Letters to the Editor

Life sustaining

Let me put it where the goats can get to it.

We, in Longview, do not presently provide enough opportunities and career pathways for our children to succeed in life.

We must and can do better.

We, as a Longview community, have a moral responsibility to make sure that those “life-sustaining” opportunities exist.

With the attacks on workers and labor from the present federal government, we should be promoting just wages, the dignity of labor and worker’s rights. That means a safe work environment and the right to organize.

The question of “what’s in it for me?” must be transformed into “what’s in it for all of us?”, including future generations. We must move from independence into an understanding of interdependence to a commitment to human solidarity.

Only in the kind of community we build among us will that challenge be realized.

Please vote for schools.

Please vote for our precious children and their lives beyond graduation.

Not voting does have consequences.

Joe Hobson


Well defined

In Wednesday’s Letters, under the heading “Defining Socialism,” I note that these types of letter have appeared frequently over the last 10 years or so. It leads me to believe that our young people are not being educated very well on this subject, and I believe that not only is ignorance not bliss, it is outright dangerous — like not knowing a spider bites. The great British statesman, Winston Churchill, defined it best: “Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth; Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty; Communism is Socialism with a gun at your back.”

Sharon Ashford


Meant to be

Twenty-six years ago, my husband, Fred, and I moved to Woodland. Fred was a daily swimmer, and we looked forward to having a swimming facility so conveniently located. We supported the swimming pool effort for all of these 26 years. Some people are dismayed it has taken so long to get to this point in the process. Sometimes great things take a long time. I believe that this is the place in time where we are meant to be. Had this project been completed before, it would not be in the perfect location, it would not be a YMCA, and it would not have been the complete recreation and community facility that Woodland and our included surrounding communities deserve. Now is the time, now is the time for the Woodland area to shine by voting “yes” for the pool/YMCA on Nov. 7.

Linda J. Wall


Bond issue

The upcoming Longview bond issue is quite large in part because of deferred maintenance during the economic down turn several years ago. My experience with deferred maintenance is that it ends up costing more later because of the continuing deterioration and escalating construction costs. So, we should not continue to kick this “can down the road.” Interest rates are relatively low currently, which is favorable for a bond issue.

I volunteer at Mint Valley so can speak first-hand about my security concerns. That campus can be entered from many different points with no observation. We cannot ignore the potential of a tragedy, even in Longview.

I encourage you to vote in favor of the bond issue. Our children deserve an excellent education environment and a safe and secure school facility.

Greg Lapic


Vote for Nickerson

I am voting for CJ Nickerson. I know that it is important that we re-elect a school board member who knows our community and has been involved in the finances and operation of the Longview schools system. CJ has these qualifications. CJ has also been involved in the future planning for our schools. He has been a major contributor to the development of the bond issue on our ballot. We need to take advantage of this experience. Vote for CJ Nickerson.

William “Skip “Dunlap


Rosemary for mayor

If I lived in the city limits of Kalama, I’d vote for Rosemary Siipola in the upcoming mayoral election. This is based on my 20-plus years working with her while I was employed in state and local government.

I found her to be very knowledgeable and instrumental in securing local, state, and federal matching funds for projects such as the Lexington Bridge, and Longview Wye Interchange. She also completed the preliminary studies and helped secure funding for the Oregon Way / Industrial Way Rail project.

I worked with her in the selection of consultants for projects that require expertise that local jurisdictions were not equipped to handle. She was very perceptive in recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of candidates and recommending the best qualified consultant.

Being a mayor requires additional skills. She has experience in Kalama mayor/ council form of government, as she now serves on the city council. To learn more about Rosemary’s desire to serve Kalama, go to the link at www.rosemaryformayor.com

Jerry Sorrell

Castle Rock

Better future

Whenever there has been positive change in Longview, it is because leadership looks beyond the present and strives to create a better future. On Nov. 7, Longview citizens have an opportunity to vote for new leadership on the city council. Amber Rosewood, candidate for Position No. 7, has the qualities and foresight to lead the change that Longview requires. She visualizes a community where all citizens have the opportunity for quality of place, value youth as our promise for a great future, and employ our citizens with safe, quality, family wage jobs. She is a vibrant, articulate, and a well informed woman. Her depth of knowledge about issues and plans for our community are extensive. Economic reports show that communities do better when many small innovative businesses are given a place to start and grow. As job opportunities increase so does the need for housing and health services. Amber’s background in the health services industry would bring to the city council team a unique perspective. Consider supporting Amber as an agent of change for this community.

Karen Bergquist


Last forum

Voters should have received or should soon receive their ballots. The League of Women Voters of Cowlitz County will have its last forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Longview City Council Chambers, second floor of Longview City Hall, 1525 Broadway. It will include Longview City Council candidates Megan Richie, MaryAlice Wallis, Chet Makinster, Dianne Quast, Steve Moon and Amber Rosewood.

Video of previous forums for Longview, Kelso and Woodland races can be found on the Facebook page of the Cowlitz County Elections Office.

The League of Women Voters neither supports nor opposes any candidate or party. Its purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For information contact Sharon Watt 360-225-2294.

Sharon Watt, president

League of Women Voters of Cowlitz County

Pool needed

Woodland needs the YMCA and the swimming pool.

There are two reasons Woodland needs the YMCA and the swimming pool. The first is that there is nothing in Woodland for kids and families to do. Woodland only has restaurants, bars, and a casino. The YMCA offers many activities for kids, families, and people of all ages, it is not just a swimming pool. The second reason Woodland needs a swimming pool is so our kids have a place to learn how to swim. We took our kids to the YMCA in Vancouver for swimming lessons and they did a great job teaching our kids how to swim, but like every lesson learned if it is not practiced it is lost. Swimming in the local creeks and lakes for a couple of months during the summer was not enough to advance their swimming skills. If we had a swimming pool in Woodland we would use it year around.

Brent Murray


It begins again

As Rohm Emmanuel, mayor of Chicago once said, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” As tragic as all needless deaths are, they never is a simple solution to prevent them. We hear the calls again to ban this, regulate that, etc. as if inanimate objects can make things happen by their own accord. The problem has and always will be the human wielding the object of destruction. And human actions cannot be banned and regulated effectively, a work around will always be found. Can anyone name one instance where a ban or regulation of objects have worked as intended? Take your time, I’ll wait.

Stephen Waitkus