Letters to the Editor for Sept. 8, 2015

Anti-Nestle crowd shows its true colors

In response to the letter by Max Wilbert that appeared on the Post-Record website Sept. 1, I would first like to point out that in his letter he regurgitates several inaccurate statements which have been made so often by the anti-Nestle crowd that they now have the ring of truth to them.

Nestle will not siphon off 118 million gallons of water from Oxbow Springs, Nestle will not privatize any of the City of Cascade Lock’s water, and finally the State of Oregon has not sided with Nestle.

I would also like to offer him and anyone else that saw the protesters on the Bridge of the Gods, the comment that “What You See Is What You Get.” My comment refers to the protesters’ banner, but not just the words “Which Side Are You On? Stop Nestle By Any Means Necessary.” A closer look at their banner revealed the logo of the organization displaying the banner, a small bird-like figure encircling the letters “DGR.” A quick Google search of the logo identified the group as the “Deep Green Resistance.”

Their website states, “Unlike most environmental and social justice organizations, Deep Green Resistance questions the existence and necessity of civilization itself. DGR asks “What if we do away with civilization altogether?”

These obvious nut cases aren’t concerned about water in Cascade Locks, they are on a much larger mission, the pursuit of which will require money (ironic that money is one of the foundations of civilization) — a lot of money. What better way to gain attention and raise funds than by hitching their wagon to the highly emotional Nestle issue.

Just remember their banner proclaimed in black and white — “By Any Means Necessary.” This is the cry that has been used by radical extremists, since time began, as they prey on fear, promote distrust, and create division to reach their goal.

So, the anti-Nestle crowd has finally shown its true colors. No wonder they have no problem replacing facts with lies, using deceit to gain supporters, and replacing our rights with their wants, they no longer have a moral compass.

Now we understand why these emotional zealots are willing to do anything to stop Nestle Now we understand why they won’t participate in honest discussion and debate without emotional hysteria.

Their really is no reason for the outcry against the siting of a water bottling plant in a city that receives over 6 feet of precipitation a year, and that holds a permit (granted by the state) to appropriate only a small fraction of the water available in the aquifer. No reason, unless your true goal is something more ambitious and destructive, and you are willing to get there by any means necessary.

Gary Munkhoff, Cascade Locks

Don’t write Pike in

Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, has a record of not supporting schools or teachers.

She once said teachers were lazy because of their summer time off. She’s very good at paying lip service to this profession without backing this up by supporting common sense legislation that would solve our school funding crisis. The State Supreme Court is fining our state $100,00 a day. And when asked about it after her last email blast, she showed no interest or concern and did not offer any solutions to this problem.

Rep. Pike is more interested in using her time fighting the Supreme Court than spending this time solving the school funding crisis.

She’s a fan of open carry guns in city parks, around swing sets, in churches, grocery stores, theaters and anywhere else you want to bring your guns. This puts you, your friends and your kids at risk of being shot and killed.

Now behind the scenes she wants to win the Clark County Chair Position. Pike was one of two that voted against the new charter. If you’re a fan of David Madore, you will like Liz Pike. Mr. Madore will be the one of the main financial sponsors of this write in election. A vote for Pike is a vote for the policy’s of Councilman Madore.

Gayle Beagle, Vancouver

Camas’ natural environment has suffered

I’d like to present to you a pressing matter: The over-replacement of forests in our city with new residential areas.

Just around two to three years ago, a large chunk of forest was leveled to make way for the Columbia Summit Neighborhood. Where there were once the peaceful sounds of frogs and birds, there are now the sounds of trucks and yelling. Where there were luscious trees, there are now paved roads and stone walls.

Is this influx of residents really necessary for Camas? And is it worth losing our city’s natural beauty?

Just recently, a field across from my neighborhood was also dug up for another project. The field had once been home to coyotes, foxes, cranes and other awesome creatures.

I feel that Camas’ natural environment has suffered enough and it’s time to leave our local environment alone.

Henry Myers-Power, Camas