In our opinion: Cheers & Jeers: Safe Stay; rethink the tax plan

“Technically, given that (Clark County) has likely experienced population growth of 1% or more in the past year and a half, more jobs would be needed to reach parity, but let’s just call it a win.” , Scott Bailey, regional economist for Southwest Washington, wrote in a report. After the last 20 months of economic uncertainty, we will take whatever we can get.

Jokes: Christmas tree shortages. Due to shipping delays and supply shortages, both real and artificial trees are expected to sell out earlier than usual this year. They also cost more.

The shortage is exacerbated by the fact that large firs are hard to find, the fault being blamed on the extreme heat of summer. “If you want to make sure you get the type of tree you want, people should be out there this Sunday,” a salesman told the Columbian. Jami Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association, told Fox Business: “Growers have been hit hard by floods, fires, smoke, drought and extreme weather conditions.

Cheers: To Francis Reagan. The Washougal Police Officer received the Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in 2019. Reagan had helped save a woman from the rapids of the Washougal River after he was killed. she fell from an inner tube and got stuck between rocks in freezing water. He helped hold her head above the water for 45 minutes while responders worked to free her. The woman’s companion did not survive.

“It’s surreal. I realize it could have ended a lot worse, ”Reagan told the Columbian as he toured the rescue site. Reagan and other first responders were treated for hypothermia. “It was a huge risk but a huge reward. We always have to try. I would like someone to try if he was my beloved.

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