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Let's ramble down memory lane

To The Eagle: There were enough public works defugalties chronicled in last week’s Eagle to prompt a nostalgic ramble down memory lane. Kudos to Ursula Petralia for her excellent bucket list of economic development desires. I don’t know whether...

 

Book about Westend Finns a delight

To The Eagle: I ordered the new book, Deep River, from Amazon so it would arrive July 1st. I’ve spent hours reading it because it’s not just another paperback length. Believe me, it’s a book similar to a mini-series at 700 pages. Full of Finnis...

 

The bulls are coming!

To The Eagle: The Challenge of Champions Pro Bull Riding Tour is coming to the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds on Friday, July 19. Tickets are still available at Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview, The Pizza Mill in Cathlamet, The Duck Inn in...

 

Develop a park near the marina

To The Eagle: The mayor and town council of Cathlamet have determined we have plenty of street parking in downtown. They have cordoned off the only public parking lot available, securing it for potential future use as a park. I don’t know the plan...

 

Let's have a strip mall on SR 4

To The Eagle: By all means, let’s have a strip mall along SR 4! We could start with the proposed Dollar General store, and add a Walmart, a casino, a nightclub with topless dancers and a peep show, a bowling alley, an adult book store, liquor...

 

Reports: Dollar General will impact our town

To The Eagle: I was extremely disappointed in Richard Erickson's recent letter to the editor. Instead of chatting with the leaders of Clatskanie and Rainier about Dollar General he should have been using Google to find out about real communities who...

 

Watch the presidential debates while dining

To The Eagle: The first of the Democratic Party presidential primary debates is next week, with 10 candidates on Wednesday 6/26 and 10 more on Thursday 6/27, starting at 6:00 p.m., each night. They are supposed to be done by 8:00 p.m. I thought about...

 

Concerned about store? Go, check it out

To The Eagle: Let’s not let facts get in the way: I’ve been reading some comments on Facebook and in the local newspaper about how terrible a Dollar General Store opening in our county would be. It appears that there are major concerns that if...

 

Citizen gives reasons to deny business

To The Eagle: I would like to point out why Dollar General should not be allowed to come into our community. Namely Factor #3 of the SEPA checklist that was overlooked by the Bureau of Planning, which is stimulate public health and welfare. #1...

 

Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

To The Eagle: I have been amazed at the vitriol being directed at Dollar General. I don’t see the same hate toward oil companies that control our local gas stations. Yet they are two of the world’s wealthiest, greediest, and most environmentally...

 

Commissioner does not speak for all

To The Eagle: Commissioner Cothren should probably think twice in the future before he claims to represent the thinking of the people who reside in our fine community. Contrary to his assertion, my family did not decide to move back here because we...

 

Amateur Radio Field Day June 22-23

To The Eagle: Amateur Radio Field Day is a nationwide event where several thousand radio clubs simulate a large-scale emergency and attempt to contact as many other clubs as possible in North America. Our local club - N7WAH - is practicing as if...

 

PIGYS time again

To The Eagle: Are you ready? Time to clean out those attics and garages. Puget Island people: You need to be signed up by 10 a.m. June 26. Please call me to sign up, (360) 430-0951. The fee is still $10. I’m looking forward to having an awesome...

 

Memorial Day, 2019

Following are the remarks delivered at the Memorial Day remembrance ceremony sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5297 at Greenwood Cemetery on Monday. By Bill Tawater Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5297 In quiet services across our c...

 

Light a candle instead

To The Eagle: Over half of the Nevada legislature are women, and they are busy lighting candles instead of cursing the darkness. Their senate just passed the Trust Nevada Women Act which codifies women’s reproductive rights and decriminalizes all...

 

Dollar General drain on sheriff's department

To The Eagle: Dollar General stores are a proven magnet for shoplifting and crime. There is a website for shoplifters that lists Dollar General as an easy target. They will be calling our local sheriff and deputies for help which will be a drain on...

 

Party planned to send off trekking kayaker

To The Eagle: When I first heard about Kyleen Austin’s Ketchikan to Puget Island kayak adventure two thoughts came to mind. First, what an amazing adventure and second, how do you get ready to paddle solo for 1,000 miles? Seriously, the...

 

Sheriff's Corner

Lots going on around the county, and in the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office as well these days. First and foremost, I am pleased to say that our theft and burglary cases have plummeted the last...

 

Building and planning clarifies matter

To The Eagle: Due to a misinterpretation on the part of Wahkiakum Building and Planning, it was incorrectly stated that the proposed Dollar General needed a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit Notice. Shoreline Permit review requirements are...

 

The big con…

To The Eagle: Con-job definition: Scams in which the victim is induced to hand over money (or votes) as a token of confidence. How many people have been conned over the years, by Trump, or the ‘use’ of his name? Just watched a show, listing some...

 

Dollar General store not a done deal

To The Eagle: Big thanks to Kristin Lee (Opinion, May 16, 2019) for skillfully outlining details related to the proposed Dollar General store on Hwy 4, including the potential impact on our charming town. She pointed out that it is not a done deal....

 

Citizen proud of other citizens' behavior

To The Eagle: My wife and I attended the liquidation sale at Wally Wright’s Pro Hardware on Thursday morning. To say I was impressed with the citizenry of Cathlamet is an understatement. There was a crowd, as per expectations, but as far as I saw,...

 

Let's collectively say no to Dollar General

To The Eagle: The quickest way to kill a small town, such as our rare gem here in Cathlamet, is to allow some kind of big box store to come in and undercut the prices of everything we have here. The pharmacy and the grocery store would be the first...

 

Writer calls previous letter sour grapes

To The Eagle: Three weeks ago in these pages we were treated to a dystopian diatribe from ol’ JB maligning the intent of Madison and other founders for designing the government, and specifically the electoral college. to keep the slaves and us...

 

We got played

To The Eagle: 12/18/17: Bernadette Goodroe leaves the Cathlamet Town Council. 1/16/18: Executive Session (council only)- The regular meeting was recessed at 7:33 p.m. for an executive session to consider the selection of a site or acquisition of...

 

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