Here are Letters to The Editor for the July 14 edition of “The Independent.”
Thank you to those that help with Chataqua
What a wonderful Chataqua we had. Even with all kinds of weather, it was a great party. Thank you to all those who helped with special thanks to Bonni and Dave Haskell (camp ground and food vendors), George Eberth (beer garden), Geno Ludwig (information booth), Kim Stricker (craft vendors), Kerry Summers (parade), Patsy Cotter (t-shirts), Nicole Alby (CenterStage entertainment), Kay Comer-Lupton (children’s pavilion), Mike Waters (porta-potties), the City crew and Koko (security). Chataqua runs like a well-oiled machine because of all of these wonderful people. We are now taking a well-deserved break. In August we will start planning next year’s Chataqua. If you’d like to be part of the planning, contact any one of these hard- working volunteers.
Enjoying The Independent
Hey Independent Crew,
We just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying The Independent these days. It is getting better and better every week.
A great addition has been your Managing Editor, Brandon. We look forward to reading his Editorials, and really enjoyed his recent one about the football team on the West Side (Bellevue, I believe) and the article, “Kids These Days”. Great articles, Brandon.
Keep up the good work!
Loretta & Kerry Burkey
Spending our money to attack
For over 10 years now, the City of Chewelah has encouraged the Kaisers to use and better the property around its fenced switching station as though it was their own. Now the Knauss administration seems hell-bent on attacking Tim and Patti for a situation the city is actually responsible for creating.
At a time when most of its constituents can barely pay their utility bills, the city, rather than accepting a financial win, chooses to spend $20,000 of our money to attack a family that’s done nothing wrong.
Clearly there is more going on here than meets the eye. But the nose always knows. This administration smells to high heaven!
Samuel L. Johns
Joy L. Smith
Ready for change
I read with some interest the letter from Paul Bennett recently, and agreed with his frustration with our elected representatives and their lack of attention to the views of their constituents. I suspect, however, that I may have a different set of reasons for my frustration. As an example, I would refer readers to polling aggregation regarding gun policy showing broad support for things like background checks and limitations on assault weapons and ammo capacity at: http://www.pollingreport.com/guns.htm. Public opinion in support of gay marriage is clear: http://www.pewforum.org/2016/05/12/changing-attitudes-on-gay-marriage/. Climate change is no longer even debatable in the scientific community, and steadily the public has been coming around: http://www.gallup.com/poll/190010/concern-global-warming-eight-year-high.aspx. And yet, Congress dithers on these issues of broad agreement amongst the electorate. I could go on.
Instead, we get vote after vote on the ACA (Obamacare). These votes from the Republican leadership in the House are clearly just window-dressing, an attempt to appease the base. And to be honest here, the ACA remains narrowly unpopular breaking largely along party affiliation: http://www.people-press.org/2016/04/27/more-americans-disapprove-than-approve-of-health-care-law/. However, a rudimentary understanding of the legislative process makes clear that these votes will go nowhere, as passage by the Senate is unlikely and a Presidential veto is absolutely likely.
So, yeah, I too am ready for a change in Congress, and I can think of no better place to start than with our own representative, who has distinguished herself in no way and is a player in Republican leadership. Time to retire Cathy; please vote.