Today is Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014

My Turn

Thanks to volunteers, tire recycling rolled smoothly

By Susan Ernsdorff Methow Recycles recently hosted a “Tire Amnesty” day, where local residents could drop off unwanted tires for no charge. We thought you’d like to know a little more about this. The day was part of a countywide series, paid for by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to the...

Memories of JFK assassination still run deep

By Mike Maltais With most of the world’s media acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, on Nov. 22, 1963, it’s all but impossible to avoid revisiting one’s personal recollection of that tragic day. It would be difficult to find anyone who was then old...

My turn: Wilderness from the middle

By Brendan Buzzard Culture wars. That’s what I have heard them called before, and every season a different battle seems to erupt: snowmobilers vs. backcountry skiers, hikers vs. mountain bikers, worm fishermen vs. fly fishermen, rock climbers vs. falcon watchers, cattle grazers vs. cattle haters. Yes, the lines are stark. Look at them, lined up...

Sam Lucy

I-522 is about transparency and right to choose By Sam Lucy As “First Tuesday” nears, I’d like to simplify Initiative 522, the labeling initiative for genetically engineered food ingredients. I-522 is about freedom, transparency and the right for consumers to know what exactly is in their packaged food. Although all other ingredients must be listed...

Michael Rothgeb

Yes on I-522 empowers us against major corporations   By Michael Rothgeb We may not get many opportunities in life to actually make a major corporation or group of elite mega-corporations do what’s truly right for the people. We may not get many more real opportunities to retain a right of the people as important...

Tom Venable

Community can help assess school system’s needs   By Tom Venable Dear Methow Valley students, families and community members: As the colors of autumn unfold and we settle into the new school year, I hope my letter finds you well. During the past three months, I’ve had the good fortune to meet with many of...

Eunice Marchbank

Aging happens to all of us – and help is available   By Eunice Marchbank As we age, things in our bodies begin to change. Some of the changes occur in the forms of vision changes, hearing loss, balance problems, mental fitness, or weakness in bones and muscles. These changes are so gradual that most...

Dwight Filer; Gina McCoy

Why I’m working to earn your vote By Dwight Filer I’d like to take this opportunity to say a few words about the upcoming election for the Twisp Town Council. As many of you already know, what promised to be the first contested election for a council seat in Twisp in recent memory has become...

Carla Lange

By Carla Lange Horse sense is common sense on our crowded trails Since I have observed more and more bike riders in the valley and on local mountain trails, I feel compelled to say something about the safety issues related to horses and bikes, or for that matter, trail runners, ATVs and joggers/hikers with uncontrolled...

Isabelle Spohn

A few well-deserved ‘thank you’ notes   In last week’s Methow Valley News editorial, in response to the recent passing of well-loved community members, Don Nelson stated that “Being memorialized is a wonderful thing. Being appreciated in the moment is even better.” In this spirit, I wish to give long overdue thanks to four living...