Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

LETTERS
Letters to the editor: Sept. 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Sept. 18, 2013

Not really killers Dear Editor: The Methow Valley is a peaceful place. Inconsistent with this quality of the valley is the name of the young people’s swim team – the Killer Whales. Webster’s online dictionary makes it quite clear what “killer” means – “one who kills.” Orcas, also known as “killer whales” for their ability...
Letters to the editor: Sept. 4, 2013

Letters to the editor: Sept. 4, 2013

The long view Dear Editor: Solveig Torvik’s “The irreversible tipping point” (Aug. 28) reports many of the scientific observations in the annual State of the Climate Report. Climate change is certainly a fact. Over the last 500,000 years the Earth has had five long ice ages and five short, warm inter-glacials in a cycle of...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 28, 2013

Letters to the editor: Aug. 28, 2013

Who’s really paying? Dear Editor: Your article about the PUD’s 9.5 percent rate increase gave only a couple of examples of actual percentage changes, and those at the very end (Aug. 7). I did a little more calculating myself, using my own actual monthly figures. Anyone can do it on the PUD website’s calculator. It’s...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 21, 2013

Letters to the editor: Aug. 21, 2013

Lack of balance Dear Editor: In discussing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) the Methow Valley News has recently tended to emphasize the views of the vocal anti-motorized element in the Methow Valley. The Methow Valley is reported as being “non-motorized” in the News. This is not the case. During the summer there are numerous recreational motorbikes in...
Aug. 14, 2013

Aug. 14, 2013

‘Free’ power? Dear Editor: Twice in last week’s article (Aug. 7), “PUD approves 1-year rate hike,” the first 500 kilowatt hours of power were characterized as “free.” This was also stated in the previous week’s article on the proposed rate increases. As I recall when the base rate made the last jump, ratepayers were told...
Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

Preventing suicide Dear Editor: Losing a member of the community to suicide uniquely affects the entire Methow Valley; because our community is small and interwoven, it is likely that many of us will know the individuals lost or intimately know those grieving after a suicide occurs. Below is a list of local, county, and national...
July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

Air show memories Dear Editor: I just finished reading the Methow Valley News. Looks like a great air show. The fourth plane on that row, polished aluminum with red stripes, is a Spartan Executive. Less than 50 of these were produced in the mid 1930s. They had a 450-horsepower radial engine and were mainly marketed...
July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013

Let’s get along Dear Editor: I find the controversy over ATVs on the highway baffling. It appears polarization drives this issue. Please note that this is an honored Methow reaction to issues. Bicyclists annoy car drivers when they refuse to move over. Cars annoy bicyclists who view the highway as their right as well as...
July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

ATV law confused, confusing Dear Editor: Interesting article on the wacky new state all-terrain vehicle law (July 3). Based on your reporting I have to agree with the president of the local ATV club that this law is confused at best. How, for example does a regular four-wheeled car, in which you can be cited...
July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

Other needs Dear Editor: When I read that Winthrop has been granted $862,000 for more trails and refrigeration for the ice rink I thought, this is great news! Now we won’t need a parks and recreation tax district. We can focus on funding for our critical infrastructure needs – upgraded water lines for Twisp and...