Letters to the Editor for May 17, 2018

Ask congresswoman to oppose bill that would harm mothers, children

Thanks to Kelly Moyer for her compassionate Mother’s Day piece and the thoughtful questions she raises. (“Do we only care about moms on Mother’s Day?” Camas-Washougal Post-Record, May 10, 2018.) In fact, as Mother’s Day approached, Congress was considering a Farm Bill that would cut two million people, mostly mothers and children, off the SNAP program. The majority of people receiving these benefits, which help put food on the table, are working if they are able.

It is time to ask Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to vote against this legislation, which will increase hunger in America. At the same time, ask her for the caring for families Ms. Moyer speaks of. In fact, why not send her this editorial along with your own comments? We, the people, can turn this around by speaking up. Without our calls and letters nothing is likely to change before Ms. Moyer’s daughter becomes a mom.

Willie Dickerson, Snohomish, Washington

Outgoing city councilor thankful for support, ‘wonderful experience’

To the Washougal community: I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed serving you on your City Council. Thank you for electing me twice. I have always felt honored to have your trust and support. I did my best to serve you with consideration and fairness, always aware that it was your money we were spending. That is a big responsibility, and I took it seriously.

Living in Washougal for 15 years was a life-changing and wonderful experience for me. The closeness and stability of your community was something I had never experienced before. I am looking forward to living in Bellingham, as I will be close to grandchildren that are growing rapidly and my other two sons and daughter, but I will always miss living in Washougal.

I will continue to serve on the Washougal Art and Culture Alliance, and Parker’s Landing Historical Park Board. Bringing public art to Washougal has been, and will remain, close to my heart. And once again, your support in these endeavors has been remarkable.

I can never thank you enough for all you have given me.

Joyce Lindsay, Washougal City Council member