Feb. 7 Letters to the Editor

Misguided values, priorities

Tim Eyman states that the feeling of community is shattered when individuals who violate traffic laws are required to take responsibility for their actions and pay a fine (he describes this as treating citizens like ATMs). I would argue that he and his supporters have misguided values and priorities. Indeed, our community is shattered when someone is injured or killed in an automobile accident that could have been prevented by obeying traffic laws. The traffic cameras that the city has installed will provide a disincentive to drivers considering reckless and illegal behavior and allow law enforcement to focus their limited resources on Longview's other pressing issues.

People who speed or run a red light need to be held accountable regardless of whether or not a police officer is there to witness them. Breaking the law is not intended to be a game that you get away with if no legal authority sees you. The cameras do not take a picture unless you violate the law, unlike ubiquitous security cameras that record continuously.

I urge everyone to support the city's use of these cameras, to obey the law, and to take responsibility for your actions if you violate the law.

Louis M. LaPierre

Longview

Thanks again, guys

My grandchildren and I were walking up 21st Street to cross over Beech Street. When we got in the middle of the street, there were two dogs fighting. One dog had a leash on and a young man was trying to get the other dog away, but the other dog started to get at my granddaughters.

We stopped, but it was too late, as my granddaughter got attacked on the right leg and it scratched the skin. I asked a crowd of people that had gathered if any of them owned the dog, but no one knew who it belonged to. At about that time, I saw a police car coming, so I waved it down and an officer came and got the report, took pictures, and put the dog in his car to take to the pound to get checked out.

He took our information and gave me a business card in case infection set in. Thank you, Officer Ken Hardy and Chaplain Mario. I feel safer when a police car passes by. If you have dogs, be sure they are restrained.

Maxine Zueger

Longview

You call that service?

I'm a 45-year-old man. I've worked almost 30 years in the retail and wholesale business and I have seen a decline in customer service in just about everywhere I go. Just the other day, my wife and I went in to a hardware store, on a Saturday, about 8:30 a.m. I asked the clerk, who was sitting on a stool at the checkstand, for help. All she could do was softly say "Over there," and point.

I am getting really frustrated with employees who do not know how to talk to, or help, customers anymore. What happened to the days of walking a customer over to the item, or helping them at all? I would really like to open a "customer service" school for employers in this area. It would pay dividends in the long run.

Brenn Porter

Kelso

More on PUD salaries

On these cold nights, I can't help but think about those folks on fixed incomes — two with whom I've spoken recently, lamenting the current rate increase — trying to keep their thermostats down to save money and energy, while those of the PUD staff who've received yet another raise drive complacently home each night, feeling they have done their duty by telling the rest of us how to save a few watts and explaining why this deplorable turn of events was inevitable.

I worked at the PUD for 11 years and am still wondering what several of them do to warrant a salary far above that of other employees, college degree aside, who actually work for theirs.

Sharon Harmon

Longview

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