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Speed limits

A white sedan struck two pedestrians in the intersection between Delaware and Seventh Avenue on Friday afternoon. One was killed and another was critically injured. This needs to stop; these cars are driving too fast around our schools and parks and playgrounds. The speed signs need to be changed to 25 mph. Here is what the law says:

Longview municipal code 11.68.070: When signs are so erected giving notice thereof, no person shall disobey the restrictions stated on such signs.

RCW 46.61.400: no person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed in excess of such maximum limits; (a) 25 miles per hour on city and town streets.

RCW 46.61.430: No governing body or authority of such city or town or other political subdivision may have the power to pass or enforce any ordinance, rule, or regulation requiring a different rate of speed.

RCW 46.61.440: A county or city or town may create a school or playground speed zone ... in which zone it is unlawful for a person to operate a vehicle at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour.

Your city council is the official legislative body of the city of Longview. City, do your job and answer this letter in the newspaper for all to read.

Robert Klinefelter


History revisited

Once a year, a window is opened into the past. A time when Cowlitz County had only loggers, fish seining, farmers and one-room schoolhouses. When bread was baked over a wood stove and traded for smoked salmon with Indian tribes living along the Columbia River. Visit a post office, its mail delivered by steam, sailing ships. Hear stories of logging when axes and oxen were used in the woods.

Join children for a treasure hunt, bean bag toss or learn a “cats cradle.” Travel a short distance down a road, as wagons had traveled along Germany Creek in the 1800’s. A little church will have candlemaking and spinning wool demonstrations.

Pictures on display of logging camps, schools & homesteads.

Take a step back in time, experience the days when our grandfathers were alive, and friends lived just a holler away. Enjoy a farmers market, raffles, bell choir and food.

Come to see “Remnants of the Past” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Stella Historical Museum, located 10 miles west of Longview on Ocean Beach Highway.

Jo Jo Johnson


Fought for freedom

As I’ve watched the images of the new Nazis with their hate speech and prejudice, it makes me think of my father-in-law, Harold “Fin” Findlay.

In 1942, at age 18, he left the USA to fight the Nazis. He was at Kasserine Pass in North Africa for the Americans’ worst defeat of the war. He was part of the bloody invasion of Sicily and Italy. The Allied forces eventually defeated the Nazis in Africa and Europe but all of this came at a cost of American, British and French lives as well as over 20 million Russians and the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in their attempt to eliminate the entire race.

Fin risked his life and saw many others die to defeat the Nazi war machine. He would be appalled to see the rise of Nazism in his beloved USA.

Let us not forget the words of Franklin Roosevelt when he articulated the rationale for the war, “The Four Freedoms” — freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God in one’s own way, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

We must all speak out. Say “NO” to Nazism.

Fin, you and your generation’s sacrifices will not be forgotten.

Tom Hickey