My wife and I just moved away from Longview after 49 years.
We were very active in the Longview School District. We both were substitute teachers. She volunteered in classrooms. I walked the halls at R.A. Long in the mornings. I announced sporting events.
We were really sad to see that the Longview school ballot issue was defeated. Why? These schools need to rebuilt. And other schools need repaired (heating and air conditioning).
I have taught at R.A. Long and all three middle schools. It is either too cold or too hot. Teachers should not have to teach in this environment nor should students have to attend classes in this environment.
Also, we are the only district without turf. Turf would allow more sporting events at the stadium. We could host playoff games.
I am so ashamed of the citizens of Longview. We need to provide for our students. How can teachers teach and students learn in run down schools? Please, Longview, think of these students.
Blind fealty, as most recently demonstrated by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to President Donald Trump, is deeply disappointing to this constituent.
On Oct. 31, she had the solemn duty to uphold Article I of the Constitution for which she was elected; a vote on the resolution that sets impeachment inquiry procedures. It is disappointing that the Congresswoman’s "no" vote shows me she has no curiosity for fact gathering.
Also, her response to my concerns about the president’s Ukraine conduct was a parrot of GOP talking points. As a result I am convinced she is not an independent thinker.
Thanks for the election coverage we depend on. ("Read election coverage online tonight, in print Thursday" by The Daily News, Nov. 6, 2019, posted at tdn.com.).
Our recent voting is the first step in our democratic system. We continue to count on the media to bring us updates of what our government is doing, so we as citizens can provide feedback.
Thanking our representatives when they do good things, such as Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler co-sponsoring the bipartisan House Resolution 517, supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. At the same time, asking her to support the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit that will provide ladders out of poverty for millions of Americans in any new tax legislation.
Our voices make a difference, our representatives do listen, and The Daily News provides information and a place for us to speak up in this essential process of democracy.
Why do people fight so hard to defend something, despite all the proof that it's a lie? Why believe a foreign country, one openly vying for power over the U.S.? What's it going to take? What more do you need to see before finally realizing the proposed methanol plant is not the "great economic booster" for Kalama and Cowlitz County that Northwest Innovation Works says it is?
Do we all want jobs closer to home? Absolutely! Do we want those jobs to come at such a disastrous cost? No. Those of us opposed to the methanol refinery aren't the enemy, we're your families, friends and neighbors; and we're fighting to protect everything we all love so much about Kalama. We're not against commercial or industrial businesses, we just don't want the long list of negatives associated with this refinery. I wish those supporting this refinery would forget what you heard from NWIW and look at all the facts with a fresh perspective. The claims don't add up. Kalama deserves better.
We now have a political movement that believes that if you commit a crime, you should be allowed to vote? But if you don't commit a crime you should lose your right to bear arms because someone else committed a crime?
The Bill of Rights is not a list of things the government gave to you. It is a list of rights they cannot take away from you, ever.
Trump and his followers are constantly defending against flimsy accusations of racism. It’s getting old; especially when they’re unfounded at best and misquoted at worst. Moreover, any action by Trump is reconfigured to be America’s death knell. Any policy is re-interpreted as the epitome of evil. Even when he doesn’t say anything out loud, we’re to believe there’s a ‘dog-whistle’.
K.D. Slade pointed out how Trump is ruining America (The Daily News letters to the editor, Oct. 11). Perhaps Slade would rather have all of America be like the Department of Motor Vehicles, full of bureaucracy and regulations. H.J. Res.40 doesn’t change mental health restrictions on gun ownership so much as it prevents the National Instant Criminal Background Check System from accessing Social Security information — yet another bureaucratic measure that doesn’t change restrictions on the “mentally defective.” Similarly, Trump’s initiative to roll back Obama-era coal regulations does away with obtrusive and vague legislation. What’s “hydrologic balance” anyway? Instead of assuming that every one of Trump’s actions is vile, racist and evil, instead consider that there’s perhaps a logical reason for pushing back on governmental encroachment.
First, let me thank The Daily News for publishing the amount of money being spent on the city council races It clearly shows that if you want to run for these offices, you need deep pockets. Second, it puts to rest the issue of "non-partisan" and clearly shows which party supports which candidate. None of these people are non-partisan. It is sad that city politics has to be about party politics.
