Here are Letters to the Editor for April 13, 2017…
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(By Brandon Hansen/Brandon is the managing editor of the Chewelah Independent and a graduate of Eastern Washington University. If you’d like to send Brandon a Letter to the Editor, shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
I will admit, I’m a fan of the TV Show Jersey Shore.
The MTV reality-show filmed the life of a group of 20-somethings claiming to be Italian Americans that would party until the wee hours, tan, go to the gym in the morning and consistently exhibit horrible judgement-making that would make Johnny Manziel go “you know I’ve made the right life decisions.”
So naturally finding out that there was a Facebook page entitled “Stevens County Shaming” where people would shame individuals in the county for some of the most petty things, I put a bag of popcorn in the microwave and gorged myself on a steady diet of social media drama. More
(By Brandon Nobles/Brandon is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English and Humanities. He is a current online teacher and is the Research Coordinator for the 7th LD Democratic Central Committee)
While researching for a column on the potential long-term effects of the minimum wage increase on the Stevens County economy, I stumbled upon something even more disconcerting. As we all know, many business owners in the county were very reluctant to adapt to the minimum wage increase due to it cutting into dwindling sales that make it hard for a business to even survive, let alone turn a profit an owner can live on. These local owners cite the minimum wage increase as another big government regulation strangling a rural economy. And they do have genuine complaints as forcing a wage increase on such a small economy could have detrimental effects compared to the same wage enforcement in larger economies such as Seattle or Tacoma. However, with the discovery of how long-term demographic shifts will play and influence this county’s business sector, the minimum wage increase should be the least of worries for Stevens County business owners. This demographic shift is bringing in a storm for this county, and if these business owners wish to carry on or even possibly expand, they will need to look for different avenues in how they bring money in. More
(By Don C. 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.)
American entrepreneurs’ ability to invent, create and bring products and services to market makes our nation great. Their success generates the tax revenue which fund our schools and puts people to work.
Many “big businesses” started in the imaginations of immigrants who came to our country – a place of boundless possibilities. America is a land where your station in life doesn’t matter and where hard work, innovation and perseverance are the keys to success.
The story of M&Ms is a good example. Today, the Mars Company is a global giant marketing its candy and products in 100 nations. But it didn’t start that way. More
Eastside Commentor: Where is the love for the Portland Trailblazers in Spokane? Probably in Portland.
(This is a satire column, the writer of this column is the worst columnist in the state of Washington. Please do not take him seriously, and please do not sue him, Mike Prager.)
Eastside Commentor rants about sports, politics and bombs…
The Spokesman-Review’s Mike Prager, sports columnist extraordinaire, had a column today about how the “Portland Trailblazers deserve more respect from Spokane’s NBA fans.”
Ah yes! A city that is 351 miles away has an NBA team. WE SHOULD FOLLOW THAT TEAM FAITHFULLY. Why stop there? Salt Lake City is just 721 miles away. Might as well drive on down and root on the Jazz since one of their legends is actually Spokane native John Stockton. What’s Vancouver, BC doing these days? Why aren’t there more Canuck fans in Spokane? More
Here are Letters to the Editor for April 6, 2017…
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(By Kellie Trudeau/Kellie is the Head Copy Editor of the Chewelah Independent and is a graduate of Washington State University. She is also the mother of three kids five and under. If you’d like to send Kellie a Letter, shoot her an email at email@example.com)
Going out on the town isn’t always easy with three kids…
Taking three young kids “out on the town” is always, at the least, unpredictable — you just never know how it’s going to go, whether it’s hoping that no one needs to use the bathroom, decides they are starving, or just needs a nap because they woke up a little too early. Deciding to take them to a theatre production where they are supposed to be quiet for an hour? That’s a little stressful for mom but at least fun for the kids. But then taking them right after that to go to the Chamber’s Home and Garden Show? I was really pushing my luck on Saturday.
But we had a great time, as usual, in Chewelah and it reminded me why I love this small town and our community so much. And of course my kids made it extra memorable. More
(By Brandon Hansen/Brandon is the managing editor of the Chewelah Independent)
Why aren’t we teaching more people how to be financially responsible?
The word “adult” is a funny one.
It is supposed to mean someone that has perhaps matured and knows how the world works. As a kid, I figured most adults knew what the heck they were doing. As I am now an adult, I now realize most of us are faking it.
It is a marvel to me how there are so many facets of society that we’re simply not prepared for. Simple financial things are never talked about or presented to high school or college students. People seem to be totally okay with getting payday loans with ridiculous interest rates because they don’t know any better. People don’t see any issues with getting severely in debt just so they can have a shiny toy. More
By Tom Purcell/Tom Purcell is a nationally syndicated humor columnist. Send your comments to Tom at Purcell@caglecartoons.com
It was probably worse for the Transportation Security Administration officer than it was for me.
Maybe I’d better explain.
I recently had the misfortune of experiencing the TSA’s recently enhanced pat-down procedure.
According to ABC News, you see, an audit by the Department of Homeland Security determined that TSA officers failed 95 percent of airport security tests in which undercover agents snuck mock explosives and banned weapons right by them. More