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Long-Term Benefits Outweigh Short-Term Sacrifice

By Jennie Dickinson and Kathryn Witherington, Port of Columbia One of the significant advantages of having new industries invest in a community is the potential of an increased tax base. In Columbia County, we have already seen the effects of this...

 

Washington's Expensive Culvert Court Case

By Don C. Brunell Editor’s Note: The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday, after this column was written, that it had deadlocked 4-4 (with Justice Kennedy abstaining) on the Washington culvert case, and therefore the lower court ruling will stand. W...

 

Straw Pulp Looks Like 'Win Win'

By Don C. Brunell Editor’s Note: Don Brunell is a regional business columnist who works out of Vancouver, Wash. This column will appear in newspapers throughout the state this week. Here’s a switch! Rather than closing another pulp and paper...

 

Grandstands Upgrades Not the Best Use of Fairgrounds Funding

Submitted by the Waitsburg Commercial Club Executive Board The Waitsburg Commercial Club regards the Waitsburg Fairgrounds as an integral part of our event venue inventory to bring visitors and commerce to Waitsburg. It is important to start...

 

Actions During Parade Regretted

Dear Editor, I apologize to the community for showing off doing wheelies with my old Ford Tractor in Saturday’s Waitsburg Parade, May 19th. A dumb, selfish thing to do and a bad example for the youth. Thinking about it later if an accident had...

 

Place Time Limit on Grandstands Fundraising

Dear Editor, I believe most would agree the discussion of the fate of the Waitsburg Fairgrounds Grandstands has been going on for too many years. Differing views by members of the latest Grandstand Committee regarding public support for the...

 

Do you have Stigma?

Dear Editor, There is a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. In some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking...

 

Spring Cleanup News

With spring finally arriving, I want to remind everyone of some items associated with wet and warmer weather. First, grass and weeds are not allowed to exceed five inches in height in Waitsburg, so please keep your lot(s) mowed and/or sprayed....

 

Survey Helps Direct Education Funding

Dear Editor, I want to share an opportunity for Dayton Parents and members of the community to help us make decisions about schools in our state. Our state’s lead office for education – the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI),...

 

The Problem with Competition

On April 16, the Columbia County Commissioners voted 2-1 to select the Dayton Chronicle over The Times to be that county’s legal newspaper for 12 months, beginning July 1. (The Times was awarded...

 

Water Meter Replacement Set to Start

With the annual election over and the same city council re-elected to another term, the city of Waitsburg is moving forward with a variety of projects, including water meter replacement and various design and engineering work for future system...

 

Older Americans Month 2018

Dear Editor, Across the country, the “Age Wave” of older Americans are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection, sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, enriching their communities. They’re...

 

Extraordinary Contributions Will Benefit Dayton

Dear Editor, In February of this year, 2018, an extraordinary thing occurred to benefit our dear town. By extraordinary, I mean something that doesn’t happen every day or even every year. Michael Haight and Cathy Lee-Haight decided to make some...

 

Land Use that Degrades Land Should Be Disallowed

Dear Editor, Regarding the proposed water bottling plant, the commission looks at this decision as a “Land Use Issue” which I understand. In that regard here are points they need to consider: Use of the land is important, although the commission...

 

Collaboration Key to Solving Behavioral Health Problems

It takes coordination and engagement on many levels when addressing behavioral health issues, and more so when delivering mental health services to persons who have the potential for violence. A recen...

 

Trade War Could Hit Washington Hard

Any trade war between the United States and China is worrisome, but if it escalated and tariffs are imposed, it will hit Washington particularly hard. Avoiding that possibility should be our primary goal. Our state is our nation’s third largest...

 

Ricky's Law

In 2016 Washington lawmakers passed a bill called Ricky’s Law. The law allows mental health providers to order patients who are drug addicted into a locked detox center if he or she is an imminent danger to self or others. Ricky’s Law extends a...

 

All Views on Water Bottling Should be Presented

Dear Editor, The Waitsburg Times account of publisher Ken Graham’s interview with County Commissioner Todd Kimball was accurate as far as it went. It gave more than adequate coverage to the Commissioners’ perspectives on the Dozier’s request to...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    April 5, 2018

Whose Water is It?

"It's the most contentious issue we've faced since I've been a commissioner, by far." That was Walla Walla County Commissioner Todd Kimball, talking about a proposed zoning change to allow water...

 

Raw Water Should Not Be Shipped Out of Area

Dear Editor, I am dismayed that “one of us,” the Doziers, would request permission to ship raw water out of our semi-arid area. Further, I am even more disappointed in our county commissioners for entertaining such a request. Our water should...

 

We're Working on Celebration Days

Dear Editor, There are a bunch of wonderful people working hard to bring our annual celebration to our great, One-of-a-Kind, little city. That event is Waitsburg Celebration Days and it is being planned for the weekend of May 18, 19 and 20. So far,...

 

It's Time for Grandstand Issue to be Decided

Dear Editor, Several groups have offered input concerning the fairgrounds. The latest, the Grandstand Advisory Committee, was created by council. It was created to exist for a limited time which, I believe, has expired. Due to busy lives this committ...

 

The Future of Waitsburg Fairgrounds

Randy Hinchliffe: city of Waitsburg After many years under lease by the Days of Real Sport, Inc., the city of Waitsburg took back control of the Waitsburg Fairgrounds facility in 2005. The city proceeded to annex the property into the city limits...

 

Fair Balance Needed Between Open Legislative Records, Constituent Privacy

After enormous public outcry, stirred by newspaper editorials across the state, Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed Senate Bill 6617, the Legislative Public Records Act. There's a great deal of misinformation...

 

Waitsburg City Elections

For this month’s article, I thought I would focus on one of the city most unique attributes; our city election. Since the city still operates under its original 1881 charter, we are governed by a slightly different set of rules when it comes to a...

 

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