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Sept. 13 Letters to the Editor

Leading from the front

Taken together, Obama’s early “apology tour” decrying American colonialism; his chiding of Romney (“the cold war was over”); his canceling the east European missile shield; the downsizing of the American Navy; his comment caught on tape (“I’ll have more freedom after the election”); his line in the sand; all have given Putin the confidence he needs.

Obama’s visit to Estonia could only be viewed by all of Russia as nothing more than a laughable road show.

Time for a reset: America leads from the front.

Wayne Mayo

Scappoose, Ore.

Views from the ivory tower

One wonders if our elected officials look out the windows of their ivory tower and see a vast pasture full of cash cows just waiting to be milked. How long has it been since the city raised our utility rates by 3 percent and now it wants another $6.23 per month. Now that may not seem like much to those who have well-paying jobs, but to the many who are on fixed incomes and the working poor, it just yet adds to their financial burden. We all understand that things wear out and must be replaced and/or brought up to the constantly changing government specs and we don’t mind paying our fair share, but when we see the stupid waste of our money on projects like tearing up Commerce Avenue for no apparent reason, we have a tendency to become irritated. Is it true that the money being used for that was a government grant for that flaky and failed Cordon project? Now the council is going to spend another $217,000 to restudy the feasibility of returning to the Cowlitz River for our water. Didn’t anyone read the history books? Didn’t our founders drill a well in the same vicinity of our current foul water system in 1923 and reject the water as unfit and went instead to the river? One more question, one of the reasons for the proposed increase is to repair the damage done to the streets by the garbage trucks, since they are going to raise their rates, why doesn’t Waste Control have to cover some of that cost? What a sweet deal they have.

Daniel Stanley

Longview

Traffic cam needed

It’s Sept. 3, at approximately 9:15 a.m. I am sitting in the left-turn lane at Ocean Beach Highway and Cowlitz Way waiting for the light. I observe an gentleman with a fluorescent green vest on, with “WDOT” on the back, kicking and shaking the “right turn only” sign, perhaps to see if it will hold against a tornado? I also notice that in the center “straight only” lane is a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s car about three cars ahead of me. Behind him was a car with its left-turn signal on. And then the light turns green. The sheriff goes straight like he is supposed to, but the red car directly behind him turns left. Seriously? The sheriff’s just kept right on going straight to what was probably the end of his shift. I don’t know what it is going to take for the powers that be to get it together and make the stoplights angled properly over their lanes.

If this girl gets in an accident because of some stupid, ignorant driver, well not only will I be taking them to court, but there is a good chance I will be taking the city of Longview, city of Kelso and Cowlitz County to court for negligence. If the powers that be had at least one brain between any of them, they would take some of these “turned off” red light cameras and point it right at this intersection. It would take some very, very useful pictures.

Lori Lengyel

Longview

A long time to wait

I don’t know what improvements they’re supposed to be making at Kaiser Permenente, but I, and I’m sure others as well, see the mess they have created. Before, it was no problem seeing the doctor and getting prescriptions filled in no time at all. Now it is an absolute nightmare. I waited an hour or better for my number to be called and, after it was called, it was another 15 minutes. I’m sure there are a lot of disgusted folks out there including me. The system was fine before, now it is an absolute mess. Nobody should have to wait an hour or better for a prescription to be filled.

Kevin Almeida

Longview

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