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Wildfire response bill is apropos

House Bill 2093 is a good start in addressing wildfire concerns in Washington state

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Ruralites deserve say on grizzlies

Grizzly bear introduction advocates offered nothing more than a kindergarten-style “show-and-tell" on their plans to move relocate the predators to the North Cascades

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Minimum wage bill will hurt area

If this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, it’ll drive inflation and shatter many rural residents’ ability to grow economically and socially.

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March 11, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters from readers published March 11, 2015, in The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

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Can Washington avoid water war?

Finding enough clean fresh water is a worldwide challenge as population, food production and industries expand. That’s a long-term issue, but for now, competing interests in our state must find ways to avert what is going on in California.

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March 4, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters from readers that published in the March 4, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

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We don't need Homeland Security

We need to rethink the Department of Homeland Security's creation, divest much of the power it has usurped and give autonomy back to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency and others. While we’re at it, disband the TSA.

Support bill on wildfire funding

House Resolution 1009 could provide some help with the upcoming fire season. And with the lack of snowfall in the mountains, we’ll likely need it.

Return unused water to farmers

Senate Bill 5016 would help rural economies to grow

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We need to keep our ports open

As a farmer, I understand the extent to which Central Washington depends on a steady supply chain to export those goods. The full impact of the port slowdown on future business has yet to be felt, and it will come at a high cost.

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Feb. 25, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Letters from readers published Feb. 25, 2015

Return I-1351 to voters

Taxpayers should be the ones to decide on nixing the initiative or finding a way to pay for it.

Plan would affect more than just grizzlies

Discussion on proposal to actively introduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades will have ramifications on forest access, recreation and use.

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Feb. 18, 2015 — Letters to the editor

Letters from readers published in the Feb. 18 edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

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