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Phoenix symbolism fits Pateros

Take time Saturday to head to Pateros to help the community celebrate its rebirth. Take time to learn what it means to be “Pateros Strong.”

Food stamp sting long overdue

Program should encourage working, not reliance on handouts

Food stamp program's evolution from staples to process foods helped breed culture of selling benefits cards

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We need to manage forests better

The Senate should approve the Resilient Federal Forests Act, requiring the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to dramatically improve the health and resiliency of federal forests and rangelands.

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Harvest dead trees in British Columbia

Clearing dead trees and debris from the forest floor reduces the risk of massive wildfires that pump millions of tons of carbon-dioxide into the air.

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Extreme groups try bully tactics

Recognize environmental lawsuits for what they are — bully tactics to coerce public employees to conform to their extreme political agendas.

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Democrats jeopardizing defense

Threatening to block funding for national defense in order to end current budget limits for domestic spending is irresponsible.

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July 8, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters from readers published in the July 8, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

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Floyd leaves big shoes to fill at WSU

Being WSU president was not just a job to Elson Floyd, it was a way of life. That’s a tough act to follow.

Budget battle is over, so go home

This budget battle is over. The Legislature needs to adjourn this special session and go home.

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Fireworks carry a responsibility

It’s your right as an American to buy and shoot off fireworks. With that, fireworks freedom also comes responsibility.

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Time to revisit Black Rock project

Black Rock could become more than just an irrigation reservoir; it would ease the demand to divert water from the Yakima River for irrigation, leaving more water in the river, which would raise stream flows, which in turn would improve salmon and steelhead habitat.

Stamp this one as a big, fat 'fail'

Legislators failed at the one job they had this session – pass a budget in a timely manner.

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Sometimes, maps are preferable

New GPS systems in cars, tablets and smartphones are not as user-friendly as I had hoped. So, sometimes, its better to just use an old-fashioned map.


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