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Marijuana zoning regulations

Stevens County Land Services and the County Commissioners are in the midsts of discussing the zoning regulations for marijuana production, whether medical or recreational. Up for consideration is the prohibition of the production and processing of marijuana in Stevens County on parcels containing less than five acres in industrial zones, rural agriculture zones 5, 10 and 20, agricultural residential zone 10, NR forest zones and NR agricultural zones. This would not apply to marijuana produced or processed for personal medical use.

To nominate or not to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice?

In wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, do you think President Obama should leave the nomination of the new Supreme Court Justice to the next president, or should he make the nomination to fill the position sooner? Please explain your reasoning.

Animal influences

For a lot of people, animals are a huge part of their life. Whether it's a loyal dog who waits for them to get home every night, a cat who always keeps them company when reading, a bird whose tweeting tune is their favorite, or a horse who appears giddy whenever they pull out a saddle. Animals don't have to be our pet, and they don't even have to be domesticated, to influence us. Care to share a story about an animal that has impacted your life?

What's missing?

What do you think your city/town is missing, and how do you think the community would benefit from having it?

Biggest problem

What is the biggest problem facing us today?

Will you display a flag to cross the street?

Colville is implementing a pilot program for pedestrian crossing flags to be put along parts of Main Street. If you live in Colville, or are visiting, will you use them? Do you think they will help? Do you think drivers will see the flag and stop sooner?

Welcoming refugees

Newly elected Mayor Shelby Rognstad proposed a resolution to welcome refugees into Sandpoint, Idaho. Rognstad reasoned that Sandpoint is a tolerant, diverse and non-discriminatory city, but many residents of the town spoke out against the proposal. How would you feel about refugees being welcomed into your town?

Affordable Care Act v. Single-payer

If you had to choose between the current Affordable Care Act’s healthcare system and single-payer, which would you choose and why?
Don’t know much about them? See Lorraine Marie’s article ‘Destruction of ACA could pave the way for single-pay’ in the Jan. 6 issue of the Statesman-Examiner.

Community solar farms

How do you feel about solar power? Do you think a small town like Colville or Kettle Falls could produce and maintain a community solar farm?

Merry Christmas, or not?

Does the saying ‘Merry Christmas’ offend you? Do you think it's inappropriate to wish just anyone a 'Merry Christmas?' Would you prefer ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Season’s Greetings?’ Let us know by commenting below.