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  • Response to school board meeting

    The Times|Dec 7, 2023

    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 she wanted a bit of “heightened awareness” on what kind of books were being brought into the school. I would like to caution the board members and staff on entertaining such cynical ploys to undermine public education. Over the past 18 months, we have witnessed an unprecedented campaign of cen... Full story

  • Thankful thoughts from Dayton

    The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    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 wild, crazy, and destructive weather like tornadoes. I say a prayer of thanks for being able to safely walk around my community, meet neighbors, and enjoy conversations with people like Curtis at the post office, who is always cheerful and helpful. There are many people I am grateful for; some have b... Full story

  • Support for Amy Schwab for Walla Walla Port Commissioner

    The Times|Nov 2, 2023

    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 of social life and community service for 83 years, something not to be taken for granted. The club and others, including the Freemasons, Eastern Star, Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), and Kiwanis, support community life and friendship, provide service and aid where needed, encourage c...

  • Spring for Port Commissioner

    The Times|Oct 26, 2023

    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 Place, West Richland, and Hanford as well as serving as a fire Commissioner in Columbia County. He has been involved in running a family farm business and has owned and operated two businesses in Dayton for the past ten years. Mike is a member of the volunteer fire department, and he and his wife,... Full story

  • Support for House

    The Times|Oct 26, 2023

    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 parent of two WHS alums and as a current board member, make her an outstanding choice for this essential role. Christy’s connection to the Waitsburg community runs deep. As a parent and board member, she has witnessed the successes and challenges of our local school system over the years. Her commi... Full story

  • History with House

    The Times|Oct 26, 2023

    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 next election. Christy brings much-needed experience to the school board. I have known Christy since she moved to Waitsburg many years ago. I taught her younger son music and worked with her husband on the Waitsburg City Council. Christy brings a lot of talent to the School District. She works in the...

  • Waitsburg Resource Center plan Christmas baskets and Kid goody bags

    The Times|Oct 26, 2023

    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 to share your information. Signups are for November. The center is also gearing up for its annual kid bags, where it donates cute little goodie bags to the Waitsburg Elementary School children.... Full story

  • Support for House and Ruppenthal

    The Times|Oct 19, 2023

    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 commitment to their community. Court and Katie Ruppenthal have run a successful and popular business, Laht Neppur, one of two businesses in town that has stayed open under the same ownership since I moved here in 2012. Court is the only business owner on the City Council; our business community needs hi... Full story

  • Bishop for Waitsburg City Council

    The Times|Oct 19, 2023

    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 advocate for citizens of Waitsburg. Jennifer is a Waitsburg homeowner and taxpayer. She keeps her property beautifully, and it adds to the charm of our city. She participates in local events like the Main Street Christmas Tree contest, Waitsburg Celebration Days, and similar. Folks know they can count on Jen... Full story

  • Vote for the Pool, vote for Prop 1

    The Times|Oct 12, 2023

    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, Proposition #1 will ask voters to approve creation of a POOL DISTRICT, under the state regulations that guide Parks and Recreation Districts, RCW 36.69.010. Approving a district is CRITICAL to move forward to build a facility that meets the needs of our community. A POOL DISTRICT can: Compete for... Full story

  • In support of age-appropriate books that navigate difference

    The Times|Sep 28, 2023

    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 very much appreciate the person who wrote this letter and what they have done for this community, but I must respectfully disagree with this statement and perception. I can tell you that when my son was about four years old, we were living in a community with people from many different countries. My son and...

  • Lawsuit would deny opportunity to vote

    The Times|Sep 21, 2023

    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. • In 2005 the county voted to form a taxing district to help fund the library to improve services. • The city and the county library district made an agreement to mutually operate the library. The county had the bulk of the cash, and the city retained their building and all the pre-county district mater...

  • Library reality

    Sep 14, 2023

    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 two separate actions. Ms. Ruffcorn claims to have “found out and reviewed and confirmed,” that “the building, the trusts, money, the equipment, the furniture and the pre-district collection” will revert to city ownership, “which means we will have a budget to run a library, at least temporari... Full story

  • Vote NO on Prop 2

    The Times|Sep 7, 2023

    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 previous library director. Only conjecture: conjecture is a guess, an inference, a theory, or prediction based on guesswork. That’s per Webster’s definition. According to the Columbia County prosecuting attorney to the best of his knowledge, there has never been a reported case of child abuse at the lib...

