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Left to right - back row: Betty Kitchen and Tami Kitchen; Front row: caregivers Elaine Buss and Hannah Twidwell By Lynnette memory loss, then Dementia Hoffman and Alzheimer’s is absolutely A Place for Mom and Dad my ‘calling,’ and then this is a newer group home for Se- must never become a job or I niors here in Winlock. Betty am in the wrong place, rather Kitchen is the owner and with a calling from the heart to love the help of her family and others to share a heart of a caregivers, she is taking care of servant's." Betty said. "Mother seniors in need in her home and Teresa once said, ‘The biggest in their homes as well through disease today is not leprosy or Caregivers for Mom and Dad. tuberculosis, but rather the feelBetty has come to Winlock to ing of being unwanted.’” help aging seniors and their She continued, “As I families. watched the elders in my own “I have come to know and life I became overwhelmed, I better understand that working began to see that the prevalence with the older population, spe- of Alzheimer’s disease in the cifically those struggling with older population was a tragedy
By Lynnette Hoffman On Monday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m., Winlock City Council held a hearing regarding the annexation of the Urban Growth Area into the Winlock city limits. The room was packed and overflow went well into the hallway with at least 15 to 20 people standing outside. The city council is not allowing the people to vote, instead they are using a direct petition by those who hold the most value, which means the developers not the residents. There is no vote for the residents in the Urban Growth Area, only the developers have the say at over 60% of the value. The public hearing is for the people to speak. After the hearing and during the city council meeting, the council voted to move the annexation forward by a vote of 4-1, Lindsey Alvord being the only one who voted against the annexation. Many residents got up to speak, many were questioned or interrupted by the mayor, who even asked them whether they lived in the UGA or not. The purpose of a public hearing is to allow everyone to speak. This was a regular occurrence during the meeting, interruptions by the mayor or sarcastic comments, making his actions extremely unprofessional which is what the citizens have come to expect from this mayor. Tim Fife, who lives in the UGA stated, “I question the ability of the city to manage the See caring Page 4 roads. The culvert failed 4 years
unmatched in any other age group. This may sound ‘corny’ but that small voice began to say ‘who will go?’ Those were powerful words. With my heart full of excitement and my knees knocking, there I went.” Betty and her husband decided on Winlock, we wanted to know why. Betty stated, “My husband, Mike and I looked for maybe 3 years for a home that would be just the right place to retire into our next phase, we have invited, currently, three ladies to join us in our ‘Independent Living - A Place 4 Mom and Dad’ where each resident is ‘Home.’ Mike and I are so very happy we found our place here in Winlock. This is it, the very first look at the house and property we both knew this was it.” There are rewards with caring for seniors, Betty continued, “The smiles, the long talks about their lives and their adventures, some are so amazing, to be able to stop the world and sit with each individual and spend the time (shut-up and listen to them) then comes the tears. As I shared a passage from Mother Teresa in part ‘the feeling of being unwanted’ it’s being alone. When each individual can feel they have purpose in life, I feel I have received ‘A Blessed Reward.’ They do their best to help everyone. “I want the community to know that whatever they might be going through we are here to serve,” said Betty. “We may not be able to resolve
ago… Is there any plan to take care of it?” Fife is referring to the culvert at Walnut St. and Avery Rd. which has not been fixed. “I am not a big fan of the strong mayor government,” he continued. “I have seen nothing but issues with the mayor since I moved here.” Then Eric Bernard of K & E Tree Farms got up to speak, he started, “we moved here so we wouldn’t have issues with stuff like this. Kent was a poorly run city. The annexation lowered response times for fire and police. When the dust settled, it just cost us more in taxes. You are already expecting us to pay for a ladder truck and fire station.” He then continued, “Expecting all of us are just going to standby why you decide this for us. This is an authoritarian government, not a vote and call in the rich and powerful people to lord over us.” Bernard then discussed buying a piece of land in the city and stated, “the City of Winlock allowed a big overflow of raw sewage of 1 million gallons last year.” He then spoke of Winlock not having enough water, Eric stated, “I would be in queue which to me meant, as long as I got along with the mayor, I would get water.” Mayor Svenson interrupted and said “that’s laughable.” Kathy Chastain spoke, she stated, “60% of the annexation was passed. A total of 129 residents live in the UGA, only 6 voted yes. 95% of the voters do not want the annexation. There are 10 developers who want the annexation, including Red
Rock who is a local builder.” The reason these developers want the annexation is because it will lower their property taxes by thousands, yet the residents will not get a reduction in thousands of dollars in taxes. Mayor Svenson also interrupted Kathy Chastain over how much of the UGA would be annexed in. Next, the Editor of the Lewis County News stated, “when we met with the mayor prior to him becoming mayor, he was against the warehouses and too many homes, that is why he wanted his predecessor gone. He is gone now and fast forward to today and the same thing is happening. Fire insurance will increase, this is an expense you are putting on the people.” Randy Pennington, Commissioner for the Lewis County Fire District where we reside, stated they have two separate ratings for the City of Winlock and the Urban Growth area. “The city has a rating of 6, outside the city is a 7,” he said. “Can the city have more than one rating, the answer is no. Is the city going to become a 7 or is the 7 going to be a 6? If the rating goes from a 6 to a 7, you will see an increase of $1200 per $300,000 in fire insurance. We can’t get an answer from the ratings bureau. I don’t have an answer. I can’t tell you how, but there will be an impact. I am very nervous about what is going to happen.” Richard Roth, a longtime resident of Winlock stated, “Your responsibility is to let the See Winlock Page 4
