Letters to the Editor

Not the businessman he claims

Dear Editor,
Public records indicate that John Smith is not the successful businessman and consultant that he claims. There is an extensive history of tax warrants, seriously delinquent property taxes, debt to investors and businesses unpaid for services provided.

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Veterans services available

Dear Editor,
Eden Valley Guest Ranch has had the privilege to provide lodging and trail rides for professionals performing services for persons with blindness.

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Affordable Care Act not so affordable

Dear Editor,
October 1 was the beginning of sign up for the “Affordable Care Act,” (all sarcasm intended)! However for some time now, massive layoffs have been occurring, along with hours being cut below 29, because employers can’t afford this! Even the unions are realizing what they signed on to and are crying for exemptions

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Rep. Hasting’s information is incorrect

Dear Editor,
The below information is my response to the September 19, 2013 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, page 5, the article by U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, “Military Academy Nominations: An opportunity for Students to serve.”

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Commissioners’ actions on trails disturbing

Dear Editor,
The unexpected announcement of the December auction of the county lands around the Whistler Canyon Trailhead is disturbing to the many users of the trail, but also should concern citizens of the whole county. The northern part of the county needs increased tourist spending, as well as easy public recreational access to the federal lands along the valley.

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Vote for candidates, not against them

Dear Editor,
I have seen several letters in various papers criticizing Sen. John Smith, obviously written by supporters of his opponent, Brian Dansel. I have seen one in support of Sen. Smith which explained the source of the bizarre criticisms that have been thrown at him and his family. It says look at his Senate record and make your decision.

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PUD ‘rate adjustment’

Dear Editor,
I got m PUD bill Saturday: $61.80. A bit surprised I read their little message box: “This statement reflects the September rate adjustment.”

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Does Sen. Smith owe favors?

Dear Editor,
Elections in large districts can be difficult for voters. It is difficult to personally know the candidates. Over the years we hear campaign promises and after the election those we have voted into office develop amnesia.

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Focus on candidate’s positions

Dear Editor,

I love that politics is a contact sport, so, though I currently favor our 7th District Senator John Smith in the coming election, I don’t get all huffy reading the contrived slime-slinging against him. Seems his wife’s grandfather apparently had to do with some uber-right wing church that the Southern Poverty Law Center divines a hate group. I also appreciate a good irrelevant, salacious sneer like how old Senator Smith’s wife was when he married her (16, he was 23, it is said).

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‘Obamacare’ not in constitution

Dear Editor,

After reading Rob Thompson’s letter entitled “Hasting doesn’t have to care,” there are a few questions that need to be asked. First, is it Doc Hastings or any other elected official’s business whether or not someone has Health Insurance? Is that one of the defined duties of the federal government? I’m sure that “promoting the general welfare” as it is termed in the Preamble to the Constitution had nothing to do with the Affordable Health Care Act….

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