Today's (Oct. 31) paper has an article involving those city politicians advertising their opposition to the state gun laws. I voted against those laws and oppose them also. My question is how do they affect city politics? In my opinion, they don't; it's just a right wing ploy to sway voters.
Sad, it would seem that those putting out that ad will stop at nothing to get your vote. Ah well such are the politics of the right. It's O.K. to deceive as long as it suits your purpose.
Is full mitigation impossible for the Kalama methanol refinery?
Washington Department of Ecology has done the right thing by requesting that proponents of the Kalama fracked gas to methanol refinery provide details on a viable plan to mitigate greenhouse gas produced. Real 100% mitigation prevents an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas (for example, by sequestering CO2). Setting up a mitigation board does not sequester CO2; purchasing “offsets” which are arbitrary CO2 allotments to other companies is unlikely to sequester CO2; planting seedlings sequesters minimally at first. The world’s largest methanol refinery is enormous and anything less than full, real mitigation would worsen the climate disaster and violate state greenhouse gas reduction goals. Full, real mitigation means proponents must provide evidence that it is possible with mitigation, from day one, to realistically prevent the refinery from increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases.
Got a surprise when I went to the Cowlitz County Treasurer's office to pay my taxes recently.
I usually pay by check, but since I get cash back using my credit card, I decided to use it. In order to use a credit card they charge you 2.5% of your total tax bill. Needless to say I did not use it.
As if they don’t get enough in taxes already, that is just “highway robbery.”
The Kelso City Council Position 6 has two newcomers running for the vacancy with Larry Alexander’s retirement: Lisa Alexander and Thomas Loren.
I have worked with both of them in committee work and community events. Both have a passion for Kelso and want to make a positive difference.
The online Voters Pamphlet has laudatory things to say about both of them. Perhaps I can add a few distinctions to help those who are undecided. Thomas is working locally and attending Washington State University-Vancouver, where he studies public affairs and drama. Lisa has focused on child care and community volunteering.
In a meeting setting, however, Thomas’ advantage is listening and analyzing. If constructive criticism is offered, Thomas weighs it and appreciates the feedback. With regard to policy, I was disappointed when Lisa wanted the needle exchange program stopped even though her family has personally been touched by the drug crisis.
I am a Cowlitz County resident but am unable to vote in either city council election.
I do want city council members elected who deliberate wisely and with heart, and “play nice” with others.
For these reasons, I am a strong supporter of Thomas Loren for Kelso City Council.
This is the follow up to my previous letter (The Daily News, Oct. 1) titled "China's anniversary" regarding the pre- celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
The pomp, drama and advanced military technology on display at the celebrations aired on YouTube Monday night (Sept. 30) sent a dramatic, carefully rehearsed message to the world the following day that China has emerged as a global military power.
To some it would appear to be the only thing that Beijing did to celebrate that momentous historical event. They simply watched it through their own ideological prisms and saw it as proof of the rising military might and geopolitical ambition of a country different from their own.
Yet viewed objectively, the grand ceremony actually provided the world with an opportunity to appreciate an entirely different picture and to hear a completely different message, as the country reflected on its past and looked forward to the future.
The dazzling parade played an important domestic role as well, drumming up fervent nationalism and loyalty. Thousands of people waved flags rapturously throughout the parade, as gigantic portraits of Communist party leaders, beginning with the founding leader Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) and ending with Xi Jinping.
It's vital that we vote our values, so I'll be voting for Spencer Boudreau for Longview City Council position 3. Spencer is an effective advocate for public safety, infrastructure, housing opportunities, family wage jobs and economic development, to name a few. Spencer Boudreau strongly opposes rent control, higher utility rates, an income tax and carbon taxes.
He also devotes a significant amount of time and effort working in the community through several community clean ups, downtown beautification projects, served or is serving on boards and commissions. He can hit the ground running on day one of his term.
He seeks out new ideas and different perspectives, weighs the alternatives,considers possible outcomes and develops reasonable positions. He's approachable, trustworthy, engaged and genuinely committed to governing well. Spencer has weathered the storm of personal attacks like a champ. He doesn't let things phase him or prevent him from fighting for what's best for our community by his representation on council. Please join me in voting for Spencer Boudreau and bringing his youthful vision and perspective into 2020.
