Columns

Not just one day, but a lasting commitment

Let me first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. Two days to remind us in a multitude of ways how to remember, and also act. Our veterans need us now.

‘Tis the season of easy opportunities for health and health coverage

November is in full swing and the holidays are fast approaching. Take a moment right now to think about YOU and consider some basic opportunities to care for your health - making sure your health coverage is the best it can be for 2015.

Taking a stand

In April 1948, Soroptimist International of Camas-Washougal was chartered.

Home Rule Charter a good fix for bad county government

In Camas and Washougal, as in many smaller communities, September and October are busy times – especially for families with children in school and extracurricular activities.

C-W schools show success despite federal labels

The start of school is just around the corner and the Camas and Washougal school districts are poised to open their doors to more than 10,000 local students. We look forward to welcoming these students and their families in the next week.

Change is coming for Washington’s state health insurance exchange

It has been nearly three years since Washington began to build its state-based insurance exchange and profoundly expanded Medicaid.

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Reducing mankind’s carbon footprint has become the defining issue of our time and rightly so. Virtually every level of government has policies to reduce greenhouse gases by regulating everything from industrial CO2 emissions to cow flatulence.

The road to happy living, is under construction

“Build it, and they will come,” is the theme from the movie, “Field of Dreams.” And it also seems like it could be a mantra of what’s happening in Camas recently. I’m not talking about building a baseball field in the middle of our hiking trails, I am referring to the different landscape taking place in our own little Shangri-la.

Let’s modernize workforce development

From impromptu negotiations down the hall to discussions on the subway to the Capitol, sometimes, something as simple as having offices next door to one another can make all the difference in Congress these days.

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.