OPINION: February Cheers & Jeers

For the shortest month of the year, February certainly was packed with an extraordinary number of highly charged Camas-Washougal news.

Honoring Black History Month means respecting the foundation it stands on

Black History Month is meant to be a celebration of the achievements of Black Americans, in spite of our country’s history of blatant, intentional racism. Despite that intention, the American narrative surrounding the enslaving of Black Americans has always attempted to rewrite our past, generating a kinder, gentler image of slavery.

OPINION: In deciding public comments issue, Council should beware of revisionist history

After any big election — and especially after one in which a public bond measure failed as spectacularly as the Camas community-aquatics center did when 90 percent of voters shot it down in the November 2019 election — it’s natural for people to play the “I told you so” game and want to rewrite history a little bit.

Letters to Editor for Feb. 20, 2020

Pressure on Camas principal sends wrong message to students

Wind turbine blades plug landfills

While wind farms generate “greenhouse gas-free” electricity, there is increasing concern over the rapidly growing number of worn-out wind turbine blades ending up in landfills.

Skamania PUD officials: recent rate increases a ‘middle ground’ choice

Many Skamania Public Utility District (PUD) customers have received — or will soon receive — bills with rate increases that went into effect Jan. 1.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 13, 2020

Don’t condemn Camas principal for ‘poor judgment’

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 6, 2020

Washougal tech levy is ‘irresponsible’

OPINION: Time to shake off pool bond, focus on skatepark

For anyone who ever got their kicks skateboarding — or even simply watching, photographing and videotaping skateboarders as they flew and twisted through the air — there is something thrilling about the fact that the sport is finally getting international recognition and that many public leaders are setting aside outdated, negative views about providing public spaces for skateboarders to safely practice intricate moves.

2019 ‘busy, challenging’ for ECFR

Whenever I write these columns, I review the year, check our minutes, talk with staff, ponder a lot and then start to describe what has happened at our fire district of 60 square miles that sits north of the cities of Camas and Washougal.