I stand with him

I stand with Sheriff Songer. I am not threatened or intimidated by any action he takes, or does not take, in performing the job he was elected to do that is not in direct conflict with legal laws of this state or our nation.

Wake up, my fellow Americans. Your constitutional rights are steadily and stealthily being eroded.

Maxine Huffman

Goldendale

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Here’s why the bond should pass

Last week’s paper, with all the coverage of a very controversial issue in our county, may have made it possible for a reader to miss the letter from Leslie Hiebert, CEO of Klickitat Valley Hospital (KVH).  If you did not read it, I recommend you dig out the paper and find page B5. Ms. Hiebert’s answers to bond questions hit the nails on the head. Her explanation is why I encourage your support of the KVH General Obligation Bond in the August 3, 2021, election. The ballot will arrive in your mailbox in about a week.

I have been a Klickitat County resident all my life and a voter for 65 years. I retained my voting residence during more than 31 years in the military. I have only occupied a bed in a hospital three times: when born, when I had my tonsils removed, and when KOed in a college PE boxing class. But when, and if, my healthy string runs out, for whatever reason, I want to be near a facility we can all be proud of. I want a facility that gives me the best opportunity to go hiking again. I want a state-of-the-art surgical ward that accommodates two outstanding surgeons. What is that saying? “If you build it, they will come.”

Then, if a long-term recovery is necessary, I want to stay in Goldendale—occupying one of the 15 long-term care beds. And I can go to the wonderful Wellness and Therapy Center the hospital opened three years ago without a multitude of trips to The Dalles.

Finally, and so very important, my family is scattered, typical of most families in our present-day society. But they will all know how to find Goldendale—and me.

Please vote (40 percent of registered voters must vote), and please vote yes(60 percent of the votes on the KVH General Obligation Bond must be yes for it to pass).

John Miller

Goldendale

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When injustice becomes law

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

—Martin Luther King Jr.

Sheriff Songer, unlike our commissioners, knows you do not have to be a Supreme Court Justice to recognize rights are being trampled. Consider historical events.

Laws which denied rights based on race.

Legal in their day. Not ruled unconstitutional until the 1950s. Justice delayed is justice denied. Commissioners would have gone along because it was “legal”?

Japanese American Citizens sent to what we politely refer to as internment camps:

FDR by executive order stripped thousands of citizens of property and liberty for years. It was legal.

Missouri Extermination Order:

19th century religious bigotry. Mormons of Missouri lost their property and many were murdered to drive them from the state. The governor issued an order in which the Mormons were to leave the state or be exterminated. Was considered legal.

Would the commissioners' wait-for-the-courts view have made them an accessory to these events?

Current challenges to our rights:

Attorney General Bill Barr referred to government pandemic decrees as the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties since slavery.” A situation Sheriff Songer already recognized. Maybe the commissioners should seek legal counsel elsewhere. The U.S. Attorney General’s opinion certainly is more credible than the Commissioners’ opinion.

The State Supreme Court has consistently ruled our income is property. Consider the current situation of our governor abusing emergency powers to deny people the right to their income/property and other rights.

Look for the following in our state constitution:

  • How frequently “property” is noted.
  • Also the right to assemble “shall never be abridged.”
  • No one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion. The governor closed churches.
  • That there shall not be excessive fines—ask the people fined in struggling to keep their business going in violation of the governor's proclamation while big box stores were left open.
  • The governor essentially seized people's income/property by closing their business with the concept to protect the public. This is Eminent Domain by proclamation without judicial ruling.
  • Right to bear arms—anyone not understand “shall not be impaired”? See definition of “impaired”.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

Zane Kerns

Goldendale

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