Opinion

Exhausted but accomplished

Happy and accomplished, but rightfully exhausted faces were on display Saturday during the 11th annual Student Stride for Education at Washougal High School’s Fishback Stadium.

Total compensation is key in minimum wage debate

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages. Case in point: Bill H. earns $15 an hour as a parking lot attendant. Lisa W. earns $12.25 an hour at a fast food restaurant. But Lisa’s employer provides merit raises, paid vacations, health insurance, management training, education scholarships, childcare assistance and a 401k retirement plan.

Highlighting the community’s senior citizens

Senior citizens in the local community are active and vital. Today, people in their 50s, 60s and beyond often are not slowing down, but instead taking on new opportunities to learn, explore and grow. In the Camas-Washougal community, our senior citizens are running marathons, actively volunteering, opening new businesses, caring for their grandchildren, and making efforts to be lifelong learners.

Audit finds confidential information left on surplussed state agency computers

Washington state agencies face the same issue that confronts private citizens when it’s time to update their personal computers. How do you safely dispose of your old computer in an environmentally sound way that does not leave your confidential information stored on the computer’s hard drive?

Pivotal election season is ahead

In just six days, the filing period for people who want to run for elected office will open. In-person filing begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, and continues through 5 p.m. on Friday at the Clark County Elections Office in Vancouver. Many candidates have already announced their intention to run for office. But filing week will reveal what are likely to be people who have made that late-breaking decision to step into the county, state and federal government elected office spotlight.

Letters to the Editor for April 29, 2014

Atkins is the best candidate The question before voters is, “Who is the best candidate to lead the Sheriff’s Office?”

Simple act has profound impact

Camas past and present came together on Saturday for the “Spring Into History” event in downtown. At the heart of the celebration was a true example of multiple generations working toward one common goal.

Letters to the Editor for April 22, 2014

WHS has inspired students to achieve This week we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Washougal High School. We have had many outstanding students who have graduated from Washougal and gone on to accomplish many great things in a wide variety of professions and have made their mark in their community, occupation and academia. Please let me share with you one story about an early WHS graduate by the name of Larry Rakestraw.

A special school in a special place

There certainly seems to be something special about growing up in and graduating from high school in a small town like Washougal. It’s a community with many familiar faces, as some would say “everybody knows everybody.” That includes students, teachers and administrators. And from the athletics boosters to the PTA, many parents are also actively engaged in school activities, in and out of the classroom.

Letter to the Editor for April 15, 2014

A Washougal library update The Washougal Library is one of 16 library service sites in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. It opened in 1981 in the current 2,400 square foot building, when the population of Washougal was about 4,000. It’s a warm and inviting place - but tiny.