Letters to the Editor

Vote for schools

If you are not convinced that the Longview School District Bond proposal will benefit the students of the Longview Schools, please drive by Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary on 30th Avenue. On the left side of the building you well see large metal boxes that look like shipping containers. Those are classrooms which would be replaced by including them in the construction plans. If you are still convinced that you should not vote “yes,” please drive by Mint Valley Elementary on 38th. On the left side of the building you will see large metal boxes that look like boxcars. Again, they are classrooms which would be included within the new building. If you are still not convinced the you should vote “yes,”, drive by Northlake Elementary on Olympia Way. On the left are portable classrooms which look like storage containers for yard equipment. They are classrooms which will be in the new building. For a final drive by, try Olympic Elementary. The portables are tucked behind the building, but they are there. Please vote for schools.

Mary VanSickle


A great chance

Most of the letters I have read in this newspaper about the upcoming school bond have been positive. I appreciate them. I’m all for the bond. I volunteer at one of the grade schools that needs to be replaced. The children have to go out in inclement weather just to get to the portables. This needs to stop. This school needs to be replaced so the children can stay in the building most of the time. The classrooms need to be larger to meet the needs of the teachers and children. This school has wonderful teachers, staff and children. These children need an improved placed for learning. Please give these wonderful children a great chance and vote “yes” for the schools.

Linda Wells


Support for Quast

Dianne Quast is running for Longview City Council position 6. Because of her experience and dedication to Longview, I am supporting her campaign.

She is an ordained minister who has worked for the Seattle Housing Authority managing housing units in urban, suburban, and rural areas.She also worked for the Portland Housing Authority for seven years and for the Spokane Housing Authority.

In recent years she worked as a business development and strategic planning consultant throughout the Northwest. She has lived in Longview for 12 years and currently is the chair of the city Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

In a group, Dianne exhibits strong leadership skills along with a non- abrasive personality.She is a high energy person who is committed to adding family wage jobs to our community and to maintaining and strengthening the quality of life we experience living in Longview.

I invite you to join me in voting for Dianne for City Council position 6.

Wayne Ostermiller


God in America

Since 1776, America has lived by the guidelines (Constitution) set by our founding fathers. The Bible and the Ten Commandments therein has been our faith and the basis for our laws to live by in peace. Immigrants of years of old came to America for a better life and became as American as anyone else. If they had different religious beliefs, they did not interfere with ours. Now that our religious beliefs are in danger by the politically correct government and the non-Christians, our nation is on the decline with crime, morals, pride, laziness and so much more! America’s future depends on today! God bless American with the strength to take our country back before it is demolished within.

Ernie Gerald


Snowed in

I’m impressed! It snowed in Bellingham Friday, and Woodland and Longview school districts didn’t cancel school.

Peter Isaacson


Political propaganda

I received a mailer recently from Homework for Voters, powered by Tim Sutinen, a group that has been denied ability to publish an ad in this very newspaper for lack of veracity. This piece targeted the challenging candidates for city council. While it, inaccurately and briefly, mentioned the issues, it primarily focuses on personal attacks.

Without specifically repeating the worst of the mailer, it made use of her testimony in a domestic abuse trial, of which she was the alleged victim, to poorly attempt to disqualify Ms. Rosewood for the position. This is an absolutely disgusting attempt to use the self-defense of a victim, even if only alleged, in one of the most painful and personal periods in one’s life for political gain. I understand a lot is at stake in this election but there are lines that should not be crossed and this is clearly one.

Vote for who you will, but vote for the right reasons, not for the reasons this embarrassing piece of political propaganda. Be better than Tim Sutinen’s propaganda.

Garrett Imeson


How it works

It is our duty to vote and your editorial did a good job explaining many of the reasons why. (‘Do your duty and vote’ editorial in The Daily News, Oct. 31, 2017) Additionally, it is how we teach our children the importance of voting in a democracy. Beyond voting is making our voices heard by our elected representatives both locally and nationally. This is part of the reason the recent health care bills failed, instead of causing millions to lose their health care insurance. Now our voices need to be heard to stop a tax “reform” that will benefit the rich and corporations. This will not only put us into $1.5 trillion of new debt, but increase hunger and poverty in our country by cutting safety net programs to pay for it. So, get out and vote, and make sure your voices are heard locally and nationally, that’s how a representative democracy works.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Wash.

In memoriam

Lest you think that everyone who has lost someone is waiting for an opportunity to attack you if you say the wrong thing, it’s just not true. Attending a memorial service to honor a friend or a friend’s family is extremely important and may be remembered for a lifetime. Your lack of attendance may be as well although sometimes it can’t be helped.

Remember these simple rules.

1. Funerals are not laughing matters. Joking, visiting in a jovial fashion no matter who you see there, is out of place. Even if there’s a reception. Be sober and thoughtful.

2. Never say, “I know how you feel,” even if you do. Let the bereaved make the connection.

3. A soft hug, a pat on the back, a note saying something to the effect of your fondest memory and a commitment to pray for the comfort of the family is appropriate.

Your attendance and brief moment of gentle comfort matters. Don’t miss the opportunity.

Wayne Mayo

Scappoose, Oregon