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!”
Camas needs to ban fireworks immediately
Cartoon ‘venomous, malicious and spiteful’
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.
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.
Camas resident questions development of city-owned space
If you’re not concerned about Big Oil throwing money hand over fist at normally mundane local elections — sliding more than half a million dollars toward Port of Vancouver Commission candidate Kris Greene and even urging backers to filter a few bucks into Washougal mayoral candidate Dan Coursey’s campaign coffers — it’s time to wake up to one of the biggest threats facing Southwest Washington and our own Columbia River Gorge.
In this month’s Cheers and Jeers, we’re focusing on the issue of sexual harassment and sexual violence, in solidarity with the #MeToo and #HimThough awareness campaigns that have dominated social media feeds over the past couple weeks.