These are the two best

What we think and say counts. We need to be thoughtful, careful, and loving.

By thoughtful I mean, think for yourself, instead of letting others or the internet think for you; by careful I mean, don’t let fear and canned solution take over; and by loving, I refer to friendship, kindness, helpfulness, forgiveness, and mercy.

I wish it were not necessary to speak of such obvious things, but there are those who have hate in their hearts, they are driven by fear, and they imply that civil war is inevitable. Then there are others who think similarly, but hide those beliefs, because they know the general public will not knowingly accept them.

Joanna Turner is a Klickitat County Commission candidate from the west end of the county. Joanna received a lot more votes than her opponent in the primary because the voters who best know these candidates liked what they saw in her.

Jim Sizemore is the incumbent from east Klickitat County. Jim has been criticized for exercising caution about corporate development. Jim has a thoughtful and measured approach to governing. Lou Marzeles, editor of The Goldendale Sentinel, has taken Sizemore’s opponent to task for misleading and untrue claims against Sizemore. Unfortunately, it ‘s still true that a lie travels around the world before the truth can get its boots on.

If you don’t want a radical Klickitat County Commission, I believe you should turn out and vote for Turner and Sizemore.

Dave Thies

White Salmon

The biggest issues

Once the pandemic passes, we will need to refocus on the long-term issues that confront our country. In my opinion, the largest of these are climate change, access to health care, the widening wealth gap, and social justice. Throughout her time in Congress, Jaimie Herrera-Beutler has not been a leader in addressing any of these vital issues. Instead, she has consistently supported President Trump, who has tried to undo any progress that has been made in the past. For new leadership, please vote for Carolyn Long for Congress and Joe Biden for President.

Michael Woods

Longview

We need her

We need commonsense representing us in Congress, which is why I am voting to re-elect Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. We’re in a challenging time and need to get our economy back on track. Jaime understands how to do that. Her commonsense policies of keeping taxes low for southwest Washington families and small businesses led us to a record-breaking economy and record low unemployment just prior to COVID-19. We need her leadership to bring us back to that. Carolyn Long has called for raising taxes in the middle of a pandemic. Long is wrong for southwest Washington.

Nansin Malin

Seaview, Washington

Send him back to Olympia

Rep. Chris Corry has my vote! I think he deserves another term. He went to Olympia to work for us—the people of the 14th District. He has worked tirelessly for us on five committees. I like that he has been a conservative voice on the Capital Budget and the House Education Committees. I support his principles of upholding the Constitution and personal accountability. He deserves to continue the work he is doing.

Vote Chris Corry, Republican, for State Representative 14th District.

Rita Andring

Yakima

Check the facts

I don’t understand why political ads on TV can promote lies about their opponent. For example, Jaime Herrera Beutler’s ads contain many statemenst that are untrue about her opponent and what she has supposedly said. I urge everyone to fact-check before making any decisions. And please vote early.

Debbie Olson

White Salmon

What the doctor ordered

Agriculture is the bedrock of the economy in much of the 14th Legislative District. Our prosperity rides on the backs of the men and women who work in our fields, orchards and packing houses. Neglecting the health and well-being of these workers is problematic both ethically and fiscally.

Yet that is precisely what occurred this spring and summer, when Yakima’s agricultural workers bore the brunt of the covid-19 pandemic. Over 23 packinghouses experienced outbreaks, as the community became a national hotspot of cases and deaths. The severity of the outbreak was intensified by the lack of adequate protection and safe working conditions at several local packing houses. Strikes and lawsuits eventually resulted in improved safety measures, such as providing PPE to all workers, but one has to ask why such simple protections weren’t in place from the very beginning.

Too often, vulnerable populations who do our most essential work are left unprotected and unrepresented by those elected to serve them. Too often their safety and well-being are seen as less important than corporate profits and political grandstanding.

If Tracy Rushing is elected as legislative representative of the 14th District, this practice will change. As a local doctor who has seen and understands the lives of our essential workers, she pledges on her website to provide “adequate workplace protections, living wages and humane immigration policies” for those men, women and families who drive the agricultural economy of our region. A vote for Rushing is a vote for much-needed change.

Laura Hancock

White Salmon

The right decisions

Jaime Herrera Beutler doesn’t only talk about lowering the cost of prescription drugs, she’s actually been taking action to do it. Earlier this year, she crossed party lines to vote for a bill that would cut the cost of prescription drugs. As a result, the pharmaceutical industry spends thousands of dollars running attack ads against her. You know you’re effective at lowering prescription drug costs if the pharmaceutical industry comes after you. If you want medications to cost less, vote for Jaime, because she has a proven record of working to make them more affordable for all of us. She is just the type of representative we want working for us in Washington. She makes decisions based on what is right for her constituents, not what the party bosses dictate.

