Letters to the Editor

Waiting for Godot

“Waiting for Godot” is a play that focuses on several characters waiting for Godot to show up. They’re not sure who Godot is, but are convinced that when Godot arrives, things will be better. Finally a messenger comes and announces that, “Godot will not be coming.”

The Millennium story could well be interpreted through the lens of this play. For five years, many in our community have been “waiting for Godot” — waiting for MBT to come to fruition. They were convinced that upon MBT’s arrival, the economy and employment would improve. It’s a classic story of wasted opportunities while waiting.

This past week, a “messenger” announced that, “Godot is not coming.” Ecology denied a key water permit for the project and concluded that the project would cause unavoidable harm to the environment and imperil future generations.

Finally, some agency and agency director with authority, has challenged us to direct our attention on the big picture — the environment, quality of life for our posterity, public health, and renewable energy sources.

John Steppert

Longview

Taxpayers’ tab

I read with interest the article about government fraud in New Jersey. A community of Orthodox Jews was targeted for abusing the social systems; this takes from all of us. It struck me as ironic that at the same time that the FBI is going after this large group that took $2 million in benefits they were not entitled to, our very own cabinet members are racking up the taxpayers’ tabs for unnecessary chartered flights. The price tag on Tom Price’s abuses runs over $1 million all by himself in eight months alone! Seems to me we’d be money ahead to collect from Tom Price and his buddies in the cabinet in one swoop instead of all these petty targets. Also would like to see the president reimburse us for all his wasteful “rally” trips. Just some tax saving ideas from a taxpayer.

Marion Oman

Long Beach

Vote for Merz

The mayoral race in Kalama gives us an opportunity to decide whether bureaucracy will decide our next mayor or whether the voters will decide. At issue appears to be a claim by some other candidates that Tom Merz, a write in candidate, does not have the prerequisite requirement of one-year residency in Kalama prior to the term of office. Such restrictions are written in to law to prevent jumping over into a jurisdiction solely for political advantage, typically devoid of consideration for the values and needs of the new jurisdiction.

The general attitude of the Legislature is to let the people decide with their ballots the outcome of an election. That is what should happen in Kalama. The citizens are faced with some clear choices: bureaucrats versus their own native son, Tom Merz.

Kalama fundamental values are at stake, and those values are best understood by those who grew up here, learned from Kalama elders, and experienced the seminal nature of a wonderful community. I hope Kalama will keep its values, and I will help this by voting for Tom Merz and urging you to do so also.

Arne Mortensen

Kalama

Longview Schools

How would you like to build three modern, safe, new elementary schools with enough space to lower class sizes, get rid of portable classrooms, and remodel one additional school all at a lower property tax rate than you’re paying right now?

Sounds amazing, right? But you have that opportunity next month if you vote “YES” for the Longview School District bond measure. With the changes in state school funding and current bonds paying off, property owners will actually pay less in 2019 that we do in 2017. For more information, go to voteyesschools.com.

Please join me and vote “yes” for Longview Schools.

Melinda McCrady

Longview

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