Letters to the Editor

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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Voice your opinion on primitive road closures

Dear Editor,
Notice to all residents of Okanogan County who like to fish, hunt, picnic, or use your recreational vehicles in any manner. Your right to access Public Lands are being eliminated one road at a time. In fact, right now in the South County, there is approximately 6 to 10,000 acres of public access lost due to road closures.

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County may close Juvenile Detention

Dear Editor,
The Board of County Commissioner’s (BOCC’s) is considering the closure of our local Juvenile Detention Center and subsequent move of these youth to Martin Hall in Medical Lake. Martin Hall is operated by a Montana corporation.

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US v. Hammond and government overreach

Dear Editor,
Once again, we are seeing a government agency use its powers to increase its landholdings, in this case the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

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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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