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Having Dr. Ann Diamond as a candidate on our November Election Ballot is an opportunity to place a non-partisan official in our State Government.  Dr. Diamond has the qualifications and experience to help steer the process in Olympia.  As a doctor, she has insight on how to cut medical and...
Diamond has the qualifications, experience Having Dr. Ann Diamond as a candidate on our November Election Ballot is an opportunity to place a non-partisan official in our State Government.  Dr. Diamond has the qualifications and experience to help steer the process in Olympia.  As a doctor, she...
I attended the recent ratepayer “listening session” in Brewster hosted by the three Okanogan County PUD (OPUD) commissioners. The only issue raised was re-development of the Enloe Hydroelectric Project.  Despite hearing a wall of opposition at this meeting and the previous session held in Tonasket...
I have served Okanogan County as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for over 14 years. During this time, I have worked with all of our local law enforcement agencies in countless cases, ranging from traffic infractions to Class A felonies. I have never publicly endorsed a candidate for any local office...
Dear Editor, In 2016, Okanogan County’s voters made a clear statement on values by ousting the two county commissioners who were up for election at that time. Issues included:  lack of transparency regarding plans for housing juvenile offenders; failure to listen to the public regarding vacation...
Dear Editor, Oftentimes, individuals who experience a mental or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year, millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and substance use disorders. In fact, we need to...
In his latest editorial, “Facts trumped by crying babies,” the Echo publisher began by labeling as “factually flawed” the recent Time Magazine cover that showed Donald Trump looming over a crying toddler. The articles that followed in Time outlined the controversy over the Trump administration’s...
“Freedom at Last” as three teachers were enjoying their coffee in Wenatchee shouted when the Supreme Court ruling concerning compulsory union WEA and agency dues was considered a violation of the First Amendment. This decision directly affects every teacher and employee who belongs to the WEA. No...
Dear Editor, As a veteran I was very moved by the recent 150th memorialization of those who have fallen in service to our country. I am 74 years old and am always moved by the stories of the fallen and the survivors. When my wife and I were in government service in Japan, we had the opportunity to...
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, the late Elie Wiesel, once said of that horrific state-sponsored genocide that, “to forget the victims means to kill them a second time. So I couldn’t prevent the first death. I surely must be capable of saving them from a second death.” The world-renowned...

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