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Letters to the Editor

Encouraged by clinic

I have lived in Kelso for more than 60 years and I have watched many changes in those years.

Some changes were progressive and others were regressive, but I feel that the addition of the methadone clinic is progressive. For the last several years, many of our citizens throughout the county have had to travel to Vancouver to participate in the methadone clinic program.

I had the opportunity to tour and attend a session to learn about the Vancouver program and process. I found the experience to be very encouraging as I listened to the many stories from opioid users and how the clinic had changed their lives and the lessons they learned from the counseling sessions.

Our nation is faced with a serious opioid issue, and it needs to be addressed in every city and county. This is the reason I support the opioid clinic in Kelso and I will volunteer my services to its success in helping the citizens of Cowlitz County.

Nancy Harris


Money well spent?

What does it cost when government bureaucracy and competing social service agencies try to create affordable housing?

Consider the following.

Since the 1950s, Terry’s Auto Salvage on North Pacific in Kelso had piles of old tires, scrap vehicles and parts.

In 2004, the property was declared a hazardous site. The auto salvage operation ceased in 2011. Kelso acquired the property in 2012 through a foreclosure action. The DOE (Department of Ecology) awarded the city $755,300 for site clean-up. Kelso removed a building, the cars and parts plus 3,100 tons of contaminated soil and refilled with clean soil.

In 2014, DOE took the property off the hazardous site list.

Lower Columbia CAP proposed building “cottage housing” on the site to provide eight units of affordable housing.

In October 2014, the property was given to CAP who then decided the property was not suitable for cottage housing and sold a portion of it to Life Works for $4,000.

Life Works, using grant money, built a duplex for assisted care for two developmentally challenged people and sold it to the Foundation for the Challenged of Dublin, Ohio, for $329,577.

More than a million dollars spent, and not a single affordable housing unit.

Dan Myers


Gun rights

In response to Lawrence Studebaker’s Jan. 23 Letter to the Editor asking “who are these responsible hunters ... you clearly believe ‘need’ an assault style weapon, or large capacity magazines, or a bump stock.”

Since 1934, the National Firearms Act has restricted sales, ownership, use and transport of assault weapons also known as machine guns. The assault “style” weapons you speak of are semi-automatic which means they require one trigger pull per round fired and are not a NFA weapon.

Pushing for legislation to ban semi-automatic rifles by calling them assault weapons is a misleading and uneducated position.

All my semi-automatic rifles with large capacity magazines are defense weapons and not intended for hunting.

The Second Amendment exists not to put a target on the backs of deer and rabbits, but to give notice to tyrants, whether they hold government offices or hold people up at ATMs, that violent consequences may await those who would deprive others of their rights. The Second Amendment is what makes the other nine possible.

Are the words “Shall not be infringed” not clear enough?

Kelin Ray



“When in doubt, throw it out!” sounds contrary to the spirit of recycling.

Waste Control Recycling sounds more like they are discouraging recycling than promoting it.

If we’re going to save this Earth, we’ve got to recycle everything that’s not organic garbage. We citizens are dependent upon recycling companies to do this. I expect to pay for this service, but also expect these companies to recycle every single thing that is recyclable. At the minimum, they should be part of a network that will.

Steve Anglin

Castle Rock