Letters to the Editor

A risk? You decide

Millennium Coal Terminals is our big topic. Let the people decide on what’s best for them: Rainier, Longview, St. Helens, Kelso, Woodland, Carrolls, Vancouver, Portland. They all have to live with it. Why would anyone want to put their health at risk at all? Are a few jobs really worth the health risk? Is it safe? Let the people decide. How do we benefit from coal? Maybe a few hundred construction jobs that may last a year? An undisclosed number of full-time jobs? The countries that need coal don’t have to deal with the health risks here in Washington and Oregon.

If the people decide that’s what they want, then I’ll move. This is my opinion only. I feel we have way too many health issues now. Why add another potential health problem?

Ev Timmreck

Carrolls

Museum needs help

The Children’s Museum in Three Rivers Mall needs a enclosed trailer to take their projects and programs to area schools. The museum is a marvelous thing for our area children so I’m appealing to area businesses, banks, credit unions, radio stations and private businesses to step up and donate a trailer. Think of the positive advertisement you’d receive having your institution or businesses name on the museums trailer. Perhaps several donors could partner. Fraternal organizations might consider donating. Our kids will benefit and the fact is, it does take the whole community and lots of caring folks to give the best education and understanding of our world to the children.

Remember, the museum provides a safe and fun learning place for our children. Now lets give them the opportunity to take this wholesome program all over our county. If kids really do matter to you, step up and help. Contact the museum directly at childrensdiscoverymuseum360.org or me directly at 503 866-3134. We can, should and hopefully will do this for our kids. Thank you.

Jim Hill

Kelso

New blood

It would seem that our city and county leaders do not want businesses to come to Longview. Our county is dying without Millennium Bulk and the fertilizer plant.

The county commissioners are also afraid of big oil. We need some new blood to come into Longview and Cowlitz County. We have had major oil interested in our port, however our port commissioners are afraid of big oil.

If we want jobs to come to Longview, we need to clean up the city and county and get prepared for better employment. We need more than what we have now.

Martin Wells

Longview

Vote no on 101

Here is what happened on Jan. 1, 2015: Medicare tax went from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent; top income tax went from 35 percent to 36 percent. Top income payroll tax went from 37.4 percent to 52.2 percent. Capital gains tax went from 15 percent to 28 percent. Dividend tax went from 15 percent to 39.6 percent. Estate tax went from 0 percent to 55 percent. A 3.5 percent real estate transaction tax was added.

These taxes were passed by the majority of Democrats but not one vote by a Republican, these taxes were hidden in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Remember, Pelosi said, “We have to pass it to find out what is in it.”

The reason I am saying this is because the Democrats in Oregon are trying to get you to vote yes on Measure 101, that is called by the title as “temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, the public employees benefit board, and managed care organizations.” But really it is a tax; it is a tax on almost every person in Oregon.

What does $1,067 million in campaign cash buy? A new healthcare tax and a rigged election, Why are we getting a special election in January? There is a list of Democrat representatives in the voters pamphlet, and I see that Brad Witt got $431,500. These same democratic lawmakers passed two house bills to pay medical benefits to people who are here illegally, then killed a $3 million funding bill for veterans’ dental care.

Please read the voters’ pamphlet. In a lot of the arguments in favor, there is a lot of (may cause) doomsday results.

Vote “no” on Measure 101.

Michael George

Clatskanie

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