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In 2017, I wrote a column titled “America needs more welders and fewer philosophers.” It was a slogan Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used in his 2016 presidential campaign to call attention to … more
Editor, The recent missive of Roy Schimelpfenig (Feb. 21, The Reflector) was a mishmash of misleading, misinformed, misbeliefs and mistaken statements (I have run out of M’s). I will … more
Editor, I just ran across an old edition of the Reflector and knew why I had saved it. It said that a YMCA would be coming to Battle Ground soon. So I looked at the date: 2017. Seven years is … more
Editor, As someone who has watched five school bonds fail and worked to increase voter turnout for some of them, I am feeling optimistic about the April 23 ballot propositions for Ridgefield … more
Editor, In seven years as a resident of Ridgefield, I’ve witnessed our city’s ongoing remarkable transformation from a close-knit farm community to a vibrant extension of Portland … more
Although the Washington state Republican Party has officially endorsed Joe Kent in the race for Third Congressional District, lifelong Republican Leslie Lewallen said she’s a better choice if … more
Editor, I write in favor of protecting our wildlife at Chelatchie, Curtin Creek (Barberton) and the rest of our county from the current operator and his illegal and unpermitted activities. I … more
Editor, Before ignorance replaced common sense, politicians helped the working man and woman. Today they can’t even identify a man or woman. Mainstream media gave up truth in journalism to … more
Editor, On the heels of national news that shows that railroad operators around the country want to reduce safety regulations, even in the face of the derailment at East Palestine, Ohio, the … more
When Third District U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez said on a podcast that “nobody stays awake at night worrying about the Southern border,” the words appalled attorney Leslie Lewallen, … more
Editor, Increasingly on a daily basis, 10,000 people, many who are young men, illegally cross our borders. They are not the typical poor, starving Hispanic from Mexico or Central America. There … more
E ditor, Responding to a recently published opinion in The Reflector from Mr. Bredstrand: Some of his statistics do not line up with ones I found at Neilsberg.com. I was disappointed to see how … more
Editor, Jake Bredstand of Ridgefield claims there is insufficient diversity in local leadership. Well Jake, go out and find some minority candidates willing to shoulder the responsibilities of … more
Editor, In a recent letter to you, one of our fellow Clark County residents expressed concerns about a federal program in which migrants at our borders would receive a so-called “Secure … more
Editor’s Note: Columnist Julie McDonald previously wrote a three-part series based on an interview with Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent. That series, and the first two parts of her … more
Editor, I would like to support the House Bill 1324 bill, which passed recently to include offenders that are awaiting trial and also for those that are currently serving a sentence that is … more
Editor, Ridgefield is the fastest growing city in Washington state. New and improved school buildings are needed to meet the demands of this burgeoning population. Safe, modern, uncrowded … more
Editor, In the best of all possible worlds, everyone would have a good education and no residents would be asked for a tax increase to provide what schools need. Education ought to be a … more
Editor, Battle Ground Public Schools is asking for the community’s support to increase security and facilitate much needed repairs of its current buildings. If passed, the Feb. 13 capital … more
Editor’s Note: Columnist Julie McDonald previously wrote a three-part series based on an interview with Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent. That series, and the first part of her … more
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