Commentary

Thu
23
May
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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor:

We are “looking at a jar that is half full or half empty.” Perspective is everything. After reading the headline on the front page of the Washington County News last week which stated that the Hanover Hospital requested county money to keep the doors open, the board felt that a letter to the editor is necessary to help clarify our motives and relieve the uncertainty or doubt that many individuals must be feeling about what we are actually trying to achieve.

The board members at the county commissioners' meeting felt at the end of the open meeting that the eight individuals present were clear on what we are trying to achieve for the county, but apparently there was one who felt some negativity. The quotes in the article were not inaccurate, however, the perspective lacked much of what was said during the meeting, and with the very inaccurate BOLD headline this obviously leads to a vast misinterpretation of our intent.

 

 

Thu
18
Apr
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Sportsmanship in Washington County

Letter to the editor

I recently witnessed an amazing display of friendship and sportsmanship displayed by one of our young athletes in Washington County. I was at the junior high track meet at Washington County High School on April 4. My daughter, Sarah Portenier, was running the 1600 meter run. She was having difficulties, suffering from abdominal pain. Sarah stopped running, grabbing her abdomen several times.

Kendall Bruna from Hanover stopped with her, encouraging Sarah to keep going, saying she would walk with her.

 

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Wed
10
Apr
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Dog owners asked to secure animals during mail delivery

Letter to the editor

Dog owners asked to secure animals during mail delivery

Rick Reed Postmaster Washington

Dear Editor:

The United States Postal Service kicks off our yearly Dog Bite Awareness Campaign on Sunday, April 14. The week-long campaign hopes to bring awareness to the danger our letter carriers face year-round.

Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 5,714.

My concern is not only for our employees, but with the general population as well. Here are three critical points to remember:

· If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.

 

 

Wed
26
Dec
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What’s up for the new year?

JOE PHILLIPS

Dear Me...

From December 2017

Anytime I try to look into a crystal ball it reminds me of the toy “Eight Ball” that was sold as a gag, a game, but I had one.

According to instructions you asked the ball a question then rolled it over to find an answer in a tiny window. They were, of course, displayed at random without credibility.

The ball wasn't asked any important questions but I often posed one or two to get a second opinion. Not that I took it seriously.

So this note to you does not contain any forecasts for 2018 but merely what I expect, just that.

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Thu
20
Dec
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Letter to the editor

Jeanette Stamm Washington

Hey you “dog lovers” out there: When you go to bed tonight in your nice warm house, do you even give a thought to your poor dog who is probably shivering and cold and desperately lonely? Hopefully it is at least in a doghouse and does get food and water. But how long has it been since you’ve walked it or paid any attention to it? But hey, don’t lose any sleep over this, after all, it’s just a dog.

Tue
30
Oct
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County health department to transfer unused Jeep

Health Department director says vehicle, cell phone no longer needed now that home health has been discontinued

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

County Health Department director Tiffany Hayman told commissioners on Monday that she thought the county could save money by getting rid of her department’s Jeep and by cancelling her department’s cell phone line. Hayman told commissioners months ago that the Jeep sat unused since home health was discontinued in February. County sanitarian Marlene Stamm had previously told commissioners that she was interested in the Jeep to cut down on mileage on her personal vehicle.

Wed
10
Oct
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Dog park discussion ongoing at city council

by CHRIS PANNBACKER 

Discussion continued on a dog park proposal when the Washington City Council met Oct. 1 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Ryan Kern and council members Don Imhoff, Melanie Bryant, Kevin Elder, Theresa Herrs and Roxanne Schottel.

City Administrator Carl Chalfant recommended a smaller area than proposed last month by three citizens in order to allow for some parking. The proposed area is northeast of the city shop.

The council generally agreed to provide the ground and water service, but members remained concerned about maintenance.

 

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Tue
18
Sep
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Nope, I’m not buying the newspaper

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

 

I’ve been caught off guard the past week by the nearly dozen people who have stopped me and asked me whether or not I am buying the newspaper. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the inquiry because it is a natural conclusion, but it never occurred to me that people might think I was buying the paper. I do have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and I have spent nine years working for local newspapers, but no, I am not buying the paper, nor did I ever consider buying it. Currently I work three longs days a week at the paper.

Tue
18
Sep
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A cattle drive and the thousandth change in what we’re doing with the newspaper

By DAN THALMANN

If you asked my staff how often the story has changed on my future in newspapers or what would happen with the Washington County News and Linn-Palmer Record, they would probably say it changed every week. If you asked my mother the same question (she also works at the WCN offi ce),

she would probably say it changed every few days. If you asked my wife that question, she would tell you my intentions changed every few hours. I’ve tried to be fairly transparent with my staff about what I intended to do with the business, but my wife’s knowledge of my daily confl ict in this process would defi nitely be the most accurate

 

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep
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Time for country above political party

By Brad Lowell

Perhaps the events of the past two weeks — the death of John McCain, Bob Woodward’s new book exposing the inter- workings of the White House and the New York Time’s publication of an unsigned Op-Ed piece by a high ranking member of the Trump administration will encourage Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to stand up and put country above party.

McCain was praised in his eulogies for being a maverick who put county above party. His last act in the Senate was to go against party lines to cast the deciding vote which saved the Affordable Care Act.

 

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