McClain: Tough but fair

Having been your prosecutor for eight years and your Superior Court judge for 11 years, I know what it takes to be the Pacific County prosecutor. I have judged hundreds of criminal cases filed by Mark McClain. I have seen firsthand how he prosecutes these cases. Without hesitation, he is doing an outstanding job for our community.

I have watched Mark try the most serious crimes against both children and adults. His respect for, and treatment of, victims is excellent. He is one of the most capable trial attorneys I have met in my long career. His work at all levels, from the Superior Court to the Court of Appeals in Tacoma to our Supreme Court in Olympia has been outstanding.

His experience, judgment and temperament have given Mark excellent balance in decision making. This is important because the Pacific County prosecutor has sole authority in felony crimes what crimes to charge and how to handle these criminal cases from start to finish. The prosecutor shoulders the heavy responsibility to make wise discretionary decisions regarding each case. Experience, judgment and temperament are the foundation for making these decisions.

I have no reservations whatsoever about having Mark continue as our elected prosecutor. His office runs efficiently. He keeps abreast of changes in the law and appellate court decisions. Yes, Mark is tough, but he is also fair. I want this kind of prosecutor: Tough, but fair. He has the support of every chief-of-police and sheriff in Pacific County. He and his family have become an integral part of our community. When you vote, please accept my invitation to keep Mark McClain as our Pacific County prosecutor.

Mike Sullivan

Superior Court Judge, Retired

Time to change our representative

Some food for thought for the coming election. Do you want a representative that is inaccessible to the common person? We don’t. Jaime Herrera Beutler has been in eight years and we have never seen her in person. We have been allowed to listen into telephone “town halls,” where all questions are screened and unchallenging for her. We have received glossy mailers naming all of her accomplishments but we have never spoken to or seen her, and not for lack of trying. Our emails to her are answered in a generic way that tells us nothing helpful, our calls to her office have gone to voice mail or we hear “the mailbox is full.” We hear she has been in our community after the fact, but only meeting with “business leaders.” This is not representation.

Jaime has voted repeatedly against our best interests. She voted to hijack our Social Security surplus ($2-plus trillion) in the balanced budget amendment (H.J. Res. 2) to cover the “tax cuts.” We hope you are not dependent on Social Security, because maybe they will get a two-thirds majority next vote and you won’t have it anymore.

Jaime has proudly voted against our affordable health care without suggesting an alternate. This is as we pay for her top of the line policy and generous salary. Is this enough for you? It isn’t enough for us.

Just so you know what you may be facing if you vote Jaime in again.

Dennis and Marion Oman

Long Beach

Keep the libraries open

The recent Timberland Regional Library meeting regarding a capital facilities proposal involving the possible closure of the Ocean Park and South Bend branches was very disturbing. If you want to let TRL board members know your opinion of this plan here are three ways to do so.

Please get involved to Keep the libraries open: TRL Board Members can be reached at these email addresses: Brian Zylstra, president frpm Lewis County,; Joe Wheeler, president elect from Thurston County,; Hal Blanton, member at large from Lewis County,; Bob Hall from Pacific County,; Brenda Hirschi from Mason County,; Jenna Noll from Thurston County,; Corby Varness from Grays Harbor County,;

You can also mail letters to Administrative Service Center, 415 Tumwater Boulevard SW, Tumwater, WA 98501-5799, or call 360-943-5001.

Now is the time to speak up and help your local libraries!

Paul Winkenwerder

Long Beach

Engel wasn’t honored

The Wednesday, Oct. 3, issue of the Chinook Observer contained an article titled “Engel honored for her work.” I am not sure how this information was obtained; but some of the information is incorrect. Although I am the sergeant at arms for the Washington Association of Code Enforcement (WACE), and I did speak in Leavenworth recently at the fall conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of WACE, the honor was given to WACE by the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE), not to me personally.

