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 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

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...

 

Couple gives support to Matt Kuhl

To The Eagle: After speaking with Matt Kuhl and asking many questions of him, we feel that Matt is fully qualified to fill the position as Wahkiakum County Auditor. His education, accounting degree, experience as well as his ability to listen to and...

 

Writer urges all citizens to vote

To The Eagle: Recent letters to the editor have been great reading. I have a concern, though. In Wahkiakum County, rarely do we have great voter turnout! In our current political races, I fervently wish for all who can vote, to vote! Remember when...

 

Current assessor responds to comments

To The Eagle: A few of last week’s letters to the editor about my candidacy deserve a response. Mary Gustafson questioned my integrity due to a structure on my wife’s property. She should get her facts straight. My wife owns the property where I...

 

Kuhl is most qualified auditor candidate

To The Eagle: We are voting for Matt Kuhl because he is truly the wise choice to fill the position of Wahkiakum County Auditor. Matt grew up in Cathlamet and graduated from Wahkiakum High School. Matt served in the military after high school and was...

 

Retain Mark Howie for sheriff

To The Eagle: Mark Howie has proven he is the only candidate for the job. When I first met Mark and his wife Debb, they were both so excited about being a part of our community, and to this day he is still volunteering, attending and promoting...

 

Writer choose McClain based on integrity

To The Eagle: The word most often used in the assessor’s race between the incumbent, Bill Coons and the challenger, Brian McClain, is experience. There is another word that needs to be added to the discussion – integrity. Follow the storyline:...

 

Writer responds

To The Eagle: Last week's writer Mr. Watts doesn't know me and I don’t know him. I would never assume something about him because I have no idea who he is. I pay property taxes on two separate pieces of real estate, along with personal property...

 

We live in interesting times

To The Eagle: We do live in interesting times. Our little county is forever trying to find more revenue to the point of being willing to strip our mountains of every tree of a ‘certain' size, ever smaller of course. Replacing the trees bound for...

 

Assessor has all the right skills for the job

To The Eagle: Due to our various parcels we own, I have made several trips to the assessor’s office. Every time my visits are always friendly and welcomed. Bill Coons and Marsha, along with their co-workers, have treated me with the utmost respect...

 

Use your own words

To the Eagle: By now, most of you are aware of the large, negative, political ad that was published in last weeks paper and paid for by Bill Coons, which featured my name and parts of a column that I wrote several years ago. You may also be aware of...

 

Former auditor supports Nicci Bergseng

To The Eagle: The job of county auditor includes five departments, Dept. of Licensing, recordings, accounts payable, elections and HR/payroll. When I hired Nicci Bergseng I knew she would be the perfect fit for the job and when I retired last year I...

 

Oregon officer comments on sheriff's campaign

To The Eagle: I want to take this opportunity to address what I feel is misinformation being directed at Wahkiakum Sheriff's Office candidate Graham Phalen. That misinformation relates to allegations and inferences that Phalen, while employed as a li...

 

Baccillierri owns property here

To The Eagle: Several items in last week’s Eagle beg response, but we’ll keep it in the realm of general information and elucidation since our editor has adopted the Wehrfritz Commandment limiting specific political criticisms to one shot: For...

 

Howie has been good for the county

To The Eagle: A number of years ago when former Sheriff, Jon Dearmore, brought Mark Howie in as his under sheriff, it was one of the best things that could have happened for Wahkiakum County. Mark Howie brought with him big city experience and...

 

Endorsement for Howie

To The Eagle: A few words spring to mind when I’m asked about Sheriff Mark Howie. Before we get into that, let me share with you how I came to my understanding of what is true leadership. I was 25 when I joined the Army. Our country was at war....

 

Bill Coons has the necessary experience

To The Eagle: Everyone knows real property value. They’re all experts. No different than all the Monday-morning quarterbacks who are out there. But the problem is, they don’t. Assessing real property value for banks or for county taxation is...

 

Town of Taylor rightly has a long way to go

Elochoman Valley residents were surprised this weekend by an announcement that the new owners of the Strueby Farm plan to start a farming cooperative and build a Renaissance style village there. Word spread; neighbors began studying the project...

 

A vote for Coons for assessor

To The Eagle: I am voting for Bill Coons as county assessor. He worked for five years as a local real estate broker and seven years as assessor. His opponent has no experience with real property values. His opponent has run a campaign promising...

 

Rosburg couple support Howie for sheriff

To The Eagle: My wife, Roberta, and I have been acquainted with Sheriff Mark Howie since the middle of 2011. Since that time, we have been in a position to observe and discuss his positive professional development within the Wahkiakum County Sheriff...

 

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