Letters to the Editor

Drought, and heat a one-two punch for iconic Pacific salmon this year

Dear Editor,
Our region’s salmon are in hot water. While many people may welcome this summer’s prolonged hot and dry weather, salmon – symbol of the Northwest – are gravely threatened.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Not a good deal

Dear Editor,
The current nuclear agreement (touted as the best the US State Dept. could wring out of the Iranian government) is reminiscent of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain coming home to Britain from Germany in Sept. 1938 and stating he had negotiated “peace for our time” with Hitler. Less than a year later, Britian was at war with Germany because of the German gov ernment’s continued aggression and their invasion of Poland. My English mother lived through that period. She told me how desperate the English were for peace, and how betrayed they felt afterwards.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

People stepping up to help fire survivors

Dear Gary,
The 2015 fires of Okanogan County will probably go down as the most devastating fires ever for the State of Washington. Just like the Carlton Complex fire, lives were lost, families disrupted, businesses destroyed and landscape destroyed. Some, trying to make a positive statement, might say, “Well, look on the bright side, it could have been worse.” True, it COULD have been and still MIGHT be; or, it could have been less. No matter what, it was and is what it will be.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

My turn to weigh in

Dear Gary,
As the spouse of a “former” Oroville EMT I can remain silent no longer. This letter is against my wife’s wishes. When the pager goes off, everyone in the house is effected. Whether it’s in the middle of fixing dinner or in the middle of the night, how you “volunteers” spring into action is amazing! Gail, Rita and Brian I thank you for your letters of support, it brought a smile to her face. If you say nothing, you’ve said something.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Wondering about the cost for donut run

Dear Editor,
I just watched the new Oroville ambulance drive into Frontier foods. One person got out and went in. The other had a conversation with another person in the parking lot. After 15 minutes or so they loaded up and went to the donut shop. Then around the block and back to the ambulance building. I wonder what that donut run cost the people of Oroville?

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Frustrated with untruthful statements

Dear Gary,
I continue to find it totally frustrating that there are people that continue to give inaccurate, untruthful and/or “hearsay” statements about the City of Oroville Ambulance service and feel it necessary to try to clarify a few things.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Appreciate quick police response

Dear Gary,
Last Thursday morning (10:15 a.m.) I received a call from a customer at our Laundromat in town. He indicated to me that my ‘camera’ has been taken down from the ceiling and thrown in the garbage can. I asked him to place it near the change machine, but he called back immediately saying there was damage to the change machine.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Where’s the Memorial Fund?

Dear Gary,
After reading that the majority of the Oroville EMTs have resigned, I’m wondering what has happened to the Oroville Ambulance Memorial Fund. As I remember this fund was formed from the generous donations of our citizens in remembrances of our loved ones that have passed on.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Oroville made the right decision

Dear Editor,
Thank You Mayor Spieth and the Oroville City Council members for making the difficult decision to sign a temporary agreement with LifeLine for providing emergency aid transport services to our area. I totally trust the Mayor, Council and EMS District #1 reps will continue to work diligently towards a positive permanent solution for our community. I realize that their decision was no doubt a difficult one, but I certainly understand why…. After all, how sound of a decision would the City Council be making

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Why did this EMT resign?

Dear Editor,

The Mayor wants the people of Oroville to believe it is because of state and federal guidelines. This is not true. There is a lot more involved than he wants to tell you. In January I had a meeting with the Mayor, one of the things we talked about was being short-handed and we needed more help with day coverage, and how we can fix the problem. I informed him that some of the EMTs in Tonasket are willing to help us (but not for $10.00 for a 12 shift like we get) and that we needed to increase the standby from $10.00 to $36.00. At a city council meeting the Mayor stated he was ready to increase the standby pay to $36.00, but the county told him he cannot make any decisions at this time (this was in March).

Read full story · Comments { 0 }