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Council rushing ahead on questionable deal

To The Eagle: At the April 15 town council meeting, 13 members of the public were in attendance, excluding county employees. One issue of interest was the council-planned installation of a sixth (!) Wahkiakum County park at the Butler lot site whose...

 

POTUS has this writer's support

To The Eagle: Thank you, Eagle, for revealing that while Trump Derangement Syndrome, TDS, has been largely contained by the Mueller report, there are still local flare-ups. Positive statements of fact about our president, @realDonaldTrump, produce...

 

No need for boredom in this county

No need for boredom in this county To The Eagle: Recently a new resident to our community posted on Cathlamet News on Facebook. He asked if there was anything to do around here because he was “feeling bored.” As a newcomer as well (coming up on t...

 

Town council should take care

To The Eagle, Cathlamet’s Town Council should take care as it moves forward with “Jacobson Park.” Having purchased the Butler Street lot at above market value with scant due-diligence, the town must avoid pushing through a get-‘er-done design...

 

Citizen left council meeting in disgust

To The Eagle: It’s Monday night. The Cathlamet Town Council meeting is currently in session. In direct contradiction of a democracy, the town citizens are not allowed to participate. According to town Mayor Dale Jacobson, citizens are not allowed...

 

How much 'green' goes on a white elephant?

To The Eagle: According to a quote cited in the February 28 issue of The Eagle, Town Council Member Sue Cameron stated, “I think if we can get this pinned down, we'd be in a lot better shape. Then we can have some fun planning a park." At the...

 

Political parties flourish from state subsidy

By Krist Novoselic, Deep River Washington State Democratic Party members last week voted to not use a caucus system for nominating their presidential candidate. The party will now use the results of a state funded primary ballot. The old caucus...

 

Don't despair, trickle down may reach us

Don’t despair, trickle down may reach us To The Eagle: Swamp draining is an ugly but entertaining business. As the slime recedes, the denizens go through thrashing death throes or beat noisy, smelly retreats. The always farcical Russia collusion...

 

Wahkiakum youth suffer food insecurity

To The Eagle: Food insecurity for youth is a real problem in our state. One in six Washington kids live in a household that faces challenges in putting enough food on the table. One in eight Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the...

 

Let's hold off on no collusion conclusion

To The Eagle: We would all do well to hold off on the “no collusion conclusion” until the bipartisan Congressional House Intelligence Committee has examined the findings presented to them by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. That committee’s...

 

Chicken Littles can sleep easy

To The Eagle: Oh happy day; Robert Mueller has washed all of the collusion away. After two years and over 25 million spent, the DOJ investigation has concluded that not the president, not anyone in his campaign colluded with Russia. Which those of...

 

Congratulations to President Trump

To The Eagle: I have completed my research into JB Bouchard's suggestion in last week’s letter to the editor as to what a wonderful world this would be if we lived as suggested by the song Imagine by John Lennon. No religion, no nationality,...

 

America needs ethically grounded capitalism

To The Eagle: Karen Lane’s histrionic “anti socialism” themed letter in the March 21st edition milked every panicky right wing conservative trope in existence since the 1940's as well as a few bogus new ones such as undocumented illegals...

 

Feels like dictatorship

To The Eagle: I have an angering concern regarding how our property tax is appraised. For simplicity, in my opinion, all the appraiser needs to inspect are the sizes of the buildings and property; no matter the view/frontage or the quality of...

 

Airplanes are too complex

To The Eagle: On Sunday, March 10, Ethiopian Airlines 302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard. Since this was a similar event to Lion Air’s October crash (shortly after takeoff from Jakarta) and in the...

 

Appraiser gives heads up to community

To The Eagle: The Wahkiakum County Assessor’s Office will be out, as always, doing the annual revaluation inspections of properties. The county is divided into four areas. We will begin the inspections in Area 3 over the next few weeks. Area 3...

 

Church was filled to overflowing

To The Eagle: While attending Kay Cochran's funeral at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church on Puget Island on Sunday, I was giving thanks for the architect and builders who put the building on a sure foundation and built it sturdy and well to last all...

 

Humans have been turning dreams into practical realities

To The Eagle: Sounds like Mike Swift (letter March 7 edition) swallowed a couple of irony pills before he wrote his letter for last week's edition. I suppose even such a miserable outlook deserves a hearing. I draw the line, however, at his clueless...

 

Nothing is ever free

To The Eagle: I have been watching the socialist meltdown in Venezuela and can’t help but think if the people had the right to “bear arms” they would not be under the tyranny and dictatorship of a corrupt government. There is a growing populati...

 

Each county should have one vote

To The Eagle: Living in the state of Washington and seeing how left-leaning it is, is like when I was a kid in school playing teeter-totter with the fat kid on the playground. His extra ballast kept me up in the air wondering if I would ever touch th...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Listening and understanding needed

Commentary from me? No need for me to write something about national affairs; the letter writers have that covered. State issues: Our county's Republican and Democrat political parties are sponsoring a listening event this Friday, 6:30 p.m. at the Sk...

 

Looking forward to car show

To The Eagle: Cheers! to the Fair. I was so glad to see an announcement of the up coming car show on June 1 mentioned in The Fair happenings. I had begun to think it was one of the best kept secrets in Wahkiakum Co. I'm glad to see it is going to...

 

Consider the consequences of feelings

To The Eagle: Ref: Recent letters by Mike Swift, Howard Brawn and JB Bouchard. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the back and forth by members of this community; it truly is a pleasure to read the weekly excerpts from the combatants. I do have to...

 

Divided, we fail

To The Eagle: Divide and conquer is a saying meant for the battlefield, not in a country as great as ours, for political gain. But that seems to be in vogue now. Name-calling from the right seems more intense; now our president has made it a...

 

Now is the time to speak up

To The Eagle: Since I moved here 12.5 years ago (a newbie), I have heard that the government doesn’t listen to Wahkiakum County. We now have a chance for the state government beyond our legislators to hear us. The Democrats and Republicans (yes,...

 

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