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Students in Need

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On March 18, The Daily News will launch its Students in Need fundraiser for the third year. Students in Need is a fundraising effort aimed at preventing students from dropping out of Lower Columbia College.

In a meeting with LCC leaders back in late 2015, we were surprised to learn that some students drop out because they couldn’t afford the $200 to $300 they needed for books or personal costs. The idea that students working hard to better their lives were having to abandon that dream for the lack of a relatively small amount of money was heartbreaking.

Every dollar you give will be donated to LCC students through its Student Success fund. TDN pays for all transaction, banking and other fees, so all the donations go toward helping someone. Students in Need is a registered 501©3 charitable entity, which means donations can qualify as tax-deductible.

The first year of the fundraiser raised $38,500 and the second year raised $46,626. This year’s goal is $50,000.

Please consider supporting Students in Need.

Look for more on the fundraiser, including how to donate and letters from students who benefitted from the program, as we get closer to the kickoff date.

Open meetings

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We were disappointed to read the Kalama City Council and then mayor Pete Poulsen appear to have violated the state’s open meetings law (see story by reporter Jaime Archer in the March 6 issue).

Last May, Poulsen called a special library board meeting. No notice of the special meeting was posted. State law requires public agencies, including library boards, give at least 24 hours’ notice before holding a special meeting.

Then in December, the City Council signed a letter of no confidence against Library Director Louise Thomas without first voting on it — or approving it — in a public meeting. This smacks of doing the city’s business behind closed doors.

Given the recent public outcry over the state Legislature’s move to exempt legislators from public records laws, it should be apparent that citizens want maximum transparency from their government — be it at the federal, state or local levels.

In Archer’s March 6 story, Poulsen is quoted as saying, “… as the Mayor I have the right to call a meeting of any board at any time that I see fit too [sic].” Poulsen is right. The mayor can indeed call a meeting any time he wants to. But, he — and all other public officials — still have to follow the law.

‘Rosie the Riveter’ memorial

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Sadly, we learned earlier this week that Naomi Parker-Frahley, who helped inspire the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” image from the World War II-era “We Can Do It!” poster, had passed away at age 96.

So we were glad to hear a celebration of Parker-Frahley’s life is being held at the equally iconic Monticello hotel at 2 p.m. today.

The event will feature photos and art centered around Parker-Frahley’s life, including an original painting commissioned by her family by pop artist Cheryl Hicks.

Parker-Fraley’s story has been featured in People magazine, an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” and in an article in Harper’s Bazaar that called her “the Real-Life Rosie the Riveter,” along with a Daily News story in May 2017.

Parker-Frahley helped influence generations of women entering the workforce. Her life is definitely worth celebrating.

It’s been a good winter

Most of us would consider this a bleak time of year. But for many local prep athletes, it’s been a winter of postseason glory and hard-earned celebration.

Hoops teams no one expected stormed the state playoff venues. The Naselle boys notched their school’s first state tournament victory in any of the players’ lifetimes. The Kelso boys obtained their first trophy since 1959. The Monarchs took third in the state with a payback win over 2017 champion Foss. The Toledo boys qualified for state, and Wahkiakum girls took fourth. Toutle Lake boys and Ilwaco, Clatskanie and Rainier girls all had breakthrough seasons. Over at Mat Classic XXX, Ilwaco’s wrestlers tied for third, and Kelso took fourth and won a second straight academic state championship.

There’s a bittersweet tinge to these triumphs, as athletes wear their school colors for the last time. But as Kelso wrestler AJ Hoggatt said after his final match in the Dome, it’s good to go out on a winning note.


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