Today is Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015

OPINION
Reading the signs

Reading the signs

By Don Nelson Sometimes the collision of good intentions can be a difficult thing to watch. There’s rarely a completely satisfactory outcome. Such was the case last week when the Town of Winthrop’s Westernization Architectural Committee (WAC) recommended that the owner of Abbycreek Inn (nee Alderbrook Inn, nee Best Western Cascade Inn) be assessed a...
Letters to the editor: April 8, 2015

Letters to the editor: April 8, 2015

Post-disaster info Dear Editor: I want to share information with our town leaders, local organizations and the public to get the word out about a website that can be utilized post-disaster. It uses online software to connect organizations and folks needing assistance and there is no fee. I am not affiliated with them but had...
Resources available for domestic violence victims

Resources available for domestic violence victims

Expanding upon Marshal Rikki Schwab’s February article about domestic violence, we at Room One would like anyone affected by this very important issue to know there are resources available to help. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, involves more than just physical violence. Abuse is any behavior used with the intent to gain power...
Why I support Methow At Home

Why I support Methow At Home

“You are too young to think about aging!” Wrong. Probably like you, I have had to think about aging a lot. In fact, planning now for our later years is a good idea. As a 51-year-old steering committee member of Methow At Home, I would like to share with you the four reasons that I...
Asking the artistic question

Asking the artistic question

By Don Nelson As the old joke goes, some people ought to have their artistic license revoked. It’s a throwaway line that nevertheless reflects the subliminal tension between the broadly defined world of art and the often narrowly defined realm of personal taste. We ought to be used to that by now, after a few...
Letters to the editor: April 1, 2015

Letters to the editor: April 1, 2015

Killing hope Dear Editor: On April 15 I will be traveling to Vietnam for a two-week tour of the ongoing impacts of the Vietnam War on that country. The trip is sponsored by VFP (Veterans for Peace — vets who fought in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and now work for peace instead of war), and is guided...
Answering some questions about school district levies

Answering some questions about school district levies

By Richard DeFaccio In a letter published March 4, I asked three questions regarding the Methow Valley School District’s proposed levies. On March 18 I had the opportunity to meet with members of the district administration and the co-chair of the Facilities Task Force. Those three questions as well as several additional issues were discussed....
Heating up

Heating up

By Don Nelson The daily Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports from the crews clearing the snow off the North Cascades Highway are like nothing we’ve read in years. The snowpack levels are low, the avalanche chutes are relatively benign, the daily temperatures are moderate and the big machines are clearing pavement at a...
Let’s stop enabling the Saudis

Let’s stop enabling the Saudis

As a Norwegian it pains me, on high-minded historic principle, to give Swedes any credit. But it seems churlish not to applaud those uppity Swedes when they do get something right. Besides, the whole sorry business forces the rest of us to think about stuff we prefer to ignore. So: Sweden’s new foreign minister, Social...
Letters to the editor: March 25, 2015

Letters to the editor: March 25, 2015

Less hostility, more listening Dear Editor: Last night (March 18), Methow Valley School District Superintendent Tom Venable, elementary school Principal Anne Andersen and high school Principal Deborah DeKalb attempted to host a community discussion about the opportunity for our school district to become part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. Tom shared the findings from...