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Open swim to be held Bald Eagle Day

To The Eagle: Every day when my wife Lee and I make our way to the pool for lap swim we give thanks for the great way we have to exercise our no-longer-young-or-healthy selves. What we need is more company. It’s good that plenty of kids are still...

 

Pro or Amateur?

To The Eagle: As a local resident for some seven years, I would like to express several thoughts with the voters regarding our next county assessor. I will vote for Bill Coons, again. Why? When I bought my home here in Cathlamet, Bill Coons was my...

 

Grounds at pool are looking quite shabby

To The Eagle: Just wondering since the city seems to have unlimited funds if they might use some for the grounds at the pool. It looks pretty shabby. And speaking of the pool, it is open and the guards are doing a great job. Swim lessons begin July...

 

Writer offers comments on life in Wahkiakum

To The Eagle: After reading the letter from Elizabeth Brinker of June 21, I would like to address some of her issues with our little piece of heaven and the Grays River Valley, in particular. She did get two things right, it is beautiful where we...

 

Writer questions wisdom of use of town money

To The Eagle: The Town of Cathlamet is carrying a debt of $6,272,000 in principal plus interest of $3,658,000 that will accrue over the life of the various loans, for a total of about $9,933,000. According to the most recent census, the town had 532...

 

Assessor should be qualified; McClain isn't

To The Eagle: Like most voters, I consider candidates for office as applicants for a job. My duty is to examine their credentials and cast a vote for the most qualified. No matter how amiable a candidate is, if they can't cut the mustard, they won't...

 

Couple supports Howie

To The Eagle: Wahkiakum County is fortunate to have such a dedicated leader for our office of sheriff. Mark Howie and his professional staff help in maintaining order in our community, and especially in Deep River where we reside. We support Mark...

 

There's a better way to use town assets, money

To The Eagle: Start making money and stop spending money! I am concerned not only that the town is buying a parking lot and turning it into a “Green Space,” but that the cost of the new sewer plant is driving up sewer rates that really affect...

 

On the subject, we should have a say

To The Eagle: I do not know whom Prudence Diem was referring to in her July 5 letter to the editor when she stated “we still owe the county around $360,000 for hookups for Boege.” Certainly with her involvement with the Town Planning Commission...

 

Why didn't they protest then?

To The Eagle: I will quote again from Thomas Sowell: “If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference and...

 

Summer Lunch Program update

To The Eagle: Great things can happen when we work together! The Kiwanis Club of Cathlamet has joined in the effort to feed our local kids this summer from July 16 – August 16. Partners also include First Interstate Bank, Wahkiakum Health & Human...

 

Town water crew responds to 2 big leaks

To The Eagle: The town’s water system has had two large leaks this past week. During both events, there were neighbors who helped trouble shoot which I sincerely appreciate. Our leak on 3rd Street has really damaged the road there, and I will work...

 

We should have a say, resident says about lot

To The Eagle: I don’t know if you saw last week’s letter in The Eagle, but there will be more to come about the mayor having the town treasurer pay $1,000 earnest money to purchase a parking lot, prior to their executive session. Later, it was...

 

Support to retain Howie offered

To The Eagle: We’ve been fortunate to live and work in Wahkiakum County most of our lives. Gordon has lived here his entire life and I’ve been here for more than 60 years of marriage. But we’ve also lived here long enough to have seen many chan...

 

After adapting, I wouldn't live anywhere else

To The Eagle: I had to re-read Elizabeth Brinner’s article in last week’s Eagle a couple of times to make sure it was a serious letter. Initially I thought it was a poor attempt at satire. Not so I guess. I’m assuming she’s recently moved fro...

 

We may succeed anyway

To The Eagle: Our editor’s entrance into the fray with commentary on the ethics of tax assessment might possibly constitute rushing in where angels fear to tread. In the normal course of events, a person setting up a for-profit enterprise gets a...

 

Maybe there are better answers

To The Eagle: First off, to no surprise of anyone who has ever met me or read my letters to this paper, I am a progressive liberal. The reasons are numerous and include liking child labor laws, laws that help keep the earth safe for us and our...

 

Parking lot purchase shows lack of foresight

To The Eagle: The recent vote by the Cathlamet town Council to purchase the property owned by former Council member Bernadette Goodroe was clearly unethical and an obvious gift of public funds. When the existing gas station and auto repair shop were...

 

Vote for McDevitt

To The Eagle: A top-two primary election is on August 7, 2018. Three Democrats are candidates in the primary for the 3rd Congressional District, David McDevitt, Caroline Long and Dorothy Gasgue. While Gasgue, Long and McDevitt are all Democrats...

 

Editorial policy is incomprehensible

To The Eagle: What a coup! Our former mayor submits a myopic view of letters to the editor and secures an instant inadvisable change to editorial policy, all in one fell swoop in last week’s Eagle. First, background: The vitriolic candidate trollin...

 

Long campaign denies letter writer's comments

To The Eagle: I am writing you regarding a letter to the editor by Lory Olson. Lory's comments are blatant lies. Carolyn Long's campaign has pledged not to accept money from corporations, and we have not and will not. Carolyn has also been teaching...

 

Do not abandon your logic or rationale

To The Eagle: Concerning last week’s “Advice to Newcomers,” I’d like to share my own experiences as a recent newcomer to this area. The hardest thing for me is the lack of compassion for animals. Dogs run loose, almost getting hit by cars,...

 

Many writers have offered comments about assessor

To The Eagle: George Wehrfritz advances an idea that “The Eagle” has been too free in giving space to “an internet-style troll “ who is attacking candidates running for office. He prescribes limiting the privilege of expressing one’s...

 

Four simple words

To The Eagle: Free Summer Lunch Program. Four simple words. It can happen here. Four simple words. In coordination with the Wahkiakum School District’s Summer School schedule, we hope to offer free lunches at JA Wendt Elementary School, Mon ...

 

Downtown greatly improved

To The Eagle: Anyone going through Cathlamet this spring has to be impressed by how much nicer it looks, and those responsible deserve a large "thank-you." The new sign at the courthouse looks so much better than the rotted one. The Wahkiakum Bloomer...

 

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