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January 31, 2018

Melting Snowflakes

Every spring the snowflakes melt to usher in summer. Snowflakes like Michael Oldfather’s letter will melt as the sunny, booming economy eclipses their dark and cold-blind hatred for Trump message.

It would seem Michael has joined the hypocritical chorus—no, cacophony—of shrill shills shrieking about crimes of personality and blunt language for which most leaders of his own party have themselves been guilty.

LBJ—known to consult with cabinet members while on the toilet with the door open—has multiple uses of vulgarity on record. The same is true of JFK, and that doesn’t count his reported risky, sexist, and immoral affairs with numerous women—all of which jeopardized national security. Hillary Clinton, in a cultural appropriation attempt trying to remain hip and relevant, recently posted a short video referring to herself and female followers as a word that rhymes with “witches.”

The recent historic GOP tax reform and Trump’s removal of stifling regulations have launched the U.S. economy in record speed. I ask Mr. Oldfather: What is racist about the now lowest African-American unemployment rate in history? What is sexist about the now near-record low women’s unemployment rate? What is racist or sexist about retirement funds benefiting from the $6.9 trillion stock Market Trump jump and billions being given as bonuses by U.S. companies to employees? What is racist about Trump’s immigration proposal offering triple the number of DACA folks a pathway to citizenship than even Obama requested?

Despite his righteous indignation over Trump’s alleged foul language in a closed meeting, Michael’s true motive is to do his political party’s bidding like a good county Democrat Vice Chair would. Funny how he didn’t mention his title in his letter.

Steve Kenny


No distractions

I am extremely disappointed in Michael Oldfield’s letter to the editor in the Jan. 25 paper. Michael is the Vice Chair of the Klickitat County Democrats, and it sounds like he is part of the Resist Movement. Their aim is to resist anything and everything that President Trump supports. That said, my disappointment is in the Democrats attempt to politicize our local elections with emotional views on our president.

All our county elected officials have been performing extremely well in their individual positions and have formed a very effective team with each other. We have a county that is operating within budget and focused on public safety, maintenance of infrastructure, and the wellbeing of our citizens. I for one don’t want our elected officials to be swayed by national or state politics. Whether we like our president, governor, or other elected state officials, they are the ones that our county needs to work with for the good of the county. It will not help our county elected to publicly declare their likes or dislikes of state and national elected.

Let all of us cast our votes on who will best represent us in carrying out the duties prescribed by law for our county officials—and stop making emotional appeals that have nothing to do with our properly operating county.”

Peter Leon

Klickitat County Republicans Chair


Get grandfathered

Are you currently generating solar power for the PUD? There is a public hearing to present proposed updates to the net metering program run by the Klickitat PUD. Currently if you generate a kilowatt, you get credit for it on your bill. They are considering decreasing the exchange rate in the future. They need to establish a clear net metering policy for the future so that they can implement the new state incentive program that was approved by the legislature this summer.

Please consider attending the meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Klickitat PUD Meeting Room, 1313 S. Columbus Ave, Goldendale. Stand up for grandfathering in those of us who have already installed solar or wind generators as well as supporting a sustainable shift toward green energies.

Kalama Reuter

White Salmon

Russian Collusion

For our Republic to have any real hope to survive, we must fully enact our laws with full transparency and disclosure. If we do not follow the Constitution of the United States and the Codified Law that supports Article III, Section 3, there simply is no future for this nation.

On Jan. 29, 2018, the House Intelligence Oversight Committee voted to release a memo from Chairman Devin Nunez describing a FISA request memo that all Americans need to read. Journalists John Solomon and Sarah Carter have reported for months that their sources have disclosed the Obama administration, Department of Justice, and the FBI had obtained a FISA warrant using a fictitious and salacious “Steele Dossier” written by Russian spies, which was essentially opposition research. Court records from a lawsuit brought on by Judicial Watch indicate that the dossier was bought and paid for by the Clinton Democratic National Committee. It appears the goal was to spy on an opposition candidate and president-elect with intention of affecting the election outcome or overthrowing the president. This is Watergate on steroids and perhaps the greatest scandal in our history! This must be taken very seriously by Republicans and Democrats alike. Treason by any federal employees should be handled effectively and immediately. If not, this country is done! No rule of law means anarchy!

How will the mainstream media handle this information? Will they simply choose not report, which is often their path? Will they resort to name-calling as they do so often, or purport to some form of racism narrative? By their collusion are they not guilty of treason themselves? The most powerful branch of American politics has, for some time been, no more than a liberal-biased media. Their journalist credentials are no longer respected, and their behavior is borderline if not full treason.

Cicero wrote, lamenting the fall of his beloved Roman republic: “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself… He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.”

Richard Lavalley



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