Here are Letters to the Editor for Nov. 29, 2018…
Letters from our readers do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Independent.
(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)
If you didn’t make it to Saturday’s Napavine-Chewelah State 2B quarterfinal game – and judging by the crowd size, there wasn’t many of you left in town – you missed out on a thrilling, down-to-the-wire, hard-fought brawl between two good football teams.
What you didn’t see was the several years of struggles the past half decade that Chewelah had to endure as their enrollment shrunk and the glory years of when Stevens County had manufacturing jobs faded away.
The Cougars move from 1A to 2B could be called a choice, but it was more like an emergency move. The school district couldn’t wait for the new cycle reclassification as enrollment dropped further in 2018 to the point where Chewelah wouldn’t even be among the biggest 2B schools much less anywhere near 1A numbers. Now enrollment looks like it will stablize around the 188-ish and an appeal to the WIAA allowed the Cougars to drop to 2B for the 2018 year. More
(BY DON BRUNELL/Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at theBrunells@msn.com.)
One of the consequences of Venezuela’s economic ruin is infectious diseases are reaching epidemic proportions and spreading to neighboring Latin American countries.
Venezuela, a country of 30 million people, sits on large oil reserves but when global crude prices plunged, its economy was clobbered and inflation skyrocketed. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasted an inflation rate of 2,350 percent for 2018.
The breakdown of Venezuela’s health system has turned what was once Latin America’s richest nation into an incubator for malaria, yellow fever, diphtheria, dengue and tuberculosis, medical officials in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela told The Wall Street Journal.
Venezuela’s economy, which dropped by a half since 2013, has resulted in widespread hunger, power blackouts and a dearth of basic services, like water delivery. The country has seen its public health care system deteriorate to the point where hospitals are unable to provide basic services or medicines.
Health officials, particularly in impoverished parts of Venezuela, no longer offer children the full cycle of vaccinations and the government long ago scaled back campaigns to fumigate against disease-carrying mosquitoes. More
(TOM PURCELL/Tom Purcell is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Send comments to at Tom@TomPurcell.com.)
“Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on our incredible blessings, but many Americans aren’t feeling very thankful?”
“That’s what an interesting Harris poll survey conducted a few years ago for American Greetings found. Psychotherapist Amy Morin reported in Forbes that three in five Americans would ‘rather do something else rather than reflect on what they’re thankful for on Thanksgiving.’”
“But we have so much to be thankful for. Our economy is booming. Our standard of living, the world’s best, is improving. Could we so take our blessings for granted that we forget how good we have it?” More
(BRANDON HANSEN/Brandon is the managing editor of the Chewelah Independent)
With the passing of I-639 that adds more to the pile of gun control pile of controversies, I’ve seen more than my fair share of tough guy Facebook posts about splitting the state up again.
Now I’m of the opinion that the I-639 gun control measures are terrible, if not unconstitutional, and we are going to find issues with anyone on the eastern part of the state enforcing these unenforceable measures.
But that’s not what I’m on my soapbox for today, nope it’s the splitting of the state. People think it’s as simple as drawing a line on a map but I’m here to tell you, the theoretical 51st state is going to be a lot more complicated of shape than we all think.
There have been many proposals and suggestions with my favorite recently being the idea that eastern Washington and Oregon just join Idaho.
Brilliant! I thought, until you realize has anyone asked Idaho? Or Oregon? Or Washington? Since these sort of measures take legislatures and Congress agreeing on things, you can see how adding three state legislatures in the mix could get you into a bunch of trouble. More
(Tom Purcell/Tom Purcell is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Send comments to at Tom@TomPurcell.com.)
After living in Washington, D.C., for nearly eight years, I love being back home in Pittsburgh.
I met many interesting people in the D.C. region, but one thing was missing there that’s common in places such as Pittsburgh: a basic connection among people.
I remember visiting Pittsburgh one Saturday morning while I lived in D.C. As I walked to a downtown coffee shop to meet some friends, a short, elderly Pittsburgher shouted at me.
“Hey, pal, your wallet is about to fall out of your pocket!”
I explained that my wallet was long and designed for the vest pocket of a sport coat. It appeared to be falling out of my pants’ pocket, but wasn’t. I thanked him and began walking away.
“But, pal,” he said, “a dollar bill is showing at the top of your wallet. Flip it around.” More
(By Danny Tyree/Danny, son of WW II veteran Lewis Tyree, welcomes reader email responses at firstname.lastname@example.org and visits to his Facebook fan page “Tyree’s Tyrades.”
Copyright 2018 Danny Tyree)
“What have you done for us lately?”
I don’t think the average American military veteran has the time or the temperament to spend 51 weeks a year asking such a question, but a reasonable person could hardly blame him if he did.
Veterans Day can be like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day – an occasion to heap praise upon individuals whom we spend the rest of the year ignoring, tolerating or circumventing. A week’s worth of bumper stickers, newspaper interviews, special discounts and grade school essays soon give way to the daily grind.
I don’t think our veterans are expecting a “We’re not worthy!” routine from civilians (as in Wayne and Garth kowtowing to Alice Cooper in the “Wayne’s World” movie), but there are lots of little ways to show appreciation during the year. More