Letters to the Editor

Oroville’s leaders need to be proactive

Dear Editor,
A very interesting development is taking place in Oroville. As with all small towns, there is an ebb and flow associated with the national economy. Many small towns have built in damage control measures (learning from the 2008 financial crash) so they are not drastically affected by downturns in the economy.

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We need a Wild Similkameen

Dear Editor,
The Okanogan PUD has a talon grip on the Similkameen River and refuses to let go.Last Monday, Dec.7th, the commissioners approved a $57 million budget that includes another $1.5 million spent toward the electrification of Enloe Dam. Enloe Dam was scheduled to receive $3.5 million in 2016 – $2 million dollars for engineering and design of the proposed powerhouse and intakes was withdrawn to balance this year’s budget. Spending more money we do not have on Enloe makes no sense.

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Wildfire response

Dear Editor,
After the last two years of devastating fires in Okanogan County and the prediction of continued drought conditions for next year, it is time to address the wildfire problem with proactive leadership and action.

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Get involved

Dear Editor,
Hear are two startling facts I came across recently for Okanogan County. The percentage of persons living below poverty level (2009-2013) is 20.7 percent, and in 2014, the percentage of persons 65 and over is 19.8 percent. A fifth of our population is elderly, and a fifth is poor. No doubt there is crossover – many are elderly and poor. But, to have a vibrant community, we need both healthy citizens of all ages, and a healthy environment. It’s that simple.

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Our Public Health District needs help

Dear Editor,
Attention all health care professionals! Ranked 37th out of 39 Washington State counties in public health according to a respected study, Okanogan County remains in critical need of a secure public health system. Yet, our county commissioners have repeatedly cut the public health budget in recent years.

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Similkameen, river of life

Dear Editor,
The town of Oroville has seen better days Our businesses are struggling up and down Main Street. The industries of timber, mining and cattle are in decline. We need a new source of economic activity.

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Daredevil pedestrians

Dear Editor,
On the streets of Oroville I have noticed with increasing regularity a situation that will result in serious injury or death.

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What if?

Dear Editor,
What if instead of funding aggression in the Middle East we used those billions of dollars to clean up our National Forests?

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Help for Alzheimers

Dear Editor,
With so much attention being given to the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in Washington State, I’m grateful that our Congressman, Dan Newhouse, has cosponsored a bill that will help them and their families.

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Informed public is a strong society

Dear Editor,
Where are we going? I sense a moral ambiguity. It was eighty years ago. I remember mama warning me to not breath deeply coming up the marble to our New York apartment on the fifth floor. Reefer smokers could saefly produce the easily discernible unpleasant characteristics of burning hemp.

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