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Letter to the Editor: Cemetery ordinance not popular with townsfolk

To the Editor: Thank you Jill [Connolly] for your wonderful letter. You are so right. The cemetery is so lonely and forgotten looking – no flowers or fixed decorations, etc., the things that were put there with love and respect for the loved ones...

 

Letter to the Editor: Hammond running for 13th District state rep

To the Editor: I recently spent a rainy but wonderful Wednesday campaigning in Odessa for representative position #2 in the 13th District. Since my husband and I have attended Odessa’s Deutschesfest for years, I was looking forward to the visit....

 

Letter to the Editor: On cemetery etiquette; how do you grieve?

To the Editor: Spring is here, the grass is starting to grow and people are beginning to emerge from their winter shells to begin the never-ending lawn maintenance chores of summer. This also means that cemetery maintenance will be in full swing as...

 

Letter to the Editor: Hitchhiking vs. giving a lift after a car breakdown

To the Editor: Don’t pick up strangers. Yes, but are there exceptions? In Odessa, if I see a friend walking, I will pull over and ask if they are just walking or need a ride, especially if I see a woman carrying grocery bags. I pull over and offer...

 

Letter to the Editor: Writer happy with some political responses, not all

To the Editor: I was glad to attend Cathy McMorris Rodger’s “Top O’ The Morning Breakfast” on March 29 at the Davenport Grand Hotel. I was very happy that Cathy had copies of The Constitution placed at every place setting. While there, I was...

 
 By Tom Dent    Opinion    March 22, 2018

Dent's recap of session

The gavel fell on the night of March 8 adjourning the 2018 legislative session. The Legislature was able to reach an agreement on all three supplemental budgets – operating, capital and transportation – to avoid a special session for the first ti...

 
 By Josh Kelety    Opinion    March 15, 2018

Legislators exempt selves from disclosure

When Governor Jay Inslee vetoed Senate Bill 6617 recently, he had some time to spare. But not much. The governor had until 11:59 p.m. to decide whether to sign the controversial bill, veto it entirely, partially veto it, or let it pass without his...

 

Letter to the Editor: Youth need reality check on the finality of death

To the Editor: Today’s youth no longer grow up in multi-generational households where children, parents and grandparents all reside under the same roof from cradle to grave. Few die at home anymore. Most youth have no idea what death is really all...

 

Letter to the Editor: Businessman and six-year-old like movie night

To the Editor: I really enjoyed the family movie night at the Christ Lutheran Church last weekend. It was a “food-raiser” event for the local food bank, and I was able to enjoy my first movie night out with my little Tympist, age 6. I very much...

 

Letter to the Editor: Writer excoriates rep in Congress for vote record

To the Editor: I found a card the other day that said, “I Think of You Often.” I decided Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers needed to know that I think of her often, so I sent her a note: “I think of you often. I think of how you do not...

 

Tax cuts created current budget mess

When conservative members of Congress worked with the White House to force through a tax cut that was a huge windfall for millionaires and billionaires, many observed how this would inflate the Federal deficit. After decades of presenting themselves...

 

Letter to the Editor: More phone fraud on the loose in Odessa area

To the Editor: Here is another example of phone fraud: I received a call this week from someone claiming to be from Dish Network. He said they were sending me updated equipment and needed my credit card number as “insurance”. I have autopay, so...

 

Letter to the Editor: Should official language of the USA be English?

To the Editor: It is unfortunate that Teddy Roosevelt didn’t act on his idea of having Congress declare that English would be the official language of our Republic. We need to look at some of the problems that we would probably not be faced with....

 

Cantwell on Trump plan to privatize the BPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) has released the following statement regarding privatization of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). “Selling off BPA’s...

 

Letter to the Editor: Local job fair coming to Rolling Thunder Pizza

To the Editor: Nate here. I have never felt so optimistic as today for the Town of Odessa that I love. We just stepped up to local and regional deliveries. We are actually looking and talking about franchise opportunities. Contact me if interested....

 

Commish's Corner

In 2013, the federal government shut down for 16 days. What that meant for those of us wishing to access our very own Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area at that time, was nothing short of unbelie...

 

Editorial

The staff of The Odessa Record would like to thank our readers for their loyalty over the past year, their patience in dealing with late papers now and then and the many kind words and compliments from so many of you. Although we sometimes feel that...

 

Letter to the Editor: Look in the mirror, says letter writer to GOP pols

To the Editor: Can anyone explain President Trump’s and the Republicans’ hostile positions on immigration? Several of our country’s leaders have/had foreign-born wives, think Trump (Czechoslovakia, Slovenia), McConnell (China), Mnuchin (Scotlan...

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Will a minimum wage of $15 an hour lift a full-time worker of a family of four out of poverty? Yes and No. Yes, it will; $15 an hour equals $25,923 yearly income. The poverty threshold for 2017 was $24,257. No, it won’t, because the threshold will...

 

Letter to the Editor: Is political correctness being taken too far?

To the Editor: Changes, changes, changes. Amendments, appeals, initiatives, etc. in politics, the culture/media/society of our state/county/country/world. Voting is just the first step. Now we need to communicate, directly (phone, townhall meetings,...

 

Letter to the Editor: Writer finds new tax bill onerous and misleading

To the Editor: When I think of how the new tax bill is being sold to the public, it reminds me of my years in Liberia, under President William Tubman. Tubman was dearly loved by the poorest in the country, which actually didn’t make any sense at...

 

Letter to the Editor: Was your vote counted if mailed on Election Day?

To the Editor: A hundred or more Grant County voters in Zip Code 988 were disenfranchised because their ballots were postmarked after November 7. County and state election officials recognize this problem, as apparently some, if not many, ballots...

 

Letter to the Editor: GOP tax plan bashed by area reader of O-Record

To the Editor: The GOP tax plan will crush the middle class, and it will decimate students’ educations. Cathy McMorris Rodgers won’t even address the bill with her own constituents. She certainly won’t address education because of the damage...

 

Letter to the Editor: Avista's cost comparison advertising misleading?

To the Editor: Avista spends THEIR money advertising OUR electric service cost as “33% lower than the national average.” Duh!; so what? Here’s what! A more local comparison puts our residential cost nearly 300 percent HIGHER than Wenatchee’s...

 

Pastor's Corner

As we move towards Thanksgiving, obviously our “thankfulness quotient” goes up. While it’s in the forefront of our minds, we are more ready to remember to be thankful for the many blessings God has given us. But what about being thankful the...

 

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