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By Jim Link

Our political world is turned around

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

To one who tried out a lifestyle in suburbia with their upscale notions and fantasies (and having rejected it), I greet the news that we’re now a part of the I-5 corridor legislatively with shock and dismay. I consider that the most fortunate event of my life was when after three layoffs “over there,” I escaped that rat race and discovered The Valley of the Little Klickitat.

And since those days, we’ve been a part of what has been described as a warm, welcoming community. Goldendale has been a good place to live and raise our children. For the most part we’ve been able to beat back the kind of political correctness that once sought to deprive our school children of a traditional Christmas experience, “under God” is still an appropriate part of the Pledge of Allegiance, and with a few exceptions those who have come to Goldendale with a mission to “liberate us” from our country traditions with social activism have been ignored. Some have caught on to the idea that what we’ve got here is not all that bad.

We’ve been very careful when we choose our political leaders. When we vote or appoint people to positions of authority, we know their mindset. We know where they come from and what kind of a political agenda they are bringing to us and suddenly, out of the blue, with the redrawing of a map our political world has been turned upside down. Now, politically we are part of Vancouver and the I-5 corridor.

I wonder if we could organize a cattle drive through Vancouver on the interstate. When they have to drive their Volvos, BMWs and Priuses through a bunch of cow and horse manure, they’ll want to get rid of us again.


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