Editorials

Camas’ lack of affordable housing hurts the whole community

Camas city staff and consultants have spent the better part of a year working on what will eventually become the city’s Housing Action Plan.

OPINION: The good, bad and ugly in this week’s Camas school levies vote

There is good news this week for Camas schools and families who have flocked to this area so their children might attend one of the best school districts in the region — with about 20 percent of ballots still left to count, Camas School District voters are passing two replacement levies that represent nearly 20 percent of the district’s budget.

OPINION: Businesses bucking public health mandates endanger community

OPINION: Biden’s call for unity and actual pandemic plan, are panaceas for our traumatized nation

If you haven’t watched or heard Amanda Gorman read her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris yet, it’s worth a few minutes of your time.

We cannot afford to keep ignoring far-right radicalization at home

The truly violent nature of the Jan. 6 attack on our nation’s Capitol — as well as just how close we came to seeing our elected officials murdered by an angry mob — is just beginning to come to light.

OPINION: Gerrymandering a critical issue in 2021

A 2019 Center for American Progress report on the state of gerrymandering — the manipulation of electoral constituency boundaries in favor of one political party — across the United States found that unfair, partisan redistricting practices had resulted in the election of 59 Congressional representatives who would not have won their seats based on their area’s popular vote.

OPINION: Ringing in the new year with cheers and jeers

Happy New Year’s Eve! Are you ready for 2021?

Grinches are trying to steal Christmas by holding pandemic relief hostage

There are more than a few Grinches trying to steal Christmas this year, and we fear the ending will not be quite as happy as the one Dr. Seuss wrote for his 1957 children’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Vaccines are here, but we must remain vigilant

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Washington and Oregon residents are lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest, where state leaders have consistently taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, listened to public health experts, enacted early mask mandates and stay-at-home orders to help quell the virus and limited indoor activities shown to be at high risk of spreading the airborne coronavirus.

Support Camas-Washougal’s small businesses with dollars, COVID-19 prevention this holiday season

If there is one thing we can all agree on this holiday season, it is that we must protect the independent, locally owned small businesses that make the Camas-Washougal area a desirable place to live, work and visit.