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This is a letter in support of mayoral candidate Michael Cassinelli. I have lived in Ilwaco since 1990 when we came here in with the Coast Guard. I have seen mayors come and go in Ilwaco. I wo…

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There are more than 70 candidates listed by name in the Pacific County Official Local Voter Pamphlet for Nov. 2, 2021. Sixteen of you bothered to make some sort of statement in it to the publi…

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We often hear our elected officials and the media use the phrase Tip O’Neill made popular in modern politics. This common refrain, a reference to taking national or state contests to the local…

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As we choose future leaders, I would like to praise Gary Forner’s service as mayor of Ilwaco. Mayor Forner has been a careful team-builder, consensus-builder, and problem-solver. Those qualiti…

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As the son of an undocumented immigrant and of a bipolar second-generation American, I feel in a position to use both terms — undocumented and bipolar. Having already written about the former,…

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As the old saying goes, “you can't fix stupid.” And while this may be true, recent history has shown us you can manipulate it. You can encourage it with lies and disinformation, you can shape …

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Truly it is hard to know where to begin in response to the Long Beach Police Department’s hire of former Seattle Police Officer Duane Goodman. He behaved in a disgraceful manner on at least th…

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Regarding the letters offering differing opinions about my suggestion of compromise, thank you, but you seem to have missed the part where I clearly stated I am in favor of vaccinations and wi…

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Many of you may not be aware, but there exists a state construction stockpile site on U.S. Highway 101 near milepost 7. For some time now, it’s been unlawfully occupied by mobile homes, traile…

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Do vaccines protect and/or prevent covid? I first want you to know that I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am not an extremist (left or right). I am an U.S. citizen who wants to make decisions …

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I read Bonnie Lou Cozby’s letter of Sept. 29 on the same day that the United States’ covid death toll reached 700,000. Her statement that the pandemic heroes of essential work are now threaten…

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The forthcoming Dylan Jude Harrell Community Center looks to be an incredible installation that will bring so much vibrancy to the Port of Ilwaco, and indeed the entire Peninsula. Providing a …

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You're on Beach Time! Drive like your kids live here! I see these signs up and down the Peninsula, on side streets and main streets, I wonder if law enforcement sees them?

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Residents of Ocean Park along with many seasonal visitors and residents have created a 10 a.m., activity called pickleball across the street from the Ocean Park Grade School. This is a free ac…

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I’ve known since fall 2019 that the Observer devotes more space per issue to letters on matters of local interest than on those dealing with “controversial national politicians and intractable…

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During the Vietnam War my husband Ed Leonard and his buddies were captured in Laos. They came home because President Richard Nixon would not abandon them.

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We need to look at the covid statistics in Washington and Oregon. As of today 66% of Washington residents have been fully vaccinated. Of these people there have been 220 breakthrough deaths. I…

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This is in reference to last week's guest column by retired president of the Association of Washington Business Don Brunell, "Vaccinations vital to improving employment situation":

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There were a couple of letters in last week's Observer that kind of tickled me. One was from a lady who lives on the west side of J place and the other was from the business manager for the Su…

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I read the column by Cate Gable in this weeks’ paper. Her last three paragraphs were “Surfside’s tree trouble.” I have trouble with her article. She states, “I heard from a friend that there w…

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In a recent Observer, Gregory Zschomier expressed his concern about Americans losing their freedom and the time for “true patriots” to take action to defend their rights. He cites several clas…

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While I was not at all surprised to find a letter in the Observer ranting about “freedom” in the all-too-familiar voice of our local Trumpistas/anti-vaxxers, I was curious about the writer’s u…