Rogers cares, deserves reelection
I am writing in support of Steve Rogers for Pacific County commissioner. It is rare to find someone who cares as much for his community, its people and its issues as Steve. Reelect Steve Rogers for commissioner.
Stop Oysterville meadow mowing
Each year in September since the early 1990s the Oysterville meadow has been mowed. Mowing serves no aesthetic or ecological benefit to the meadow or to Oysterville. No woody vegetation exists in the meadow that mowing would control. Gorse has long been eradicated from the meadow. Deer, coyote and other native creatures come into the meadow when vegetation grows and cover exists. Mowing the grass causes the animals to disappear until grasses grow high and become cover again.
Continued reduction of habitat by development on the Peninsula eliminates habitat for native animals. The Oysterville meadow when left in its natural cycle becomes a small refuge, evidence of environmental responsibility by the Oysterville Restoration Foundation. Money spent for unnecessary mowing would serve a better purpose if donated to local meals programs or school needs. It might also alter the negative publicity and reputation directed to Oysterville and its residents.
Also credit earlier foresters
I was glad to read the recent feature article, “Among Titans: Nature Conservancy’s ambitious Ellsworth Creek watershed restoration breathes life into forest, stream,” (Aug. 16). The writer gave us a recent update of forest management objectives and activities on the forest. However, I was surprised and disappointed that no mention was made of the contributions made by earlier forest managers Bill Lecture and Kyle Smith.
Back in about 2008, when The Nature Conservancy decided they needed to hire a professional forester to plan and direct activities, they hired Bill Lecture, a local forester with 30 years experience in the field. Over the next four or five years, under his leadership, a management plan was instituted, high quality roads were constructed, old roads were vacated and decommissioned and many overstocked stands were thinned, with the objective of moving these overly dense forests into a more “natural” condition. The forest also began to make money for TNC, as the timber produced by thinning operations brought forest products companies to the table with their funds.
After the first couple of years under his management, Bill hired a young forester, Kyle Smith, to handle much of the field forestry work and day to day supervision of activities. Once Bill retired, Kyle then became the staff forester for Ellsworth and carried on the work initiated by Bill. Kyle now works for TNC in its Portland office.
So, kudos to current forester, Dave Ryan, who is doing a good job, I’m sure. But, he is standing on the shoulders of the professional foresters who went before him, and not so long ago that they should not be mentioned and given credit.
Time to allow rent controls
There are no silver bullet solutions to the affordable housing crisis. However, in Washington state, RCW 35.21.830 prohibits rent controls by counties and cities.
The affordable housing crisis is acting as a catalyst for landlords to raise their rents, too often with increases that would shock the conscience of average people — 20 percent, 30 percent, even near 60 percent. At the end of a rental agreement, landlords have unfettered ability to do whatever they want, regardless of the implied obligations of their rental agreements. More often than not, the landlords feel “entitled” to as much as they can get, without regard for the tenants that had made the rental property their home. Landlords have almost all of the power in the relationship. Tenants have only one choice: either pay what is demanded or move out.
In too many cases, the rent increases are causing the tenants to move. Moving out is the result, and often, the tenants have no place to move to. The communities affected most are the low-wage earners and seniors living on fixed Social Security incomes. The additional result is the increase in homelessness, or having to choose between rent vs food, or worse, rent vs medication. Another consequence is the increase in food insecurity. There is plenty of evidence with the increase in the number of grade school students dependent on school lunch programs. The issue extends to an unstable local economy.
There are other states, including California, where counties and cities have the ability to implement reasonable rent control ordinances; Oakland, California, is one model example.
In Washington, it is time to repeal RCW 35.21.830 and allow rent control. It is the right way to balance the landlord-tenant relationship. Write to our state senators and representatives in our legislative districts.
Don’t give Rosco the nuke codes
I received a letter today from my Uncle Bob in Mount Idy.
He writes, “My cat, Rosco, has a deep disdain for other cats, even other fat cats — unless they are exactly the same gender and breed (but even then, he can be fickle and unpredictable). Rosco will never ever admit to doing anything wrong. When I find a plant knocked over or a knick-knack askew on the mantle and point my finger at him, the obvious culprit, he looks away and yawns, seemingly trying to change the subject.
“And yes, in his cowardly way, he feels safer since we put that wall up in the backyard, but to tell you the truth, it just makes me feel imprisoned. It blocks out the light and denies the possibility of a fresh breeze — it’s making me suffocate — not that he cares.
“As you may guess, it is impossible to teach Rosco anything new; he has no patience or interest in matters other than his own comfort, his next meal and above all else, in continuing his status as ruler of the household.
“Bored, finicky, impatient, arrogant, aloof, I guess Rosco is not completely unlike many other cats. Rosco is Rosco — he’ll never change. Over the last few months I have learned to live with him (if you call this living). However, I just think it would be unwise to give him the nuclear codes.”
Rogers is involved; reelect him
Steve Rogers is running for reelection as Pacific County commissioner. He has served us well during his first term and we should return him for another four years. Under his leadership our county has increased support for mental health, including a cooperative program with Willapa Behavioral Health. His support for Jessie’s Seafood expansion to South Bend and the South Bend/Raymond hardwood mill has provided over seventy new jobs. In his tenure the county has limited ATV traffic to certain areas and refinanced the South County Building for a savings of $400,000.
Steve takes his job seriously. He is committed to serving our community. He serves on Kiwanis, is on the Pacific County Historical Society board, and is a member of the South Bend School Board. Our county cannot afford to lose Steve’s talent and hard work as commissioner. Please join me in voting for him and sending Steve Rogers back for another term.