All Right Stevens County, it’s time to make county-wide resolutions for New Year’s.
Forget eating less, going to the gym or spending money more wisely. We need to make a few changes to make 2019 a better year for us all.
STEVENS COUNTY RESOLUTION NO. 1: Everybody needs to get a subscription to Netflix and get off Facebook
I come from the generation that used Facebook first in college to post photos of my friends and me at parties and to message people when I was bored.
Since then everyone has gotten on it and it’s morphed into something toxic. The 2018 election showed that Stevens County Facebook can get pretty darn ugly. The current Republicans vs. Democrats battle nationwide shows just how whacky and crazy things can get.
When 60 percent or more of the things are negative, why do we keep going back? From trolls, fake profiles to people who just complain about everything, is it any wonder depression is on the rise in this country?
Get off Facebook locally, there is a good chunk of people on there who say they are someone they’re not or they’re using fake accounts.
Use Facebook positively promoting good community causes. That would be a nice change from the self-proclaimed experts on everything, or people who just go around bashing every local business they can find.
Get off Facebook. Those like-minded political “news pages” (I’m using that very lightly) tend to share unproven memes and hateful or “blame the others” kind of talk that will just turn your outlook on life even more negatively.
Get off Facebook. Watch Netflix. I hear Frasier is a good series to watch. Don’t be a social media bully.
In fact, maybe go outside and enjoy the great setting we have here in NE Washington.
STEVENS COUNTY RESOLUTION NO. 2: Slow down and drive better on Highway 395
It’s not the Autobahn in Germany. It’s a two-lane highway in the wilds of Northeastern Washington, with a parade of wild animals, a Lord of the Rings like spellbook when it comes to weather conditions and everybody’s car looks like it came straight from a Mad Max movie.
What is so important that we have to drive 10 m.p.h. over to get somewhere. Spokane will always be there and unlike Chewelah, everything doesn’t close at 7 p.m. I believe the Colville Walmart is open 24-7 and we all know that’s the only reason anyone from Chewelah drives up there.
And for the love of all things holy, give our truck drivers plenty of room to operate. Think of semis like the big clumsy ogres of the highway. They can’t stop as quickly, they need a little extra space to turn and a car vs. truck accident is going to be trouble. Don’t drive around them like you’re in a Fast and Furious movie.
STEVENS COUNTY RESOLUTION NO. 3: We need to root for the EWU Eagles more
There is only one football team in the State of Washington playing for the national championship and it is the Eastern Washington Eagles. They play Saturday at 9 a.m. because I think ESPN hates FCS football. If you’re wondering what FCS and FBS stand for… both are NCAA Div. I classifications but FCS has fewer scholarships for players and an actual playoff system with more than four teams.
(Which destroys the argument why big schools can’t have playoffs instead of bowl games.)
Let’s be honest, there are more people in Chewelah that went to EWU than WSU or UW. I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who went to UW, everybody just went to Central Washington University and claims to be a Husky fan.
STEVENS COUNTY RESOLUTION NO. 4: A little less complaining about things
While government accountability is important, and I’m going to demand Chewelah actually have a New Years event for 2019 in the downtown area but how many times can we complain about the road conditions on The Independent Facebook page and still feel like we’re providing some sort of insight to our current conditions? Romans complained about their roads, and they’re still used in Europe thousands of years after their construction.
For every complaint, try and say or do two nice things to counterbalance it!
STEVENS COUNTY RESOLUTION NO. 5: Figure out this weird thing we have going on with Ferry and Pend Oreille counties
We have this weird thing where west Kettle Falls in a thing and if you live across a bridge you have to go all the way to Republic for any county happenings. Some of the high school teams in Ferry and Pend Oreille counties feel like they’re from here since they are always playing Stevens County teams. In some official matters, all three counties have joined forces for things like Tri-County Health and Tri-County Economic Development District.
Are we the same? Are we different? Perhaps we should form just one big mega-county.
Either way, I’m finding it very difficult sometimes to tell which county which town is in because it seems like we have a lot of the same mountainous backdrops, complaints about wolves and excellent choice in Ford pickups.
(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)