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Editorials
Whose law of the land?

Whose law of the land?

The federal courts, those troublesome upholders of the rule of law, constitutional guarantees and due process, continue to thwart the worst aspects of the Trump administration’s ideological assault on existing federal policies — that is, policies promulgated by any previous administration, Republican or Democrat, but most notably Barack Obama’s. In fact, it cannot be argued...
Shut out by the Legislature

Shut out by the Legislature

We’ve become sadly used to the Trump administration subverting democracy, freedom of the press and governmental transparency on daily basis, with the arrogance, impunity and disdain for the citizenry that characterize a dictatorship. We didn’t expect the same kind of behavior from the Washington state Legislature. But with the secretive, old-fashioned, smoke-filled-room brutality of public-be-damned...
Guest Editorial: WNPA statement on Legislature’s exemption for state’s Public Records Act

Guest Editorial: WNPA statement on Legislature’s exemption for state’s Public Records Act

Guest Editorial By Sandy Stokes The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association is deeply disturbed by the Legislature’s action to limit the public’s right to know. As of Friday (Feb. 23), the state’s lawmakers and their staffs are no longer subject to the state’s Public Records Act. Most problematic is the way our elected officials went about...
One ‘A,’ one ‘F’ for the Legislature

One ‘A,’ one ‘F’ for the Legislature

Here’s something you don’t read very often: The state Legislature acted quickly and appropriately on important legislation just days into the current legislative session. That’s not a misprint. Yes, the Legislature more commonly leaves the disposition of crucial matters to the very last second or, in the case of extended sessions, well beyond. But the...
Editorials: September 27, 2017

Editorials: September 27, 2017

Hatched too quickly The haste with which the Douglas County Public Utility District (PUD) is severing ties with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is puzzling and troubling. It’s not clear why the PUD is in such a hurry to take over operation of its fish hatcheries at Wells Dam and Winthrop from...
Wrong way to deal with Hirst

Wrong way to deal with Hirst

The so-called Hirst decision has caused enough consternation, confusion and disruption all by itself. Now, Republicans in the state Senate have made things even worse by crassly seizing on the state Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hirst case as a political bargaining chip. It’s bad politics, bad policy and an act of bad faith that...
Editorials: July 5, 2017

Editorials: July 5, 2017

By Don Nelson Publisher, Methow Valley News Defining our mission, and how we will carry it out Before I purchased the Methow Valley News in 2011, I thought a lot about what that would mean. I came up with a mission statement and vision statement that I intended to guide the newspaper’s operations and establish...
Editorials: April 26, 2017

Editorials: April 26, 2017

More comprehensive The Okanogan County commissioners took an important step toward calming the political waters with their recent decision to review the updated comprehensive plan that the previous board of commissioners approved in 2014. That previous board — made up of Ray Campbell, Sheilah Kennedy and Jim DeTro — adopted a plan update that had...
Editorials: February 22, 2017

Editorials: February 22, 2017

Together at last Some things get talked about for years, without resolution. Ideas languish and then are revived, only to fade from public discussion again. Political or policy decisions often get handled at the elected representative level, rather than at the polls. So it’s more than merely interesting that the voters of the Town of...
Breaking the ice

Breaking the ice

It seems like a logical question that should have a simple answer: when water pipes serving homes and businesses in Winthrop freeze up in super-frigid temperatures, why can’t the town help those people and restore their service? Then the second you start talking about, it’s no longer the least bit simple, and to the people...