Letters to the Editor

Does Sen. Smith owe favors?

Dear Editor,
Elections in large districts can be difficult for voters. It is difficult to personally know the candidates. Over the years we hear campaign promises and after the election those we have voted into office develop amnesia.

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Focus on candidate’s positions

Dear Editor,

I love that politics is a contact sport, so, though I currently favor our 7th District Senator John Smith in the coming election, I don’t get all huffy reading the contrived slime-slinging against him. Seems his wife’s grandfather apparently had to do with some uber-right wing church that the Southern Poverty Law Center divines a hate group. I also appreciate a good irrelevant, salacious sneer like how old Senator Smith’s wife was when he married her (16, he was 23, it is said).

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‘Obamacare’ not in constitution

Dear Editor,

After reading Rob Thompson’s letter entitled “Hasting doesn’t have to care,” there are a few questions that need to be asked. First, is it Doc Hastings or any other elected official’s business whether or not someone has Health Insurance? Is that one of the defined duties of the federal government? I’m sure that “promoting the general welfare” as it is termed in the Preamble to the Constitution had nothing to do with the Affordable Health Care Act….

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Worrisome ‘truths’ from Senator

Dear Editor, A July 14 Sunday news article raised questions about the Seventh District’s appointed Senator, John Smith. The article focused on Smith’s history of attending a racist Christian Identity church, a.k.a. the “Ark,” and his marriage to the granddaughter of Christian Identity minister Ray Barker. The Smith’s first wedding took place at the Ark. [...]

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Supporting Brian Dansel for Senate

Dear Editor,
On June 17th, Okanogan County Farm Bureau hosted a Seventh Legislative District Senate Candidate Debate (video online). At the end of the debate, I myself asked the candidates if they supported mandatory community service for high school students. Mike Brunson and Brian Dansel both opposed mandatory community service. John Smith clearly supported it.

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We live in an awesome community

Dear Editor,
Molson Grange #1069 would like to say a great big thank you to everyone who made our fund raising dinner such a huge success. The set up crew, the cleanup crew, all who bought tickets and attended, all the businesses who sold tickets for us, all the generous donations, grangers, non-grangers, church volunteers, and especially Linda and Dave Darrow and Linda’s cousin Diane, without everyone’s involvement we could never have done it.

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Not voting for John Smith

Dear Editor,
In the 7th Legislative District state senate race I will be voting for Brian Dansel. I had no trouble eliminating John Smith from any consideration for my vote. Here’s why:

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A future of fish or famine?

Dear Editor,
I appreciate Scott Olson taking the time to respond to my letter. He expresses a view shared by some residents and ratepayers around the county. We all want to make the best choices for those now living and the generations to come.

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Still working in support of INWHF

Dear Editor,
I wanted to start by thanking you all for your support of me and Inland NW Honor Flight over the past few years. I have made some awesome friends and have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful war heroes.

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Federal government mismanages forests

Dear Editor,
After reading Doc Hastings guest column entitled, “Don’t let forests burn, work them” and after helping complete a salvage timber sale named: Windstorm Quartz, just east of Republic, and experiencing first hand federal forest management, I’ve come to the conclusion that renewing “the federal government’s commitment to manage the forest resources” is not the answer.

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