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I just read the snippet written by Darrin Opdycke featured in last week’s “Internet to Ink” on the opinion page about “light rail” to Portlandia. I agree with him completely on this matter. Crushing the taxpayers with the costs of linking Clark County to Oregon via “light rail,” on top of ha…

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No light rail. Absolutely not. Governor Inslee said Washington needs to join Oregon to support light rail so we can get the I-5 bridge done. Clark County voted the light rail down three times because it’s too costly and will not solve the traffic problem.

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Here we are again, hearing the same ultimatums from two blue governors, declaring that without light rail, there will be no Interstate 5 bridge replacement. This time around, it’s Oregon Governor Brown joining Washington Governor Inslee, telling residents of Southwest Washington they know wh…

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America’s forefathers secured this nation’s freedom through God’s unchanging morality. With adherence to God and the Constitution, they have led us and we survived. After passing a country’s average lifespan, we now appear to be at an end. Tyranny has raised its ugly head in the form of soci…

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I am writing about the proposed Michigan Trotter Timber sale of five units along the beautiful Hantwick Trail in north Clark County. This cut would hinder the aesthetics of the path along the East Fork of the Lewis River. This area is a gem for the local community and enables people to conne…

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As a resident of Ridgefield, and a supporter of our schools, I have a request to make regarding the improvements being done at our schools. Please make the playground areas of our schools accessible after hours and on weekends. It is a tremendous waste of these resources if they are not avai…

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I was initially an independent voter, choosing the person I believed would do the best job in a particular position. When Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, I realized that the Democrats were pushing abortion. If there was political opposition, it came from the Republicans. Abortion was never …

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The letters for the methanol plant have offered this:  The methanol plant is good because this Kalama plant producing it will take a lot less energy and create it cleaner than other methods if it was not made in Kalama.  Let’s get real.  In regards to global warming, it is like saying we’re …

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Now that the dust has settled and it was established that the accusations hurled against you were false, I would like to take the opportunity to send this letter along to you in the hopes that you can forgive a group of people that were wrong. I want to give credit to Mr. Giere, whose words …

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When I attended grade school many moons ago, bringing home my report card was always an interesting experience. Back then we did not have electronic gradebooks or websites where parents could check their student’s progress. The burden of keeping parents informed was pretty much up to each st…

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Ann Makar’s recent Letter to the Editor reacted to the following quote by Jaime Herrera Beutler to the New York Times: “To truly represent the American people, Congress needs more women and moms. I’m expecting my third baby since I was elected to serve, and it is a privilege to offer my uniq…

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The Ridgefield School District is committed to providing the highest quality of education possible for all students. Ridgefield schools are all currently running at over capacity due to the amazing growth in the district and the city of Ridgefield.

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Awhile back The Reflector asked readers the following: “Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month said that if a new Interstate 5 bridge is to be built, Southwest Washington needs to compromise with Oregon by allowing it to feature light rail — otherwise it won’t get done. Do you believe this is a …

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This federal government shutdown has gone on too long. Businesses, as well as individuals and families, are suffering because of what amounts to a tantrum in the White House, and a failure of a backbone in Congress to stand up to the bully. There are many valid reasons why the White House’s …

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Well, here we go again. A public hearing held in Longview to discuss the proposed methanol plant in Kalama was extremely non-productive. A lottery was created, as a way to keep it fair due to the number of individuals who wanted to speak on the record concerning the project. Although a great…

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Ridgefield is Washington state’s fasting growing city, with a 65 percent population growth from 2010 to 2017. There are approximately 1,000 new single family lots currently in development in the city and a population of 25,000 residents by 2035 is forecasted. Nowhere is that growth more evid…

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Like most people, I was shocked, offended and saddened to see the story on the national news about students from your school who publicly harassed a group of Native Americans participating in an Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 18, and one Native American in parti…

