Letters to the Editor

Fact check

For several weeks you have printed multiple comments that the tax reduction plan wouldn’t work and has never worked. You printed such comment in the “letters from the uninformed” column the very day of the announcement that millions of dollars in employee bonuses had been awarded based on just the announcement of the plan.

You have nothing to lose if you try an experiment of printing only the truth and see if it increases your circulation. Fact-check all submissions on every page and either refuse to print them or add a disclaimer.

Don Cullen

Kelso

Power and hope

There is power in the #MeToo campaign that should not be ignored.

There is hope when survivors of sexual assault are believed.

Fear and intimidation kept survivors silent, but that culture is drastically changing.

Sexual violence in all forms, including sexual harassment, is a significant and disturbing issue. It’s an issue that our community should not stay silent about. It’s critical to believe survivors when they tell their story, because these stories deeply affect their lives.

We can change the culture in our community by showing support for survivors.

We can change the culture by being an active bystander.

Addressing sexual violence consistently can change these negative societal norms.

We invite our community to stand with us in solidarity. Join us in an event to support survivors on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Student Center at Lower Columbia College, 1600 Maple Street. Hear survivors tell their stories and learn how you can be an ally for change.

For any survivors or loved ones of survivors wanting support, contact Hope Project at 360-703-3762.

Stacey Spencer

Longview

Equal footing

If a local business owner is robbed of $100,000 of merchandise, this is seen as criminal and government steps in to protect the victim. If private lands suffer devaluations from increasingly severe land-use laws, property owners are left high and dry and must seek relief through expensive court actions, or resign themselves to suffer “big brother’s” rules. It is clear, rural land owners are not on equal footing with all constituents. Big county government goes out of it’s way to enslave thousands of acres of rural land and hold it in limbo for the future pleasure of a city. Opportunities are lost, families are intentionally displaced, and the American Dream becomes unaffordable. It is shameful the way big government chooses to subsidize the interests of some constituents, but not others. They still collect our taxes! Clark County Citizens United rejects unequal treatment of rural citizens and continues to fiercely challenge how big government plans the futures of our properties without us. CCCU is currently in the middle of a costly battle to advance critical court actions that protect Constitutional rights against abusive regulations. The courts have said, “Rural land owners have rights, too,” and CCCU intends to protect those rights for the financial and cultural stability of all those who live and work in the state.

Susan Rasmussen,

Clark County Citizens United

Ridgefield, Washington

Hope for the future

On Dec. 28, Don Orange was sworn in as a commissioner for the Port of Vancouver. This marked a successful electoral win — especially because his opponent’s campaign was funded by fossil fuel interests. More than that, this was a victory for hopefulness. Individual citizens who care about the future of their community can make a difference.

As we enter a new year, challenges remain. In particular, we must oppose the world’s largest methanol refinery proposed for Kalama. Let’s encourage Gov. Inslee to lead our state into a clean-energy future.

Jean M. Avery

Vancouver

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