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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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June 17, 2015 — Letters to the editor

Here are the letters from readers published in the June 17, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

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State income tax? Not so fast

Washington’s State Supreme Court tossed out our state income tax in 1933 and several efforts to amend our constitution to re-impose it have failed. Some income tax proponents say the time might be ripe again to take another run at changing the constitution. Not so fast ...

Be proud of who you are

Whether you’re white, black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian or other race, you should be proud of who you are. You should build on your strengths and learn from your weaknesses.

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Reconsider Three Devils decision

Okanogan County commissioners would be remiss if they don’t take another look at the procedural errors and reconsider their decision to vacate Three Devils Road.

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Protecting Dead Horse Cliff, lands

While the protection and management of state trust lands must always come first, I will continue to work with our community to ensure appropriate use of these lands.

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June 10, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are readers' letters to the editor published in the June 10, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

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Trade plan needed for our farmers

To negotiate the best trade deals possible and open overseas markets to American exporters, Congress should approve trade promotion authority.

It's past time for the Legislature to go home

Legislature should’ve negotiated a budget by now

The bottom line is this — taxpayers are tired of the budget deadlock in Olympia. Taxpayers don’t want new taxes. They don’t want new government programs. They just want lawmakers to wrap it up and go home.

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Whose talking tax cuts in Olympia? Nobody

In Olympia these days, lawmakers are high-centered in a second special session over the budget to operate the state for the next two years. The stalemate has come down to the choice of raising taxes or funding government with current revenues.

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Open gates to Dead Horse Cliff

A local history buff wants to make yet another trip to Dead Horse Cliff, but is literally running into a roadblock, again. The information that can be found at Dead Horse Cliff is a significant part of local heritage and history. And an employee who is paid by tax dollars shouldn’t be standing in the way of learning more about our history.

System may save your life

Okanogan County’s new emergency notification system is up and running, and already proving useful in notifying people about weather-related emergencies.

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The EPA's waterway power grab

Congress can and should reverse the EPA and Corps effort to expand federal control over waterways and restore sensible collaboration with states and local stakeholders to protect our waters.

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Another idea for Columbia power, water

Rather than put ourselves in the drought same predicament as California, why not look at alternatives, such as pumped water storage along the Columbia River.

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