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The Baby in Chief is a cause for concern

To The Eagle: There is something terribly wrong in Washington DC. Namely the Senate, Congress and the White House. Partisanship, I don’t think, has ever been this horrible; could I be wrong? The head of our country’s security comes to Congress...

 

True patriotism was reflected

To The Eagle: There remain quiet heroes in our midst whom we must not overlook in the current era of loud-mouthed bluster and blather spewing across our country. I’m referring to two local women, both of whom, voluntarily and without calling...

 

A 'Medicare for all' would be cost efficient

To The Eagle: If you’re thinking that having the federal government guarantee coverage to all Americans is a big deal, it’s actually not. The government already pays for about two-thirds of health care costs. Among other things, it pays for...

 

Send for secret decoder ring

To The Eagle: In these pages a fortnight past, Dennis Gordon performed his annual gauntlet-flinging ritual, challenging several of us to a town hall style debate, to which we once again demur, but note in passing the invisible elephant in the room,...

 

Superintendent thanks community

To The Eagle: As superintendent of our school district, I am charged with ensuring our children get a quality education and that our district remains an accurate reflection of our wonderful community. I truly appreciate the dialog that has taken...

 

Lack of solid school system forces people out

To The Eagle: I found it incredibly ironic of the author in last week’s Letter to the Editor in The Eagle to advocate busing our students to Longview rather than spend new tax dollars for a school modernization. I know we’re all struggling...

 

Biden should withdraw

To The Eagle: Is it not safe to assume that politicians of all stripes are self-serving to some degree? The question voters must answer is “whose self-serving activities are injurious to my country?” The difference between Biden and Trump is...

 

Public town hall debates needed

To The Eagle: WSJ, 01/28/2020; “US Natl. Debt Will Rise to 90% of GDP, by 2030, CBO Projects.” Due to tax cuts, which mainly benefit wealthy Americans, and excess federal spending. But Republicans claim to be the party of financial restraint....

 

Writer doesn't trust editor's fact checking

To The Eagle: So, back to the disputation about fact vs opinion, the latest round of which centered on Venice becoming the new Atlantis due to Trumpogenic climate change. Editor Rick’s contribution to the contretemps appeared in the editorial...

 

Do your due diligence

To The Eagle: I had the privilege to walk through the front doors of Wahkiakum High School in 1966 and leave through those same doors as a graduate 50 years ago this coming June. The school has undergone very little change since those days. The Mule...

 

Review the bond facts and vote yes

To The Eagle: Well, I have reviewed the bond facts. I am going to vote for the renovations. My one question is: Why is nothing mentioned about taking care of the flat roof on the high school? That was a mistake back when they built the school and we...

 

Need and costs in plan are balanced

To The Eagle: Wahkiakum School District is one of the great institutions in Wahkiakum County. Over the years it has dealt with most of Wahkiakum County’s greatest asset - its people. In the 50’s and 60’s the current buildings were constructed,...

 

School bond does not reflect real world costs

To The Eagle: First let me say that I am in favor of providing the best education possible in the best facility possible in our community. I think school facility maintenance and repair is an ongoing responsibility of school administration, not a...

 

Are common sense and taste gone?

To The Eagle: Well this past week has revealed that both common sense and taste have fallen into desuetude. I seem to recall a time when trials had real witnesses and entertainment involved more than scantily dressed women pelvic thrusting...

 

More thoughts on the school bond

To The Eagle: About 15 years ago, I met a fellow who was a retired school superintendent from Montana, visiting a mutual friend. During our conversation I asked him how tough it was to be a school superintendent. He said it was really pretty simple....

 

District needs a better plan

To The Eagle: I agree that our high school needs improvement and I’m all for giving the best for our students but I’m voting no on the school bond. The amount they’re proposing to improve is way too much. For that same amount it’s best to...

 

Wahkiakum has text to 911 since 2016

To The Eagle: An article in last week’s Eagle announced that Cowlitz County is the first 911 center in the state of Washington to have Text to 911. However, an important word was missing. It should have said that it was the first 911 center in the...

 

Not this time on schools

To The Eagle: I support our children and our schools but not this time; this property tax burden increase is way too expensive. Local homeowners’ taxes will go up 30 to 50 percent if this passes, let me repeat that, 30 to 50 percent. That is just...

 

At odds with school bond issue

To The Eagle: A message from Naselle School Board Chair: Chuck Hendrickson [Naselle school board chair] - Jan 25 7:09 PM “I’m school board chair at Naselle and have been following the discussion regarding your [Cathlamet] proposed renovation with...

 

School bond is proposed thievery

To The Eagle: The jackass party has done it [the Iowa fiasco] again. Blame the Russians, anyone? It proves that it has no claim or right to govern our nation. Go away sore losers, poseurs, fools. Take the pussy hats off and think for once. You...

 

Proposed school bond threatens local economy

To The Eagle: Do the math. If approved, your total property tax bill will swell from $7.92 per $1000 of assessed value to $11.29, a 42% increase. The percentage of your total tax bill paid to the school district jumps from 19% to 43%. Considering...

 

School bond issue: Do it right 1st time

I think it's an admirable goal: If you're going to do something, do it right the first time. My coaches, Paul Spears and Terry Bonny drilled that into me during the seasons I was a Wahkiakum Mule football player, 1965-68, and I've honored it through...

 

Let's keep our Mules kicking!

To The Eagle: After reviewing long postponed and now essential repairs to Wahkiakum school buildings we reflected on everything that good school facilities mean to a community. Positives include increased property values as families and children...

 

Vote no school bond

To The Eagle: How good it is to have a few weeks to decide if we want to buy a $28.75 million house with a no down payment 22 year mortgage? Depending on the interest the cost could double. Not only that but some investor is making a profit on the...

 

Assessor offers recap of school district taxes

To The Eagle: I have been working on getting numbers for Wahkiakum School District 200 and after a bit of hair-pulling, I am ready to share them. The current taxable value of the district is $428.5M. This excludes $11.0M of value for properties...

 

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