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Halting oil trains is not an option

Stopping rail shipments of crude oil and hazardous cargo is not a viable option. It is better to strengthen railroad beds, replace aging track and bridges, enact better safety standards, increase inspections, continue to train emergency responders and invest in new technology and modern equipment.

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April 8, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters to the editor published in the April 8, 2015, print edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

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Don't give teachers, pupils a pass

We should not give teachers and students a “pass” for failing to meet minimum academic standards. And the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction shouldn’t be asking for a waiver, either.

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Franchises are small businesses

Like the coffee vendor in the lobby of Trump Tower, they’re not global business magnates, they’re small business owners trying to make a living. Seattle politicians should treat them as such.

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Conconully Lake Resort needs to remain open

The bottom line, like it or not, is that Conconully needs every business it still has, regardless of who the proprietor is. That includes Conconully Lake Resort.

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Reject road vacation request

Okanogan County officials now have to decide whether or not to give the road to Gamble or keep it public. We support the route remaining public.

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March 25, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters from readers published in the March 25, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

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Opening government takes effort

This past weekend, I was honored, and humbled, to be one of the speakers at the state Open Government Conference in Tacoma. And while we do our part here at The Chronicle to ensure government meetings and records are open to the general public, I was thoroughly impressed by the efforts of others around our state.

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Minimum wage hike misses target

If we truly want to help people move up the economic ladder, isn’t it better to provide incentives that reward them for getting the education and skills they’ll need in order to succeed?

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March 18, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters from readers published in the March 18, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

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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