Community members we can trust

Sometimes we forget how great some of the businesses in this community are. Today, a situation came up that reminded me.

I was in the company of Wayne O’Dell, the owner of Anchor Reality, and Emeterio Bautista, the owner of Big Tuna Construction. I’ve been living on the Peninsula for around 15 years now. During that time I’ve had the honor of meeting, needing and working with many of the local business owners. In particular these two people and their amazing staff and employees are two of the best.

As many of you know, I was widowed almost 10 years ago. That left me in dire need of help in many different areas of my life. Several times during those years, I’ve reached out to both of these people.

Friday, we all came together in Wayne’s office in Long Beach to figure out a win/win for all of our needs. I have to sell my buildings. There are those who want to purchase them, but sometimes conventional thinking just doesn’t pan out. You need to work with organizations like Great Northwest Federal Credit, who has bent over backwards to help me through my struggles. You also need to figure out how to turn limitations into possibilities. There are few times in our lives that you can truly feel like no one is trying to ‘get’ something from you. We were working on finding a way for all of us to come out of our transactions feeling satisfied. That’s a rarity in this world. At one point I looked around the room with happy tears in my eyes, as I realized we were all on the same page.

If you need trustworthy and honorable people in your lives, go with an open heart and anyone mentioned in this thank you will help you. They’re so much more than just local businesses. They’re an extremely important part of our community

Candace Carteen

Ocean Park

Strong societies start with respect

I was raised by a Democratic set of parents. The only political talk I remember as a kid was that “Democrats were for the poor and working man, and Republicans favored the rich.”

However, I grew to be more and more independent in my thinking and now I am called an Independent. I sway left on some subjects and right on more. But I do not like any party, club, or affiliation dictating what I should believe. I even have a small problem with church membership, though I am a Christian.

This being said … there is one value that my liberal, non-Christian, self-made man of a father instilled in my tiny young head! I remember the first time he brought it up. I was making fun of our school principal who I did not like. Dad stopped me in my tracks and gave me a very important lesson on respect.

Dad said I did not have to like the person but I needed to respect the office. He was forceful and it rubbed off on me. He was especially adamant about the office of the President.

Ridicule of our current president is very popular today and I personally find it offensive. Be the president a Democrat or Republican, man or woman. Christian or Buddhist or any other classification beyond those, I believe we should respect the office.

It would be healthier for our own community if we all stopped and gave this some serious thought. Respect starts with respecting yourself, your parents and each other … your teachers and principal, the police and on up to the top. Respect is a powerful tool in building a healthy family or a healthy strong nation. Your sincere neighbor,

Janet Clark

Long Beach

Making crime and punishment just in Pacific County

The Observer recently reported on an unusual action by new District Court Judge Nancy McAllister, where she allowed people with warrants to appear in court and not be arrested. I am sure many people thought to themselves, “Here is another example of molly coddling criminals.”

Conversely, I was encouraged that there are some people in the criminal justice system (CJS) in this country who recognize how dysfunctional this system has become.

It is challenging to limit discussion of all the problems in the CJS, like overcharging crimes to compel defendants to plea bargain to avert possible massive prison sentences; of imposing life-crushing economic penalties for everything, like accruing interest on unpaid fines, holding people in jail because they can’t make bail because they have no jobs or way to make bail, arresting people for minor crimes because they can’t pay fines, actually ordering convicted criminals to pay the day to day cost of being jail; mandatory minimum sentences; denying released convicts access to public assistance and public housing.

This country has become the most punishment-oriented country in the world. Our “Christian values” seem limited to “an eye for an eye” with little or no regard to compassion and understanding how the way we treat the less fortunate in our society only creates the non-productive values of drug and alcohol abuse and stealing to get “something” out of the over-publicized “good life” that so many people are denied access to because of their color or religion or other difference.

I was an adult probation and parole officer for over 20 years. I have been a victim of minor crime. I think people should be made accountable for their actions. I also believe that the only way we can really be safer is to assist people in leading full and productive lives. Imposing harsh sentences and massive financial payments without providing a means for a different and better life does not bring safety, accountability, or justice. It only makes the problem worse.

Judge McAllister’s small attempt to allow our fellow citizens an opportunity to effectively address their criminal acts based on the actual severity of their crime and their ability to repay an attainable financial cost is a noteworthy effort. We are fortunate to have such a leader in our community.

Michael Goldberg

Ocean Park

County acts outside its own rules

I take exception to the characterization of the dispute between the county and Oysterville Sea Farms in Amy Nile’s July 5 article on proposed zoning changes in Pacific County, (“More tall towers ahead for county?”).

First off, to describe Dan Driscoll’s operation of a vibrant local seafood market that became a popular destination, as “attempts to attract tourists” is an odd way to describe a business, which is by definition, supposed to attract customers. Due to Dan’s efforts to promote his farm’s shellfish and other local products over the past 27 years, Oysterville Sea Farms attracts both locals and tourists, and highlights the beauty and bounty of our area.

Additionally, the dispute did not start after OSF “expanded the business’s offerings to include serving certain foods and drinks.” It started when one person had a complaint about the business that was unfounded, uninvestigated and inaccurate. Diversifying inventory legally is a business owner’s right, and it has been put to the test in two courts that Oysterville Sea Farms was within its rights to do so. Most of the market’s variety of retail products had been available for decades before the complaint, which was acted upon without investigation, due process or right of appeal.

DCD Director Tim Crose suggests that Driscoll try to “change the rules rather than challenge them in court.” It was Tim Crose who made Oysterville Sea Farms get a food establishment license, and who approved, inspected and required upgrades to the facilities over decades, before the DCD abruptly reversed its position. For Crose to suggest that Driscoll should appeal to the county to solve a problem that doesn’t exist is disingenuous and frankly, disgusting. Don’t buy the county’s mythology — Driscoll was and still is operating under the law. It’s the county who’s acting outside its own rules. In doing so, it has permanently damaged a vibrant local business, and a business owner who has simply tried to protect the rights he already had. Imagine going through the time, effort and risk involved in getting rezoned. How long would it be before county once again reversed its position? They have inexplicably continued to litigate using their prosecutor and have appealed every legal victory by Oysterville Sea Farms, including their current appeal of the decision of the Superior Court. Driscoll doesn’t have the good fortune to have the taxpayers cover his attorney’s fees.

If “times have changed,” maybe it’s time for Tim Crose, the prosecutor’s office and the county commissioners to “take a look at this again” and stop attacking a business that attracts tourists, serves the local population, and highlights the bounty and beauty of our area.

Linda Engelsiepen

Oysterville

Be sure to see ‘She Loves Me’

What a fabulous cast at the Peninsula Association of Preforming Arts for “She Love Me.”

We saw it opening night at Fort Columbia State Park. Thank you to the great write up in the Coast Weekend by Marilyn Gilbraugh.

The performers we well prepared, enthusiastic and professional in their presentation. They were young and older and terrific! The play is a high spirited musical and they did just that, excellent voices and dancers.

We recommend it, showing weekends through Aug. 6.

Kathleen and Jim Hudson

We had no idea of what to expect when we went to Saturday evening’s performance of “She Loves Me” but we knew that Barbara Poulshock is a genius and her performances always excel. Even so we were blown away be a number of unexpected things. The production was more professional than most local shows due to orchestral music on tape and having each actor miked and crystal clear. A clever set and the organization of the play into multiple vignettes constantly changed our view. This cloaked the development of a mystery we weren’t even aware of until late in the show. But best of all were the masterful performances of the cast. This is community theater at its best — something to be proud of. There are two more weekends to see the show. Don’t miss it.

Frank and Nancy Logan

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