Opinion

Still can’t cite loss of freedom

After all Mason Hess’s recent protests and despite his laughable earlier declaration of American life as indistinguishable from “marshal law,” he still can’t name a single thing — out of all those rights and liberties he claims the Bushies have decimated — that he could do pre-Bush that he can’t do now as a result of a Bush policy.

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Courts offer little protection of freedoms

Regarding Bill Slusher’s Nov. 15 letter. To start, why do I claim the question “what could I do before Bush that I cannot do now” is irrelevant. The situation is analogous to the lottery. If I win the lottery, it may well change my life. If I don’t win, it will not impact me in any way.

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We need to reclaim what is ours

As I drove to work yesterday Paul Harvey was on the radio. In years past this would have been the bastion of the conservative right. I know the times are a changing however, when Paul himself is questioning the moral compass of our nation. When he is questioning whether there is any liberty left for citizens.

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Looking forward to working with reporter

I wanted to extend a special welcome to your new reporter Amy Veneziano. I have met and talked with her on two different occasions and she seems to be a very eager and attentive reporter. I am looking forward to working with her in the future, especially with our events at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket.

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Never intended to offend with letter

I guess its time to defend myself once more. Cynthia Dickerson, I am sorry if my last letter offended you, or any of your family. That was never the intent. You read a message meant for the masses and took it as an attack on your grandson. Re-read the last paragraph, this time with emphasis on the words “this” and “still.” I was not referring to your grandson; I was referring to those who refuse to learn from such tragedies.

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A few would ruin park for the many

Just came back from a walk in “Dog Poop Park!” Truly, a desecration of a public place and a beautiful park that carries the name of a respected local icon.

I wanted to linger a while longer there this day. It’s such a nice place. And a lot of labor goes into maintaining a beautiful park for we residents of Oro to enjoy ballgames, outings, walk arounds and other recreation. Thank you, to the City of Oroville for your wonderful work.

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Advice for new Chevy dealer

Competitive competition and new businesses are positive additions to our area, but here is a bit of friendly advice to the new boy in town. If you have the best prices, we will know it. If you have the best service, we will know it. If your deals are honorable, we will know it. And if not, we’ll know that too.

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Appreciate sponsors of Centennial Mural Project

We wish to thank everyone who has supported the Centennial Mural Project on Main Street. Unfortunately, our artist had too many commitments in Seattle and did not make it back to finish before the cold weather set in. He promises to be back, as soon as weather permits, to finish the wall.

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Will initiative make them effective listeners?

I heard on the news the other day that our governess was going to Spokane to hold a town hall meeting and to find out from the “people” how the government of Washington State was doing. This meeting has come and gone by now and I haven’t heard anything about what the governess may have learned from this get together. But after looking at my license renewal notice for my 13 year-old pickup I wonder if any one in the town hall group was allowed to ask the hostile question of whatever happened to the initiative that the people of Washington state passed by some 60+ percent margin, that reduced our vehicle license tabs to $30? Now I suppose one could look at a fee of $188 and call it “investing in Washington” as Bill Clinton might say? Or could we say that going from $30 to $188 is inflation caused from “Government by Democrat,” there is probably a variety of terms that could be used to help numb the effect.

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State cuts mean lean times at the food banks

It has come to my attention that the State of Washington is going to cut back on the budget to our local food banks unless “they prove the need” of the needy. Also local donations have been low these past several months. With the holidays coming up, what’s going to happen then?

When I first moved up here four years ago and times were difficult, I was thankful I had somewhere to go to help stretch my dollar to feed my children. When things got better the next year and many years after that, I made sure to donate food during the holidays. I’ve given back to the community who so generously gave to my children and me.

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