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Act locally, kindly, and harmoniously

To our community, We are troubled by the potential divisiveness of this upcoming election year. With all the wars, genocide, disinformation, the potential of Artificial Intelligence, any of which, could disrupt our democratic process.  While we are... Full story

 

A yes vote for the replacement levy is a win

To the Editor,  I won’t hesitate to vote yes on the Waitsburg School District’s Educational Programs and Operations Levy on Feb. 13. This replacement levy funds our preschool, extracurricular activities (including athletics), transportation and... Full story

 

Support for the Waitsburg School Levy - Investing in Our Future Leaders

To the Editor, On behalf of Waitsburg Commercial Club, I express our wholehearted support for the upcoming Waitsburg School levy. It should be noted that this is not a new tax or levy; it is a replacement levy for the previously passed measure that i... Full story

 

Support for DSD Levies, not deceptive posts

To the Editor I am writing to clarify my questioning of the statements made in a social media post regarding the levy’s funding of FFA. While FFA does receive some support from the levy, it is minimal compared to the funding received from grants... Full story

 

Make a diffence to Waitsburg schools, vote yes on the EP&O Levy

To the Editor We will soon have the opportunity to once again show our support for the children and schools of our community.  On Friday, January 26, ballots for the upcoming Special Election (February 13) will be mailed. On the ballot is the... Full story

 

Please Support Dayton Schools

To the Editor Four generations of my family have attended Dayton Schools and received a solid education here. I want to ensure that the children in our community continue to have the same opportunity for a quality, well-rounded education. That is... Full story

 

Waitsburg FFA grows community leaders

WAITSBURG-Future Farmers of America (FFA) is one of the largest student-led organizations in the U.S. According to the National FFA website, there are almost 950,000 middle and high school students...

 

Dayton resident asks voters to reject two special school levies

To the Editor: Usually, you have zero say about taxes. But this February, you have the opportunity to say No to a tax, when the Dayton School District puts forth two special levies seeking to extract from taxpayers, beginning in 2025, $1.41-$1.48... Full story

 

Response to school board meeting

In response to a November 23, 2023 Waitsburg Times article concerning Dayton School Board meeting.  Dear board members  It has come to my attention after reading a November 23 article in the Waitsburg Times that CCC member Aneesha Dieu stated that... Full story

 

Thankful thoughts from Dayton

To the Editor: Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative, grateful, and thankful. It is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for. I often say a silent prayer of thanks for my life in Dayton, an area, with a few exceptions, that doesn’t have... Full story

 

Support for Amy Schwab for Walla Walla Port Commissioner

If the vision that launched Lions Club International (LCI) in 1917 still applies to local Lions Clubs across America, it surely applies to the Waitsburg Lions Club. Formed in 1940 as a chapter of LCI, Waitsburg’s Lions have been a stable element...

 

Spring for Port Commissioner

Letter to the Editor We believe that Mike Spring is the best choice for Columbia County Port Commission, position #2, due to his extensive leadership, business, and community service experience: Mike has been the fire chief in La Grande, College... Full story

 

Support for House

Dear Editor, I wholeheartedly support Christy House’s candidacy for the Waitsburg School Board. Christy’s intimate knowledge of the Waitsburg community and the unique culture of the Waitsburg School District, combined with her experience as the... Full story

 

History with House

Letter to Editor Experience matters on the Waitsburg School Board. Having been a librarian, a preschool teacher/parent educator for the Walla Walla Community College, and a music teacher, I feel it is very important to vote for Christy House in the n...

 

Waitsburg Resource Center plan Christmas baskets and Kid goody bags

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Resource Center is gearing up for its annual Christmas baskets for the community. If you want to participate by donating or receiving a basket, visit the food bank, the Waitsburg Christian Church, or the Presbyterian church... Full story

 

Support for House and Ruppenthal

There are two incumbent candidates that I think deserve to be re-elected: Court Ruppenthal for Waitsburg City Council and Christie House for Waitsburg School Board.  Both have shown their ability to serve with open minds, common sense, and a deep... Full story

 

Bishop for Waitsburg City Council

Dear Waitsburg Community: My friend Jennifer Bishop is running for City Council. I’d like to tell you a little bit about her, and encourage you to join me in giving Jennifer the vote. She has my full support, and I think she will be a great advocat... Full story

 

Vote for the Pool, vote for Prop 1

To the Editor: I join with you and your publication that this community, Columbia County, NEEDS a public swimming pool. Community members have been working hard since the closure of our beloved pool after the 2017 season. We are SO close! This fall,... Full story

 

In support of age-appropriate books that navigate difference

To the editor, I feel that I must respond to a recent letter to the editor that stated a personal opinion about the book “Our Skin…” and stated that in that person’s opinion, “children do not even notice skin color.” I know, respect, and...

 

Lawsuit would deny opportunity to vote

To the Editor: My library file dates back to 2005. Letters to the editor, as is mine, are combinations of opinions and facts.  • For approximately 70 years, the City of Dayton operated the Dayton Memorial Library supported by city taxpayers....

 

Library reality

To the Editor, A video from a private anti-library Facebook group emerged the other day. In it, Pro-dissolution spokesperson, Jessica Ruffcorn makes several false claims. The worst of these is that dissolving the CCRLD and shuttering the library are... Full story

 

Vote NO on Prop 2

Dear Editor, This is a letter of support for the Columbia County Library staying open! The group of people that would have it closed have offered zero evidence of any child ever being harmed by the library, its books, the library board, or the...

 

Fire District No. 2 Thanks Voters for Levy Support

Dear Fire District 2 Residents of Waitsburg and Walla Walla County, We are absolutely thrilled to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who cast your votes in favor of the levy lid lift for District 2. With these new funds, our... Full story

 

Vote NO on Prop 2

Letter to the Editor, I am concerned about the current situation with our library. It makes no sense to me that anyone would want to close such a valuable resource in our county. When the first petition to close the library showed up at the Senior... Full story

 

Knowledge protects kids

To the editor, Some leaders of countries, cults, & religions know that if you keep most of your people uneducated or undereducated, they are easier to control to that leader’s viewpoint. That is one of the reasons our early U.S. leaders promoted... Full story

 

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