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Letters to the Editor

Leash law

Longview, being one of the only cities in Washington State without a leash law, has outdated policies for the protection of innocent people and their pets. Roughly one-and-a-half complaints per day, or 547 total in 2017 were called into the Cowlitz County Humane Society for dogs running around in Longview off leash; 301 were loose, 256 were picked up and taken to the Humane Society, and 25 dog bites were reported. Having personally experienced being charged at by two large unleashed Rottweiler dogs at Lake Sacajawea, that bit and tore my clothing, and because rules are neglected by some, it’s time for a leash law for Longview parks for the safety and protection of our citizens and pets.

MaryAlice Wallis


Solve the problem

We desperately need to protect our children. I, personally, can’t see that arming teachers as the answer. Teachers have a big job to do as well as earn the children’s trust and that of the parents. Unfortunately, background checks have not always discerned the one or two educators that never should have been entrusted with these young lives.

The Florida shooter who massacred and injured so many schoolchildren and adult personnel planned it well over a period of time. He previously attended and knew the layout of the building, broadcast his plan and was smart enough to exit by mixing in with the evacuating children. No one questioned why he was there again after being discharged previously for disciplinary problems?

It seems we have a parenting problem also. What happened that any youngster who plans and brags about a scare tactic that seriously affects peoples’ lives can then pass it off as a joke? It is a sickness and a total lack of compassion.

The idea of former combat veterans being considered for security sounds reasonable; but, if they had dealt with post-traumatic stress syndrome, would the sound of a gun trigger the right response? I don’t know enough about this.

The report, if true, that some police departments have a deadline to get rid of confiscated assault-rifles and guns that can be converted is frightening. We do need a group of smart brains to come together to help solve this problem.

Gwen Boss

Castle Rock

Root causes

Let’s face it, there’s an element of our kids who grow up wanting to kill. Is it in their genes or in their environment, or both? What could be in their environment that might cause their derangement? Do they have mentors who divert them from normal maturing such that they will boil over instead? If our country has more mass shootings than other countries, why is that? To stop mass shootings at their root, we should try to answer those questions.

We have done nothing to eliminate the causes of mass shootings, in part because there’s an element of our society making the argument, “We can’t be perfect, therefore we shouldn’t waste any effort trying to do better.” Adding to that argument, they say, “People should buy more guns to stop mass shootings.” But people have bought more guns and it hasn’t stopped mass shootings, so let’s try something else.

Ideally we would find answers to questions concerning the root cause and use those answers to devise ways to stop mass shootings. Derangement is the root cause and mass shootings are a symptom of derangement. Squelching derangement would probably take years, so we need to squelch this devastating symptom now. Our children are at stake!

Rex Carter

Castle Rock


Kudos, Dr. Kirkpatrick for his part in explaining how Dr. Delashaw was railroaded by a couple of jealous doctors at Swedish Hospital and the University Hospital who have lost business since Dr. Delashaw and his crew started practice at Swedish Hospital.

In my case I could hardly walk. Dr. Delashaw fixed my back and a month later I was digging clams.

Dale Loiselle