Opinion

Letters to the Editor for July 8, 2014

Now is the time to tighten fireworks laws Well, another July Fourth has come and gone. Another mess is left in the streets and yards, and on rooftops and decks as testimony.

‘Help find Anji’

It’s a tragic story. One that many are hoping and praying has a happy ending. Angelic “Anji” Dean, who recently completed her junior year at Camas High School, disappeared from her west Camas home late in the evening on Monday, June 23. Nobody has seen or heard a word from her since. She’s sent no text messages, and made no credit card transactions, phone calls or posts on social media that anyone can trace.

Letters to the Editor for July 1, 2014

Does VA system need to be changed? I’m going to get in hot water on this one but what the heck. When one feels strongly about something I guess it’s worth the exposure.

Celebrate freedom

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate freedom. While many of us are enjoying the food and fireworks, and spending time with friends and family, those who have truly sacrificed for our freedoms should be in our minds as well.

Letters to the Editor for June 24, 2014

Former state senator supports Graser I have known John Graser since he was a high school student of mine.

A focus on health and wellness

Caring for the body and mind. These are topics that are so important, yet are so often ignored by many of us on a daily basis.

Guard proposes EMS levy lid lift renewal, vehicle tab fee

Preliminary estimates for 2015 indicate that Washougal is projected to have a deficit of $322,000 in our general fund. This preliminary estimate is an improvement over earlier estimates, resulting from continued prudent fiscal management and a recovering economy. When I first took office in January 2010, we had a deficit of $1.5 million. In that first year, we erased that deficit by implementing more conservative budgeting practices and through expense reductions. In fact, we ended 2010 nearly $300,000 to the good.

Patriotism on display

On Saturday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Schick-Ogle Post 4278 joined with Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts to offer the Camas-Washougal community its first public flag retirement ceremony in many years.

Illustrating the power of vision, cooperation, and public purpose

It is a great honor to receive this recognition, named for such an inspirational person. I recall Florence’s kind words of encouragement and support, as well as her smile. It is also special for me to be nominated for this award by Mayor Scott Higgins and City Administrator Pete Capell, with supportive letters from Bill Barron, Roger Knapp, Brent Erickson and Bill Dygert, all of whom have done much to support and promote parks, open space and trails.

Outdoor school memories to treasure

Decades ago, when many of us were just kids, making the annual outdoor school trip as a sixth-grader was a rite of passage. In what was often the first time away from home, we cooked hamburgers on homemade Bunsen burners, slept in sleeping bags in old “rustic” cabins, ate meals together, shared chores to keep the camp running smoothly, sang songs and maybe most importantly learned about nature and interacted with each other in new and different ways.