Today is Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

OPINION
Decisions and consequences

Decisions and consequences

By Don Nelson It seems all but certain that the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners will have a distinctly different look in January 2017. County residents appear to be indicating that they also expect some different policy directions and different ways of doing things from the reconstituted board. That became evident as early as the...
Intrigue in the 12th

Intrigue in the 12th

By Don Nelson If there’s a clue to what transpired in the recent 12th legislative district Senate race, it might be found in one line from a newspaper ad placed by winner Brad Hawkins: “Puts public service before politics.” In the 12th District contest, Republican Party leadership decided, one could arguably conclude from the voters’...
What we’ve learned so far

What we’ve learned so far

Hillary Clinton won the presidential election by more than 2 million votes, or 1.5 percent of votes cast. But we get Donald Trump. Cowboy up, people. Yes, Trump lost. But under rules of the game, he has a legitimate claim to the presidency. Our core strength is that we’re a nation of laws. Trump gets...
Letters to the editor: November 30, 2016

Letters to the editor: November 30, 2016

Getting engaged Dear Editor: The New York Times just published an op-ed in the form of a 12-step program for responding to president-elect Trump on Nov.17. You can Google it. Take your time to choose where to get engaged as you read about all the problems that need fixing. Not everything is a problem, of...
Growing a healthy economy in the Methow Valley

Growing a healthy economy in the Methow Valley

By Don Linnertz It’s been a little over a year since I joined the staff at TwispWorks and I want to take this opportunity to thank the Methow Valley community for your support and encouragement. For those of you not familiar with TwispWorks, we are a nonprofit, community-wide resource located on the 6.4-acre campus in...
Future of Wagner Pool depends on continued involvement

Future of Wagner Pool depends on continued involvement

By Sarah Schrock In response to Sue Megaard’s Letter to the Editor of Oct. 26: As a member of Friends of the Pool and a newly appointed commissioner on the Twisp Parks and Recreation Commission, I would like to invite Ms. Megaard to get involved in the important discussion of the future of our aquatic...
Letters to the editor: November 16, 2016

Letters to the editor: November 16, 2016

Thanks for support Dear Editor: I want to first thank all of those who assisted, supported, volunteered, donated and voted for me in the Okanogan County Commissioner District 2 primary and general elections. The amount of support I received is truly humbling. I also want to thank Andy Hover for running; I am pleased that...
Do we have to be reminded?

Do we have to be reminded?

Apparently, some people do need to be reminded. So here goes: “Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a...
Digging deep

Digging deep

By Don Nelson Maybe some day, circumstances will take the measure of the Methow Valley’s seemingly boundless generosity. Thankfully, we don’t seem to be there yet and may not be anytime soon. The recently concluded Give Methow campaign raised more than $207,000 for 27 nonprofit organizations in the valley. In its second year, the online...
Letters to the editor: November 9, 2016

Letters to the editor: November 9, 2016

Thanks for support Dear Editor: Every October, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 120, comprised of members from throughout the Methow Valley, collects donations from local business along with using money that was donated for Poppies, to help support the Christmas Rooms at the Spokane Veterans Hospital and Spokane Veterans Medical Center. Many of our local...