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School bond issue

Please don’t let history repeat itself. Let’s not replicate the late ‘80s experience with the remodel of Mark Morris High School. The architects presented an ideal two-story school, similar to Woodland High School. One roof to take care of, much more energy efficient, smaller footprint, and a school where security could be addressed.

That bond issue was defeated. Yes, it would have cost more at the time, but I’d guess taxpayers have paid, at higher costs, for that difference with upgrades over the years while security issues remain.

Timing for this bond is ideal with low interest rates. Consider the long-term costs. Some say “we could do it cheaper” and vote no. That would result with four elementary schools following the same scenario we did with Mark Morris.

While the estimates address some of the possible increases in construction costs, as The Daily News recently reported, recent projects have become even more expensive than planned. The longer we wait, the greater the ultimate cost will be.

Let’s do it right this time. Vote “yes” on Nov. 7.

Don Wiitala


Home again

I would like to thank Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue’s firefighters and EMTs for getting my wife to St. John emergency room. Promptly!

I want to thank the staff and doctors, including Kaiser doctors, for getting her stabilized and into the ICU.

I want to thank all the staff and doctors, including Kaiser doctors, for everything it took to get her to a room.

Thanks to the staff and doctors on the sixth floor for getting her well enough to go to Frontier Rehab.

Thanks to the Frontier staff for their good care, and I have her home now.

Bob Neely



The Daily News has twice published editorials containing unfounded and false speculation and accusations regarding the competency and dedication of my engineering staff, and your recent follow up editorial was inadequate at best. I support legitimate free press and news organizations, especially during these times of attacks on the media by our president and his supporters. However, I am no longer willing to support an organization whose leadership does not bother to gather facts and research situations before publishing accusations and speculation. I have canceled my Daily News subscription.

Jeff Cameron



Regarding Alan Howard’s letter of Oct. 5: Most modern weapons don’t have a fixed capacity. Their magazines determine capacity, they vary widely, and can be altered at home with little trouble. Very few civilians have ever died from legal automatic weapons (and not many more from illegal ones). Moreover there were no automatic weapons known to be involved in the Las Vegas shooting. There are relatively few automatic weapons among the general public, and they’re almost never used in crimes. Moreover, they’re heavily regulated and extremely expensive ($10,000-$50,000 each). There are few meaningful differences between the weapons used in mass casualty events and standard hunting weapons. In fact, many people hunt with these exact weapons (though that’s not what they’re intended for). We suffered a far higher homicide rate when nearly all deaths were caused by revolvers with a capacity of eight or fewer rounds. Even now only about 3 percent of homicides are committed with rifles. As to what it would take to remove all semi-automatic firearms from the public, that’s easy: all out civil war.

Kristin Guttormsen


Good people

I thank the person who found my wallet outside of Walmart (by Home Depot) on Tuesday, Sept. 26. I hope this person knows how much I appreciate their gesture.

There are good people in this town!

Lloyd Harkey