Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

OPINION
Blasphemy is free speech

Blasphemy is free speech

“Defending free speech means defending knuckleheads and visionaries alike.” — David Carr, New York Times media commentator.                                 Human beings seem to have evolved into two species: the irreligious, who can thrive in a godless universe, and the religious, who cannot. These...

Corrections

In a photo of Lynette Westendorf’s oratorio debut in the Jan. 21 issue, narrator Sage McFetridge was mis-identified. In the Jan. 21 issue, the cost of dinner at the Scholastic Book Fair family night at Methow Valley Elementary School on Thursday (Jan. 29) should have been listed as $3. The News regrets the errors.
Fun with the News

Fun with the News

By Don Nelson I swear, I had nothing to do with it. But once Lauralee Northcott, the irrepressible, multi-talented Horse Crazy cowgirl started putting together the little shindig that will take over the Methow Valley Community Center on Saturday (Jan. 31), I had no choice but to become happily involved. Lauralee has poured a lot...
Letters to the editor: January 28, 2015

Letters to the editor: January 28, 2015

Prevent or manage? Dear Editor: Where is the next destructive fire? As we all enter the next fire season, we must ask ourselves where the next firestorm will occur. As we continue to study, then study some more, then study to the end, what will be decided? Let’s say that in all probability the Twisp...

Correction

CORRECTION: In the Jan. 14 story about Methow At Home, the website for the program should have been listed as methowathome.org. A community survey may be completed on the website. The News regrets the error.
An unfortunate solution to protect our sovereignty

An unfortunate solution to protect our sovereignty

By Ron Perrow The Jan. 12 Okanogan County Fire District 6 board of commissioners meeting confirmed my conclusion that commissioners Roy Reiber and Darold Brandenburg don’t care what we say. Reiber said they were ignoring the last levy failure, that they “did not consider the levy failure as an advisory vote.” Well folks, advisory or not,...
Dealing with cops: common sense and respect for authority

Dealing with cops: common sense and respect for authority

By Rikki Schwab With all the current situations being covered in the news media involving law enforcement, it is understandable that people are overly cautious when dealing with the police. Many people have come to me lately asking, why do these things happen? I can’t speak for every law enforcement officer in the world, I...
Letters to the editor: January 21, 2015

Letters to the editor: January 21, 2015

It’s about the vote Dear Editor: My son is a firefighter on the west side. I would always hope and pray that he had the latest, greatest equipment and facility. But this is more than that — this is about the voting system in America. The Okanogan County Fire District 6 board of directors presented a levy...
No slowing down

No slowing down

By Don Nelson We are now less than six months away from what you might call the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, which started its rampage on or about July 14, 2014. So it’s a little unnerving to learn, as we did from reporter Ann McCreary’s story in last week’s issue, that the...
Goldilocks, Galileo, and the end of war

Goldilocks, Galileo, and the end of war

By Dana Visalli The scientific community in recent years has uncovered an avalanche of insights into the functioning of the natural world that bring science and spirit uncomfortably close together. For example, physicists tell us that if the force of gravity had been a millionth of a percent stronger or weaker, the universe would long...