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Opinion

April 20, 2023

Some people just like to get things done

Although I’ve lived in a small Western town for 30 years now, I have never known much about one of its fundamental institutions, the service club. Many small-town residents still center their lives on Lions, Elks, Rotary or similar organizations.

April 14, 2023

Letters to the Editor: April 13, 2023

To be the type of community that prioritizes its kids, vote ‘yes’ on WSD levies Imagine cutting 18% out of your household budget. What would you have to…

April 14, 2023

Unfettered access to guns has made all Americans less safe

117,345 — the average number of Americans shot by guns each year. 40,620 — the average number of Americans killed by gun violence each year. 7,957 — the average number of U.S. children 17 and younger shot by guns each year.1,839 — the average number of U.S. children 17 and younger killed by guns each year. 547 — the average number of U.S. women killed by gun violence perpetrated by their husband or male dating partner. 132 — the number of mass shootings that have taken place in the U.S. so far this year. 209 — the number of people killed in U.S. mass shootings in 2023.

April 6, 2023

IPCC warning is clear: change now or face climate catastrophes

The odds are against us. That is the bottom line in the latest IPCC report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on global warming, the most comprehensive scientific report to date. Once again we are told that 2030 is the year of living dangerously — when humanity must cut greenhouse gas emissions in half, and then proceed to stop them altogether by 2050.

March 23, 2023

Let’s tell the truth about those big, bad wolves

The return of wolves to the West has always been contentious, and the deaths last fall of more than 40 cattle in western Colorado really alarmed ranchers. But here’s the true story: Wolves did not kill those cattle found dead near Meeker.

March 16, 2023

State of the ECFR District: The Year of the Nakia Creek Fire

Every year since 2015, East County Fire & Rescue (ECFR)’s board chair has submitted this column as a special outreach to our citizens, as well as those in the areas we provide mutual aid (Camas, Washougal, Skamania County, Vancouver, etc.) This year is one to start out with the following warning: “Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!”