Oct. 23, 2013 Letters to the Editor

Credit: Brad Skiff

House should impeach Obama

A recent letter said the president should, to paraphrase, stand tall against the dastardly Republicans destroying our country. Cutting through liberal talking points, I came to the statement, “a vocal minority in one chamber of Congress doesn’t get to pick and choose which laws shall be implemented or not, or even how.”

As a nation of laws, public servants take an oath of upholding and defending the Constitution. Let’s refer to it.

The legislative branch creates laws and is certainly able to change or modify laws it created. Especially laws burdensome to the people! The “Affordable Care Act,” sarcasm intended, is destroying businesses and individuals! The very affordable $95 a month plan has a $7,000 deductible.

The executive branch, which includes the president, his administration and departments, implements the law “without getting to pick and choose which laws shall be implemented or not, or even how.”

Such as granting over 1,400 exemptions to corporations, friends, the state of Nevada and granting businesses exemption until 2015.

Who gave him the power to do this? Not the Constitution! The executive branch is forbidden from changing law in any way. Period. He has even given the executive branch new powers, declaring the Senate shut down so he could nominate two people to the National Labor Relations Board without Senate confirmation. A federal court ruled he violated the separation of powers.

Perhaps the House should perform another Constitutionally delegated duty: Write up charges of impeachment.

David Wolosik, Oroville

Letter missed important points

An Oct. 9 letter to the editor opposed Initiative 522, the measure requiring labeling of GMO foods.

While I’m not going to address the actual merits of the labeling initiative, I am going to make a couple of points about the comments in general.

First, while there is still debate about Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” and the overall negative effects of DDT, there is no debate that DDT was largely responsible for thinning of bird egg shells, which resulted in a big reduction in the nesting success rate of several species of birds, including our national symbol, the bald eagle.

Furthermore, the book opened up the public’s eye to the bigger question of whether we should allow pesticides and other chemicals to be introduced into the environment without proper testing.

Second, the letter goes on about “Ignorant, voodoo-based, anti-corporate cultism,” but seems to forget that for every example of over-stepping by those that might question the integrity and honesty of big corporations, there is a long list of examples of corporations deceiving the public, and poo-pooing the dangers posed by many of their products.

Can you say lead, asbestos, Agent Orange, Dioxin, mercury, thalidomide, Fen Fen, DES, arsenic, etc, etc.? In each of the examples and dozens more, corporations pushed a product or chemical that often proved to be disastrous.

Finally, I can still remember the cigarette ads in the 1960s touting the benefits of “healthier” cigarettes (Yeah, right!), and the presidents of all the major U.S. tobacco companies sitting in front of Congress in the mid-90s saying under oath that they did not believe tobacco was addictive. “Caveat emptor!”

Greg James, Mercer Island

Resident picks top candidates

Please join me in supporting the following candidates in the upcoming election:

Brian Dansel for state senator for District 7. Being well-acquainted with Brian’s family, I don’t think he is a career politician and don’t believe he likes regulation any better than I do. I do like his style.

Teresa Hughes will be my choice for Commissioner No. 5 for Okanogan County Hospital District 4. Please join me in electing Teresa for that position.

Rosa Snider for commissioner Position No. 1 for Hospital District 4. I really believe that younger, responsible people should replace the older ones that seem tired of it all. Rosa is worthy of that position.

Gerald Green, Tonasket

Sen. Smith gets my endorsement

I disagree with your endorsement last week.

I have had the opportunity to observe Sen. John Smith not only within the county but, also in Olympia. He worked extremely well within the new Senate coalition — so well, in fact, that he has received the endorsements of all 23 Republican senators.

It does not surprise me that he has raised a good deal of campaign money. I don’t believe with his character content that this success should be judged quite so harshly.

He also paid attention to his district, passing four different bills, as well as asking for accountability from agencies trying to keep or expand their budgets.

I believe he has demonstrated a depth of character so as not to be swayed by power or overly impressed by money. The Senate coalition is tenuous at best.

Smith has fit in well, even in the trying times while helping to put a halt on several new taxes, as well as gun control.

I hadn’t heard until recently that term limits had come to light. I might mention that if term limits had been in place, some of the paper’s staff would not have seen the benefits of Sen. Bob Morton’s abilities, as well as his wisdom.

We have had the opportunity to see what Sen. Smith has done and I believe in the old adage of “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Lee Barker, Omak

Sheriff oversteps authority, again

There he goes, again. Sheriff Frank Rogers is once more conferring upon himself supra-constitutional authority.

Concerning the partial closure of public lands during the government shutdown, Rogers indicated he would not enforce laws or orders prohibiting use of those lands.

He added the closures irritated him because the lands “belong to the people, not the government.”

Despite special interest money and the idiocy of many elected officials, we are still a government for the people, of the people, and by the people.

By Rogers’ reasoning, any person can set up camp on the grounds of the county courthouse because those grounds belong to the people, not government.

Likewise, anyone can take the sheriff’s patrol rig out for a spin because it, too, belongs to the people.

The sheriff does not get to decide which laws warrant enforcement.

The next time the sheriff is asked which laws he will or will not enforce, he should reply, “I will do my job” — as that job is defined by the people’s government, of which he’s an elected member.

If, in the great American tradition, Rogers wishes to commit an act of civil disobedience against the government, he should do so as a private citizen and not from behind his inflated sense of the authority of his badge.

Peter Donahue, Winthrop

National anthem well-sung by girls

I attended the Okanogan-Cascade football game last Friday night and I heard a beautiful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner by Okanogan cheerleaders.

My first thought was that they were out of tune. Then as they sang, I realized it was a different version.

Loved it! I hope it catches on.

Please sing it again at the Okanogan-Omak game Nov. 1.

Ill be there.

Arnie Olson, Tunk Valley


jimomak 4 years, 11 months ago

It is clear that hydroelectric power is a clean and renewable resource. Whether the government recognizes it as renewable or not, all logical people realize that the our rivers are renewed each year with water from the snowmelt in the Cascades. The Pacific Northwest dams are currently producing a surplus of power based on a wet Spring and high rainfall. There is so much surplus hydro power that the Wind Farms will likely be shutdown. This will cost the Wind Farm owners millions in lost revenue during the down time. Let’s fast forward to an Enloe Dam supported by the Okanogan County ratepayers. It has not been properly demonstrated by the PUD that the Enloe Dam project has a positive Net Present Value. A third party analysis has stated that the project will never turn a profit. This claim has never been refuted by the PUD. There are at least two major reasons why this project, and all of the related budget expenditures should be put on hold. First, if a positive NPV cannot be demonstrated and Bonneville has a continuing surplus of electricity, there is not a business case to proceed with the project. It will only continue to bleed the ratepayers with high rates. These high rates are a poison pill to the economic recovery potential within the County. Higher electric rates are compounded costs passed on to all consumers directly and indirectly. Okanogan County cannot afford the risk associated with this high cost project. The $5.4 million dollars in the 2014 budget is a slap in the face for the county ratepayers.


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