Grange is grateful
You may have noticed the changes to the front of the Twisp Valley Grange hall. Construction of the long-awaited accessibility ramp is underway. Paul White, our contractor, and the Kiwanians have been wonderful, keeping the work and permitting process going. We foresee being able to use the ramp by this fall.
The Bite of the Methow Fund a Dream contributors, the Methow Fund and North Valley Lumber have been instrumental in helping this dream come true. The Winthrop Kiwanians are once again putting one of their mottos into action — “We Build.” A special thanks is due to Jamie Bass, who was willing to speak up and offered valuable counsel for options of ramp designs. The Twisp Valley Grange is grateful for the incredible community support of this ramp project.
Twisp Valley Grange board of directors
Newhouse’s grasp of issues questionable
On July 6, I attended a meeting with 4th Congressional District Representative Dan Newhouse in Pateros. He had invited about 20 constituents to a 45- minute question and answer session. Those attending were organized around five topics since we had limited time and included those knowledgeable about health care, immigration, public lands, climate change and campaign finance reform.
I was surprised at Newhouse’s shallow answers to all of the questions raised, including immigration, which he claimed as a primary interest. None of his answers contained specifics or evidence of substantive background knowledge. When pressed to explain his 18 votes against campaign finance reform following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, Newhouse said he could not remember those 18 votes. When I asked why the Republican Party was willing to have America forego a world-leading role in renewable energy he replied, “we have a nuclear power plant.”
Seriously? Newhouse’s vision of a renewable energy future is an aged power plant with no national repository for spent fuel? I left the meeting convinced Newhouse lacks a nuanced understanding of issues important to his constituency, or the independent thinking to chart his own course. That explains his voting record consistently in line with his party. A partisan robot could do as well.
Andrew Kindig, Winthrop