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People coming together for summer lunches

To the Eagle: I continue to be amazed and pleased with Cathlamet’s community organizations and volunteers. I went to the Summer Lunch Program meeting at the Community Center last Monday at 1 p.m. I was impressed with the history of the program the...

 

Not happy with PUD wage increases

To The Eagle: January 2018, Western Wahkiakum County received a 34 percent, per month, increase in the electric base rate. The West End also is charged $56.23 before the water tap is turned on. If Wahkiakum County does not have the population to...

 

Chamber thanks beautification volunteers

To The Eagle: On behalf of the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce, thank you to all the volunteers who came together with us to help beautify our downtown. The planters are gorgeous and the flowers are beautiful. The Chamber board voted overwhelmingly to...

 

Golf team members act bravely at accident

To The Eagle: I am less cynical than I was just a few days ago. While my wife and I were on a trip for medical purposes to a hospital several hundred miles away, one of my young ones called using a cell phone. As a result, I heard first person what w...

 

Another writer unhappy with county assessor

To The Eagle: I want to add my comments regarding Mr. Coons, the Wahkiakum county assessor. As did others, I often found him disrespectful and rude. Example 1: I was disconcerted when I noticed a man, whom I did not instantly recognize as Mr. Coons,...

 

Coons does good job

To The Eagle: Personally I do not like property taxes! Seems to me like a discriminate tax. That said, I like all the benefits it helps to pay for, schools, sheriff, roads and so on. I don’t really like any taxes, but also know it takes a community...

 

Summer meal program needs input

To The Eagle: Good nutrition is essential for effective learning every day, all year long. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Summer meal programs help children get the nutrition they need to...

 

Writer responds to assessor's response

To The Eagle: Let’s take Bill Coons’ response to my letter in order: Welcome Slough Boatworks is not a business, it has no tax ID numbers and does not build boats for profit. It is a name with a website only to give credence to the boats I build...

 

Former mayor on property taxes

To The Eagle: Tax men are never popular. Just as Bill Coons. But in a state with no personal income tax, communities and public activities too numerous to list depend on taxes assessed on property and businesses. Some of the allegations thrown at...

 

Island land owner offers his critique of assessor

To The Eagle: I would like to add my two cents worth to the previous Letters to The Eagle concerning Wahkiakum County Tax Assessor Bill Coons. My multiple interactions with him have also been unpleasant and unbecoming of any public servant. After I...

 

Assessor responds to writer's criticisms

To The Eagle: I appreciate the opportunity to respond to the letter in this edition of The Eagle submitted by Michael Baccellieri. I wish to correct its inaccuracies. Mr. Baccellieri states that I attempted to intimidate him by requiring him to compl...

 

Local input sought for skills center survey

To The Eagle: There is a regional effort underway to complete a feasibility study for the creation of a new skill center to assist high school students to receive much needed job skills. More information on skill centers in Washington can be found...

 

Cuts in Social Security and Medicare?

To The Eagle: During the run-up to the passage of the 2017 tax cut, Congressional Republicans, including Washington State 3rd District Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler, told us that the proposed tax cut would pay for itself, because GDP would...

 

More on assessor's office

To The Eagle: Don Kinney is absolutely on the money with his observations about capping property taxes (letter in last week’s Eagle). A fine distinction, though, is that tax rates must be controlled, but so must valuations. Bill Coons came into...

 

Tidy Up the Town April 28

To The Eagle: Cathlamet is a community of kind and caring people. We help each other, and for the most part, we like each other. While it’s obvious, if you regularly read the Letters to the Editor, that we are not all politically on the same page,...

 

Brady asks for support in election

To The Eagle: As the 2018 election cycle approaches, I would like to dispel the rumors that I would not be asking for your support in allowing me to continue as one of your Wahkiakum county commissioners. I have filed with the Washington state...

 

Property tax limitation law/policy needed

To The Eagle: I think the property tax is mostly due to attitude. I found our county’s assessors on my property before I had my full coffee last spring and I told them they needed an appointment. I was informed by the assessor they could come on...

 

The devil is in the details

To The Eagle: Bill Coons, Wahkiakum’s assessor running for re-election, gave a rather detailed defense of his evaluation of Ms. Hamp’s mobile home property (March 29, 2018 edition), but his closing argument fell flat when he exclaimed, “In...

 

Are you watching and waiting?

To The Eagle: This morning my wife showed the Easter cartoon you ran in The Eagle, to me and asked if I was offended. After reading the cartoon I laughed because the sleepy character in the cartoon was me. She has elbowed me on numerous occasions in...

 

More unhappy citizens deal with assessments

To The Eagle: I found Lori Hamp’s letter [March 22, 2018 edition] about her experiences with the property tax appeals system in this county to be right on. But Mr. Coons reply seemed evasive and defensive, as if he were running for something. And t...

 

Assessor seeking re-election

To The Eagle: It seems that the local political season has begun. I want to let your readers know that I am seeking re-election as Wahkiakum County Assessor. I offer my experience and knowledge to voters as they choose the best person to...

 

Like cows bawling at the fence

To The Eagle: In a book titled Yamsi, about cattle ranching in Oregon, the author/rancher laments about suckering in after the first snowfall and putting out winter hay too early. Then the snow melts and the cows and calves stand at the fence ignorin...

 

Lack of respect; you must do better

To The Eagle: I can't believe the comic you ran in last week’s paper during the most holy week for Christians. This hurtful inappropriate piece of not at all funny trash depicting Christ at Gethsemane with his disciples. Let me point out that the...

 

Apology offered

To The Eagle: I must ask, when did it become appropriate for an elected official, in a public hearing to proclaim, “I’m not going to get into a pi__ing contest with you?” Although not offensive, the statement was very unprofessional and very...

 

My mother was right

To The Eagle: April is so great! You get your tax refund and magically you get to use it to pay your first half of your property taxes, not buy a new car, not to go on a cruise, not to buy a boat---my mother told me “Life isn’t always fair.”...

 

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