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Letters to the Editor for Sept. 12, 2018

Published on September 11, 2018 1:28PM


Come patrol OP!

I posted this on Sheriff Scott Johnson’s Facebook page:

I have a bone to pick with you. We live in Ocean Park where we have been putting up with people shooting off illegal fireworks before and after the legal days. In fact, because of the idiots doing this, it scared our 2-year-old cat out onto Vernon where he was hit and killed and our 16-year-old daughter found him.

We have tweakers walking up and down our streets, homes being broken in to, things being taken from people’s yards, porches and whatnot. We also live right near a well-known Ocean Park location where we have seen so many drug deals going down it’s pitiful. You send out one deputy to patrol the area — in fact, one deputy to patrol a huge area of Pacific County. Just what do you think that one deputy is going to do?

How do you even sleep nights knowing the area here in Ocean Park is not safe? I’ve read and heard all the stories about you, the negative ones, especially the one about you putting an innocent man in jail, and I can honestly say I do not know how you ever got to be sheriff! Why don’t you quit making your appearances just because it’s an election year and you come and work the Ocean Park by yourself some nights and see just what goes on.

I, as many others, are sick and tired of hearing you have no budget, but yet you have high-paid people sitting on their butts in the sheriff’s office, as well as one of your good friends running the jail. Scott, it’s time for you to stop the madness and get something done to protect our homes, our children and our streets!

Pamela Graham

Ocean Park

Add clam zones

Open letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Washington has five razor clam management zones that include 58 miles of ocean beach. At 24 miles in length, the Long Beach razor clam management zone is the largest and represents 41 percent of the total area. Because of the length of the Long Beach management zone, an isolated condition can adversely affect the recreational harvest many miles away. The protection of the snowy plover nesting area at Leadbetter Point caused a premature closure of the entire management zone in May 2016, resulting in a harvest that was only 32.7 percent of the total allowable catch. In the fall of 2016, the domoic acid level in clams from the southern half was below the threshold but because clams in the northern half of the management zone tested above the threshold the entire management zone, again, was closed to harvest.

Dividing the Long Beach razor clam management zone into three separate zones, in sizes consistent with the average 8.5-mile length of the other four existing management zones, would eliminate the unnecessary closure of sections of our beach and allow as many days of harvest opportunity on the northern portion of the peninsula as are afforded other harvest areas of comparable size and clam population characteristics. The directors of the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce request that you implement this remedy to “maximize recreational opportunity” as mandated in Fish and Wildlife Decision POL-C3009.

Karen Stephens, Secretary

Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce

Long listens

Being a fisherman, I am concerned about sea lions devouring our salmon and steelhead. I know that U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler supports prioritizing salmon over sea lions, but few voters realize that Democratic candidate Carolyn Long supports the same legislation.

The problem with Jaime is that she is not approachable and is not holding any face-to-face town hall meetings. There are a lot of issues that I would like to discuss with her face to face but she refuses that position.

Since both candidates for District 3 representative support salmon over sea lions, my vote goes to Carolyn Long because of her accessibility and superior listening skills.

Don Howard

Camas

Vote Oakes for PUD

I am writing to support Debbie Oakes for PUD Commissioner #2. I have known Debbie for over 40 years and she is a very hardworking individual. Debbie has no agenda, just a feeling that she can add to the current commission and be an open spokesperson/representative for the taxpayers of Pacific County. Debbie is fiscally conservative and wants to work to ensure that our rates remain low and that there is a continued move toward more transparency and communication from the PUD to the public.

I know that Debbie Oakes will be an outstanding addition to the current board if elected!

Mike Morris

South Bend

Correction corrected

Thanks for last week’s correction to my August 8 article, “Sailing Aboard the Vivian on Shoalwater Bay.” The “Era of the Pacifics” did, indeed, begin in the 1930s in Willapa Bay. I was a decade off.

However, nowhere did the article say that Meinert Wachsmuth moved to Portland after he sold his business … or ever. He remained in Oysterville until his death in 1924. What the article said was this:

In 1903, Meinert sold his business, including his plunger the Vivian, to the West Coast Oyster Company. With the exception of Meinert “Meiny” Jr. who lived in Nahcotta, the Wachsmuth boys moved away from the Peninsula. After their mother Lizzie’s sudden death in 1905, Christina remained at home in Oysterville to look after her father. “With Christina’s help, my great-grandfather was able to remain at home until his death in 1924…,” a quote from Tucker Wachsmuth, Meinert’s great-grandson.

Sydney Stevens

Oysterville

‘Key to the Sea’

The second annual Peninsula R&B Festival is coming up Sept. 14 and 15 at the Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta. The Peninsula R&B Festival is a continuation of Blues and Seafood, that was held in Ilwaco from 2008 till 2016. This year features Joanne Broh, the Bottleneck Blues Band, Billy D and the Hoodoos, The Strange Tones, Norman Sylvester, the Rose City Kings, and the peninsula’s own North Coast Blues.

The oyster barge May West, built right in Nahcotta, will serve as the stage for the two-day event. The local humane society will serve up libations, and several food and art vendors will be on hand as well.

Tickets are available from tickettomato.com, and information at peninsulabluesfest.com, on facebook at Peninsula R&B Festival, or at clintcarterblues@yahoo.com, 360.244.5823. Tickets are $20 for the Friday show, $25 for the Saturday event, or $40 for a combo ticket. Don’t miss your chance to see quality blues with Willapa Bay as the backdrop. Peninsula R&B Festival, “A blues festival in the Key of Sea.”

