Opinion

The ‘Princess and the Pea’

Let’s face it. We’re spoiled. Even in our tough economy, most Americans enjoy a myriad of conveniences we take for granted. We awake to a warm house, turn night into day with the flip of a light switch, jump into a hot shower, get dressed and grab a cup of fresh brewed coffee before heading to work in our car or on the bus. On the way home, we stop at the grocery store to pick up a few items from the 40,000 choices offered there.

The opportunity is now

The call has been put out by local cities and a school district that are in need of citizen volunteers to immediately fill council, commission and board seats. Camas-Washougal residents who get involved in these local groups truly have the opportunity to have direct impacts on a wide variety of issues that affect their communities. In addition, getting involved presents a chance to have a greater understanding of how local governments really work. Right now, there are four local positions available by appointment.

Letters to the Editor for May 20, 2014

More event space is needed Recently, my husband and I were selected to host an annual convention here in the state of Washington.

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.