I want to congratulate The Daily News for the historical facsimiles reproduced in your October 18th edition. A famous American author once noted that the past wasn’t dead, it wasn’t even past. The Daily News of August 20th, 1926 is another verification of this sage observation. Above the fold was a headline: “Restrictive Immigration, High Wages, High Tariff Urged By Secretary Davis."
James J. Davis was Calvin Coolidge’s Secretary of Labor and was visiting Longview at the time. These words also fit policies promoted by the Trump Administration in 2019. These were bad policies then and are bad policies now.
The terms of the Versailles Peace Treaty, the attempt to reestablish the gold standard at pre-WW1 values, and restrictive trade policies proved a toxic brew for post war recovery, except in the US.
The war was “over there” and we financed a significant portion of allied expenditures and became the world leader in finance, a role previously played by Great Britain.
A real recovery would have required, at the very least, freer trade policies, serious modification of the gold standard and expanded lending by the US. None of this occurred and the rest is history - a tragic history.
For the past 48 years we have resided within the City of Longview; have experienced the raising of four children to adulthood; have been involved in various community activities, clubs and groups; and have voted in each and every local, state and national election. During this period, Barry was an attorney and partner with the Walstead Mertsching Law Firm and Leslie the "home boss." This is our first letter to the editor for The Daily News.
Please join us in voting for John Melink and Ruth Kendall for Longview City Council! We agree with the numerous public and private endorsements in favor of John and Ruth. We strongly reject the recommendations from the TDN editorial board regarding Mike Wallin and Don Jensen whose political/public behavior has greatly diminished the "standing" and reputation of the City Council.
I want to start by saying I am not from Longview, but my daughter and her mother call it home. I am, however, a veteran of three foreign wars, and I spent 20 years putting my life on the line for your city, our great nation and millions more around the world that didn't have the means to stand up and fight for themselves. This past weekend I had the distinct honor to once again serve — in your community and the less privileged that also call Longview home.
On that cold night, I helped serve coffee and hot chocolate underneath the gazebo at City Center. The only thing more appalling than their living conditions was the fact your city council used it as a platform to score political points during an election year. The same divisiveness that has paralyzed our nation was on ugly display as members of the Republican Party stood on one side and volunteers from Love Overwhelming and genuinely kind citizens on the other. What I didn't see was the leadership needed to bring both sides together to effect real change for your city. Instead of offering bi-partisan solutions for the homeless, your mayor seemed more concerned people weren't asking questions about sidewalks (seriously?). If we truly want to make our nation great again, we need to start by addressing the "us versus them" mentality that is tearing us apart...the very idea that citizenship trumps humanity is un-American and it goes against everything service members fight and die for all over the world.
I've seen the things Spencer Boudreau has done for our community, and I have full faith he has the ability to serve us on our city council. Please join me in supporting Spencer Boudreau so he can push to advance our interests and protect our rights and values for the future. Spencer supports job growth, supports hiring more police officers, and supports fixing our city water. We need his fresh perspective and his community experience. He's been attending city council meetings for almost four years. We need actual experience serving our community. We need candidates that support public safety, and safety improvements. Spencer Boudreau has been a leader in advocating for a safer community, and for that reason, I am voting for him. We need good leaders that will represent our interests, not advocate for higher taxes and handouts. Longview needs positive change, and a fresh perspective. Spencer Boudreau brings just that. Please vote for Spencer and vote for a better, safer, cleaner community.
My wife and I moved to Longview 11 years ago and we are raising three great kids here. We opened a business here, and have made many lasting friendships here. This is a great community. This community supports families. This community needs to show support of our schools and our future by voting "Yes" on the Longview School District capital bond.
One of the projects the capital bond seeks to address is the decrepit nature of Memorial Stadium, once a centerpiece of the Longview athletic scene. The track and playing field are in terrible condition. A new playing surface similar to the turf installed by the Kelso School District after the passage of their bond will allow our kids more access without fear of damaging it to the point it is rendered unplayable for high school athletics.
This capital bond can be a fresh start for the children of Longview. It will fund safety and facility upgrades to many of our schools. It will fund the replacement of elementary schools that are far beyond repair. It will fund a new athletic facility. We have the opportunity to build on the progress that has been made over the last few years. Now is the time to make this investment.