Opinion

Commissioners’ mining overlay vote is a good first step

I had the honor of seeing our county government and citizens in action lately when I was invited to give the Invocation at the County Commissioners meeting last month on June 3. I had picked the date at random and arrived to find a packed hearing and the kind of testimony that makes your hands shake and your voice crack. Almost everyone in the room was there because they felt their families, their homes, and their quality of life was at stake. The tension was palpable.

Use caution when swimming in local waterways

During the past few weeks, temperatures have begun to heat up. It’s the time of year when many are drawn to the area’s natural waterways. Pacific Northwest residents are blessed to have access to rivers, streams, lakes and ponds to enjoy from afar and to cool off in up close.

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.