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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 5, 2018 

The name, itself, says a lot

When the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced proposed possible changes to the way it manages a local fishing beach, it used in an official document the popular name given it by the folks who use it, a name first made popular in the writings of a...

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    December 5, 2018 

Liberty flag is flying

I would like to congratulate the Grand Coulee City Council for their support for the Republic, Washington police chief’s stance on the Initiative 1639 gun law. I would also like to thank Councilmember Tom Poplawski for his succinct comments on the...

 
 By M.S. Townsend    Opinion    December 5, 2018 

About consolidating cities

I was asked where Electric City sewer goes. And if we do this, how much more will w/s/g go up after we just got a hike in this? And our zip codes would change; how many people would have to be notified and have to get a mail person to deliver our...

 
 By John Adkins    Opinion    December 5, 2018 

Re: "Examples of stewardship good and bad" (Reporter's Notebook, 11/28/18 Star)

My wife and I appreciated the stewardship article written by Roger Lucas. We’ve traveled extensively throughout the USA with a special focus on small towns, and we have yet to find a place as amazing as our area. Long before the vehicle and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 5, 2018 

A moment of reflection

It happened for me on Thursday night at the K Diamond K Ranch. As I sat in this big circle with 21 students from Lake Roosevelt and nine adults, I realized that a dream had come true. Natural Helpers...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    December 5, 2018 

Health care is top of mind

When Congress convenes next year, lawmakers must focus on the cost and quality of health care. In November, voters made it clear health care was on top of their minds. According to the Kaiser Family...

 

Consolidation equals positive change

The subject of consolidation has come up many times over the years, and the benefits seem to always outweigh the negatives. Sometimes it comes down to the personal feelings of the sitting councils and what they are willing to look at in their own...

 

Examples of stewardship good and bad

This is about stewardship. I have always been impressed with the organizations and individuals who understand the need to preserve historic buildings in this area. The Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union immediately comes to mind. The way the CU has...

 

What does it really mean to be patriotic?

Patriotism has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. French President Emanuel Macron recently criticized President Trump and other world leaders for their “us versus them” view of patriotism. “By putting our own interests first,” he...

 

Time to think outside the city

A few years after Rod Hartman had retired as the 10-year mayor of Coulee Dam in 1996, he tried to impress upon me the absolute necessity of merging the local towns. I agreed, and always have, that it would probably make sense to do so, even if it...

 

University thankful for Grand Coulee physicians who teach

In Grand Coulee and throughout eastern Washington, physicians are the backbone of our communities. For the past 45 years, UW School of Medicine faculty and clinical partners have taught and mentored our students as a way of “paying it forward,...

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you

The Care and Share Food Bank has received over one ton of donations from our small communities with big HEARTS In the last two weeks. The high school homecoming drive, Boy Scouts, Coulee Medical Center, plus other smaller drives did a great job of ad...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 21, 2018

Give thanks

The holiday season is upon us and, as we start our list of chores to do for the festivities, we must remember that this first holiday is all about giving thanks. So amidst the second course of...

 

Science should determine federal listing of gray wolf

The recovery of the gray wolf is a success story for the Endangered Species Act, and the best available science should determine whether species remain listed. I am proud that the House voted last week to approve of legislation I co-introduced with...

 

We owe them special thanks

The special Veteran’s section in last Wednesday’s Star newspaper was another reminder of the debt we owe to our servicemen and women. They serve to protect the freedoms we so often take for granted. Locally, the “Isle of Flags” program at...

 

100th anniversary of Armistice shows importance of honoring fallen heroes and today's veterans

November 11 of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Over the course of that conflict, 116,516 American military personnel lost their lives. The deadliest battle in U.S. history was at Argonne Forest, from...

 

The blood of freedom

A lot has been in the news recently about freedom, civil rights and equality. I tend to stay away from a lot of those volatile topics just because words can be bent or misused and turn a civil conversation into a riotous movement. But there are some...

 

Costs matter in hiring

While both sides argue over the merits of Seattle’s escalating minimum wage, there are other issues, such as the total cost per worker, which enter into hiring equations. When employers look to add...

 

National struggle revealed in a coulee issue

I had a friend at the age of 10 who swore to me that she was a boy. We were just kids playing in sand and gravel of a pit behind my home outside Missoula, Montana. Her statement didn’t really make any sense to me. She looked like a girl to me, alth... Full story

 

Great football season owes much to Rob Williams

As we near Thanksgiving, I hope the Raider Nation will join me in being thankful for the vision and passion Rob Williams had for starting the Lake Roosevelt youth football program 11 or so years ago. Many of the players on this year’s team had the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 7, 2018

The sand hill

If you live in the Grand Coulee Dam area, you know that the large volcano-looking structure beside the high school is called “the sand hill.” It is one of the markers of our little area that has...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    November 7, 2018

Sailing on top of the world – Part 2

In the last column, I wrote about the physical changes occurring in and around the Arctic Ocean. Those changes are occurring due to climate change. Shipping lanes are being used for commerce,...

 

A Montana sapphire fit for a king

Meet the late Will Chaussee. On the outside, he was a cedar lumber owner-dealer. On the inside, he was a mountain man, and he owned a sapphire mine between Hamilton and Philipsburg, Montana. He retired and annually invited me to his place up in the...

 

Empower our Future meets a Natural Helper

At the end of last year, a group of people visited the school and brought a strong message. They not only came to Lake Roosevelt, but traveled to Nespelem, Omak, Paschal Sherman, Inchelium and Keller schools as well, bringing with them a message of s...

 

Coulee Dam should not subsidize Elmer City

Last week The Star published “Town now planning entire lift station to serve Elmer City.” As a short response, Coulee Dam should not subsidize Elmer City. It’s unreasonable, it’s poor strategy (with some caveats), it’s a matter of...

 

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