Tammy Engel

Code Enforcement Officer

Pacific County Department of Community Development

Ketels endorse Oakes

We wholeheartedly endorse Debbie Oakes for PUD commissioner. A long-time resident, Debbie knows her community well and understands the need for dependable and affordable electricity. There is value in having a PUD commissioner of the people and not necessarily a person already in the profession. Because a commissioner represents the people of the district, seriously listening to their concerns and then developing prudent policies and implementing plans is paramount.

We have known Debbie Oakes for almost four decades and have witnessed her enthusiasm for whatever endeavor she undertakes. Through her many community board memberships her leadership style is hands on, listening to all sides of a question being debated. And after carefully weighing the most viable choices, Debbie helps make the best decisions. Debbie appreciates the positive aspects of a challenge and is not afraid to draw on talents offered by others in order to solve a problem. No problem is too small or too large to dissect and find a remedy. She is know for thinking outside the box in order to find a resolution. If she doesn’t know the answer to a question, she will quickly research and become knowledgeable. One of Debbie’s best qualities is respect for all. We have never seen her ridicule someone’s opinion. She doesn’t mind controversy and will solve problems on all sides. With her tireless energy, she will do all she can to solve the community’s power complaints and needs.

Ed and Catherine Ketel

Long Beach

Pape knows the electric utility business

Over the last three years I have attended numerous by monthly PUD meetings in both long Beach and Raymond. I was disturbed by the response to what seemed to me, legitimate complaints by customers concerning high costs of PUD’s service. The standard PUD response by the manager was, “This is our policy, end of discussion.” That same manager created this policy which was rubber-stamped approved by then sitting commissioners having little concept of day-to-day operation or the long-term impact of the people served. That was evident.

With the Peninsula’s commissioner #2 leaving, we have two very able commissioners seated, but still no commissioner who fully understands the functions of electrical distribution, appropriate practice, or the long-term economic and social impacts of PUD practices.

Don Pape fills this need of understanding PUD’s operational plan and polices that badly need to be reviewed, and that is a commissioners’ responsibility. Of the two candidates only Don Pape brings this knowledge through 42 years of electrical distribution experience to the job as commissioner.

Please do yourself, myself and all PUD customers a huge service by voting for Don Pape as PUD’s commissioner #2. We’re not likely to get this chance again.

Mark Seifried


How is Baby, the parrot?

In 2012, shortly after the death of my husband, I put an ad in the miscellaneous ads to give away my Senegal Parrot, Baby. Baby had been bonded to my husband, and I thought she would feel more comfortable with a man to feed her Cheerios and carry her around on his shoulder. A Social Service worker read the ad and made arrangements to pick up the bird for a client. Baby was about 17 years old at that time, the size of a robin, with a vocabulary of about 25 words, and tame to ride one’s hand, or walk through a dish of lunch, snacking on sandwich scraps. That person gave the bird to someone who had a roommate or father in this area, and wanted to host a talking bird. I got his phone number and called him twice over the next year to check on Baby’s welfare. Parrots sometimes wear out their welcome with a host, because they have loud voices and tend to eat the furniture from the top down. Parrots are frequently found locked in dark rooms, or with their wings cut to the point where they cannot fly at all. I wanted to make sure that if the bird became a nuisance, he could simply give it back to me instead of living with a nuisance animal.

Initially, he said the bird was OK, but he wasn’t chatty about it. Two years later when I phoned him, he said, “A girl’s got her, she’s OK.” And his telephone service was quickly terminated. I contacted the social worker but she didn’t call me back.

I don’t need to repossess the bird, but on the outside chance that the owner of the bird is annoyed with her, or doesn’t know what to do with her, I can be a source of care. If you know where this bird is presently housed, please let me know that she’s OK. My email is or call 360-642-7753.

