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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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Hats off to tribe for dream realized

The new 12 Tribes Resort Casino, which opened last week, is a showpiece for the tribe and holds the potential to be a big money maker for the tribe and provide an economic boost to the Omak-Okanogan area.

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Protect seniors, support solutions

"Obamacare" horror stories in Central Washington continue to raise questions about the uncertainty and dramatic cost increases for families and businesses.

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Money talks in grizzly bear plan

Decisions about introducing predators into our area should be made locally, not by federal bureaucrats looking to pad their pockets and create legacies.

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Repeal mandatory labelling rules

The U.S. must play by the rules we agreed to with our biggest trading partners and export markets. Time is running out to avoid the costly penalty of trade sanctions. I’m urging the Senate to repeal mandatory labeling requirements.

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