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Bipartisan action to improve student loan literacy

As the nation’s students head back to classes after the summer break, choosing whether and where to attend college is a major focus for many high schoolers. In 2017, 44 million Americans had student-loan debt, and with rising tuition costs, it is m...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    September 12, 2018 

The trouble with historical fire comparisons

Can you feel it? That seasonal change is coming — tree leaves are starting to turn color, temperatures are dropping a little. The official day for Autumn Equinox is Sept. 22 this year. Cool, crisp...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 12, 2018 

God can still "WOW" us

Over the weekend, our God showed me he is still present and listening, but more than that, he is moving among his children in awesome and powerful ways. I know some of you read the title and turned to Coulee Cops, but those of you whose attention was...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    September 12, 2018 

Lampson beating odds for family-owned businesses

When one approaches the Tri-Cities, it is impossible to ignore Lampson International’s monstrous cranes in its Pasco assembly yard. Those gantries stand out like the Space Needle in Seattle and reach over 560 feet into the sky. Like the Space Needl...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    September 5, 2018

News is like food – nutritious or junky

Morgan Spurlock, a documentary filmmaker, went on a 30-day McDonald’s fast-food diet and he ended up with health problems. He documented his feast in his film “Super-Size Me.” When we satisfy ou...

 

Grateful for the support

About three months ago, I ended up in the hospital due to a medical condition similar to the one that killed my mother 10 years ago. Faced with the unknown, I looked back, and questioned whether I lived a good life or not. During this self...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 5, 2018

Movie night

Someone I know recently came home from a trip to Spokane and declared, “You have to watch this movie.” He was pumped and said that the flick had even moved him to tears. Well that got me...

 

A much-needed dose of Yogi Berra's wit and wisdom

With today’s tension and rancor, we need a dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom to put things into perspective. Let’s start with “You can observe a lot by just watching,” because seeing what...

 

Musher practice only hinted at the big race

The person who called it “the last great race on earth” was probably right. The Iditarod is run each year the first weekend in March, with the next one is kicking off March 2, 2019. It’s the sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, a...

 

Correction

A column on needed forest management reforms last week by Rep. Dan Newhouse, the 4th District’s congressman, was mistakenly attributed to Lee Hamilton, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. We regret the error....

 

Re: "Fake news" in Letters from our Readers, Aug. 22

I’d like to start this letter off with telling you that I work for the media. I’m also a liberal, so you can stop now if you’d like. As an employee of a media outlet, I’ve done nothing more than get a job to support my family, pay my taxes, a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 29, 2018

Pathways

We have all taken a different path to get to right where we are today. For some, it has been a long and windy road of ups and downs, mountains and valleys. For others it has been a quick hop, skip...

 

Forest management reforms needed to stop our forests from going up in smoke

The sight and smell of choking haze and dangerous levels of smoke from burning forests have become all too common during our Pacific Northwest summers. Major fires have struck Central Washington time and again, year after year, and nothing will...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 29, 2018

Trade wars hit state's cherry growers hard

Last April, Washington wheat, apple and cherry growers hoped U.S. and China trade negotiators would resolve differences and prevent imposition of damaging tariffs on our state’s leading crops....

 

Thank you for the school supplies and donations!

All the members of Public Schools Employees Local Union #1001 would like to personally thank all of you involved in our Stuff the Bus for school supplies campaign. It was a huge success, and that reflects the generosity of this community and those...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 22, 2018

Back to school…what?

It is that time of year again. It seems to come earlier and earlier every year, and our summers get shorter and shorter. It is time for the awesome employees of school districts across the nation to g...

 

Fake news

With all the news media in the United States complaining about President Trump calling them fake news, just look at the coverage. CNN and MSNBC, according to reports, are 93 percent negative along with NY Times, NBC. The news media, before he...

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion    August 22, 2018

Riding Japan's bullet train

The long, sleek train reeked of speed as it pulled into Tokyo station. I was finally going to ride Japan’s world-famous “bullet train” at speeds over 100 miles an hour. It was difficult to reference speeds on rails of such proportions. I was...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 22, 2018

Columbia River Treaty talks too vital to ignore

While most of our attention in the Pacific Northwest these days is on trade wars, tariffs and wildfires, there are critical talks underway between the U.S. and Canada over future allocations of the...

 

A community effort

At approximately 8:45 p.m. Saturday night, the Grand Coulee Senior Center received a call from the Department of Natural Resources with a simple but somewhat daunting request: Could we feed the firefighters breakfast and dinner on Sunday? Within the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 15, 2018

Heroes in our coulee

All of us have stories of this past weekend. I also know that the fire is far from out as I write this, but many of us are taking a breath of not-so-fresh air and relaxing for the first time in days....

 
 By Fred Obee    Opinion    August 15, 2018

No excuse for fake news rhetoric

The plight of a grieving orca who continues to carry her dead calf for weeks is reported by the Seattle Times. The Spokane Spokesman-Review lets people know for the first time the Legislature is forming a task force to exempt lawmakers from portions...

 

Paper tariff could kill small newspapers

It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington. If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge. That is when the newspaper has to be edited, wrapped up in...

 
 By Karen Depew    Opinion    August 8, 2018

Thanks for the levy support

Citizens for Quality Education would like to thank those who voted for the Grand Coulee School District Levy and also say a thank-you to those who put signs up in their yards. Thank you to the businesses that supported the levy and a “shout out...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    August 8, 2018

A more perfect union

You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general...

 

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