Letters to the Editor

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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Found letter was distasteful

Why would someone post or write about Oroville not showing up to Mike Greene’s procession, in the fire service we do not bash other departments.

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Commissioners’ duty to uphold the law

Dear Gary,
Commissioner Jim DeTro commented on Facebook that he supported the actions of the armed people who unlawfully took over the Malheur wildlife area in Oregon. Protesting is a time honored way of giving voice to one’s differences about issues, but an armed takeover of state lands, public lands, my lands, causing disruption of work, school and everyday life, with the threat of violence, is certainly not a peaceful protest.

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Convince congress to voter against the TPP

Dear Editor,
Last June the Republican Leadership in Congress, including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, were able to pass Trade Promotion Authority which gave President Obama unconstitutional authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations, including the fast tract authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership.( Art.1 Sec 8).

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Oroville’s absence showed lack of respect

Dear Editor,
Tonasket EMS Director Michael Greene’s Memorial Service was January 23rd at Tonasket High School. Michael was an asset to the community and was associated with EMS and Fire in Washington State and Nevada.

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Juvenile Detention a critical issue

Dear Editor,
As I am employed at the Okanogan Detention Facility, I have a vested interest in the outcome of the discussion that would remove incarcerated youth from Okanogan County to Martin Hall in Spokane County. However, since the Commissioners have stated that they will base their decision on the facts I am more at ease

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