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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 6, 2019 

Honoring honor is important

If someone asked you if you would commit to a job that could send you to anywhere in the world, even some of its worst places, for years, and that you had to obey orders of your supervisors at all times or there could be serious repercussions, and...

 

Felt privileged to show young how we must work together

I wanted to thank the students and parents who allowed me to be a part of your lives for the last three years as the GCDJH eighth-grade girls basketball coach. It has truly been a pleasure to put that time into our youth by either working on their ba...

 
 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion    November 6, 2019 

A real, meaningful solution for America's farms

When I talk to farmers in Central Washington and across the country, having access to a stable and legal workforce is often their number one concern. Each year, it becomes harder to hire domestic workers, and farm owners have become increasingly...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    November 6, 2019 

Brrr, a short autumn?

Scientists have been coring glacial ice fields for some time now. One objective is to analyze the small atmospheric gas bubbles that got trapped as the ice formed. These gas bubbles contain...

 

Programs could help veterans become next generation of producers

With the average age of a U.S. farmer at nearly 60 years, and millions of acres expected to change hands over the next few years, military veterans have a key role to play as the nation looks for the next generation of producers. To do so, veterans...

 

Recycled bridge

During World War II, construction material was becoming scarce. Support buildings were needing to be erected for the finishing of Grand Coulee Dam. An idea was introduced, where the old Great...

 

The best candidates want to give back

There are a lot of reasons why people seek public office. Probably the best reason is when people feel the community has been good to them and they want to give something back. It usually, but not always, comes after families are raised, and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 30, 2019

Two kids and a lady

Sometimes things are very fun around this place. Since Karrie has a new job title of Grandma, the fun level has picked up dramatically. There are tears sometimes, but so it goes with a 9-month-old...

 

We need regular ways to hold presidents accountable

“I ask how and why this decision was reached,” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said in the Senate recently. He was calling for an investigation into President Trump’s decision to pull US forces out of Syria. “Are we so weak and so inept diplomatically...

 

Amongst the giants of American exceptionalism

All of Central Washington’s constituents are special, and I am proud to represent each of them in our nation’s capital. One constituent I am most proud of is General James N. Mattis, decorated four-star general and former U.S. secretary of...

 
 By Greg Frank    Opinion    October 30, 2019

Four tips for flu season

You know the signs. The thunderous cough. The pounding headache. The full-body fatigue. It’s the flu. Last fall and winter, influenza sickened roughly 40 million Americans and killed 60,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

 

Letter to the editor

Editor’s note: A story in the Oct. 9 Star told of a missing 14-year-old boy and his grandmother’s efforts to bring him home. This letter is her message to him. 10/14/2019 Javante, To prevent you from being preyed upon by pseudo family or...

 

Congress must act to end crisis facing native communities

Washington’s 4th Congressional District is home to two sovereign tribes, the Yakama Nation in the south and the Colville Tribes in the north. I am proud to represent these strong Native communities in Congress, but there is a crisis affecting not...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    October 23, 2019

Senior Profile: Jonathan Cante

Here is my second profile of a senior at Lake Roosevelt High School this year. If I was to look at this year’s seniors and pick one that has grown up the most over the years I have known him, I...

 
 By J. Kemble    Opinion    October 23, 2019

The old wagon trail in Northrup Canyon

George and Caty Northrup weren't the only family in the canyon at the turn of the 20th century. Scheibner brothers Charles and Fred had moved into the canyon a couple years earlier and were already...

 

Things to consider when giving to the food bank

With food drives coming up for the holidays, I thought it might be a good time to let all of our generous citizens know what we are in need of. We use a lot of canned green beans, canned fruit, and mac and cheese. Anything you would like for your din...

 

Raise sales tax to support law enforcement

Thank you, Sheriff Tom Jones, Prosecutor Garth Dano, Grant County commissioners and the various city councils for proposing and supporting Proposition 1. The 3/10 of 1% is the fairest method to fund badly needed additional law enforcement and...

 

Traffic problems

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, a friend was at a birthday party at a bar about 8 to 9 p.m. Two cars were playing bumper tag. One car pulled off; the other slammed its brakes on, and my friend had to go around him. He therefore followed her home and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 16, 2019

The credibility of the trusted

As I was growing up in the 1980s and 90s, if you read a newspaper you could take it as fact. The same could be said about the local and national news on television. No matter what paper you read or...

 

Rediscover your roots

Every once in awhile a person should visit his or her roots. I did so a couple of weeks ago, returning to Palouse, Idaho, where I was born and raised. It was the annual Palouse Days celebration, which occurs on the second weekend of September. It...

 

History of the Keller Ferry

John Christopher (J.C.) Keller was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 16, 1858, and came west in 1882. He conducted the post office and a general store at Hesseltine, northwest of Wilbur and when the...

 

The wildfire season that wasn't

The Oregonian characterized the 2019 wildfire season as the “season that wasn’t!” That’s good news for West Coast states; however, it doesn’t mean we are permanently “out of the woods!...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    October 9, 2019

Birds are in a decline

Not a day goes by that we don’t see them — if we’re looking. In the trees, on the ground and, of course, in the sky. They are at their most majestic when in flight. Soaring through the lower...

 

Dams and salmon can and do coexist

There has been a lot of buzz around the Snake River dams. In the decades-old argument, anti-dam advocates consistently point out that if the people of the Northwest love salmon, the dams have got to go. The communities I represent have grave...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 9, 2019

Where do you stand? It makes a difference

Recently, we have heard a lot about different people taking a stand. These people from different backgrounds, different educations, different financial statuses and different beliefs have drawn a...

 

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