Thank you, Community Foundation
There is hardly a nonprofit in the Methow Valley not benefiting from the quiet support of the Community Foundation of North Central WA (CFNCW). From capacity-building opportunities to direct grant opportunities, the CFNCW has offered itself to Methow Valley nonprofit community for many years, helping us to be better at serving our missions, and more effective at leveraging the generosity inherit in our community.
In particular, the CFNCW sponsored GiveMethow Campaign (offered every October) allows community members to sit down at one time, consider the many needs and projects that they might support that year, and thoughtfully align and distribute their annual giving online. Many of us want to give generously, and yet we feel the fatigue of being asked by so many nonprofits doing important work for our community. Thank you CFNCW for making giving so easy and thoughtful! GiveMethow is a win for participating nonprofits, thanks to no credit card fees for those gifts (the nonprofit gets 100 percent of the gift), savings of staff time and fundraising resources, and even a financial match on top of the gifts given!
Thank you CFNCW, and thank you Methow Valley community members for all of the ways you give to and support our community!
Danica Ready, Executive Director, Methow Housing Trust
Brown for Congress
Recent large funerals for icons of music and democracy were cause to reflect on what it means to be American. We weighed heavy words: honor, respect, teamwork, service, greatness; this reminds us that our country is based on liberty and equality for all with a free press. Let these words not only be whispers, but a roar!
Our country needs “lions” in Congress, those strong enough to reach across the aisle for the good of the people. In November I will be voting for Christine Brown, a candidate with the strength to cross the aisle. Go to ChristineBrownForCongress.com to read more.
Jan Nilsson, West Richland, Washington
Misleading info about Internet
We were disappointed that comment from local Internet providers was missing from the recent (Sept. 19) Methow Valley News article focusing on the lack of available high-speed Internet in the valley. The man-in-the-street views collected by Mr. Villanova, who is quoted in the story as saying “What I’m hearing from folks is their Internet service is not good at all,” is an incomplete and misleading characterization of the extent and quality of current service.
The article ignored the fact that our community has three carriers who have invested in significant infrastructure to service thousands of high cost, last-mile customers. Our local service is arguably better than many small rural communities. We know well where service can be improved and are working toward that goal every day.
We support the work of the local broadband group of citizens looking for ways to improve cell service during emergencies and to find solutions for Internet service up longer drainages or in difficult terrain. Cell phone availability during emergencies is a priority we all share. However, during the 2014 fires, the Internet service provided by Methownet was off line for less than 48 hours while the PUD repaired upstream damage. We continue to provide rapid-response service to fire personnel. We also are continuing to add generator-backed fiber and wireless service delivery for community gathering locations such as the Winthrop Barn, Winthrop and Twisp town halls and TwispWorks, with upgrades planned for Methow Valley Community Center and the Twisp Valley Grange.
Small businesses play an essential role in the community fabric. Collaborative planning for the future needs to include an understanding of that role and contribution. Any study, especially a publicly funded one, needs to avoid re-inventing the wheel.
Jeff Hardy and Maria Converse, Methownet.com, Winthrop
Hawley for sheriff
I have served Okanogan County as a deputy prosecuting attorney for over 14 years. During this time, I have worked with all of our local law enforcement agencies in countless cases, ranging from traffic infractions to Class A felonies. I have never publicly endorsed a candidate for any local office for obvious reasons. I decided to write this letter because this race has become more about misinformation and politics than about who the best person is to become our sheriff.
Tony Hawley has my vote and endorsement for sheriff without any hesitation. This decision is based on my vast experience in working with him. I have personally observed Tony’s work in all aspects of his job first-hand. These observations include: serious crime scene processing, completion of complex investigations, testifying in motion hearings and trials, and supervising other sheriff deputies as a current sergeant. Tony is dedicated to his job and he always makes himself available to myself and my office, even when needed after hours on his own time.
I have a deep respect for Tony personally as well. As a member of this community, I would want Tony in charge if I were to be a victim of a crime. My observations of Tony are that he is always professional, courteous and fair in his dealings with all, while maintaining the authority necessary in each situation. We have a crucial decision to make in November. Tony is the best choice to lead our county as our next sheriff.
Felecia Chandler, Pateros
Can’t afford to wait
Mr. Mackie’s “My Turn” column (Sept. 19) opposing Initiative 1631 — imposing fees on the largest emitters of carbon — leaves out much of the information by which we can judge his position on climate change.
As noted, Mr. Mackie chairs the environment committee of the Association of Washington Business (AWB). Presumably this is why the language in his column so closely matches that on the AWB website: “After careful consideration, our members concluded I-1631 is not the right way to reduce emissions,” AWB President Kris Johnson said. “We share the goal of protecting the environment, but … We believe there are better ways to reduce carbon emissions.”
What are these “better ways?” The AWB also opposed the proposed revenue-neutral carbon tax in 2016. The AWB “solution” that Mr. Mackie must have helped craft is this: “A single federal policy for regulating or pricing carbon emissions is preferable to states devising their own policy.” In other words, expect heavy spending to defeat every in-state initiative to curb climate change. They want to defer action until Republicans lose their majorities in Congress — while some individually work to prevent that from happening.
For example, Mr. Mackie, who admits that climate change is a worthy topic for action, is one of Rep. Newhouse’s most generous donors (as of the end of June, only one donor in the entire district exceeded his contributions). Our Rep. Newhouse, in lockstep with his party, has faithfully voted in the interests of the fossil fuel industry — accelerating climate change — as a legislative priority.
A few of the rules protecting our climate and health Newhouse has helped eliminate since early 2017: preventing blasting of mountaintops into stream channels during coal mining operations; requiring that royalties paid on future federal oil and gas leases meet the legal minimum; reducing leakage and flaring of natural gas on federal leases; ozone pollution standards revised to protect human health. The list goes on.
Enough cynical delaying tactics. When considering I-1631, ask yourself whether we can afford to wait for elected politicians to tackle climate change. And let’s send Rep. Newhouse packing this November.
Gina McCoy, Winthrop
Stand up to Big Fossil Fuel
If we read between the lines of Alexander “Sandy” Mackie’s diatribe against I-1631 (Sept. 19), it seems like he would rather maintain the multi-trillion dollar “slush fund” that the Big Fossil Fuel corporations have benefited from — at all of our financial and environmental expense — for at least the last 40 years. Rather than try to actually tackle the root problem of global warming, i.e. reining in those same companies who have entrapped us all in their combine monopoly of how the planet is powered, Mackie’s plea for a no vote on I-1631 suggests we would somehow be better off with “business as usual,” giving his piece the a subtle whiff of climate change denial.
He may be right that “History provides on evidence that such idealistic programs (have) no meaningful impact on climate change in Washington state or the nation or the world,” but he fails to mention the precise reason for this is because Big Fossil Fuel has undermined and shut down every such attempt, not least with the help of barely concealed propaganda on their behalf pushed by the likes of Mackie and his pals at the Association of Washington Business.
Whilst I-1631 may not be perfect, at least it is a step in the direction. Vote yes and let us finally stand together against to the crushing power of Big Fossil Fuel, for all our sakes.
Danbert Nobacon, Twisp