanda Burton    Opinion

Re: "The facts on school discipline" Aug. 24 Star

I appreciate these letters and I hope people are reading them. So far, we have been lucky in our interaction with the school, and I hope to see that continue — and that is the point of view that I am commenting from. There have... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Good luck to labor

President Joe Biden likes to promote “union jobs” whenever he can, recognizing the tremendous contribution the union movement made in American history in the last century. This century, it’s less clear cut, as union numbers... — Updated 8/31/2022


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