Letters to the Editor

Will encourage open transparent system

Dear Editor,
The election results appear positive for the next phase of my campaign to improve Okanogan County government. I want to thank all of those who assisted, supported, volunteered, donated, and voted for me in the Okanogan County Commissioner District 2 primary election. Together, we have begun to create enthusiasm for the future here. I want to let those who did not vote for me, or those who do not know me yet, know that I will be listening and learning about your interests and needs in the next three months.

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Teck not resisting efforts regarding river cleanup

Dear Editor,
Readers of the August 5 article ‘Colville Tribes continue legal fight for Columbia River cleanup’ may be left with the incorrect impression that Teck Metals Ltd, owner of the Trail metallurgical facility, is resisting efforts to address historic discharges from the Trail smelter. This is not the case.

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Enloe Dam article only presented one side

Dear Editor,
I have long appreciated the fairness of the reporting in your paper and also your editorial opinions from time to time. Such is not the case however in the recent reporting you have done on the Enloe Electrification Project. It has been disappointing to see that your reporter has not done much to investigate, check and balance the claims made by the folks campaigning for the removal of Enloe Dam based on the bogus “study” by Rocky Mountain Econometrics.

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The truth behind why I left North Valley Hospital

Dear Editor,
As I leave the Tonasket community as a contracted Nurse Consultant by North Valley Hospital District; it is with full gratitude that I say, “Thank you.” Thank you to the “awesomesauce” employees of North Valley Hospital and the welcoming Tonasket community at large.

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More than one side to the story regarding animal shelter

Dear Editor, I would like to clarify some points that have gotten muddled in regards to the NO Paws Rescue and its neighbors. Recorded in 2005, is an easement for the use of Rich Ellis’ road, which is 25’ from his front door. There is no 60-year-old easement, recorded or otherwise. Rich Ellis graciously granted [...]

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Who is ROC?

Dear Editor,
The group screaming for transparency from Okanogan County Commissioners doesn’t want public to know who they are and what they really stand for. ROC declares themselves exempt from registering with the Public Disclosure Commission or reporting their donations and expenses.

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Why is Okanogan County involved in so much litigation?

Dear Editor,
In the last couple of years, Okanogan County has been sued for the Three Devils Road closure, the county’s draft comprehensive plan and ATV use of county roads. Now the Okanogan County Superior Court has filed suit against the County and its Commissioners for violating Separation of Powers doctrine, mandated by the U.S. Constitution, that the three parts of government – executive, legislative and judicial – remain separately managed without interference from each other. These four suits have been in the local papers.

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Commission or decommission Enloe Dam?

Dear Editor,
Enloe Dam was on the agenda Monday at the PUD Auditorium in Okanogan. As most readers know the PUD has a license from FERC to build a new powerhouse below Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River. On both an economic and environmental basis, we have been questioning the wisdom of building what FERC has permitted. Just because something is permitted does not always make it right. At stake is the future of the Similkameen River for the next 50 years.

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Planting trees whose fruit no one will want

Dear Editor,
Recently there have been some letters concerning global warming and the probability that human activity, particularly in the form of CO2 production is the cause of much of the warming. While cyclical sun spot activity may give humans a temporary reprieve from the heating

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Bernie Sanders represents real change

Dear Gary,
Well, Bernie has won New Hampshire’s Primary without any support from the billionaire class who are used to buying any election they want. Still, the media are going to keep saying that Hillary is more “electable” than Bernie. Why would they keep insisting this?

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