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“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14). What kind of a statement is this? There are many sayings that came from Jesus that could be seen as offensive and can be taken so if not spiritually discerned. A few verses before this Jesus said “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love” (v.10). So now we see that this directive is based on the promise of love. These words are establishing a premise, for “these things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full (v.11). So, the outlook is a perpetual indwelling of God’s grace. “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you” (v.12). It might be easy to say we love someone that we have never seen, but in this experience, this love is to manifest itself to those around us, remembering the blessing offered, that our joy might be full. The next verse starts to give a better understanding to what this love looks like. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (v.13). These verses are beginning to reveal that true love is a submissive act. Where did Jesus hear of this form of love that He was sharing with the world? It was given to Him of His Father in heaven, “for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” (v.15). Jesus is inviting us into a relationship of love that includes the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This relationship will manifest itself or will be made known by bringing “forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you” (v.16). Remember, this love is not of the character that is of this world, so in our asking of the Father in the name of His Son, it does no good to confuse His love with that of the world, for our heavenly Father only imputes His love. Again, the command is given, or, let’s not look at it as a command for we’ve learned this is an invitation, for it says “I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit” (v.16). So again, the invitation is, “These things I command you, that ye love one another” (v.17). In this personal experience with
Jesus, He makes available the kingdom of love as His life death and resurrection has made possible, He showed us that love is a submissive act and anything short of this is massive fraud. In the process of learning and experiencing this love, just know, “if the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you” (v.18). When we are of the world, we love those things the world promotes, something to think about as Christians, as we stand in the same ticket lines as those of the world, which means our tastes are no different than those of the world. The love of the Father will change all that, what the world craves will become offensive and nauseating. “For if ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, (for) I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (v.19). “Remember the word that I said unto you, “The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My sayings, they will keep yours also” (v.20). A true test of what kind of love we manifest will be, is our love submissive or it bent on self? This next verse gives astonishing evidence on whether our love is of the wrong nature. “But all these things will they do unto you for My name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent Me” (v.21). Are we seeing it, did we catch what this verse is saying? Persecution in all its forms will come from those professing to follow Christ, for all these things will they do unto you for My name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent Me. Persecution begins in the home then in the church just as Jesus has shown us the way. It begins incrementally. The reason for this is simple, the love professed is not that which is experienced through the intimacy of Jesus. A submissive love is not welcome in a proud heart, so there is just one thing to do, persecute those that reflect God’s love, a love that is not of this world. If we have been persecuted for representing God’s love, there is a Comforter. “But when the Comforter is come, whom the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with Me from the beginning” (v.26,27).
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people know all the details about this whole thing. I don’t see that. I would like to see a presentation with all the questions asked before you decide.” During the meeting, Mayor Svenson interrupted several speakers, using sarcasm and other unprofessional comments. In September of 2021, Mayor Svenson signed a proclamation against Governor Inslee for the
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extended lockdowns and against “tyranny”; He cited Inslee needed an evaluation for narcissistic behavior. A few of the points he gave were, “reacting negatively to criticism, taking advantage of others, having the inability of willingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others and behaving in an arrogant manner.” The Mayor interrupted several speakers where he re-
acted negatively to criticism, even making several sarcastic comments against those who spoke. Will the city council be asking for a mental evaluation against the Mayor for narcissistic behavior as the mayor asked of Governor Inslee? You can listen to the entire hearing by going to the City of Winlock’s website, under the city council tab.
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