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June 10, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Skamania County’s struggling economy

Buck up, Skamania

Skamania County cannot generate sufficient wealth to provide an adequate standard of living for its hardworking, long-suffering citizens [“Rural communities deserve federal solution assuring jobs, revenues,” Opinion, May 29]. My advice for Skamania County residents is to buck up; all of us will soon be there with you.

Ethically, why should we care more about an unemployed timber worker than we have cared about a long-term unemployed Ohio machinist? The evidence is in — we did not care about the devastation to our blue-collar industrial workers. Therefore, why should we care about displaced and unemployable forestry workers?

Skamania County Commissioner Chris Brong points out that federal and state regulatory policies and environmental lawsuits have reduced employment and caused biologically unhealthy forests. Well, let’s all share here. Go to Eastern Ohio and look at the burned-out, abandoned industrial base there, and tell me it is a healthy environment.

So, Skamania, buck up, as you are not alone. Soon we will all be withering in the excrement of our globalist trade and financial-engineering policies that are so strongly supported by elites of both parties in Olympia and Washington D.C.

Raymond Benish, Bothell

Comments | Topics: Chris Brong, forestry, jobs

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