Opinion

LETTER: Washougal Council Needs to Listen to Constituents

November 30, 2011

In his Nov. 22 Post-Record guest column, Washougal City Councilman Michael Delavar says he thinks Washougal’s City Council should “ignore the conclusions of the strategic planning team” because “much of the work done so far has been based on a precariously unscientific survey.” This is his response to the strategic planning team’s second progress...
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LETTER: Washougal Strategic Plan Survey One Part of the Entire Strategic Plan Process

November 30, 2011

I am amazed to hear that after close to a year of work Mr. Delavar has decided that the Strategic Planning Team’s results “may not be meaningful.” At the beginning the citizens and business owners were asked how they would like to see the City of Washougal look in the future. The questions were...
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Hal Zimmerman; the Great Networker

November 16, 2011
Hal Zimmerman; the Great Networker

In August I attended the memorial service for Hal Zimmerman, long-time Camas citizen, owner of the Camas-Washougal Post Record for 23 years, state legislator for 22, as well as advocate for his city’s quality of life, which eventually earned him the title of “Citizen of the Century”. Zimmerman worked as news editor of the Sedro...
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Tension Mounts During Last Week Before Election Day

November 3, 2011
Tension Mounts During Last Week Before Election Day

Does it feel like everyone is holding their breath?  And no one dares to exhale until next Tuesday evening?  There are many people who have fingers and toes crossed, in hopes that this November 8th election goes in the direction they desire. This has been an election to remember.  Never has Washougal had so...
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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign…..

October 24, 2011
Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign…..

You’ve seen them everyday, on every corner, around every bend.   Political signs.  There is just no avoiding them.  But just how effective are they?  Do people really decide who to vote for based on the candidates signs? I decided to find out.  Here you will see all the signs that are currently posted...
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LETTER: Clear Reasons Why Gary Larson, Jack Hoober, and John Clancy Should be Retained as ECFR Commissioners

October 21, 2011

I was a volunteer firefighter with Fire District 9 for 26 years before the recent merger to what is now East County Fire and Rescue.  During my fire service, I had held a number of different positions and was assistant chief when I retired in 2002. In that 26 years, I attended numerous meetings with Gary Larson pertaining...
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LETTER: Regarding Questions about ECFR Volunteer Fire Fighter Training

October 16, 2011

East County Fire & Rescue Fire Fighters logged 5,377 training hours in FY2010.  This included national standard classes on Fire Fighter I & II; Hazardous Materials response & Incident Command; Incident Safety Officer, Instructor; and several Wildland firefighting disciplines.  There are State certifications for Emergency Driving, There were in-house academies on Strategy & Tactics, Pump Operation...
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LETTER: Be Informed about Upcoming ECFR Commissioner Elections

October 16, 2011

I retired from ECFR in 2008 after serving our rural community as a volunteer firefighter since 1977.  During that time I saw many improvements in Fire District 9.  The merger with Fire District 1 in 2006 created East County Fire & Rescue. Not only did that add many volunteers, it raised the Board of...
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LETTER: Keep Emergency Preparedness Education by Electing Clancy, Hoober, and Larson

October 15, 2011

My husband and I completed a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class presented by East County Fire and Rescue.  Since we have begun our family, we felt it was our duty as parents to always provide for our family no matter the circumstance, especially in a disaster, whether it be natural or man-made. My husband...
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LETTER: ECFR has Great Balance

October 13, 2011

Ask yourself, if you owned a chicken ranch would you hire foxes for security? Union, non-union, or volunteer fire fighters don’t make the best fire commissioners due to the potential for conflicts of interest when voting on issues that affect compensation or working conditions. A commissioner would have to abstain from voting on all...
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