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Letters to the editor: Oct. 15 issue

Every Vote Counts While the primary voter turnout was impressive at 64%, it’s also disturbing because that means over one-third of Lincoln County’s registered voters didn’t bother to take a few moments to exercise one of the... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion 

Coronavirus stimulates RV sales and rentals

Interestingly, while restaurants and airlines continue to be clobbered by the coronavirus, recreational vehicle (RV) sales and rentals are taking off. People have switched their... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Budget outlook takes another hit with Boeing's 787 announcement

It is official. Boeing will consolidate its 787 manufacturing in South Carolina. This news has many implications for the state including a direct impact on the state’s budget... — Updated 10/8/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

WDFW looks to create regulation amidst fires

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife already manages about a million acres of publicly owned lands statewide. Now, the agency is trying to use recent wildfires as an excuse to... — Updated 10/8/2020


Letters to the editor: Oct. 8 issue

Big Picture Stay out of the weeds. Instead, think big picture. This election is not about Trump or Biden. It’s not about the Republicans or the Democrats. This election is about big picture, ideological movements, agendas and... — Updated 10/8/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Send a message with advisory votes

We’re only about three weeks until our ballots arrive in the mail for the Nov. 3 all-mail-in election. So far, the focus has been on the presidential race between Republican... — Updated 10/5/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State revenues continue to grow overall

First the good news. Unlike during the great recession, state revenue is still increasing overall during the COVID pandemic. According to the September revenue forecast:... — Updated 10/5/2020

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

All churches should be open

About 800 miles south of my office, the leaders of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif., are no doubt having conversations about how to move forward. The church,... — Updated 9/30/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Virus compounds recycling calamity

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. We learned that a couple of years ago when the Chinese stopped buying massive volumes of the world’s used paper, plastics... — Updated 9/28/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time again to revisit forest management

Not only is the world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, but America’s western wildlands are burning up as well. Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters California has a dual... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

More calls for a special session

Voices across the state continue to ask the Governor to call a special session to allow lawmakers to balance the budget and address COVID-19 related policies. A special session... — Updated 9/15/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Better forest management could fix problems

Not only is the world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, but America’s western wildlands are burning up, as well. California Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters his state has a... — Updated 9/14/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time for a Washington special session

Last week, the Idaho House of Representatives approved legislation calling for Gov. Brad Little to end his state’s emergency declaration. Shortly thereafter, the Idaho Senate... — Updated 9/8/2020 Full story

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Colder weather could further chill restaurant recovery

Sunny summer weather helped restaurant owners and workers recover after they were broadsided by the coronavirus pandemic last March. However, as fall morphs into winter and diners... — Updated 9/1/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

New nuclear needs solution inclusion

Our environmental quality strategy must be encompassing and not just focus on climate change. If Americans are to receive all of their electricity without coal and natural gas by... — Updated 8/25/2020


Eliminating trade barriers U.S. and Canada recover from the pandemic

The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed for non-essential travel until at least Sept. 21. President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau mutually agreed to seal the world’s longest... — Updated 8/24/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Support a legislative special session?

California lawmakers addressed their COVID budget situation back in June. Oregon lawmakers are meeting this week in a special session to do the same. According to the National... — Updated 8/18/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Good news would make 'Scoop' Jackson happy

That actually happened in the course of the last month. The result would undoubtedly please the legendary U.S. Senator Henry ”Scoop” Jackson (D-WA) – the master problem solver... — Updated 8/17/2020


Upswing in direct food purchasing

One of the great benefits of living in a rural community is our ability to enjoy food grown locally. Families appreciate easy access to high quality nutrition. Many farms and... — Updated 8/17/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Washington has too many statewide elected officials

Hopefully you’ve already voted or are soon heading to ballot drop box. Now let’s work to reduce the number of statewide elected offices. At present the people of Washington... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Dams appear safe for now

Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers provide an appropriate balance between the economic needs of Eastern Washington and fish protections. While we already knew that here in... — Updated 8/10/2020


Governor's office knew unemployment would run out

Records obtained through the public records request process show that officials in the Governor’s office knew on May 1st that the Employment Trust Fund balance would be eventually depleted but did not admit this publicly until... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Initiative aims to limit governor's power

Gov. Jay Inslee may order quarantines and business shutdowns, but he cannot enforce them. In agreeing with that argument – presented by attorneys for the governor – U.S.... — Updated 8/3/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Governor's power subject to check?

Gov. Jay Inslee continues to extended the state of emergency related to the COVID pandemic and is re-issuing his prior coronavirus emergency orders. I initially believed that under... — Updated 7/20/2020


Odessa Record letter to the editor policy

The Odessa Record publishes letters to the editor of civic nature relating to area, state and national issues and politics. Letters should be limited to 250 words, and cited facts... — Updated 7/20/2020


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