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We moved to Ridgefield with a toddler in 1995 and the population then was 1,400 folks. We were the newbies, our neighborhood was the first planned neighborhood and not everyone liked the “new neighborhood.” As our family grew and our kids went through the Ridgefield schools, we watched the t…

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While I agree with Jaime Herrera Beutler in most matters, sometimes she seriously disappoints. She recently gave this quote to the New York Times:

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I wrote the attorney general’s office and they told me to contact my legislators. I have written my legislators, but they do not answer. This is true of our Congress: they receive too many letters and cannot reply. It is extremely sad that they can refuse to answer the concerns of the genera…

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In a routine that’s become as predictable as the Mariners missing the playoffs or Starbucks hiking the price of a cup of coffee, Governor Jay Inslee has released a budget proposal that would raise taxes on Washingtonians by billions of dollars — $10 billion over the next four years to be exact.

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The Ridgefield School District wants another $77 million dollar bond to build a new grade school. Some past history about the district causes us concerns with another taxpayer-funded bond. December of 2004 the school district bought 50 acres on Hillhurst Road to build a high school. Now, 19 …

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With renewed arrogance, fervor and myopia governing elites in Salem, Olympia, Portland, and Vancouver have begun advocacy to replace the aging I-5 bridge. Washington citizens rejected the multi-billion dollar project once before for an obvious reason: as proposed, too much money would have b…

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The incredible growth of Ridgefield owes much to the amazing schools in our district with their quality staff and facilities. However, because of that incredible growth, the expected enrollment in the next four years at  Ridgefield schools is 45 percent. This would mean there could be 1,422 …

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Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to build the Chinese-backed methanol refinery in Kalama. This high-risk guarantee is inappropriate. The Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program is meant for projects which “avoid…

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A proper start to a new year in Clark County politics should begin with the opening line of our state constitution: “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed ...”

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I just read the article in the Dec. 26 The Reflector titled “Local lawmakers worry Inslee’s bridge money could lead to light rail.” Well of course it’s going to. Our local lawmakers can’t be that shocked about this. Inslee has been all for light rail, but yet the people of Southwest Washingt…

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Like many residents, I spent the summer dodging road construction, and while there has been open conversation about the expedited growth of Ridgefield, the simple fact is we are growing. My biggest fear is that we will lose our small town feel, however, that was alleviated as I left a basket…

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Many pundits predict American political warfare will worsen in 2019 and grow more ruthless in 2020 — our next presidential election year. The swamp that candidate Donald Trump promised to drain is expanding.

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I have lived in Ridgefield for 22 years and have had a front row seat to all the recent growth. I know there are challenges like traffic and unsightly housing developments that make it unpleasant at times.

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Communities that invest in themselves attract people who care about their community. The Ridgefield School District has done an amazing job creating and implementing a vision for quality education in collaboration with the broader community. If you live in the area, I don’t have to sell you …

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The cost to Americans for funding the border wall is $25 billion, or $74 per man, woman, and child in the U.S. This is a onetime cost.

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In December and early January we reflect on the highs and lows of the last 12 months. When it comes to small business, 2018 was definitely a high.

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When I moved to Ridgefield 15 years ago I was unaware of all that it had to offer. It’s a safe and friendly community that still has that small town feel but most importantly, it makes education a priority. There’s been substantial growth in my time here but Ridgefield has been steadfast whe…

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We Americans rely on plastic. From our garbage bags to our cars, we are surrounded by it. We might be far from curbing our addiction to plastic anytime soon, but we do need to stop our addiction to fossil fuels, and a place to start is learning how to make plastic without burning fossil fuel…

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On one coast we have the Statue of Liberty welcoming the tired and the poor and on the southern border we want to build a blockade against the tired and the poor. Do we want that to be our next symbol?

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The Ridgefield School District is continuing to see unprecedented growth with more families moving into what is still the fastest growing city in Washington. In 2012 and 2017 (after many years of bond measure success famine) bonds were passed that provided much-needed enhancements to existin…

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