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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

Let counties handle fire response

Given the stories that came out of the Carlton Complex wildfire, having local authority for initial wildfire response isn’t such a bad idea.

Enloe decision needs to be made

Ratepayers should demand Bureau of Land Management produce key paperwork so a decision on breaching or re-energizing Enloe Dam can be made

Feb. 11, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Readers send in letter for Feb. 11, 2015 edition

Supreme Court rules in favor of Pater-to-Twisp powerline

There’s no doubt that the Methow Valley needs a redundant power transmission line to keep energy flowing during times of crisis. Now that the state Supreme Court has weighed in on the related condemnation issue, the door is finally open for the Pateros-to-Twisp power transmission line to be built.

Electronic voting bill would improve elections

Virtual nobody in the state is happy with the state’s all-mail-in election system. An e-voting bill would remedy that.

Land transfer a winning formula

Last week, three bills — two in the House and a companion in the Senate — were filed calling for the study and possible transfer of publicly owned lands managed by the federal government. In short, a handful of senators and a number of Republicans and Democrats in the House want the state to manage the more than 12.17 million acres of land currently under the control of federal bureaucrats.

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