Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

OPINION
The ‘statement’ comes due

The ‘statement’ comes due

By Don Nelson I don’t see much positive coming out of Okanogan County Commissioner Jim DeTro’s recent ATV foray into Winthrop from Conconully with a group of friends who journeyed over some off-limit roads and parked in town to make a point. DeTro told me, in an amiable conversation, that he was trying to make...
Letters to the editor: September 21, 2016

Letters to the editor: September 21, 2016

Be sure to vote Dear Editor: With the circumstances surrounding the presidential election this year, some regular voters are apparently choosing not to vote.  I would like to remind everyone that even if you choose not to cast a vote for president, your local elections still depend greatly upon your vote. It is not unusual...
Reason to celebrate

Reason to celebrate

By Don Nelson I first started paying attention to the Methow Valley Citizens Council MVCC) in the mid-1990s when I was editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle, for a couple of reasons: Seattle interests were involved, and I was already a Methow devotee. By that time, MVCC was already a battle-hardened teenager...
Letters to the editor: September 14, 2016

Letters to the editor: September 14, 2016

Supporting Thrasher Dear Editor: The race is on between Ashley Thrasher and Andy Hover for Okanogan County commissioner in District 2. Both are excellent candidates for the position and the selection is difficult. I have decided to support Ashley Thrasher for the following reasons. During the public forums she was the most organized and most...
Idling thoughts

Idling thoughts

By Don Nelson While I was part of the motorized throng inching through the four-way stop in Winthrop this past weekend, a Yogi Berra-ism occurred to me: “Nobody goes there nowadays. It’s too crowded.” It wasn’t the first time I’ve wondered whether the Methow Valley’s enduring popularity with all kinds of summer visitors might have...
Letters to the editor: September 7, 2016

Letters to the editor: September 7, 2016

No thanks, DHS Dear Editor: Why in the world would Americans want to have the federal government involved in the voting process now handled by the states? It appears the “convenience” of electronic voting is being exposed as a process which is incredibly easy to corrupt and also hackable. So, according to Jeh Johnson of...
Finishing ‘The Reddington Project’

Finishing ‘The Reddington Project’

By Don Nelson Many people put an extraordinary amount of thought and effort into the production of “Living With Alzheimer’s: The Reddington Project,” the magazine-style special publication included in this week’s Methow Valley News. But nobody made a bigger personal commitment to the project than Don and Ginger Reddington, whose willingness to invite us into...
Adequate training can reduce motorcycle fatalities

Adequate training can reduce motorcycle fatalities

By John Fleming Nine years ago I watched in horror as my wife nearly failed to negotiate a tight curve on her motorcycle. She drifted to the outside of her lane to within inches of the gravel shoulder at 70 mile per hour. Miraculously, she kept it together. That episode convinced me that she and...
Maintaining control

Maintaining control

By Don Nelson Motorcyclists love the North Cascades Highway. It’s scenic, it’s a fun ride, and can be a manageable segment of an extended day trip for groups or individuals. For those coming from the west side, Winthrop is a great place to stop or stay the night. It seems like there are more motorcycles...
What Ailes us?

What Ailes us?

“One thing that qualifies me to run a journalism organization is the fact that I don’t have a journalism degree.” — Roger Ailes The day Donald Trump became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes lost his job. History rarely delights us with such ironic symmetry. No one has done more to...