This summer it became obvious that two wooden porches attached to our 80-year-old home needed to be rebuilt. With some trepidation, I applied to the County Building and Planning Department for a permit. My experience working with the department throughout the project was very positive. Everyone I worked with there was professional, courteous, and helpful. They were extraordinarily patient with me, even though I have little experience with standard construction practices. I received many helpful suggestions from various department employees, and we now have two attractive, sturdily built porches that meet code. Many thanks to all those who helped me through this project.
A letter writer (The Daily News, Sept. 15) thinks that if I learn of another Israeli group with ecumenical compassion or embarrassed by their often-brutal apartheid society I will change my opinion of that government, supported by billions of U.S. dollars. Learning that George Washington, in his will, freed his slaves upon Martha’s death and provided support for those too old or young (less than 25, as I recall) to care for themselves enhanced my opinion of George but it didn’t make me think better of slave society. The rest of her comments are creative history, including a claim that the Balfour Declaration gave the West Bank to Israel. The declaration was just that, a declaration, by Britain in 1917. After extensive and intensive lobbying by Zionists, Britain said it would favor the establishment of a “national home” (specific wording, perhaps allowing for alternative meanings) so long “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.
Her history, like the original official history issued by Israeli, was self-serving. When historians gained access to the government files, “new historians” such as Israeli Benny Morris made significant revelations. Rather than 750,000 Palestinian refugees being the result of invitations from Arab countries, they resulted from fright, some intentional terrorism by Israeli forces, execution of captives (no prison facilities were available), the desire to have land and homes for holocaust survivors (U.S. and Britain exclusion thwarted many desires), and physical transport to what would become Israeli borders and expulsion into Arab countries. The only truth to the Israeli story was that some Arab countries did encourage women and children to escape the ravages of war. All nations have origin myths.
Mike Karnofski is a proven leader and his over 40 years of management experience in the private sector and local government is a great opportunity for the city of Kelso. He is well respected by his colleagues, local community leaders, and at the state level for his abilities to find common ground and build consensus. His recognized leadership, ability to build consensus, and experience in both local government and private sector has been acknowledged by his colleagues at the CEDC and Mike has been appointed to continue as a member of the CEDC board and executive leadership committee.
He is keenly aware of the importance of economic development and his extensive experience as Weyerhaeuser’s environmental manager provide’s Kelso residents with the opportunity for Kelso to attract business that will provide both a strong community conscience for the City’s health & safety while providing excellent family wage jobs and tax base.
Mike’s commitment to continue to serve Kelso is to be commended and I would encourage electing Mike Karnofski to the Kelso City Council.