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Excited for what's next for Dayton

Dear Editor, I'd like to give a shout-out to Melissa Gemmell for her article on the "Stand By Me" mural. It was timely, in my opinion, to have Padraic Slattery explain what his thoughts were. He is...

 

First Amendment retaliation

Dear Editor It appears that some CCC members and elected officials continue to display disregard for all community members’ First Amendment rights. Port of Columbia Commissioner Seth Bryan is the administrator for the Dayton Uncensored Facebook p...

 

One book, two views

To the Editor, “I’ve looked at life from both sides now…” by Joni Mitchell A story told in our community is about an older female who went to CC Public Library and was confronted by a large display featuring a book opened to a page with sexual images...

 

Alice Coachman, first black woman gold medalist

To the editor, Throughout Washington State high schools during Black History Month, there has only been a small lump sum of instances where they’ve mentioned Alice Coachman. More high schoolers should know more than just Jesse Owens, Bessie C...

 

Port Accomplishments

To Port Of Columbia Commissioners Seth Bryan, Mike Spring, and Johnny Watts, Because all three of the Port of Columbia commissioners are new to the business of the port, we think they should look into the past accomplishments made before their...

 

Library Memories

To the Editor, When I was a child, the Dayton Memorial Library was a place my friends and I were always welcome. My father, an avid reader and well-respected schoolteacher, often requested books from that library to read, for pleasure or as...

 

A thanks to The Times

Letter to the Editor We would like to express our appreciation for the wonderful spread you did for “Izzy the Camel” in your February 15th edition of the Times. You turned an extremely sad time into an awesome tribute. You must understand that we may...

 

Calls for Bryan's resignation

After viewing Seth Bryan’s behavior and his vote at the Feb 14, 2024, Columbia County Port Commissioner meeting I want to suggest that he should RESIGN as a Columbia County Port Commissioner IMMEDIATELY. He proposed, then voted on, removing the E...

 

Unorthodox behavior by Port commissioner

To the editor, It was with incredulity and disgust that I watched the Port Commission meeting of February 14, 2024, as Seth Bryan put forth an unprecedented, unorthodox motion to change the executive director from a contracted position to an at-will...

 

Response to Port Commissioner's behavior

Letter to the editor, I am writing in response to the last commission meeting I watched. Things seemed well until the last few minutes after the executive meeting took place. What I witnessed was a personal attack against the executive director and...

 

Support for Port Director

Letter to the Editor I watched the Port meeting online, 5:00 p.m., the 14th of February. After coming out of executive session where concerns about staff should be addressed, Commissioner Seth Bryan verbally assaulted Executive Director Jennie...

 

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...

 

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 tec...

 

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...

 

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 a...

 

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 Waitsbur...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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 she...

 

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 w...

 

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 o...

 

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...

 

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 par...

 

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...

 

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