The Times 

An educator in support of Hospital's child care plan


March 24, 2022

As a former educator, I am very concerned about the conflict regarding the Proposed Daycare Center.  Of course, there is a need for one or more day care centers with over 340 children under the age of 8 within our community. The Port’s mission statement says its responsibility is, “to maximize public resources and private investment, create jobs, provide infrastructure, and maintain and improve the economic vitality of Columbia County and its communities”. The Port Commissioners are not doing their job with obstructing the proposal as it is obvious that leasing Port land for a Day Care Center is a positive action for the community. Having the hospital build a building is a viable and generous option. The Hospital stated they are willing to make a Request for Proposals to find operators, which is reasonable and professional. It is obvious that no decision has been made regarding the YWCA. It appears that some of our elected officials are acting out of personal religious and/or political ideologies that are not in the best interest of the community. This sort of thinking makes our community appear to be unwelcoming and unhospitable.

Candy Jones

Dayton, Wash.


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