Letters to the Editor


Wondering why the tiny article about the payday loan criminal conviction was squeezed into the edge next to the coupons? That was glorious news that should have been on the front page with pix of him in handcuffs.

Michael Beneke


Discarded furniture

I live in south Kelso and am not happy about discarded furniture — four mattresses and a lazy boy. One mattress has been at the curbside for over two months. I contacted Waste Control. They said they were a business and had to charge. I contacted the City of Kelso. Their supervisor said he did not consider the discarded furniture Kelso’s problem. I am writing this note with the hope of a Christmas present — that Santa has room in his sleigh for these items.

Charles L. Klawitter


Heart’s desire

I find it most ironic in this day and age of “fake news” and media distrust that it would be a journalist who would summarize the current condition of the nation and prophetically predict the nature of the present administration almost one hundred years ago. His name, H.L. Mencken, who wrote the following for the Baltimore Evening Sun in 1920:

“All of us, if we are of reflexive habit, like and admire men whose fundamental beliefs differ radically from our own. But when a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense: he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even comprehending any save the most elemental-men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. When confronted the candidate must bark with the pack or count himself lost...All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre-the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum”.

“The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by an outright moron.”

I believe that the nation has now reached its heart’s desire. No fake news here. Look and see for yourself.

Robert Cripe


Who decides?

Regarding the Sunday, Oct. 29 front page article titled “Reformation: 500 years later,”: are we being misled?

The entire article and the following meeting were about getting together, getting along, communicating, and living happily ever after. Pope Francis has been very explicit that fundamentalists must be eliminated:

March 2013 — calls for all religions to unite.

April 18, 2015 — religion should not be confined to personal conscience.

So who decides what I should believe? Recently Pope Francis condemns religious fundamentalists and states: “A fundamentalist group even if it kills no one, nor strikes no one, is violent. The mental structure of fundamentalism is violence in the name of God.”

Fundamentalists believe in following the Bible and God’s holy word explicitly. The papacy says, ‘’No — our tradition is more important and takes precedent over holy scripture.” Further, it is very clear that protestant religions have capitulated totally to the papacy who has not changed one iota of their dogma since the protestant revolution. Where are we heading? The Roman church says, “let us join together.” Christ says, “Come out of her my people,” 2 Corinthians 6:17. Something to ponder.

Paul M. Shannon