Don Stovall

Camas

A bad deal

This Green New Deal falls under the category of, “If it is too good to be true, it probably is.”

There are many obstacles in this not so tangible idea. Here are some major hurdles that are not solved yet.

For starters, electricity is not man made; it is a fundamental force of the universe. In a limited fashion, humans have accomplished harnessing the energy force.

Unfortunately, we as people have not been able to create an electricity reservoir to be used and stored as needed: a huge electrical lake with a fence around it; open the electrical spillway at will, and there’s fresh electricity for all. If this were accomplished it would be a big, big deal as Nancy Pelosi would say. Only then the Green New Deal may work.

Electricity on a large kilowatt scale is generated at the speed of light. If not used at this velocity, it goes away, wasted. Electron flow is electricity, period; it does not distinguish between wind, solar, hydro, nuclear, or brushing stocking feet across a carpet.

I have seen the public building logo that reads, “This facility is 100 percent powered by Green Energy.” I am sure this gives many environmentalists a warm, fuzzy feeling as they read it. If sun or wind does not blow, this building is powered by all other sources of generation, whatever generation is available. If it were powered with 100 percent green energy, then at times the building would be dark or at best have limited emergency battery lights when Mother Nature does not cooperate. What the facility is doing is paying exorbitant power bills for the exact same energy that we get from our KPUD.

There’s another little rain shower on the solar parade. On a blustery, windy April day, the Colombia is at flood stage, generating a maximum output. The wind turbines are churning, and there is an excess of power that is wasted, gone, not used. The magical electrical reservoir lake is not developed. Likewise, when we are in a deep freeze it is generally just bitter, with no wind.

So, in summary it could metaphorically be said, we are booking exciting adventures to Mars. Unfortunately, we have not developed a spaceship to get us there yet though.

Forrest Ethan Wanous

Goldendale

What's happened to us?

For the last four years, I have been puzzled by reading some letters to the editor published here, naming religion as a reason to vote Republican. Voting Republican means caging children at the border between Mexico and California (they are still there). It means supporting a president who has lied 30,000 + times to us, bragged about not paying taxes, declared bankruptcy, by some accounts cheated on his wife, tried to extort a foreign leader, and lied about being a self-made man. Is there any religion that tells us to lie, cheat, or let people die of a pandemic?

While we common folks are paying our federal taxes, how is the president living his lavish lifestyle? We are paying for it. I had some misconception that religious people would want our leaders to be somewhat moral and caring about us. No one's perfect and no politician especially. But what has happened to the good people in this country who cared about each other?

Marese Mitchell

Goldendale

Thank you

Once again, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has navigated through the partisan sinkholes that stop so many good causes in Washington and succeeded in gaining a critical win for women and for southwest Washington.

Jaime’s bill, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, passed in the House recently with overwhelming support from members of both parties. This bill would implement reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant workers to allow those women to continue working to provide for their families.

This is significant and timely! There are few members of Congress who are aware of or focused on the issues facing young working women and young mothers. Jaime is a leading voice on this issue and is delivering effective results for working women across southwest Washington. Many politicians talk about supporting women who face discrimination in the workplace, but few have done more to actually help these women than Jaime Herrera Beutler. Thank you, Jaime!

Brad Jensen

Camas

Respect for the military

Coming from a military family, I have the utmost respect for all branches of the service. An article recently appeared in The Atlantic magazine stating that Mr. Trump repeatedly has disparaged members of the service, calling them losers and suckers. The report was corroborated by several other reliable sources.

We heard him belittle John McCain for being captured as a POW, beaten, and tortured for five years, so it is easy to imagine that he has indeed denigrated servicemen and women. Despite playing sports in high school, he received five deferments for service during Vietnam because of alleged bone spurs. (Mr. Trump has claimed that these bone spurs were temporary and they now do not affect his ability to golf.) Mr. Trump declares that he has done more than anyone for the military, but according to recent reporting in the Military Times, an independent bimonthly newspaper for military personnel, Mr. Trump has on several occasions falsely claimed credit for aid packages to veterans that were passed during the previous administration. (https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2020/09/14/trumps-misleading-claims-on-military-readiness-and-veteran-care/)

I appreciate how much our men and women who serve have contributed to the greatness of our country. None of us will ever hear Joe Biden wonder aloud about the fallen by saying, “I don't get it. What was in it for them?” I hope we will elect a president this November who honors our military servicemen and women and gives them the respect they deserve.

Florence Harty

White Salmon