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 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion 

On a clear day you can see Montana

Steptoe Butte lies 12 miles north of Colfax, the Whitman County seat. Its elevation is 3,612 feet, hovering over the Palouse wheat fields. It is said that on the horizon you can see the high mountains in Montana. For me, the view... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion 

Appreciated DeWinkler's thoughts

Thanks, Donna DeWinkler, for the thoughts you shared in The Star Newspaper recently. Tolerance of a diversity of viewpoints is always healthy. Everyone needs to have a growth mindset and be open to learning from each other. We get... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Nicole Rasmussen    Opinion 

Perspective gained with facts, differing opinions and respect

I appreciate the opinion and feedback that was shared in the Nov. 18 newspaper regarding my public comments at the Nov. 9 school board meeting. Sharing our opinions on various subjects, knowing that we don’t have to agree on... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Cathy LaPlace    Opinion 

The opportunity to do what is right

Like every person who attended high school in France, I studied philosophy in my senior year. I learned about Spinoza, Rousseau, Descartes, Voltaire, and many others. One quote from Voltaire has always impressed me, especially... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

An eye on Nespelem

Colleen Leskinen has had her eye on Nespelem for a very long time, essentially since her birth year, 67 years ago. Some people know her as the lady who runs the daycare, within the shadow of the town limits. Others know her as the... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Jeremy Field    Opinion

Shopping small for 2020 holiday season needed more than ever

It’s no secret that the Coronavirus pandemic has made a huge impact on how Washington retailers and restaurants operate. With additional restrictions implemented at the start of the holiday season as cases surge, it’s another... — Updated 11/18/2020


Community should realize division and school staff fear

The other day I made a public information request for documents concerning the GCD School District Board meeting on Nov. 9th, 2020. One item I asked for was a copy of Form 1430F, Request to be Placed on the Board Agenda. This form... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Kris Piccolo    Opinion

They're treasures who need to be treasured

I cried today — Friends and family of John Coykendall will understand. A more genuine and dear soul you would not find. I enjoyed conversation with him over the great little things and the little big things. (To clarify: he... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Carol Schoning    Opinion

Re: "Risky time to take risks" editorial, Nov. 11 issue

Just a comment on Scott Hunter’s thoughts on starting in-person learning again: In my 70s and raising a now teenager who says I am an (old fashioned, crazy, crabby old lady), I often wonder if she is right. I have answered the... — Updated 11/18/2020


Risky time to take risks

We have to get back to normal sometime, it’s true. But when? The Grand Coulee Dam School District directors voted last night (Monday) to implement a plan for a phased-in restart even for the seventh- through 12th-graders.... — Updated 11/10/2020

 By Rob Lowry    Opinion

Trump's Staying Power

Pending the outcome in a few key states, Donald Trump may be leaving the White House, but he’s not exiting the room. The fiercest Never Trump critics hoped for -- and wishfully predicted -- a cleansing landslide that would wipe o... — Updated 11/10/2020

 By Bob Franken    Opinion

SLAPP Schtick

Through his entire life, Donald Trump has been a SLAPP master. What is SLAPP, you ask? Good question. It stands for “strategic lawsuit against public participation.” For our purposes, it means frivolous legal action, usually... — Updated 11/10/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Are you tough enough?

This week I would like to recognize and honor service personnel, past and present. I came from a military family. My father was in the army in World War I. I still have his papers from when he was called up, and his discharge. My... — Updated 11/10/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Wildfire recovery demonstrates Central Washington's resiliency

Over the past few months, catastrophic wildfires raged – once again – throughout Central Washington and across the West. Smoke blanketed the Pacific Northwest, and whole towns were essentially wiped off the map. Unfortunately,... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

What will the Winter of 2020-2021 be like?

We aren’t out of Autumn yet and already we’ve had a reminder of winter weather. Though, our recent “winter” weather event wasn’t unprecedented. The records show that... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Roadhouses and other small venues

The first time I saw Glenn Yarbrough was at a small roadhouse on the eastern edge of Seattle, just off I-90. It was the first time I saw him on one of his farewell tours. I had seen a small ad in the Times and took a chance that I... — Updated 11/4/2020


Improvements to property were approved by city hall

We are writing in regard to the article in last week’s Star, “Council: Property Owner Must Remove Signs.” As the previous owners of the property located on the corner of Main Street in Grand Coulee, we felt we needed to set... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Becky Billups    Opinion

Are you kidding about those signs?

Last week’s Star, front page, “Council: property owner must remove signs” Are you kidding me, Grand Coulee Council? City Code, Chapter 17.60 says that only one sign is allowed on that lot? That lot, which happens to be... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A whole lot of opportunity

The little lot on the corner of Main and Spokane Way and at the heart of a controversy over city standards offers, in the narrower view, a conundrum for the city if it reconsiders whether a city code is being violated, one that... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Press Release    Opinion

Senator on daylight saving time: Why is this still a thing?

SUNNYSIDE—At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, daylight saving time for 2020 will come to an end, clocks will turn back an hour, and State Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, will once again lament that this annual ritual is even still a... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Count the sani-cans to know

If you really want to know when the Bureau of Reclamation fire station will be completed, keep track of the sani-cans outside. Star reporter Jacob Wagner gave a good rundown of the history of the project in the newspaper a couple o... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Agreeing with Gilman

Wow, it was great to hear from Ray Gilman in The Star newspaper last week. Ray served the Grand Coulee Dam School District as an administrator for decades. His loyalty and longevity were amazing. He is aware of what is going on wit... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By Jim Glick    Opinion

Kids were tourism boosters

I see that the Ice Age Park is now coming up for a vote with the final decision being left to the Electric City Community but the enjoyment of it being shared by many of those passing through. A few months back, Harvey Haven of... — Updated 10/28/2020


Thanks for helping keep local clubs going

Sixty-four days and 2020 will be gone, and we all hope that 2021 will be a lot better year for everyone and everything. As I am sure you are aware, the Grand Coulee Dam Area organizations have taken a very large hit. They have... — Updated 10/28/2020


Fulfill your duty and obligation

Voting is our civic obligation, but loving our neighbors is our moral duty. One does little common good without the other in a democracy. If you have not yet voted, you should. At this point in the week, you might be better off... — Updated 10/28/2020


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