Opinion

Until we meet again

We would like to take this opportunity to say a very special thank you. Your support, encouragement and friendship mean more than you will ever know.

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Another view of health car

The health care article by your publisher Bill Forhan does need a response.

Mr. Forhan is correct when he states that we must all ask hard questions regarding our nation’s health care system. He overlooked two important questions regarding health care: Why is it that so many people in the U.S. declare bankruptcy or need to sell their home because of a costly health care crisis? And why is the U.S.A. the only developed country that does not have universal health care for all of its citizens and workers?

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Hospital vs Eagles

Our town is blessed with some great opportunities if we simply have the courage to see the possibilities. Self-serving or hidden agendas may create a schism in the community which is the antithesis of the purpose behind the hospital and the Eagles. They both exist to serve the community. So does Tonasket City Council. Don’t get me wrong, I’m for the hospital addition and remodel. I campaigned and voted for the bond issue.

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Your voice can lead to change in poverty

My Board of Directors has requested that I submit press releases to the media to let the public know about all that we accomplish at Okanogan Community Action with the dollars that are granted to us by county, state and federal sources. While I encourage everyone who needs help to apply for everything from heating assistance to home weatherization to food stamps, or more — frankly, we’re in a bind if I “blow our horn” too loud.

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Dog was a predator allowed to prowl

We are writing in response to “Why murder our puppy?” letter to the editor dated Sept. 27, 2007.

Why, indeed! Why should a dog be killed after almost two years of repeated requests to the owner to please keep her predatory dogs on her property?

An incident of May 31, 2006 of her dog finding its way through our 6 ft.

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Pearson should endorse public lands grazing

In response to Jim Pearson’s column about grazing on Public Lands dated Oct. 4, 2007, I would like to set the record straight on some of his false “blanket” statements.

His statement that “grazing on public lands always equals overgrazing” just isn’t true. The majority of cattlemen with Forest Service permits are responsible managers and follow the regulations set forth in their permit, such as: utilization standards, when to turn out, where to graze, when to remove and how many head are allowed.

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Our freedoms facing ‘death of a thousand cuts’

I always enjoy Bill Slusher’s letters, even when I disagree with him. In Bill’s most recent letter to the Gazette-Tribune; I agree with most of what he states; I particularly agree with his closing paragraph that there are snakes on the plane and we’re doing nothing but look out the window (Although we may disagree on who and what some of the “snakes” are).

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Grateful for help with benefit

I would like to thank all of the wonderful folks that helped with the Ken (Doc) Taylor benefit dinner and auction that went off without a hitch. Without the generosity of the Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce and the Eagles Club of Oroville and Tonasket, this event would not have gotten off the ground. To all the folks who gave either cash donations or items for auction, I would like to extend a heart felt thank you to each and every one of you, thank you.

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Illegal entry of Canadian bruins

Dear Editor,

Why did the Border Patrol get involved too late with Dennis smuggling in the grizzlies from Canada?

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Frustrated by some hunters’ behavior

Dear Editor,

I really enjoy hunting season!

I really enjoy hunting season, first of all the county always tries to get our roads graded here in Chewiliken Valley before the hunters are driving over them. This year the “wash boards” were about six inches deep so it’s a challenge to drive our vehicles over them. This year they only got them partly graded so the hunters get to see what we put up with most all of the year.

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