Opinion

Be afraid, be very afraid

The Washington State Legislature is in session and looking at the list of proposed bills; nobody’s wallet is safe. Following their last session where the Democrat controlled legislature threw bipartisanship out the window and set new records for spending, it looks like they have set a course to follow that up with new tax programs that will dwarf any in recent memory.

Thanks to Proposition 960 the Office of Management and Budget must calculate the cost of bills submitted for consideration. This newspaper has signed on to receive email notification of those budget calculations and each day we receive numerous messages about the cost to taxpayers of new legislation. While many of the proposals are specific to individual segments of our state economy, there are currently two bills in the legislative process that would add over $88 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years. Yes, that is billion with a B. To put that in perspective those two bills would cost every occupied household in Washington state approximately $37,500 over the next 10 years. That is an average of just over $4,550 per year or 8.7 percent of the average household income in this state.

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Left cold by new benches

These comments are not intended as criticism, just a little advice. Our town benches are not quite what we require. When I see one I imagine “The Cat in the Hat” and “Sam I Am” sitting there waiting for a bus. They are straight out of Dr. Seuss artwork. Here’s a thought, let’s paint them “nugget” gold for our centennial celebration.

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Grateful to those who gave blood

January 17, the American Red Cross team, Tonasket High School student volunteers and the Tonasket Americorps members hosted the 11th Annual THS Blood Drive.

I would like to thank all those community members that took time out of their busy schedules to donate blood. I would also like to applaud the handful of first time donors for deciding to give to gift of life.

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Self-awareness cannot be given

We often hear someone say, “I understand and will help you understand what you are feeling, etc.”

No one can deliver that understanding to another. It is a crucial self-responsibility for personal power, the key to competence and prosperity in a competitive world.

When awareness is conjured up by others, it leads a person drifting from reality, increasing, unawareness and unhappiness. Any “authority” to have an awareness of another person is impossible. Self-awareness cannot be given from one person to another. However, by reflecting personal values, one can enhance in any individual person can never be exactly understood or fully known by any other person.

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Firings a ‘lame drain’ not ‘brain drain’

It’s easy to believe the sob story about the Tribal Tribune Editor leaving on “principle.” It’s also lazy to believe that – Think about it!

It’s just not true. That editor, like others in the past, was not worth the salary, we can see that in the product.

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Howling Ridge Rescue rumors untrue

There are a couple of people out there that are spreading nasty rumors about Howling Ridge Rescue that need to be nipped in the bud. Here are the facts:

1.No animal is being starved at this facility. They are well fed and watered at all times.

2.Animals are not being abused. There are vets that work with Wendy who I am sure would be able to recognize an abused dog or cat.

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Ken making amazing progress

I am writing this letter to let all of you know how Ken is doing, but also in response to the gossip mongers in the town who feel it is more exciting to spread exaggerated half-truths or, in some cases, totally false stories. It is very upsetting when I call home and hear rumors are flying about his condition including a rumor that he has died! Please don’t speak unless you know the facts! Rumors can be very hurtful and upsetting especially in such an emotional and trying time.

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Am I my brother’s keeper?

With all the turmoil, tension, unrest and fearful living going on today, I often ask myself; Am I my brothers keeper? Do I have to be concerned about the person who smells differently because he hasn’t taken a bath in a few weeks? Do I really have to be concerned about a person who has different skin color than I do? Or speaks a different language or who believes God doesn’t exist or has a different religious belief than I do?Well, yeah, I do, and so do you!

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New ideas, what new ideas?

You have to laugh when you hear former governors Mitt Romney and Mike

Huckabee say if elected they will bring fresh faces and new ideas to Washington. Didn’t we hear that from former governors Carter, Reagan,

Clinton and Bush?

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Time for ‘Made in USA’

Have you been reading labels? Made in China. Made in China! Where are the milinary, clothing giants, shoemakers and other manufacturers? Did we have to give them all away for the good (?) of the global economy?

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