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Food stamp sting long overdue

Program should encourage working, not reliance on handouts

Food stamp program's evolution from staples to process foods helped breed culture of selling benefits cards

Budget battle is over, so go home

This budget battle is over. The Legislature needs to adjourn this special session and go home.

Stamp this one as a big, fat 'fail'

Legislators failed at the one job they had this session – pass a budget in a timely manner.

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Hats off to tribe for dream realized

The new 12 Tribes Resort Casino, which opened last week, is a showpiece for the tribe and holds the potential to be a big money maker for the tribe and provide an economic boost to the Omak-Okanogan area.

Be proud of who you are

Whether you’re white, black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian or other race, you should be proud of who you are. You should build on your strengths and learn from your weaknesses.

It's past time for the Legislature to go home

Legislature should’ve negotiated a budget by now

The bottom line is this — taxpayers are tired of the budget deadlock in Olympia. Taxpayers don’t want new taxes. They don’t want new government programs. They just want lawmakers to wrap it up and go home.

System may save your life

Okanogan County’s new emergency notification system is up and running, and already proving useful in notifying people about weather-related emergencies.

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Smart decision on Sage Shop

The Omak City Council made a smart decision — really the only logical move — in dropping its fight against Montana Dutton’s proposed Sage Shop marijuana store.

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Recall reasons behind holiday

Memorial Day isn’t about barbecues and boating. It’s about sacrifice and freedom.

Don’t take the upcoming weekend for granted. Many of your friends, family members and neighbors have sacrificed a lot for you to celebrate the “opening” of the summer season.

Officials correctly play out process

Okanogan County commissioners are correctly following the established process on the request to vacate Three Devils Road, even in the delay in a decision isn't popular

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.

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.

Gas tax increase not justified rurally

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

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.

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