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Coons is the only proven professional

To The Eagle: It’s only time for a change when change is for the better. Certainly not now. Not this change. We’re asked to change assessors from our current assessor, Bill Coons (with 12 years’ experience and knowledge) to Brian McClain who...

 

Former training officer supports Howie

To The Eagle: This is in regards to the upcoming elections for Sheriff. I am a former resident of Cathlamet and a long time friend of Sheriff Howie. In fact I was his training officer some 30 years ago. I could go on and on about him and his work...

 

Thoughts about the Republican agenda

To The Eagle: Neighbor Brawn asserts that my latest screed contained inaccurate facts and numbers while being just another sordid example of the frenzied circus attempting to discredit Trump and the Republicans. He then suggests I ought to just sit...

 

Commissioner thanks Herrera Beutler

To The Eagle: Thank you, Jaime Herrera Beutler, for looking out for small, rural communities like Wahkiakum County. I cannot say enough about Jaime standing up for us on the endangered species issues such as the marbled murrelet. As a Wahkiakum...

 

Relax, enjoy the show

To The Eagle: Most of us have been highly entertained by the political theatre provided by the deranged progressives during the rise and reign of Trump. The Mueller investigation, stumbling around desperately in search of a crime to pin on the...

 

Time to demand quality

To The Eagle: With an election just weeks away, I would like to implore the good people of Wahkiakum County to vote for candidates who are most qualified for the position. My experience in this county is that the most important requirement for...

 

It's time for a change

To The Eagle: I have had dealings with both Bill Coons and Brian McClain. A couple of folks that have written in the last issue of The Eagle have concerns about experience. There are many people with years of experience in Washington D.C. and they...

 

Former assessor reflects on the job

To The Eagle: In 1978, I had the pleasure of going to work in the Wahkiakum County Assessor’s Office. Iris Hedlund had been named the assessor, and she brought on Kathy Peek as her appraiser and myself as clerk. I served as clerk from 1978/1986. In...

 

Enjoy America's prosperity

To The Eagle: This is it, after two years of non-stop vilification, slander, and legal harrassment from the establishment, all they have is this: One, the president says mean things. Two, he doesn't act like the scripted presidents of the recent...

 

Vote to retain Howie

To The Eagle: Mark Howie has shown in several ways that he has the ability, desire and leadership skills to continue as our Sheriff of Wahkiakum County. Mark is a role model for what public service is all about. He has integrity, diligence, is...

 

Another endorsement for Mark Howie

To The Eagle: I would like to start by publicly endorsing Sheriff Mark Howie. Mark has been a dear friend of mine for the past 10 years. Throughout that period, he witnessed my family and I go through the best and worst of times. Words cannot truly...

 

We've been had by a professional

To The Eagle: Sarcastic declarations of diminished intellectual capacity aside, I am baffled by my fiscally astute neighbor, Howard Brawn's, disingenuous assertion that he "has no clue as to who is getting fleeced" by the Trump misadministration....

 

McClain lacks qualifications

To The Eagle: Last week’s letter about the experience levels of all the other assessors in surrounding counties is very interesting. Why should Wahkiakum County be the only county in SW Washington with an assessor who has no certifications and no...

 

Candidate offers further explanation

To The Eagle: While my opponent is not confused by party endorsements he is certainly confused by the meaning of the words “Attention To Detail.” Partially reading a regulation and then cherry picking only those parts that support your view is...

 

Retain Sheriff Howie

To The Eagle: I met Sheriff Mark Howie when the then-Sheriff John Dearmore brought him onto the sheriff’s office while trying to restore our sorely depleted sheriff’s office. When we were down to four deputies and down a corrections officer, and...

 

Who is Matt Kuhl?

To The Eagle: By now I’m sure you’ve seen the signs and heard the name Matt Kuhl, who is running for our county Auditor, but I’m here to tell you, most of you don’t know who he is. As his stepfather, I’ve known him most of his life. I...

 

Outed by anti-Trumpers

To The Eagle: Having been so thoroughly outed by the valiant anti-Trumpers last week, I am now compelled to submit my mea culpa and confess to dwelling in a parallel universe. I had no notion that eight years of 1-2 percent growth and high...

 

Sheriff Howie sets the tone

Sheriff Howie sets the tone To The Eagle: It’s been my privilege to have been introduced to Sheriff Mark Howie by former Sheriff John Dearmore some ten years ago. During these ten years, I’ve visited with the Howies about local social...

 

Citizens urged to research candidates

To The Eagle: I wanted to take a few minutes to address the concerns that Mr. Watts has expressed.The first item of concern is the stated $100,000 salary, just under $68,000 is the actual salary paid by our county. The second item of concern is that...

 

Coins are only money with no debt

To The Eagle: Many have shared commendable things about Wally Wright since his recent passing. I would like to share one to remind folks of something he was willing to do that few are bold enough to do. Do you remember that he was willing to do...

 

Coons offers rebuttal to candidate McClain

To The Eagle: It is sad to see my opponent engaging in the political ploy of accusing me of “cherry picking” regulations and then doing just that himself. In my letter of August 23, I was quoting from the form one needs to submit to the...

 

Will vote for the man with experience

To The Eagle: The job of county assessor is comprised of understanding and complying with complex rules set forth by the state. The training is rigorous and hard. Citizens typically vote for people with years of experience either in real property...

 

Trump voter majority

To The Eagle: I got a great chuckle out of our ‘Wordy Islander’s’ letter. He submits more letters in than anyone else but feels his majority voters get less coverage. This time two side by side of the ‘majorities’ opinion. It is good to...

 

Candidate offers further explanation

To The Eagle: While my opponent is not confused by party endorsements he is certainly confused by the meaning of the words “Attention To Detail.” Partially reading a regulation and then cherry picking only those parts that support your view is...

 

McClain is not an accredited appraiser

To The Eagle: Warning: Brian McClain for assessor is not playing fair. He is currently not an accredited appraiser, the best way to protect the taxpayers. If McClain wins, we taxpayers will be forced to hire, pay for, a substitute accredited...

 

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