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Look more closely

Want a better perspective on Carolyn Long? There's no better place to look than the Clark County Republican Party website (, exposing Long’s close ties to Oregon. Connected only to Washington by a job in Academics, she lacks basic knowledge of local problems and concerns. Now we hear that she has close financial ties to one of the world’s largest and most predatory pharmaceutical companies. Long has accepted money from a long list of corporations, including Goldman Sachs, and boasts a long list of endorsements, oozing from establishment and status quo types who are determined to keep business as usual in D.C.

Lory Olson


(Long is running against Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.)

The real issues

As an Independent, I seldom vote by political party platform alignment. Instead, I look at individual political candidates who choose to listen to all of their constituents, who understand the issues that face all of their constituents and, most importantly, who bring ideas and solutions to the table that will best serve those who elect them. I also look closely for values that are based on compassion, common sense and contemplation. I am not interested in candidates who wave their political party affiliation first and who only choose conversations with those who agree with them—that’s easy to do. The hard work lies in having conversations and coming up with solutions that reflect the diversity of our district, our state and our country.

Elections offer each of us the opportunity to support our vision for both our current issues and our long-term future by voting for the candidates that offer meaningful ideas and solutions. Over the years, I have realized that local and state decision-making often have more impact on our daily lives than much of what goes on in the political playground of the other Washington. As we head into this election season, I am thrilled with the opportunity to vote for Sasha Bentley, candidate for Washington State House of Representatives, District 14.

Sasha’s values and ideas are solution-oriented, and instead of looking back at the 20th century or worse, playing it safe by offering no ideas or solutions, Sasha represents the future. The 21st century is full of challenges that need smart and innovative ideas to both mediate and resolve those challenges. Rural areas are struggling: changing economies, stagnant wages, lack of educational training opportunities, lack of high-speed internet, and affordable and accessible healthcare threaten the health and economic futures of rural America. Like much of the PNW region, our district has an affordable housing crisis—ask the major employers in our area and they will tell you how difficult it is to recruit and retain employees, simply because they can’t find affordable housing.

The 14th District citizens have a great opportunity to elect a state representative who is ready for the 21st century challenges, whose values are rooted in compassion, common sense and contemplation and who respects all of our voices. Her name is Sasha Bentley, and her website is

Sue Kusch

White Salmon

it's doing its job

Yesterday I read an interesting fact: “In 1964 Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman became honorary chairmen of Planned Parenthood.” In 1968 President Nixon called population growth “one of the most serious challenges to human destiny in the last third of this century.” That is two Republicans and one Democrat who recognized the great value of national Planned Parenthood chapters.

Formed in 1916 in New York, this organization has served lower income girls and women that have fewer insurance options and has helped them be able to space children and plan their families.

At least 90 percent of the services of Planned Parenthood involve screening for sexually-transmitted diseases and infection, screening for cancer, and contraceptive help. This is a big plus in preventing teen-age pregnancies. Isn’t that a positive for every girl in our society? The U.S. has had some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the developed countries, and without supporting Planned Parenthood, it will be worse.

The bi-partisan support of these presidents should be a continuing theme through the years, but I fear the Republicans have them rolling over in their graves with their efforts to defund this fine organization.

Roz Luther



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