Dr. Ann Diamond kicked off her campaign for the state House of Representatives, District 12, last Friday evening at the Twisp Valley Grange. An enthusiastic crowd of over 100 people gathered to have homemade pie and coffee, to hear Ann speak and to offer their support. We all enjoyed the pie and coffee, but what I enjoyed the most is hearing from a candidate who is committed to representing the people of her district. Ann has been meeting with people in Wenatchee, Chelan, Omak and beyond to talk about what matters to them, and what she found is that people care about the issues — health care, education, the economy, public lands — not partisan platforms. As a result, Ann is running as an independent focused on issues.
I was fortunate to have Ann as my doctor when she was in practice at the clinic she founded in Winthrop. One of the things I most appreciated about Doctor Ann was how well she listened to me as a patient and the questions she asked to make sure she was getting the full picture of the situation. Only then did she move forward with solving the problem. Ann is taking the same approach to her campaign. She is listening to the people of District 12, asking questions and then coming up with approaches to solve the problems.
One moment from Friday night stayed with me in particular. Someone asked Ann a question that required a rather detailed answer. When she finished, Ann looked directly at the person and asked “have I answered your question?” How often have you heard a politician ask that question? Ann cares about what we think and wants to answer our questions.
Many of us here already know about Ann’s integrity, focus, commitment and intelligence. But the 12th District covers a large area and we need to get the word out. I encourage you to spread the news of Ann’s candidacy and gather support for her in the November 2018 election.
Mary McCrea, Twisp
Inspired to campaign
Reading the headlines these days, it’s hard not to be cynical about our future. We are facing some very tough choices regarding climate change and health care — just to name two of many major issues that have reached crisis level. Meanwhile, public servants at the highest level of government are corrupted by money and power. Amid a haze of misinformation and distraction, one thing has become clear: It’s now up to the individual states to show leadership on issues that will affect generations to come.
More than ever, we need intelligent, capable, creative and compassionate people to run for public office to help us navigate this storm. That change will come from the ground up, and it is happening! Last Friday over 100 people came together at the Twisp Valley Grange to support Ann Diamond’s candidacy for the Washington state Legislature. For the first time in a long time, I am deeply inspired and hopeful. Ann’s commitment to finding solutions, coupled with her intelligence and integrity, is exactly what we need more of right now. I plan on working hard for her campaign over the next year and I hope you’ll join me!
Jasmine Minbashian, Twisp
Apologies for early fireworks
The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce wants to extend our apologies to the community for the early start of the fireworks extravaganza in Winthrop on Saturday at the Christmas at the End of the Road event. It was a spectacular display, and we want to give a hardy “thank you” to everyone who came out to enjoy the event. There was a fog bank rolling in and wet weather made the loaded fireworks a safety issue. At the last minute, the planned start time of 6 p.m. was moved up to 5:30 p.m. We are so sorry for anyone who missed the show because of this last-minute change, and again really appreciate all of you who were out to enjoy it!
Also, we want to thank Doug Mohre of Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe and everyone else, including the sponsors, who helped put on this spectacular display. Doug’s passion for this event is evident as the Methow and its visitors is entertained annually by this fabulous display.
David Gottula, President, Winthrop Chamber of Commerce
Thanks for being there
A big thank you to all of the folks who came out to hear and see the presentation of our recent trip to the Congo and South Africa. We really appreciate the love and support we feel from our community.
Mungu amibariki (God bless you all in Swahili).
Linda and Wayne Mendro, Twisp
Buy a brick
Re: last week’s No Bad Days column. Yes let’s keep it local and I might add very personal. As vice president of the board of the Methow Valley Community Center, I have helped install 70 bricks at the community center that reflect our valley. There are tributes to people who passed away, local businesses, local musical groups, pets, friends, family and some creative sayings. I will be at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday (Dec. 2) roaming the floor with forms to order a unique personal brick. Installation is in May 2018.
Carolyn Sullivan, Winthrop