Opinion

Show gratitude, ‘shop small’ this holiday season

There’s no way around it: Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday. Although it represents a time of togetherness for some, Thanksgiving can be one of the saddest days of the year for those who are far away (physically or emotionally) from their families, and it is an especially hard day for the many Native Americans who recognize it as a national Day of Mourning.

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 23, 2017

Guest column justifies reader’s vote for Trump

Pipeline resisters face prison time

I’m heading to court from my home in Portland, Oregon, to Missoula, Montana.

Paper mill closures hurt heart of Camas, will impact ‘trickle up’ economy

Camas Mayor Scott Higgins likely summed up what many Camas folks were thinking on Tuesday, after Georgia-Pacific announced plans to shutter the majority of its Camas mill operations next spring, and eliminate more than two-thirds of its local workforce: “We’re losing our identity,” Higgins said. “I mean, we’re the Papermakers!”

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 16, 2017

Camas needs to ban fireworks immediately

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 9, 2017

Cartoon ‘venomous, malicious and spiteful’

November Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to everyone who got out the vote this week. Some of the races at stake in local elections — including the Washougal mayoral race, the city council races in Camas and Washougal and the Washougal school board race — can have a great impact on the future livability of East Clark County. The vast majority (nearly 80 percent) of Clark County voters did not add their voice to these very important local issues. But those who did should feel proud of themselves for caring about local politics and for getting their ballot in on time. Let’s all strive to do better, to learn about the candidates and to get out the vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

Forget critique, we must take action to stop Trump, save democracy

The election of Donald Trump was a severe blow to rational thinking. We — and I include many traditional conservatives as well as liberals of all stripes — were so certain that the American people would not possibly elect such an undignified, ill-informed and prejudiced person. When they did, we assumed Trump would be moderated, constrained, even reassembled by some of the same factors that affected previous strong-willed presidents: the professional bureaucracy, a politically attuned White House staff, pressures from Congress, the traditions of the office, the aspiration for reelection and the demands of the job. None of that has happened.

Is it time to unplug?

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 2, 2017