Letters to the Editor

Worrisome ‘truths’ from Senator

Dear Editor, A July 14 Sunday news article raised questions about the Seventh District’s appointed Senator, John Smith. The article focused on Smith’s history of attending a racist Christian Identity church, a.k.a. the “Ark,” and his marriage to the granddaughter of Christian Identity minister Ray Barker. The Smith’s first wedding took place at the Ark. [...]

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Supporting Brian Dansel for Senate

Dear Editor,
On June 17th, Okanogan County Farm Bureau hosted a Seventh Legislative District Senate Candidate Debate (video online). At the end of the debate, I myself asked the candidates if they supported mandatory community service for high school students. Mike Brunson and Brian Dansel both opposed mandatory community service. John Smith clearly supported it.

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We live in an awesome community

Dear Editor,
Molson Grange #1069 would like to say a great big thank you to everyone who made our fund raising dinner such a huge success. The set up crew, the cleanup crew, all who bought tickets and attended, all the businesses who sold tickets for us, all the generous donations, grangers, non-grangers, church volunteers, and especially Linda and Dave Darrow and Linda’s cousin Diane, without everyone’s involvement we could never have done it.

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Not voting for John Smith

Dear Editor,
In the 7th Legislative District state senate race I will be voting for Brian Dansel. I had no trouble eliminating John Smith from any consideration for my vote. Here’s why:

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A future of fish or famine?

Dear Editor,
I appreciate Scott Olson taking the time to respond to my letter. He expresses a view shared by some residents and ratepayers around the county. We all want to make the best choices for those now living and the generations to come.

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Still working in support of INWHF

Dear Editor,
I wanted to start by thanking you all for your support of me and Inland NW Honor Flight over the past few years. I have made some awesome friends and have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful war heroes.

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Federal government mismanages forests

Dear Editor,
After reading Doc Hastings guest column entitled, “Don’t let forests burn, work them” and after helping complete a salvage timber sale named: Windstorm Quartz, just east of Republic, and experiencing first hand federal forest management, I’ve come to the conclusion that renewing “the federal government’s commitment to manage the forest resources” is not the answer.

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Consider future generations

Dear Gary,
I am disappointed that the state Pollution Control Hearing Board says more water must go over Enloe Dam (G-T 8/1). While I love to watch the water rush over the dam this seems very short sighted for the environment. The use of the Enloe Dam is a good way to reuse a structure already in place instead of the impact of building something new.

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No accountability at PUD

Dear Gary,
A public utility is an organization with interests opposed to private affairs, accessible and shared by all its members.
Did the public have anything to say when the administrators spent millions of dollars to build a palace for the king? Did they have anything to say when they spent millions of dollars installing meters that we are told are not accurate?

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When will our Nightmare end?

Dear Gary,
We both attended the PUD public meeting two weeks back.The rates are going up and we, the rate payers, are being forced to pay for a whole series of miscalculations by our commissioners, well compensated PUD management and the many consultants the utility thinks we need.

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