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!”
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.
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.
Watching politicians trip over themselves to scream, “Now is not the time to talk about (gun control, climate change)!” after we as a nation have come together to grieve the latest mass shooting or apocalyptic storm, might be funny if it weren’t so sickening.
From the hurricanes and flooding in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, to the devastating earthquakes rocking Mexico to the wildfires burning across the West Coast that hit especially close to home, September has been a month marred by disaster.
I recently introduced myself to a stranger and said the usual, “Hi. I’m the new editor at The Post-Record.” They asked how long I’d worked here.
Now that Oregon lawmakers have set the wheels in motion to fight traffic congestion between Portland and Vancouver with toll roads, certain vocal critics have gone on the warpath, admonishing Oregon for unfairly taxing Washington commuters who — they contend — already pay their fair share by contributing to Oregon’s income tax structure.