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Editorials: July 13, 2016

Editorials: July 13, 2016

Meeting the need Most of us who own businesses would find it difficult to survive under the expectations placed on a typical hospital — in particular, small rural hospitals. You’d have to be open 24/7 to handle the problems of whatever “customers” come in, you couldn’t turn them away if they ask for service, and you’d have...
Letters to the editor: July 13, 2016

Letters to the editor: July 13, 2016

Thanks for trail work Dear Editor: The Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) deserve a huge shout-out for its trail maintenance work from all of us who use trails on public lands. While hiking in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest over the holiday weekend, I encountered dozens of hard working women and men of the BCHW...
Another year in the books

Another year in the books

By Don Nelson It started with a parade. Five years ago this week I took over as publisher and editor of the Methow Valley News on our nation’s birthday, and on Monday I watched my sixth Fourth of July parade (do the math). Ponderous reflection is inevitable on such occasions, and I’ve written something about...
Letters to the editor: July 6, 2016

Letters to the editor: July 6, 2016

Enforce the law Dear Editor: Now as I understand it, somebody who has a business south of the southern bridge in Winthrop, where the speed limit is already 25 mph, is asking that the speed limit be lowered to 25 mph everywhere inside the city limits. Their reasoning, it seems, is that doing this will...
All aboard

All aboard

By Don Nelson The buses are coming. Starting Friday (July 1), the Methow Valley will have regular bus service between Twisp and Winthrop, as well as connecting routes to Okanogan and Pateros. TranGO (Transit for Greater Okanogan), the public transit system which has already been operating in the Okanogan Valley for a year, is extending...
Letters to the editor:  June 29, 2016

Letters to the editor: June 29, 2016

Lost jobs Dear Editor: Over the past three years, the current county commissioners have outsourced jobs to contractors in other counties. I assume they want to reduce the size of government and lower expenditures. But this has very negative outcomes to all of us. Okanogan County has the lowest annual income average of its citizens,...
Getting what we’ve earned?

Getting what we’ve earned?

“Hurt people hurt people.” – Leon Wieseltier, Brookings Institution fellow Let’s change focus, people. Enough of Trump already. Nothing more can be said about him, or said by him, that will change what we know him to be: unfit for office. But what about those who think he is fit for office? They should compel...
No Bad Days: June 22, 2016

No Bad Days: June 22, 2016

Straight outta Mazama After a challenging process of interviewing several promising applicants, when I asked Mandi Smith Donohue to become the Mazama correspondent for our Valley Life page she had a typical comeback. “I thought you liked me,” she said in mock horror at the offer, as if I were asking her to do something...
Letters to the editor: June 22, 2016

Letters to the editor: June 22, 2016

Grateful to community Dear Editor Nearly two years after the devastating Carlton Complex Fire, we can all celebrate the rebuilding of our neighbors’ lives, the continual recovery of our infrastructure, and a more-prepared, resilient community. Room One is proud to be a part of the countywide recovery effort and to have helped meet the needs...
Editorials: June 15, 2016

Editorials: June 15, 2016

A matter of choice Incumbents should never go unchallenged, at any electoral level from cemetery district on up. Nice principle to evoke, but it usually doesn’t work out that way in a lot of local elections, or sometimes at higher levels when conventional wisdom is that the current office holder just can’t be unseated. Conventional...