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Election about to get interesting

The election season is about to get very interesting. On Saturday night, I attended the Lincoln Day Dinner, where political newcomers and seasoned campaigners unveiled their plans to run for office this year.

Agency should reopen gated road

Public lands are supposed to be just that — open for public recreation and activities. So I’m sometimes left incredulous when state or federal officials move to restrict public activities on the land — and roads — owned by taxpayers.

Enjoy spring break with your kids

With all the things going on in the world — wars, politics, business, etc. — spring break offers me a much-needed respite.

Cities should give up pot-law fight

My libertarian side says it’s OK if someone wants to smoke marijuana in the sanctity of their own home, without bothering others.

Hill puts drone use in crosshairs

You might know him as a former Twisp City Councilman. You might also know him as a former Okanogan County deputy prosecuting attorney.

Don’t erode constitutional rights

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms.

Puns flying high over ‘Bud Bowl’

Every year, I look forward to watching the Super Bowl.

Catching the Seahawk bandwagon

As you can tell by the front page today, The Chronicle has joined the bandwagon following the Seattle Seahawks to the SuperBowl. I’m sure many of you have, too.

State making move for more land

As a resident of Tunk Valley, I believe I have very good neighbors.

Utility should dump Nine Canyon

In the five years I’ve lived in Okanogan County, my power bill has continued to climb. My rate increases, which amount to more than 45 percent since 2009, are due in part to the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s inability to rein in spending.

Wishing everyone Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. There, I said it. I didn’t wish you happy holidays or a joyful Kwanzaa. I wished you a Merry Christmas. After all, the holiday predominately celebrated in North America and Europe this time of year is just that, Christmas.

Bringing Santa to town closes gap

Last week, I had the opportunity to help Santa Claus navigate the streets of Omak and Okanogan as he brought Christmas cheer to area children and collected donations for area food banks.

You can make Christmas merrier

It’s that time of year again, when we shop for presents, load up the refrigerator and put up Christmas trees. We go to church, proclaim our good will toward each other and wish everybody we meet a Merry Christmas.

Letter illustrates deceitful tactics

My how time flies, at least within the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. In the last few weeks, we’ve reported on the Haeberle family’s dismay at the agency’s attempt to use their ranch to boost Fish and Wildlife’s land acquisition efforts.

‘Catching Fire’ reflects our excesses

More than a year ago, I stood in a long line to see “The Hunger Games” on opening night. This past weekend, I was surprised to be one of very few people arriving early to see “Catching Fire,” the next installment of the series written by Suzanne Collins.

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