Diane Zimmerman


Vote Souvenir for sheriff

Once upon a time when law enforcement jobs were very few and far between, I contacted Robin Souvenir because I found his agency was hiring. I made a three and a half hour drive and found myself knocking on a semi trailer that was actually off of a dirt road from a highway I never knew existed so I could do a ride along. It was that day I discovered a semi truck trailer can also be an office.

Needless to say as someone wanting to get into the job to chase down bank robbers and the like, I was a little put off by the area’s extremely small resident population, the idea of being hours away from where I grew up with friends and family, and not a pizza business for miles that delivered past 9 p.m.

But the one thing about the agency that kept me interested was Robin. He told me how he just started with the agency and what his plans were for it: he wanted the officers to get good training and guidance, to have a focus and involvement with the community, to update the department technology and equipment, and to rebuild quality relationships with the surrounding agencies. It wasn’t long into my three and a half hour drive back home that I knew I should apply.

A few months later I was working for Robin full time, and it was clear very quickly that Robin was not only actively pursuing all of the goals he told me about, but he was already meeting those goals and making new ones. None of it was lip service, he had meant everything he said.

Recently my family and I took a trip down to Pacific County to visit friends. I knew Robin was running for sheriff. Even after leaving to an agency closer to home and family, an agency where I have a lot going for me, the temptation of returning to the area and working for Robin was still there. Robin was more than just my boss when I worked for him. He was a coach, a mentor, a leader and a friend. To this day his influence and guidance is at the core of how I do my job.

I whole heartedly encourage everyone in Pacific County to take a hard look at the candidates before them for sheriff. Robin has tangible results for what he has accomplished over the years. I’ve never met a law enforcement officer or a citizen in the area that had something negative to say about him or the job he has done. I whole heartedly endorse Robin Souvenir for Pacific County sheriff.

Jeremy Perry


Long earns support

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a town hall hosted by the person who wants to be my representative in Congress — Carolyn Long. Imagine that! The person who wants to represent me wanted to meet me. The person who currently claims to represent me has never shown any interest in meeting me. And not only did Carolyn Long want to meet me, she wanted to hear from me (as well as the rest of her potential constituents in the packed house at the Senior Center).

When we asked questions, she answered them in a straightforward manner. She shared her position on many issues including the 2nd Amendment, student loans, the health care system, and infrastructure. Her positions seemed in all cases to be well thought out, pragmatic, and mostly incremental. If you are looking for a representative who will dig in her heels and say “my way or the highway” and who is looking to wreak vengeance if Democrats regain the majority, you are looking in the wrong place. Ms. Long has definite ideas about the right way to proceed, but she also has the skill set to work with all members of Congress to come to reasonable solutions to problems. She has my vote.

Speaking of voting — the state of Washington makes it easy peasy. Your ballot shows up in your mailbox, you can sit at your kitchen table in your jammies and fill it out, and just drop it in the mail. So no excuses, VOTE!

Dixie Wood

Ocean Park

Lights on in rain

I have noticed when driving on the roads from here in Ocean Park to Astoria that some drivers do not have their headlights on when it is raining. This is very dangerous for you and drivers coming toward you, making it more difficult to see one another, especially when passing.

I do not understand why drivers drive in the rain without their lights on. When I see a vehicle coming toward me, I flash my lights to let them know their lights are not on About one in 10 drivers do turn their lights, but most of them ignore my gesture and continue on. I have noticed that most of those who do not respond appear to be women drivers, and may not know when to turn lights on. I was raised in Spokane and at about 15 or 16 years old, I would be riding with my father. He impressed upon me to always have the lights on when it is raining. That stuck with me for the last 60 yrs — it may have been the law then.

So I am asking drivers, please at least turn your parking lights on, because they do not use much juice from your battery. In some states it is the law to have lights on when it is raining. If you are one of those drivers who drive in the rain without lights, please, I feel you are lazy or do not know any better. If you do not believe in having your lights on in the rain, please call me, because I cannot think of any reason not to. My phone number is in the phone book.

John Southmayd

Ocean Park

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