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LETTERS
Letters to the editor: Feb. 3, 2016

Letters to the editor: Feb. 3, 2016

Consider the science Dear Editor: In the Libby Creek-Buttermilk watersheds of the Methow Valley, the U.S. Forest Service will soon decide on a proposal promoted by the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative (NCWFHC) recommending “treatments” implemented in selected areas among 50,000 acres of forest. The net result? Removing 5 million board feet of timber...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2016

Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2016

Thanks for support Dear Editor: We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone near and far who has been supporting our family during our saddest time. We are fortunate to have so many kind and generous people looking out for us. Thanks to all who helped with the memorial service. We couldn’t...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 20, 2016

Letters to the editor: Jan. 20, 2016

The gift of education Dear Editor: A quality education is the best gift we can give our children. It is our responsibility, as citizens, to provide this gift by supporting local school levies. The challenge for all school districts is to keep abreast of current technology while maintaining important fundamental skills. Liberty Bell High School,...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2016

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2016

Challenge road closures Dear Editor: Notice to all residents of Okanogan County who like to fish, hunt, picnic or use your recreational vehicles. Your right to access public lands is being eliminated one road at a time. In fact, right now in the south county, 6,000 to 10,000 acres of public access is being lost...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 6, 2016

Letters to the editor: Jan. 6, 2016

Still ‘No on Enloe’ Dear Editor: The Okanogan Public Utility District (PUD) has a talon grip on the Similkameen River and refuses to let go. On Dec. 7, the commissioners approved a $57 million budget that includes another $1.5 million toward the electrification of Enloe Dam. The dam was scheduled to receive $3.5 million in...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 23, 2015

Letters to the editor: Dec. 23, 2015

Tune out the chickenhawks Dear Editor: The chickenhawks are back. These politicians (and talk show hosts!) who never served in combat (and won’t now) are screaming again to send Americans into a new ground war. It is a war that we don’t need to defend our country. It’s for power and political points, just like...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 16, 2105

Letters to the editor: Dec. 16, 2105

The Methow’s gift Dear Editor: I was driving home from work the other day and saw Jason, our favorite and world’s best UPS driver, pulling a huge rig out of the snowbank. I thought it was such a neat thing to see our UPS guy, of all people, taking the time out of his busy...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 9, 2015

Letters to the editor: Dec. 9, 2015

Time for action Dear Editor: After the last two years of devastating fires in Okanogan County and the prediction of continued drought conditions for next year, it is time to address the wildfire problem with proactive leadership and action. Our principal leaders for this issue are the county commissioners and sheriff, the governor and the...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 2, 2015

Letters to the editor: Dec. 2, 2015

Gun control fallacies Dear Editor: The recent shootings at a school and on college campuses expose the fallacy of  “gun-free zones” being safety zones. The mentally ill shooters who target these zones are not stupid. They carefully pick their targets and go where they can create the most havoc and have virtually no resistance. They...
Letters to the editor: November 25, 2015

Letters to the editor: November 25, 2015

County should act Dear Editor: Your front-page picture of the un-permitted trailer park development on the banks of the Methow River last week was truly disturbing. We’re glad to see that after numerous complaints, Okanogan County sent a “cease and desist” letter to the property owner. It’s encouraging that the County responds in some way...