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Something in our local elections doesn't make sense

To The Eagle: We have two candidates for sheriff. Both have law enforcement experience. That makes sense. We have two candidates for prosecutor. Both are attorneys. That makes sense. But we have two candidates for county assessor. One has years of...

 

Appraiser endorses Coons for assessor

To The Eagle: My name is Michael Dahle. I am the Chief Appraiser for Wahkiakum County. In 20 plus years in this profession I’ve never written a letter related to an election, however, this year I feel that I am forced to do so. Following are my...

 

Vote for knowledge and experience

To The Eagle: The assessor’s office has been around this bend before. The assessor elected to office for the 2006-2010 years tried the ‘on the job training’; working overtime and meeting with tax payers. The campaign promise to take courses aft...

 

Howie and Bigelow did wonderful job

To The Eagle: Last week's front page story about Lee Wages getting the sentence he received was a testimonial to the wonderful job that both Sheriff Howie and prosecutor Dan Bigelow are doing in their respective positions. After the situation when Mr...

 

Bergseng shows level of experience

To The Eagle: As longtime residents of Wahkiakum County, my husband and I see the value in qualified elected officials. County government is critical, but even more so in a small county such as ours. Strong relationships with the vast array of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    October 18, 2018 

Ballots coming soon; thoughts on election

Our vote-by-mail ballots for the general election will soon arrive, and many people will pick up a pen and fill them out right away. I learned a long time ago to wait till just before election day to make my choice. I had endorsed a candidate in the...

 

Writer supports McClain for assessor

To The Eagle: I am writing to support Brian McClain for assessor. Brian is my neighbor and friend. I’ve talked to Brian about access to hunting lands I previously used to be able to hunt that are now off limits. He has told me that he will look...

 

Wahkiakum Democrats endorse Coons for assessor

To The Eagle: Although no Democrat is running in the race for Wahkiakum County assessor, both candidates have come to Wahkiakum County Democratic Party meetings and asked for our endorsement. The decision whether to endorse a candidate in a...

 

Howie is a strong leader

To The Eagle: I encourage you to vote and to retain Mark Howie as the Wahkiakum County Sheriff. I worked at the courthouse when Mark was hired as undersheriff and I witnessed Mark take on the unexpected duties as sheriff after the death of Sheriff...

 

A bridge too far?

To The Eagle: One could perhaps drum up a little sympathy for a political candidate reeling from multiple criticisms and recovering from a star-crossed performance at the Grays River Grange Forum, but the latest retaliatory letter from Candidate...

 

Response to Bill Coons letter

To The Eagle: In answer to a previous letter from Mr. Coons, I never launched Brian McClain’s run for assessor. He did that all by himself. Please get the facts straight. The first straw for me was that he inflated a property value to $165,000 when...

 

Assessor's answers just pass the buck

To The Eagle: Bill Coons, in playing the “pass the buck card” in his reply to my letter, speaks untold volumes about his desperation. That’s right, he did say he wasn’t old enough for social security. Let’s just cut to the chase. 1. His wif...

 

Vote for Carolyn Long

To The Eagle: What has happened to access for health care? As a surgeon privileged to take care of many wonderful people from Cathlamet and our beautiful Southwest Washington region during the past 40 years, it is sad to see now how hard it is for pe...

 

Please vote for Brady

To The Eagle: I urge Wahkiakum County to re-elect Blair Brady as District 3 county commissioner. As commissioner, Blair will continue to dedicate himself to working with issues that will benefit Wahkiakum County. Blair has served on the Legislative...

 

Are licensing fees out of control?

To The Eagle: I wrote a letter to each of our legislators in our state of Washington, including President Trump even though our president has nothing to do with this. I just received my renewal for licensing: $30 License fee funds road construction...

 

A voice for Matt Kuhl

To The Eagle: Matt Kuhl is the right choice to serve as the next Wahkiakum County Auditor. I have had the privilege of getting to know Matt through his membership in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Cathlamet. For a man so young, Matt has...

 

Howie has proven leadership skills

To The Eagle: Mark Howie had the leadership skills needed, even back in 2006 according to the Tukwila yearly report to the mayor. In a statement from the report, Sergeant Mark Howie and three others worked together to provide a peak level of...

 

Long will continue to listen to constituents

To The Eagle: We, the people of the 3rd congressional district, have the opportunity to choose a leader that will fight for us, not for special interests. That leader is Carolyn Long! She will fight for us on all fronts. For example: 1. She will...

 

Couple supports Howie

To The Eagle: My wife and I are relatively new to Cathlamet having moved here about five years ago but we certainly like this little town. During the past year, we have gotten to know Mark Howie and are very impressed with the way he conducts...

 

Coons is the right candidate for assessor

For weeks, I've been waiting for the edition when we didn't have a letter to the editor regarding the election for county assessor. I've wanted to write an opinion column about the race, but I've wanted to avoid giving the impression that I'm...

 

Nicci Bergseng for county auditor

To The Eagle: Nicci Bergseng has done a commendable job as our county auditor, overseeing a multi-million dollar budget for Wahkiakum County. Nicci assists the county commissioners and department heads in balancing the budget and reporting...

 

Every vote is important

To The Eagle: Every vote is needed and counts. I have bragged about our county’s voters for years with our high turn outs. I hope to continue doing so. Your party affiliation or how you vote pales to the importance of registering and voting in our...

 

Experience needed in assessor's office

To The Eagle: I have lived in Wahkiakum County for 50 years. I worked in the assessor’s office for almost 10 years appraising timber and real property. I am now a board member on the Board of Equalization and have been for 10 years. The Board of...

 

Knowledge is power

To The Eagle: It’s not surprising that Bill Coons is conducting a negative campaign when it was he who insisted it should be clean. It’s not out of character for him to take another person’s comments out of context to design an attack ad. And...

 

You can make a difference

To The Eagle: It's time to Tidy the Town again! The Pioneer Center Association will be holding the biannual event Saturday, October 27, and are hoping to have a good turnout of people looking to improve the town's appearance. Meet at the Community...

 

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