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Will our ports be ready for big ships?

The big ships are coming. The question is, will they dock in Seattle or Tacoma or head north to Canada or pass us by sailing through the Panama Canal to U.S. ports on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard?

Let Mom know she is special

Just take time Sunday to let Mom know how special she is.

Water pipeline 'highly illogical'

Capt. Kirk wants to beam our water through pipe to California

If Californians want to fill their lakes, let them build their own dams and reservoirs. And while they’re at it, let them add the power generation systems necessary to support their state’s needs at their own expense.

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World trade creates jobs

President Obama needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

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April 29, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters from readers published in the April 29, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

Support Mid-Valley Hospital's general obligation bond

The additional tax a small price to pay to keep the county’s most viable hospital safe and sound.

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State's drought is a natural cycle

Enough with falsely claiming specifically that this year’s Washington state drought — the third in less than 100 years — is the result of how we live, what we drive and where we work..

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Business taxes matter

Politicians must be mindful of the impact high taxes and other business costs have on the majority of our state. Second, elected officials need to be vigilant — competitors are looking for ways to rob our state of its businesses and jobs.

April 22, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters to the editor published April 22, 2015.

Gas tax increase not justified rurally

Lawmakers should consider regional or tiered gas tax increases, where city motorists pay more

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Consider reservoir before making decision to breach Enloe Dam

Given drought conditions this year or the potential any year, there is a value to the water stored above Enloe Dam that should be considered before any decision to remove it

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Do you think your hospital is safe?

The old model of health care as simply a business of revenue versus expense is inherently flawed, where “revenue” is a sick patient. It certainly cannot be fixed solely by cutting the portion of “expenses” that is the team who cares for the patient. Unless both patients and providers stand up for the community, that is exactly what will continue to happen.

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Why would Kreidler upend AHPs?

Rather than applaud association health plans for providing coverage, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is moving against them, stripping people of their coverage. In these uncertain times when the Affordable Care Act is struggling and key parts of it are being challenged in court, that just doesn’t make sense.

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April 15, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Here are the letters to the editor published in the April 15, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

Flag flap could've been avoided

The governor should’ve paid more attention to the significance of the Good Friday holiday. Had he done so, Olympia’s flag flap could’ve been avoided.