Letters to the Editor for Dec. 27, 2018

Washougal needs overpass, not roundabouts

As the local and state governments finalize plans for two new roundabouts on state Route 14 (SR-14) at 15th and 32nd streets (in Washougal), has anyone factored in the impacts of trains on 32nd Street? With the growing population on the east end of Washougal, backups on 32nd Street can be 40 or more cars — creating safety issues and exasperation for drivers stuck on SR-14. We need an overpass — not a roundabout.

Carol Jolly, Washougal

Take climate action for children, grandchildren

If you have been reading about climate change, perhaps the recent publication by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and you are wondering what to do, we have an opportunity right now, this week, in Southwest Washington. A Chinese company, Northwest Innovation Works, is trying to build the world’s largest fracked gas to methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. Canadian fracked gas would be sent by a massive new pipeline to Kalama for export to China.

Please take a stand against this refinery, which would lock in natural gas use for decades. The IPCC tells us we must take drastic steps to mitigate climate change and we must do it now. Our children and grandchildren are depending on us to stand against new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Dena Turner, Portland

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