CLINT CARTER

Ilwaco

Re-elect Howie

I would like to start by publicly endorsing Sheriff Mark Howie for Wahkiakum County sheriff. Mark has been a dear friend of mine for the past 10 years. Throughout that period, he witnessed my family and I go through the best and worst of times. Words cannot truly convey my gratitude for Mark and his willingness to lend a helping hand whenever it is needed.

I spent numerous years as the wife of a Wahkiakum County officer. I can tell you from my experience, I gained a greater appreciation of the daily sacrifice given by the men and women of law enforcement. During Mark’s 28 years of service, I can only imagine what he has seen and what he has dealt with firsthand. The compassion Mark shows in his day-to-day life can be attributed in part to that.

Mark not only runs an efficient, financially sound, and reliable office, he has taken it upon himself to go above and beyond. An emphasis on health and wellness, both mentally and physically, has been put into action within the department. He has increased chaplain coverage throughout the county and has implemented additional safety resources for both the public and his officers. These few examples are only a portion of what this great sheriff has done. Each officer who puts that uniform on at the beginning of his or her shift has no idea of what they are going to encounter that day. By having a strong, positive leader, it takes the weight off just a bit. Mark’s drive to better his department directly affects his staff, which in return benefits the community.

I could continue to list off all of Mark’s achievements. His professionalism is second to none. His successful career virtually speaks for itself. However, all these qualities are only half of what makes Mark Howie the right man for the job. He is dedicated to his career, his community, and his fellow officers. Anyone can gain notoriety or earn awards, Mark has a truly great heart and in this day and age, that’s something to be commended.

I ask the residents of Wahkiakum County to take a moment and consider casting your for vote for Mark C. Howie, a man who is dedicated to being the best he can be. I thank Mark for his service, his integrity, and his friendship.

Lori Dearmore

Raymond

Long is impressive

I recently attended Carolyn Long’s 34th town hall meeting. Ms. Long is deeply versed in the issues facing Southwest Washington and is genuinely interested in input from her constituents. I have communicated with U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Buetler’s office several times and have received only one generic reply that was off point. It has been 600 days since Ms. Buetler held an in-person town hall. As a candidate who has studied our issues, demonstrates honest interest in our feedback, is energetic about representing us, and is committed to meeting with us in person, Carolyn Long has my vote.

MINDY HARRIS

Ocean Park

Long belongs in OR

Carolyn Long has lived in Oregon for almost her entire life, and, yet, she is the Democratic candidate for U.S. representative for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

She grew up in southern Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon, and has lived in Oregon ever since, except for the time she spent living in New Jersey while getting her PhD.

About a year ago, she bought a condominium in Washington. That makes it legal for her to run for office in Washington state, but it does not make it ethical.

No Washington State citizen should vote for Oregonian Carolyn Long.

Deborah Larner

Vancouver

Howie’s achievements

My wife, Roberta, and I have been acquainted with Sheriff (then Undersheriff) Mark Howie since the middle of 2011. Since then, we have been in a position to observe and discuss his positive professional development within the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Howie was thrust into his current position by a sudden and unexpected tragedy (the death of then Sheriff John Dearmore). Mark kept the department on a steady course while guiding the employees of the department through a very dark and saddening episode that impacted every member of the sheriff’s office. It is our opinion that he did so with dignity, compassion, with a full understanding of the impact this event had on the staff of the sheriff’s office, that his training, knowledge and professional experience allowed him to guide and assist the staff through a very difficult time.

Since his appointment to the position of sheriff by the Wahkiakum County Commissioners, his subsequent election and re-election to that position, Sheriff Howie has led the sheriff’s office through a constant stream of changes, some mandated by changing laws, some by changes in technology and some due to the changing economic circumstances of the county government and the revenue available to his department.

Sheriff Howie has worked to further professionalize the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office by seeking to provide his personnel with up-to-date equipment (patrol units, modern uniforms, current communication equipment and continued professional development and training). Two new supervisory positions have been created under his supervision, allowing in-house advancement to his personnel and providing another contact position to the public in the absence of the sheriff and/or undersheriff.

Sheriff Howie has worked to raise the public’s awareness of the sheriff’s office many different duties through a Citizen’s Academy that takes interested citizens through the duties and responsibilities of the sheriff’s office on many issues from search and seizure to firearms training. Additionally, the sheriff’s office operates a program (Volunteers in Police Service or VIPS) that trains and uses citizens to assist the sheriff’s office with routine tasks.

Sheriff Howie involves himself and his staff in public events whenever possible to promote contact with citizens of the county and raise awareness of law enforcement issues and promote co-operation between citizens and his office.

Almost all small sheriff’s offices and police departments in the state of Washington that we are aware of (with some exceptions) deal with the seemingly endless problem of turnover in the ranks. People entering the law enforcement field often take positions with small agencies (having no intention of remaining there) to obtain academy certification, field experience and a personal resume that broadens their chances of obtaining employment with a larger, better paying sheriff’s office or police department. No sheriff or police chief has control over this fact. Wahkiakum County has faced this issue in the past, faces that issue now and will again in the future.

Mark Howie has done an outstanding job under less than ideal circumstances and we are proud to say that we will vote for his re-election as Sheriff of Wahkiakum County and urge our friends and neighbors to do the same.

Darrel and Roberta Trotter

Rosburg



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