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PCA seeking members and donations

To The Eagle: Formally registered as the Cathlamet Pioneer Center, but known by many as the old Pioneer Church, the building that anchors the corner of Main and Columba Streets in Cathlamet was built in 1896. For more than a century it has served as...

 

Fundraiser on Sunday to support bull riding event

To The Eagle: The Fair Foundation will hold a Lasagna Dinner on Sunday, January 20 from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Rosburg Hall. There will also be a bake sale and silent auction during the dinner. This is the first of several events that will help raise...

 

County support for library not enough

To The Eagle: I was pleased to discover that the county will be providing some funding for Cathlamet Public Library in 2019. They have budgeted $3,000 for the town library and the same amount for Johnson Park's library room. The library board had...

 

Star program gives thanks

To The Eagle: We want to say thank you to all of the people of Wahkiakum County that participated in helping with the Star Program for the 2018 season; the Wahkiakum High School that each year helps us, the families that took stars and for the...

 

Democrats to hold quarterly meeting

To The Eagle: Our Washington State Democratic Party will gather for its quarterly meeting January 25 through January 27, Friday - Sunday. That meeting will be held at Hotel Red Lion, 2300 Evergreen Parkway, Olympia, Washington. Contact:...

 

Library to raise fees

To The Eagle: As librarian I must regretfully announce that it has become necessary to increase fees for out-of-town library cards at Cathlamet Public Library. Half of our patrons live outside the town limits, but the county has declined to add...

 

I-1639 will not save lives

To The Eagle: Eric Skemp’s letter last week about Sheriff Howie demonstrates the fallacy of Initiative 1639. The statement “No sales of assault weapons to people less than 21 years old” is powerful. Folks who did not read the initiative, or who...

 

We cannot put our heads in the sand

To The Eagle: Just saw the latest news that there were over 40,000 deaths last year from guns, more than half were suicides. And this is not an epidemic? Clearly we have to do something to protect our population. Our county commissioners want to try...

 

Pay should not be as high as a baseball player

To The Eagle: Some years ago I heard that there was a baseball player whose annual pay was more than the combined pay of all our U.S. congressmen and senators. At the time I thought that was a terrible comment on our nation’s value system. Now...

 

You have to earn respect

To The Eagle: I find Council Member Sue Cameron’s “set the record straight” letter to the editor laughable at best and filled with disingenuous “facts.” Her attempts to justify council actions are an insult to the citizens of Cathlamet. I...

 

City beautification appreciated

To The Eagle: Thanks so much to all the people who have helped with Cathlamet’s city beautification project this year. I really appreciate the hard work these folks have done, planning, planting, watering and redecorating. The Town of Cathlamet...

 

It's time to be candid and frank about council

Reader Commentary by Bill Wainwright In last week’s Letter to the Editor, town Councilor Sue Cameron illustrates again how tone deaf and deceptive the many narratives issued by our town council have been. Mayor Dale Jacobson and majority of the...

 

Howie setting poor example

To The Eagle: I just recently read that Sheriff Howie has stated that he does not intend to enforce the message that the vote on I-1639 made on changing the gun laws in Washington. Frankly, I think voters are frustrated to do something to curtail...

 

New commissioner gives thanks

To The Eagle: Thank you to the voters for electing me to represent you as County Commissioner for District 3. It was a pleasure going door to door and meeting old friends and new people who have moved to the area since I retired as Sheriff. I also...

 

Lights make life better

To The Eagle: In this Christmas season, the decoration lights beam out over so many dark places in our area. It’s dark earlier and there aren’t many street lights, certainly not out where I live in Grays River. But the lights that are here come f...

 

Council member outlines actions

Reader Commentary by Sue Cameron Councilor, Town of Cathlamet I am writing this as an attempt to set the record straight about misconceptions--which seem to have a life of their own--regarding the Town of Cathlamet, especially as noted by Bill Wainwr...

 

Brady: Stay informed and involved

To The Eagle: Thank you, residents of Wahkiakum County, for having allowed me to serve our community for the past 11 plus years. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve. Congratulations commissioner elect Strong. You have taught me that...

 

Council member training, at what cost?

To The Eagle: After reading Citizen Wainwright’s letter to the editor of 11/29/2018, I have concerns why our town council is contracting with an Oregon firm for training on how to make decisions, at a cost to us citizen taxpayers of $20,000 when...

 

Toastmaster's club seeks members

To The Eagle: There’s an effort afoot to start a local Toastmaster’s club – basically a group that meets weekly to have fun developing speaking skills ranging from technical to humorous, from sublime to ridiculous. The effort is spearheaded by...

 

For council, elections are the best way out

To The Eagle, Bill Wainwright’s letter, published last week, was intriguing. If, as he claims, three members of the town council coordinated to meet separately with a consultant they subsequently hired, it would appear to constitute a serial...

 

Stars program needs your help

To The Eagle: In the time that my family lived in Cathlamet over the past seven years, we were blessed in some of those years to have received holiday help from the Stars program. Thanks to the generosity of kind local donors in those years, my...

 

Thoughts on anti-gun control law

To The Eagle: I saw the letter to the editor about making an anti-gun control law here in Wahkiakum County and was overjoyed at the idea. The state made this law, fully aware it goes against the intent of the constitution. I dislike where this law...

 

We need to band together to fix this

To The Eagle: Thanks Kent Martin for writing so eloquently on the effects of urban/suburban rule-making for rural parts of the state. I first heard you present that perspective about a year ago and it set me thinking that this issue is not limited...

 

Auditor gives thanks

To The Eagle: Thank you. Thank you Wahkiakum County for electing me as your Auditor. Thank you for putting your trust in me for the next four years. Soon, the General Election will be over. The ballots are counted and the decisions have been made. I...

 

Writer asks, 'To Trump or not to Trump?'

To The Eagle: Yesterday (Nov. 20), Trump made some more appalling statements. He actually said that for a few bucks, we can sell human rights! Over the last two years, I have offended some people with my writing and posting on Facebook, but I have...

 

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