  • Fire District No. 2 Thanks Voters for Levy Support

    The Times|Aug 31, 2023

    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 small local fire department will continue to take significant strides toward enhancing our community’s safety and well-being. Our station has limited availability during the work week because most of the volunteer staff work outside of town. Your willingness to invest in our station paves the way for... Full story

  • Vote NO on Prop 2

    The Times|Aug 31, 2023

    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 Center, I read it ( as I was taught to read anything before I sign) and was immediately incensed that this was in the works! Then, I read some of the letters to the editor in the Chronicle. This motivated me to go do my own research. I do not listen to gossip and hearsay. My quest is to seek the... Full story

  • Knowledge protects kids

    The Times|Aug 24, 2023

    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 public education for all, including women. Until then, most female children did not have access to learning to read. Ignorance increases hate! Those backing the proposition to dissolve our Columbia County Rural Library will cause all of us to lose our library. What will they put in its place? I... Full story

  • No more bull

    The Times|Aug 24, 2023

    To all Columbia County Residents Hear ye, hear ye. ‘Tis time for another ballot initiative. We must forbid ranchers from buying and raising bulls. Imagine what might happen to the pure innocent minds of our Columbia County teenagers if they witnessed a bull doing what bulls are purchased to do. It boggles the mind. All kinds of possibilities enter their imaginations. These terrible thoughts must be stopped before it’s too late. Then imagine 11 months later when the calf is born but the rancher has to help with the delivery. Oh my goodness! Suc... Full story

  • Voters need accurate information

    The Times|Aug 24, 2023

    Dear Editor, Regarding the movement to dissolve the library, there’s a lot of information that isn’t being represented accurately and in its entirety. To start, I keep hearing that “after a yearlong battle, a petition to dissolve the library was the only option left,” and yet public records show the first book challenge happened in September 2022, and the first signature on the petition was in February 2023. That is not a “yearlong battle.” Furthermore, many individuals were told that this petition was to specifically address several inappropri... Full story

  • Libraries are places for self exploration

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    One does not admire the person who attends the Community Picnic and spits in the spaghetti sauce. It reminds us of the pesky kid we all knew who would play Monopoly until it was clear that winning was not a possibility for him, and who would violently upend the board sending the game pieces tumbling to the ground and run home, crying. The Dayton Library opened in October of 1937, the same year as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Hood’s Timberline Lodge. For 86 years, thousands of Columbia County men, women, boys, and girls have mad... Full story

  • Dayton's library is a much needed family resource

    The Times|Aug 17, 2023

    Dear Editor, Our library is a very important resource for us. Personally, the library is our only computer and our only copy machine. My daughter walks to our library at least twice per week. She checks out DVDs and books very often. Her favorite books are ones about knitting and crochet because she makes gifts for people. We don’t have a car. So, we do everything locally. Every week my daughter uses the computer at the library to check e-mail and print off the songs we sing for church. I help lead the worship at our church and need the c...

  • Message from a WSD Board candidate

    The Times|Aug 10, 2023

    To the Waitsburg School District voters, My name is Tia Hays. I am running for Waitsburg School Board member because I love our community and want to support the kids in our district. I have 3 children in our district currently; a 1st grader, a 6th grader and a sophomore in high school. I have a vested interest in the quality of our kids’ education and school experience. My top priority is to help provide a superior learning environment not only for my children but for all children in our district. I stand for cooperation and transparency b... Full story

  • Shutting the Library Will Solve Nothing

    Ken Graham, The Times|Aug 10, 2023

    On a recent morning, in the interest of journalistic research, I typed the words “gender curious books for kids” into the Google search box on my phone. The first listing that came up was for a site called, which included the following article: “The 17 Best Children’s Books About Gender Identity and Expression.” The second listing was for “7 Books That Teach Kids About the Fluidity of Gender and the Importance of Acceptance.” The third listing was for paren...

  • Support for a staple of the community

    The Times|Aug 10, 2023

    Editor, I am very concerned over the unrest with the Columbia County Rural Library District and the petition to dissolve the rural library district. Our library serves many people in our community of all ages. I do realize that there is an issue with some of the books and what age level they have been accessible to. It is certainly cause for concern, but abandoning the library is a drastic measure and would leave a very large hole in our community. The library offers the ability to make copies, access to computers, books, movies, early educatio... Full story

  • A roundtable to supports everyone's ideas

    The Times|Aug 10, 2023

    Can this really be happening? I’m talking about the petition to close our beloved, free public library. Are there better ways to solve our differences than to go to extremes? Why would we want to emulate dictators in other countries who suppress their people’s freedoms? Because of the first amendment, we are free, and we need to stay free. There are ways to work out our differences, Do we change the locks on our doors and kick our children out of the house because we have a disagreement or we don’t like the color of their hair? Do we poiso... Full story

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