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Letter to the Editor: Non English-speaking immigrants cost more

To the Editor: After the twin towers fell, Bin Laden said that his goal was to bankrupt America. I would assume that he would be proud, as would his followers. Our debt that we recognize is twenty trillion and climbing because we keep making...

 

Letter to the Editor: Trump support called "moral crisis"

To the Editor: Tammy Wynette once crooned a tune entitled, Stand By Your Man. Sadly, even though we have an incompetent, morally vacant man as our President, Cathy McMorris Rodgers stands by him. Some Republican leaders have had enough and are...

 

Letter to the Editor: Sign up for 2018 health insurance coverage soon

To the Editor: Since ACA (Obamacare) is still U. S. law, please remind your readers who wish to apply for health insurance in 2018 through the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange that open enrollment begins November 1 and ends December 15,...

 

Letter to the Editor: Do we want a "disrupter" as president of the U.S.?

To the Editor: Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers said at her August 10, Town Hall meeting, “ I support Donald Trump because…, because…, because he’s a disrupter and we need to change DC. I continue to support him.” When a later question...

 

Farmworker's death motivates march, protest

SUMAS, Wash. – Farmworkers and community members are demanding accountability from Sarbanand Farms in Whatcom County, after a worker died there over the weekend. Workers say Honesto Silva Ibarra complained to his employer about feeling ill before...

 

Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe: I was wondering, how does an eclipse happen? – Susan, 13, San Francisco, CA Dear Susan, It just so happens the Great American Eclipse is coming up on August 21, 2017. This solar eclipse will be the only one visible from across...

 

OP-ED

There’s good news for the Pacific Northwest and the federal hydro system that powers it. Inland Power supports our legislators in their effort to save the dams and protect our natural, renewable and affordable energy source. Key members of our...

 
 By Pat Gamache    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Time waits for no one

I was talking with a friend the other day, when I heard Simon and Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song” and its lyrics, “Slow down, you move too fast; you got to make the morning last. Kicking down the cobble stones, looking at life and...

 

Readers praise Odessa High's FBLA success

To the Editor: Once again, students at Odessa High School demonstrate that small schools rule! Congratulations to the FBLA for its state and national achievements this year. Another fantastic job! Kudos to your advisor, Terri King. The support from...

 

Battery-free cell phones? Really!

SEATTLE – Cell-phone users are excited that the prototype for a battery-free cell phone might mean they could cut the cord to their chargers in the future. But the developing technology also may be a boon for the environment. Developed at the...

 
 By Wyatt Fraas    Opinion    July 20, 2017

When should farmers retire?

Retirement from a farm business may not mean moving away or giving up on mentoring the next generation, but it does entail transferring management decisions to someone else. It can be a gradual or sudden process. It may be driven by long-term goals,...

 

Letter to the Editor: Is testing emphasized today over teaching?

To the Editor: Many years ago, before 1940, most states had students take a test when they finished the eighth grade. If they passed the test, they could go on to high school. If not, they could keep trying to pass it until they were 16. When they...

 

Letter to the Editor: Changes coming for Crab Creek Coffee Haus

To the Editor: The next few months will be interesting at Crab Creek Coffee Haus. In July, I start working full time at Odessa Drug. Bonnie, Barbara, Rochelle and Elizabeth will be holding down the fort from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. I will be opening...

 

Letter to the Editor: Response to previous writer on gun control

To the Editor: In response to Patricia Bates letter regarding the U.S. gun culture: She states that congress can stop the violence simply by the laws they can pass, yet we already have laws prohibiting murder and assault. What further laws is she...

 

Letter to the Editor: CMR's contradictions on health care puzzle writer

To the Editor: Is it window dressing, bait and switch, or kabuki theatre? Our Representative for the 5th District in Congress, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is sponsoring legislation to provide three more years of funding teaching health centers to draw...

 

Letter to the Editor: U.S. gun culture decried; rep. is called to account

To the Editor, Has there been enough killing? It doesn’t matter if it was one of 20 children and seven adults killed at Sandy Hook, the recent shooting of six Congressmen or any of the 93 daily deaths (average) from guns. No one in our nation...

 

Letter to the Editor: Siegel throws hat into ring for mayoral race

To the Editor: Why am I running for Mayor of Odessa? Well, first off, I think we should have pride in living here and want to make this town a better place to raise a family in. Last year, no one ran for this office. Why not? Don’t you have city...

 

Letter to the Editor: Writer tells banking story of May 19, 2017

To the Editor: On my bank’s website it says, “Work with a local loan officer to customize a loan for you.” Oh, I was inspired because I wanted a $2,000 piece of equipment. I love banking online, because all my information is at my fingertips....

 

Letter to the Editor: Commission on voter fraud needed or waste

To the Editor: Based solely on his belief, the President created a commission to investigate the voter fraud of 3-5 million illegal ballots cast for Hillary Clinton. He has asserted that he would have won the popular vote were it not for these...

 

Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe: How do viruses affect animals? – Gianni, 10, Cayman Islands Dear Gianni, Our planet is home to more than seven million amazing animal species. While we have our differences, we also have something in common: We are all made up...

 

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Odessa's FBLA students, advisor, helpers

To the Editor,  Kudos to the FBLA and advisor Terri King for the excellence of the FBLA’s presentations and achievements!  They all are so fortunate to live in a small, rural community that cares so much about its youth.  Whether they realize...

 

Many physicians said to prefer single-payer system

Dr. Keith Paredes has seen it more times than he’d care to recall: A woman, bleeding heavily, comes to the ER. She needs an urgent surgical procedure, maybe even a blood transfusion, from a condition like untreated fibroids. She’s there because...

 

Letter to the Editor: Writer laments political hypocrisy on health care

To the Editor, The 5th Congressional District has around 696,000 people, with about 324,000 working-age adults. For all the people’s hard work, the mean income for almost 100,000 households hovers around $47,000 a year. However, it takes around...

 

Letter to the Editor: Poverty in 5th District should be addressed

To the Editor: Oh, the hypocrisy of it all. Our President Trump and his great unflinching supporter, our Congressional Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, promote the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a bill that would throw millions of...

 

Pastors' Corner

Much happens around Easter. Adults hide eggs, and children hunt passionately for them and the candy they hold inside. People spend significant amounts of money on that candy, as well as other gifts...

 

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