Time for civil discourse

Passion for life, passion for principles, passion for liberty. These are all great things, but passion not coupled with responsible and mature adult behavior is a toxic and unproductive combination.

The Klickitat County Republicans (KCR) have a platform, as do many organizations, that lists our principles. Under the guiding principle of behavior, we stand by “civil discourse between candidates, constituents, and the public.” It has been a tumultuous year. History proves that there will always be challenges to our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, but with challenges comes choice: the choice to be well-spoken, the choice to post on social media responsibly, the choice to suggest solutions, and the choice to voice anger clearly and concisely that addresses the problem and not the person. As we enter 2022, the KCR wishes everyone a wonderful New Year full of civil discourse that presents opportunities, productive ideas, and the leadership foundation for future generations.

Lisa Evans

Chairwoman

Klickitat County Republicans

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Year IV: Inventory of Trash

It’s time for the annual inventory of trash pitched or dropped by drivers passing through my very rural wooded parcel.

First the good news: the count of cans (and one bottle) continues to drop. There were only 10 this year, mostly beer, alas. I wondered if the fall logging operation west of me would increase the count, but no; those log truck drivers were a pretty well-behaved bunch.

There was an ancient, rusted gas can that looked as if it had been used for target practice. Fun!

The miscellaneous category of car parts grew, from chrome finish, plastic caps and logos, to one very heavy “power inverter”—too heavy for my kitchen scale but too light to register on the bathroom scale. The inverter probably bounced off the back of a truck and was damaged in landing. It is on its way to the landfill, and I only hope it is not filled with toxic stuff.

This year’s prize, however, goes to the hide of a deer, butchered elsewhere, thank goodness, as it was missing its head, innards and three feet. What kind of sicko gifts such a thing to a nice old lady? It is also on its way to the landfill.

Here’s wishing all my friends and neighbors a peaceful and healthy New Year!

Sandra DeMent

In the wilds of central Klickitat County

Passion for life, passion for principles, passion for liberty. These are all great things, but passion not coupled with responsible and mature adult behavior is a toxic and unproductive combination.

The Klickitat County Republicans (KCR) have a platform, as do many organizations, that lists our principles. Under the guiding principle of behavior, we stand by “civil discourse between candidates, constituents, and the public.” It has been a tumultuous year. History proves that there will always be challenges to our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, but with challenges comes choice: the choice to be well-spoken, the choice to post on social media responsibly, the choice to suggest solutions, and the choice to voice anger clearly and concisely that addresses the problem and not the person. As we enter 2022, the KCR wishes everyone a wonderful New Year full of civil discourse that presents opportunities, productive ideas, and the leadership foundation for future generations.