Here are Letters to the Editor for Oct. 6, 2016
Appreciates firefighters for hard work
The residents of Flyckt Road would like to sincerely recognize and commend the Department of Natural Resources, Fire District 4, Fire District 1, the awesome air support, and the fire fighters from Deer Park and Airway Heights for their very quick response to a recent wildfire that threatened the homes and other structures in our area. All of us who were watching were amazed at the skill and dedication that was displayed while the crews were battling the aggressive fire.
Keep up the great work!
Thank you, Les, for so many great years
I have had the privilege of serving with Les Schneiter in the Addy volunteer fire department over the past 14 years, and I have never worked with anyone who has dedicated themselves as deeply to their community.
For all 43 years of his adult life he has put others first. He has remained calm in the face of traumatic situations, and always treated his patients and fire victims with respect and dignity. He has been willing to drop everything he is doing at a moment’s notice and go to the aid of people in need regardless of the time of night, bad weather, or being in the middle of work.
For 24 years he has led the department as its Chief. He retired the end of September from the department and will leave a big void in the force. It is hard for me to imagine what it will be like to go to calls without him there. Most of the horrible, and traumatic things I have witnessed in my life have been in situations where Les was in charge; when I have responded to medical calls near my residence in Summit Valley he was the one person I could always count on to quickly get there and back me up until the ambulance got to the scene. I will deeply miss him, and I know many others will as well. If you see him around town, please thank him for his service.
Judge Nielson endorses Monasmith
Judge Pat Monasmith is well regarded by his fellow judges, both active and retired. Members of the bar association in the Ferry-Stevens-Pend Oreille Judicial District, and elsewhere in Eastern Washington, appreciate his communication skills. He is able to bring counsel together to resolve matters without expensive, time consuming trials. He renders timely decisions, which he then takes the time to explain. He makes it a practice to meet with and debrief juries. Court personnel will tell you he is even-tempered and treats attendees with respect. Finally, he has the broad knowledge and experience needed by a general jurisdiction trial Judge.
Judge Monasmith has also brought leadership to the bench. He has worked to update and stream-line court guardianships. He goes out of his way to be patient and helpful with self-represented litigants. He has increased the length and number of trial terms in the three counties – giving defendants and the criminal bar more court time. Finally, he has been careful with court funds.
C. Olivia Irwin is running against Judge Monasmith. She is relatively new to the practice of law. At this point in her career, Ms. Irwin lacks the experience and judgment to serve as a Judicial Officer.
I have worked alongside Judge Pat Monasmith for over five years. He has my enthusiastic endorsement for another term. Re-elect Judge Pat Monsamith.
Judge Al Nielson
Constitution Week Celebration
I attended the “Constitution Commemoration Ceremony” on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at the Colville Courthouse Lawn at Noon. The ceremony was opened with prayer to God of the Bible.
During the meeting Commissioner Parker said that Russell Bolton and Stevens County Assembly was the driving force behind the Constitution Week Proclamation. The plan is to do this each year at this time.
During the meeting, the Holy Bible, the whole Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, were honored. An important message by local pastor Barry Byrd was given. Yes, the Bible was greatly honored which gives us the way of salvation. Romans 5:8 states, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Some folks in Washington, D.C. and Olympia, WA and elsewhere might think this meeting is not politically