Embrace tolls and let us all breathe easier

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.

Mourn our Gorge, but then we must move forward and heal planet

For so many of us who call this area home, the magical Columbia River Gorge has long been a sort of sanctuary — the one place we can go when we need to shake off our miseries.

Exposing mayor’s possibly criminal ‘private life’ isn’t politics, it’s journalism

There is a section within the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics that tells us: “Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decision to the public.”

Stop fighting about invocations and just be quiet

There is something powerful about taking a moment of silence. Time slows down. Your mind settles and you can breathe a bit deeper.

If it’s too hot for you to eat outside, it’s too hot for your dog to be trapped in a car

It was one of our reporters who first noticed the little dog locked inside a Mercedes SUV across from The Post-Record on a warm Tuesday evening.

The Gorge, local natural areas deserve your respect and upkeep

The Columbia River Gorge and nearby natural outdoor areas — the Washougal River, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Cottonwood Beach and Lacamas Lake — offer the Camas-Washougal community the comfort and rehabilitation of nature in such a close proximity that it feels like they truly are in our backyard.

August’s Cheers & Jeers get personal

We may be getting a little bit personal with this month’s Cheers & Jeers column, but it’s nice to celebrate journalism wins, especially in the face of a White House administration that cries “fake news” every time members of the media do their job and report news that challenges government officials in any way. In this case, our first August “Cheers” goes to one of our own, Post-Record’s sports reporter, Dan Trujillo, who has won an award from the Washington Newspaper Publishers’ Association for his photography and/or news writing skills. We’re not sure what Dan won yet, or which story or photo clinched the award for him, but we’ll find out in October at the WNPA’s annual gathering of this state’s best publishers, editors and journalists. Despite having to work weekends and late nights — especially during the fall and spring seasons when these local teams can’t seem to stop winning championships — Dan always meets his assignments and deadlines with a cheerful attitude and a grin. Congratulations on your win, Dan, you deserve it!

Love your public pool? Let Camas leaders know now, before it’s too late

Local leaders should follow Vancouver, pass fireworks ban

Confronted by residents who told tales of terrified pups and neighbors worried about fire risks, a group of Washougal leaders are going to look into the pros and cons of instituting a complete ban on private fireworks.

Cheers & Jeers — the July edition

Having built up quite a list of people and groups we’d like to thank, pat on the back or, in some cases, reprimand for the things they do and say, we’ve decided to take a page from our sister paper, The Columbian, and print our own “Cheers & Jeers” section each month.