Mailbox-OverflowingContinued growth

Dear Editor:

As we continue to walk forward as a community and imagine the future for our place, the choices we make for leaders become ever more urgent. Dwight Filer’s business history here, his family roots, his concern for town improvement and beautification, his interest in local, regional, and national issues, and even his ability to think and act globally (he worked for a short time on a crew in Antarctica), all help me know that he is the right leader to make decisions that have lasting implications for our town.

Because he has served several terms in town management positions he has the experience and understanding needed for the issues we face. Because he has been here a long time he knows almost everyone in the valley. Because his business is the definition of service I know he will extend that service to the constituents he represents. He’s running for Twisp Town Council Position 5. I’m voting for the continued improvement of our town.

Please join me and many others in casting a vote for Dwight. He will be available and listen to the concerns we might have. Together with Dwight in the months and years ahead, we can encourage our Town Council to help Twisp grow into the strong healthy tree it has the potential to be.

Kent Woodruff, Twisp


Remembering Emy

Dear Editor:

Across the big bridge in Winthrop I think they are building a hostel. I think it would be nice to call it Emy’s Rest. I know she would like that and Mac would too. Emy was a wonderful lady and the building being built on their property. Just a thought.

Dorothy Karcutski, Twisp

(Editor’s note: The writer is referring to property locally know as “Emy’s place,” where a combination retail/lodging building is under construction.)


Voting matters

Dear Editor:

As I visit with friends and neighbors I am hearing how saddened they are about the antics of our elected officials. They feel helpless and are responding by saying, “Why should I vote, they don’t care about us.”

We the people were given the right to vote; yes, it has taken a long time for that edict to mean all of “we” the people. Yes, some states and the Supreme Court continue to take that right away from some of us.

However, we who live in the Methow Valley are remarkable in that we do register, but we are complacent when it comes to voting in an off year.

Why? How can you think it is not important who your chosen representative is on the town council and school board? How is it not important to vote for Okanogan County issues? How is it not important to vote for Washington state initiatives?

Do not use the excuse “ it doesn’t matter.” It does! County issues and state initiatives will affect your lives.

On that note I have to put in my two cents worth. I am supporting Rick Northcott for Winthrop Town Council. He is the only opposed candidate on my ballot. He has my vote for he has earned it. He is an active member of our community; you will see him helping with important fundraising events, helping at the Barn and willing to discuss his reasoning and views. He understands budgeting and the importance of planning. His family has traditionally served this community and most importantly he knows the value of giving back to the community in which you live.

If I could vote for a council member in Twisp I would vote for Dwight Filer. He is a man of integrity and experience. He loves this place where he was raised and has and open mind as to change and how to best direct it. He understands that we must plan for the future if we are to keep the special qualities of this valley.

Only we the people can change the direction of government wherever we live. Start in your neighborhood, your town and your county.

Roxie Miller, Winthrop


MRR says thanks

Dear Editor:

In 2006, Mary Thompson, with Greg Hardy, Laura Schrager and Brandon Sheely, had the vision of creating Methow Resource Recovery (MRR.) Over the years, the used building materials center kept tons of materials out of the landfill or burn piles by taking in unwanted materials and offering them to our faithful community customers. They, in turn, reused and repurposed them for their homes, gardens, art, chicken coops, greenhouses and more. Sales revenue added another dimension to sustainability as funding was passed on to The Cove, Methow Recycles, Room One, the Twisp Pool and Confluence Gallery.

With regret, we are announcing the closure of this self-sustaining nonprofit project by the end of the year. Changing circumstances can quickly create a different reality for any organization, and MRR found this to be true as the future of the sales yard function came to be a wrong fit with its emerging residential and commercial neighborhood. The MRR board found the cost to create a visual barrier around our yard would not pencil out without long-term assurances of being located there.

At the same time, MRR found it was losing ground in being able to attract new board membership and volunteers to an enterprise that requires many hours of involvement and hands-on work. In the final analysis it seemed time to move on, liquidate assets and pass on our remaining funding to others, including the The Cove – our nonprofit umbrella organization. We sincerely hope that another organization will take on some of MRR’s former goals and services.

Thank you to all of you who have worked with us over the years, donated materials, shopped at our sales yard, contributed time and imagination on our board as volunteers and staff, and to The Cove for its longtime support. We will all continue to work with others toward a sustainable future for this amazing place.

Methow Resource Recovery Board: Nancy St. Clair, Bryn Pederson, Kate Schutt, Mike Heimann, Raven Odion


The power of music

Dear Editor:

On Sept. 29, about 20 young musicians, ages 6-17, performed at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church in an effort to raise money to benefit children in an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The idea for the concert was theirs (although inspired by efforts of the Mendros), and they organized it, advertised it and rehearsed it mostly on their own. At least 100 community members attended.

It was an incredibly heartwarming experience. I was so proud of the children, not only because they all were so brave to play for so large a crowd, or because they played so well, but mostly for the reason they were doing this: solely to benefit people other than themselves, people who live thousands of miles away whom they will probably never meet.

The majority of these children are students of the Pipestone School of Music and affiliated teachers, and I was proud of our musical community because our students are learning the true reason for learning to play music: to make the world a better place!

I am so proud of all of the music teachers in this valley, and of Cascadia and its board members and volunteers who are helping to create a better world through music. Perhaps our mission statement isn’t quite complete?

Thank you all for your time and energy over the years!

Pam Hunt, Twisp


Dangerous crossing

Dear Editor:

I use the crosswalk on Highway 20 in Twisp by the Methow Valley Community Center twice a day. Over the years I have had numerous experiences trying to cross safely. I have stood at the curb with intent to cross as cars zoom through – most motorists don’t make eye contact with you. My personal favorite is you get a motorist to stop for you in one direction, proceed across and get halfway out and a car will speed through going the opposite direction. Now your choice is to stand there in the middle of the crosswalk and wait as the car speeds by you, or you can turn around and run for your life back to the curb. I have done both.

I have seen pedestrians in wheelchairs, elderly people with canes, children – it doesn’t matter. The cars tend to speed up if they see someone wanting to cross.

This summer I traveled around Washington and went through some small towns. They all must have the same problem because they have a blinking sign that reads “stop for pedestrians Washington state law.” I believe there is a fine, but I’ve never seen it enforced in Twisp.

I think it shows that we are all in such a hurry these days. Meanwhile, I wear my sneakers and prepare to run if I have to. Now, when it snows, oh that’s another story!

Karen Williams, Twisp