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Support for Dayton Library collection

To the editor, I read the following statement at the meeting of the Columbia County Board of Trustees on Monday, September 19: I have a master’s degree in library science from the University of Washington, and I was the branch manager of the... Full story

 

Character attacks on FB are disheartening and dangerous

To the Editor, There has been a recent uproar about which books should be available to children in our public library. The people who have voiced their concerns have stated repeatedly that their concerns are not political, homophobic, transphobic,... Full story

 

Reaction to commissioner statements

To the Editor: An article on the front page of the September 1 issue of the Dayton Chronicle reported that Commissioner Charles Amerein responded to a community member at the Aug. 22 commissioner’s meeting by saying that he has “learned to... Full story

 

values are not one-size-fits-all

To the Editor:  I would like to address the fear-filled letter submitted to the Chronicle in the 9/1 edition from Seth Murdock. Mr. Murdock, there is simple way for you never to have to worry about a “Drag Queen Story Time” and it is so easy... Full story

 

Election time outrage

To The Editor, In last week’s Dayton Chronicle, Seth Murdock’s letter of support for the re-election of Commissioner Chuck Amerein took issue with, among other things, a drag queen storytime in Ketchikan, Alaska, gender nonconformity, noodle... Full story

 

Support for Dayton Library, its collection, and Director

To the Editor: The recent negative controversy about book selection at our local library is really frustrating. It is so easy these days to be critical of the trustees, director and staff when it comes to book selection. In order to serve the entire... Full story

 

Concern over dayton official social media

Dear editor, It has come to my attention that one of our elected officials has taken it upon herself to block people from commenting or engaging with her on her official government page. The First Amendment does not permit a public official who...

 

Questions undersheriff preaching in uniform

To the Editor: Recently, the Walla Walla Union Bulletin published an article on Columbia County Undersheriff Robbie Patterson, and how he preaches sermons while wearing his sheriff-department uniform. The Freedom from Religion Foundation wrote to...

 

Bipartisan support in local politics

We seem to live in an ever-increasing political state of division. But I think it’s an illusion caused by the far-right and far-left and the media that is constantly scrambling for viewers. There are lots of dog-whistles being blown that raise... Full story

 

Separation of speech and duty needed in sheriff's office

To the editor, The following is a letter, dated June 28, 2022, sent to Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm. The letter pertained to his Under Sheriff wearing the County Law Enforcement uniform and badge while giving a political/religious speech on the... Full story

 

Thank you to Waitsburg emergency services

To the editor, I would like to thank the Waitsburg Ambulance Service and Walla Walla Ambulance Service for saving my life on July 25, 2022. If it was not for them, I would no longer be here…they resuscitated me twice. And I want to thank Patty... Full story

 

Support for Jenkins

Dear Editor, I give my full support to Jeff Jenkins as Columbia County Sheriff. As a population health nurse in this community there is an identified need for collaborating individuals in positions of decision making and policy that will help... Full story

 

Faked Facebook profile stirs discord

A fake Facebook profile has been created and is interacting on the Facebook public group, Dayton Speak Freely. They are using the name, Tracey Kelley. This person created their page on May 6 of this year. Their profile states they live in Starbuck, W... Full story

 

Please vote!

The primary election voting period ends next Tuesday, August 2nd. It is important to vote in the primary as it will narrow the field for two important positions - County Commissioner in the 3rd District and the16th LD Position 1. The voters in... Full story

 

A friend saved

This is a note of appreciation to the Waitsburg Ambulance crew for saving the life of my friend. On Monday, July 25, I called for an ambulance for a friend who was suffering a cardiac arrest. The crew arrived in minutes and immediately started CPR.... Full story

 

Endorsement for Goble

To the editor: Darren is an effective advocate for the valley as he strives to keep our valley culture. He devotes a significant amount of time and effort working in the community through and is there to support our future, the youth of this valley.... Full story

 

A big thank you from a grateful family

Dear Editor, Living in a small town has its downsides, but it comes with many perks. My family was reminded of this when a shop caught fire at the end of June. Thanks to the quick response from Columbia County Fire District 3 and Columbia-Walla... Full story

 

Further flag facts

Dear Editor, Re: “Fun Flag facts for the Fourth: The 4th of July is a popular day to display the flag; here are some common myths debunked,” June 30, 2022 Myth #1: Betsy Ross created the first American flag 1. Although the person who stitched... Full story

 

Applauds Library for Pride Month

To the editor, I would like to acknowledge and applaud the Dayton Memorial Library for their book displays and other readers’ advisory efforts for Pride month. Libraries are for everyone, and I’m happy to see our library recognizing that...

 

Support for Wetlands Wastewater plan

Last week Neighbors United held a public information meeting about the City of Dayton’s proposed Wastewater Treatment project. The meeting was well attended and representatives from the professionals that had worked on this project over the years... Full story

 

In support of new public health director

I am writing regarding the new Columbia County Public Health Department director, and concerns that, according to last week’s Letter to the Editor from Shellie McLeod, the new director is unfit for the position. This is apparently because of the ne... Full story

 

County Commissioner applauds new PAC's ice cream social

To the Editor, I wanted to acknowledge how well the Ice Cream Social held by the new political action committee the Neighbors United for Progress was this last Saturday. Holding it immediately after the parade was a wonderful idea and gave people... Full story

 

Concerns over County public health

As of March 1, 2022, the Columbia County Public Health Department has a new director. This director was chosen by the county commissioners over a qualified individual who had been working for the department for 3.5 years and would have loved to... Full story

 

Support for previously vetted wastewater project

To the Editor, In the May 19th online edition of the Waitsburg Times, the article titled “Dayton wastewater treatment project stalled again” included three letters that need to be shared to a wider audience. The first was from Cynthia... Full story

 

What's next Columbia County?

To the editor: What is happening to the formerly friendly and welcoming Columbia County? After various new members of our community government were sworn into office last January many beneficial, well-researched and planned projects were halted.... Full story

 

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