I regularly enjoy reading the Chinook Observer, a well-planned and executed publication, full of news and fascinating local history, not found in most other publications. I recommend it to all as a great read.

I did notice in the May 9 edition, page A5, an advertisement by the Pacific County, Wash., Department of Ecology for the "Free Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste." The advertisement declared that "household hazardous waste, including paints, thinners, gasoline, kerosene, oil, batteries, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, glues, adhesives, solvents, cleaning supplies and pool/hobby chemicals will be accepted for disposal from May 2007 through September 2007 at 318 N. Second St., Long Beach, WA."

Washington is doing a good thing, but it is disheartening to many of us here that we have no such local programs available. We in Oregon need a similar program, or should at least coordinate with neighboring jurisdictions to dispose of these toxic products.

Should we contact our local representatives? State Sen. Betsy Johnson and U.S. Rep. David Wu have listed addresses and phone numbers in this newspaper. Please join me and contact them.

In the meantime, we can make an effort to isolate these toxic products from our environment by driving to Long Beach, Wash. Also, there are some great restaurants there to enjoy.

R. David Smith



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