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Letters to the Editor for April 11, 2018

Published on April 11, 2018 11:33AM

Column too partisan

The large, blaring headline to the Coast Chronicles on MArch 28, 2018, was shocking.

I wondered if U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera-Buetler was being accused of some criminal offense or involved in a personal or political scandal.

Upon reading the column, it became apparent that is was an extremely biased political ad promoting Carolyn Long in the upcoming election.

The large headline is inflammatory and viscous. It drips of vehement hatred and anger, as do some of the personal opinions expressed. One does not have to be a supporter of Mrs. Herrera-Buetler to be deeply offended by it. Including a picture of her likely opponents in the election to augment the endorsement of Ms. Long adds to its being a political ad.

If the opinions expressed by the writer were treated as an opinion editorial or a letter to the editor it would have been less offensive. She certainly is entitled to her opinions. The March 18 presentation is extremely offensive. I think that Jaime Herrera-Buetler and the readers of the Chinook Observer deserve an apology.

Connie Soditus

Ocean Park

EDITOR’S NOTE: The item in question was a personal opinion column, no more or less valid than a letter to the editor. It reflects only the views of the author.

Pick up trash

It all starts with parents, who should teach their children about picking up after themselves. We spend a lot of time at the beach. Each time, within 50 feet of our vehicle, I can pick up two grocery bags of water bottles, bottle caps, beer cans and bottles, plastic from cheese, toys, cigarette butts, and plastic of all kinds.

What is particularly bad is people burning fence boards and pallets with nails and long screws, left behind in the sand for people to drive on them. Broken glass bottles from wine and/or beer and cans are left in fire pits. We all love seafood. What do you think they are ingesting? It is some of the trash left on the beaches.

In the national news is a huge article on the plastic the size of Texas left floating in the Pacific Ocean. Where does it come from? Those people who don’t care about what they leave on our beautiful beaches.

It is everyone’s responsibility to, instead of jogging or driving by when they see this, to pick it up. Take a bag, always, and if you see it and don’t pick it up, you are part of the problem.

For those of you who bring plastic, glass, cans, wood pallets, fence boards with nails and screws, throw cigarette butts on the ground and leave them behind: Shame on you. Pick it up!

Jane Mason


Celebrate libraries

As I celebrate National Library Week, April 8-14, I have to confess that I’m in awe of our local librarians. They’re the most curious, agile, techno-savvy people around and, even more amazing, they’ve figured out how to pay for all their resources and services, despite often-scant public funding.

Our libraries are among the few public institutions that are truly democratic. People of all ages work, side by side. Librarians don’t play favorites or indulge in public humiliation, letting us ask questions and helping us when we need help.

Keepers of our intellectual and cultural history, librarians welcome everyone who walks through their doors, rich or poor, young or old, helping them find a book, research their family history or school project, and sometimes leading our children into a life of literacy and lifelong learning.

The nicest thing about libraries like our Ocean Park and Ilwaco branches of the Timberland Regional Library is that they’re comfortable and quiet and places where we can read, rather than pretend to read.

I hope you appreciate that those local 17-cents-a-day treasure troves provide everyone access to books, magazines, documents, computers. CDs. DVDs, audio books, eBooks, music, movies, language courses and more.

Our librarians assist us by providing financial information (think IRS and free tax-preparation assistance), live talks, meeting room facilities, a place for privacy and introspection, and a refuge for weather-weary citizens facing power outages.

Whether indulging in speedy skimming for information or the slow excavation of meaning, we library patrons enjoy many opportunities to become better connected — to ourselves and others.

So celebrate our libraries, those humble citadels of reality. Libraries make us feel proud of our endeavors and aspirations while humbling us with abundant evidence of our foibles and folly.

Those 27 Timberland Regional Library branches, harboring 1.2 million items, are the best weapons we have as we struggle for liberty and literacy, offering something for everybody, with their only entrance requirement being—interest.

Visit and celebrate your local and school libraries, support them, and value them-- the peninsula’s biggest bargain.


Ocean Park


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