Letters to the Editor

Stuttering help

Thanksgiving grants us time each year to reflect on our blessings with gratitude and to look forward to the New Year with anticipation. At the Stuttering Foundation, we would like to take that time to give thanks:

Thank you to the parents who take the time to read with their child, whether he stutters or not.

Thank you to the teachers who make the effort to provide understanding for their students who stutter.

Thank you to the speech-language pathologists who work with people of all ages who stutter to improve their communication skills.

Thank you to all the famous people who stutter who have persevered to succeed as actors, musicians, statesmen and athletes, providing inspiration to the rest of us.

Learn more about what you can do to help at www.StutteringHelp.org.

Jane Fraser, Stuttering Foundation

Memphis, Tennessee

Let’s lead

Regarding “Let’s lead on clean energy”: China is subsidizing jobs in clean energy for environmental and economic reasons. So should we.

According to an Associated Press story, Houston has had three 500-year-floods in three years.

Texas experienced $180 billion in damages from Hurricane Harvey, and is seeking $61 billion from Congress for infrastructure improvements in preparation for the next storm.

For 20 years, scientists have said that excessive greenhouse gas emissions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.

In order to subsidize jobs in clean energy, we need to tax pollution.

A coalition of labor, social justice, and environmental groups is planning to place a measure on the ballot next year to do that. We need a thousand volunteers to collect signatures.

We also need local action. I urge the city councils in Cowlitz County to adopt the aspirational goal of replacing all fossil fuels, as much as possible, with renewable energy by 2050, like Portland.

The sooner we transition away from fossil fuels, the better off our children will be.

Don Steinke


Sing along

It was interesting to read Ruth Marcus’ column comparing the GOP tax bill to “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” While I have a pretty limited understanding of the complexities of the federal tax code, I’m more inclined to sing, “If I Were a Rich Man.”

Jim Chenoweth



Enough of the lies and misinformation. As tragic as the killings in Texas is. It was a good Samaritan with a gun that stopped the assault in Texas. The problem is and always will be people, not the tools they use. Stop with the lies and misinformation now.

Stephen Waitkus


Worthy investment

As interim solid waste director, Ron Junker is not motivated or rewarded to confront the long-term challenge of bringing the county landfill into the 21st century. No wonder he’d rather sell it.

I suggest the county should study the reality of climate change, look at the data and be proactive. For example, power distributor BPA owns little or no distributed power generation; as wind and solar proliferate, they face an uncertain future. Perhaps the county could work with BPA and others to lean into the future rather than hide from it. If this landfill has a useful life of 100 years as claimed, the investment will be well worth the effort.

Lawrence Studebaker

Castle Rock