Columns

Americans should get their heads out of the clouds

Americans live in an idealistic world where, no matter what happens, we’ll still be able to go home at night and switch on the lights or pull into a filling station and gas up the family SUV.

Are we nearing the tipping point on minimum wage?

In January, Washington’s minimum wage will crack the $9 mark and we will once again be No. 1 — the state with the nation’s highest minimum wage.

Council should ignore strategic planning survey

Why should the Washougal City Council ignore the conclusions of the Strategic Planning Team? Much of the work done so far has been based on a precariously unscientific survey. The Strategic Planning Team’s survey results demonstrate the danger of relying upon data that may not be meaningful.

FAA funding proponent ignores important facts

Bob Elliott’s Aug. 23 Post-Record guest column offered a “different perspective on FAA funding” for the Port of Camas-Washougal’s Grove Field. Unfortunately, Bob’s perspective seems to be from the rather narrow viewpoint of many Grove Field airport users.

Councilman needs to verify information, accurately

I read with both interest and disappointment Councilman Dave Shoemaker’s editorial of Aug. 30. Interest that some of our council are working to communicate with the public, but disappointment that Councilman Shoemaker’s information was incorrect and misleading.

Elected officials must earn citizens’ trust

Lately Washougal City Council members have been urged to trust various local leaders on issues ranging from granting a half million dollar economic development contract to the management of financial reserves. Among those proffering the advice have been other elected officials, our local newspaper publisher, and individual citizens.

A different perspective on FAA funding

I believe it would be in the community’s best interest to hear another perspective on the issues used by the Port of Camas/Washougal to not accept Federal grant funds to improve Grove Field.

FAA funding would have been risky for Port

The Port of Camas-Washougal is committed to transparency in its dealings and, to that end, the commissioners wish to share the thought process that helped them reach the decision made on July 19 not to accept FAA funding for Grove Field which would have obligated the Port for an infinite period of time.

Lawmakers should tread carefully on health exchange

Later this month, state legislators will begin discussions about designing and implementing a health-care exchange. If experience is a guide — and it is — Washington lawmakers should tread very carefully because recent events have shown how perilous such efforts can be.

Shoemaker urges council to ‘preserve the reserve’

The City of Washougal has had a structural budget deficit off and on since 2006. That means that we committed to spending more than we earn. The deficit is projected to worsen each year until the economy improves.