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November 7, 2018



We need more Goldendale

Too often (in my opinion) in the last 15 or so years, Goldendale has been ignored or stomped-on by the state or Feds, and most of our elected representatives have done little or nothing.

Power rates: about 15 years ago, the Feds (FERC) changed the power rate formula from cost-to-produce to equal East and West. Thus our rates (previously lower because hydro power is cheaper to produce) went up, so hundreds of aluminum plant jobs went off-shore, and of course our home rates are higher. To my knowledge, our current congressional representatives have done nothing.

Cell phone service: has become worse over the last few years. Poor reception (two bars) with frequent dropouts and delayed missed call notification is common. The utility commission says they can’t act.

TV stations: Based on a recent check with multiple carriers, all our available local TV stations are Oregon based (and yes OPB is one of the best PBS stations in the nation), thanks to a deal between big corporations and the Feds a few years ago. We should have access to western and eastern Washington news, including what’s going on in Olympia. Right now, the only time we hear news is when there’s a train wreck.

There are other issues, such as the state liquor commission raising the wine tasting fee that helped to put the local art gallery out of business, and the only action I got out of our (then) new state senator was the phone number for the liquor commission. Our previous state senator (Honeyford) had helped to get a more reasonable rate for wine tasting at galleries.

The bottom line on these issues is jobs. Few new business are likely to locate here if power rates are high, phone service poor, state TV news limited, and our elected representative not responsive.

Gaywood Paul

Goldendale

 

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