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Human trafficking is a worldwide plague on humanity

Human trafficking is a worldwide plague on humanity

By Sharme Johnson Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic that has been happening for a long time. Human trafficking is slavery, and more than likely it’s happening around you now. It occurs on every continent and in every country and state. Many people don’t realize how much of a problem it has become, and is...
Some thoughts about school reform

Some thoughts about school reform

By David Asia Contentious community talk is how we know spring has finally come to the Methow (it used to be that and the Pinestump). This year, the issues that have lit up the bulletin board and letters to the editor have to do with education — which can be a good thing. We have been asked...
Answering some questions about school district levies

Answering some questions about school district levies

By Richard DeFaccio In a letter published March 4, I asked three questions regarding the Methow Valley School District’s proposed levies. On March 18 I had the opportunity to meet with members of the district administration and the co-chair of the Facilities Task Force. Those three questions as well as several additional issues were discussed....
Open government: take it personally

Open government: take it personally

By Brian J. Hunhoff Don’t take it personally? That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency. In other words, take closed government personally. Please! Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council...
Revoking no-spray agreements another example of county’s antagonism

Revoking no-spray agreements another example of county’s antagonism

By Sam Lucy As spring hillsides melt to green, robins sing and water (thankfully for the Okanogan) flows, some awaken their thoughts to fresh earth, sweet-life smells, and growing things. For others, thoughts turn to spraying. Several important issues face Methow Valley residents this spring. Environmental challenges and concerns here have only been compounded by...
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...
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...
Why no mention of wildfire in county’s comp plan?

Why no mention of wildfire in county’s comp plan?

By Isabelle Spohn Following the events of this summer, why would our county now adopt a comprehensive plan that doesn’t even mention the words “wildfire” or “landslide” and withdraws the previous incorporation of Okanogan County’s 2013 Community Wildfire Protection Plan, agreed upon since 2006 by over 50 agencies, county departments and citizens?   Considering that...
Dead trees are part of forest’s life cycle

Dead trees are part of forest’s life cycle

By Ken Bevis When forests burn, trees die. It’s a fact. Particularly in hot fires in dense fuels — cambium cooks and needles fry. Conifers are particularly flammable and can go up in a spectacular crown fire. The resulting sea of black dead stems causes some people to think we must do something immediately. Not so fast....