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May 21, 2014- Our View "Take time to honor war dead"

Don’t take your freedoms for granted this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is supposed to be a somber observance, a chance to remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

Letter writing tradition goes on

Chronicle readers don’t miss an opportunity to let their views be known through letters to the editor.

Lighting candles of hope and faith

Community members open their hearts to help others

People all over the world are lighting candles at this time of year, looking deep into their flames for warmth, comfort and hope.

Spying program needs to be halted

The first steps have been taken toward preventing the National Security Agency from collecting information in bulk through phone records and other metadata.

Online tax issue needs resolved

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge from Internet retailer Amazon.com over its being forced by a state to collect sales tax, even though it didn’t have a physical presence in that state.

Several options for trees

Cutting your own can help create some much-needed family time this holiday season

Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, many people in the area are turning their attention toward Christmas.

It’s more than just shopping

Remember to give thanks, lend support this Thanksgiving

Pass the turkey and gravy. And while you’re at it, how about that Black Friday advertisement?

Can a coin flip really be trusted?

The Pateros mayoral race remains in a dead heat with just a week left before the election is certified by Okanogan County.

Shelve idea of gas tax increase

Using Boeing as cover, Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature back to Olympia this week for a special session. But with Boeing unions yet to agree to build the new 777x aircraft here, the aircraft manufacturer is hardly the reason for lawmakers to be back in Olympia. Rather, Gov. Inslee is calling on them to approve a new transportation package, and with it a 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike.

Be part of the political process

It seems like these days fewer and fewer politicians are asking their constituents’ opinions and seeking direction on laws and taxes.

Vote no on the bus tax

Offering public transportation throughout Okanogan County is a worthwhile goal. But in considering our economic status, wide-spread population and large geographic coverage area, we don’t think Proposition 1 will be sufficient to attain the bus service suggested by the Okanogan County Transit Authority.

Repeal taxes in advisory measures

Year after year, the voters in our state approve an initiative requiring tax increases to either require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or a majority of voters to raise taxes.

Dansel gets nod from us

Former 7th Legislative District Sen. Bob Morton was a fiercely independent leader. He brought his own ideas to the state Senate, even when it meant bucking the system, standing up to Western Washington and defying the Republican Party, of which he was a member.

Mill’s opening boosts economy

The official reopening of the Omak Wood Products mill comes as welcome news for Okanogan County. This business will help revitalize the area’s economy, not just by providing a significant number of jobs at the plywood and veneer plant, but also in logging, shipping and dozens of other avenues that the manufacturing industry will lead into. The increased cash flow into the area will also benefit local shops, restaurants and the housing market.

Voters should protect initiative

In this age of highly divisive political debates, intimidation is becoming more prevalent. And in recent years’ state elections, more and more voters are complaining about intimidation. Initiative 517, on the ballot in the Nov. 5 general election, would take some small steps to help curtail intimidation, and at the same time protect the voters’ right to initiative guaranteed in the state constitution.

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