Letters to the Editor

Need transparent and responsive commissioners

Dear Editor,
A program by King 5 News recently raised the question of whether the Gebbers family business received “special treatment” by DNR in receiving $1.9 million for use of their untrained employees and equipment to fight fire during the Carlton Complex fires

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Keeping an eye on the commissioners

Dear Editor,
A recent survey by ROC (Representing Okanogan County) shows that the public’s chief concern in regard to Okanogan County government is the need for more transparency. The current Board of County Commissioners is responsible for all aspects of county life, from levying taxes, administering the budget, regulating roads, transportation, public health, land use, hiring of county employees and contractors, and administering grant money, to name only a few.

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Why print bigoted columnist?

Dear Editor,
If your paper had a regular column in which the writer routinely claimed that all Jews, all blacks, all atheists, all Hindus or all Methodists were lunatics out to kill and maim any and all Americans, some of your readers might consider him to be an unwholesome bigot, and they would be right

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Oppose gun control

Dear Editor,
Are you ready for another letter opposing gun control? Anyway, here it comes. My younger brother “Don” would have been 90 years of age January 2016. He was shot off his horse, the day after Thanksgiving of 1968.

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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receive $3.5 million in 2016 – $2 million dollars for engineering and design of the proposed powerhouse and intakes was withdrawn to balance this year’s budget.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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