Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

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Physicians’ fees not the villain in health care

Physicians’ fees not the villain in health care

By Don Stevens Complex problems rarely can be attributed to single factors, particularly health care. After reading Marcy Stamper’s article on the shrinking insurance options in Okanogan County (Sept. 19), I found it astounding that Jeff Lindstrom, a principal broker with Health Insurance Team of Seattle, made the following statement: “It’s cost. Doctors are not willing...
Sacrifices needed now to save our future

Sacrifices needed now to save our future

By David Harris If you had any powers of observation at all over the last 20 years or so, there are a few things that should be coming increasingly clear. Global warming is here and getting worse — epic fires, droughts, melting arctic and glacial ice, sea life dying due to warming oceans. Exponential population growth is quickly...
Touted benefits of I-1631 are an illusion

Touted benefits of I-1631 are an illusion

By Alexander “Sandy” Mackie A few weeks ago, the News published an impassioned plea from Raechel Youngberg in support of Initiative 1631 as a step towards solving the world’s climate change issues and by implication reducing the incident of smoke and fire in the Methow Valley. Before your readers jump to support her request, however, they...
MV Community School left a wonderful legacy

MV Community School left a wonderful legacy

By Deirdre Cassidy I read with sadness that the Methow Valley Community School was closing its door after 18 years of offering families an alternative in education in the valley. I worked at the community school for 13 of those years — I believe I was the longest-lasting teacher at the school. Those were some of the most-challenging...
Time for action on climate change is now — and I-1631 is a step

Time for action on climate change is now — and I-1631 is a step

By Raechel Youngberg Looking out my window I should be able to see the Twisp River valley unfolding below, the Channing Family Farm plots ripe with vegetables, and the Sunny Pine Farm goats happily munching away. Instead, I see a thick oppressive yellow smoke obscuring everything but the closest trees. Frequent headaches and a nagging cough...
Let’s find ways to make affordable housing easier in the Methow

Let’s find ways to make affordable housing easier in the Methow

By Scot Domergue As noted in the recent Methow Valley News article “Room for Disagreement,” the Twisp Planning Commission is considering requiring a minimum home size of 1,200 square feet in areas zoned R-1, 800 square feet in R-2, and 320 square feet for R- 3, the least-restrictive of our residential zones. The article also reviews...
Don’t believe the myth of ‘fake news’

Don’t believe the myth of ‘fake news’

By Fred Obee The plight of a grieving orca who continues to carry her dead calf for weeks is reported by the Seattle Times. Spokane’s Spokesman-Review lets people know for the first time that the Legislature is forming a task force to exempt lawmakers from portions of the Public Records Act. The Columbia Basin Herald...
Mental illness in a time of madness: ACEs high

Mental illness in a time of madness: ACEs high

By David Asia Where does a person’s mental health or mental illness come from? Why does the voice inside your head tell you that its time to get up and go to work, while the voice inside of mine demands that I stay home and rage at my children? Maybe you can turn yours off....
Mental illness in a time of madness: from the beginning

Mental illness in a time of madness: from the beginning

By David Asia In an earlier article (Methow Valley News, April 4), I talked about how, throughout our history, a kind of mass hysteria can overpower an otherwise reasonable group of people, a culture or a nation state. I suggested that we all hear voices, and that these voices can feed a disorder of thinking so...
Where’s there’s smoke, there are threats to everyone’s health

Where’s there’s smoke, there are threats to everyone’s health

By Elizabeth Walker On May 21, our email and phone lines started blowing up. As the front house for the Methow Valley Clean Air Project, Dr. Raleigh Bowden and I frequently advise on air quality issues. And the issues are almost always about smoke. In this case, valley residents were calling for information regarding smoke...