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Letter to the editor: Career politician

To the editor:

At the July 17 Goldendale Chamber of Commerce candidate meet and greet, Commissioner David Sauter stated that among his most important accomplishments of the last eight years is the successful marketing and contract renewals for the Roosevelt Regional Landfill. Republic Services operates the landfill and in 2013 they had revenues of $8.4 billion. Republic Services operates 336 collection operations, 242 transfer stations, 219 active solid waste landfills, and 86 recycling centers in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Source: Wikipedia. With more than 35,000 full-time employees, what is Mr. Sauter doing that Republic Services cannot do for themselves?

Commissioner Sauter stated that “non taxpayer dollars” pay for his “Landfill Marketing travel expenses.” When questioned about these travel expenses Sauter stated: “I do travel quite extensively for the county.” “I am meeting with other county commissioners around the state, helping to market the landfill.” “So it does take some investment, most of that is covered, actually we have a fund that is set up that is not taxpayer dollars. It comes from a different fund, and we charge landfill marketing against that account.” Private funds to Klickitat County for travel expenses of a county commissioner for “marketing of a public company.”

Looks like, government of big business, by big business and for big business, politics as usual. How much was paid, where did he go and why? How do you think Mr. Sauter will vote on issues associated with the landfill or the power plant located there?

Mr. Sauter stated on his recent trip to New Orleans, the expenses (Sauter Video) were paid for by the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) yet he was silent as to the details, why? Continuing: Mr. Sauter said, “and it really didn’t cost us anything.” “By and large the trip was fully paid for.”

In March 2014 Sauter received an advance travel reimbursement for the July flight to New Orleans. County taxpayer cost, $582. Perhaps math is not a required subject for professional politicians. Where does WSAC get it’s funding? You, the taxpayer of Klickitat County and you the taxpayer paid for Sauters’ travel expenses bundled with “government schmoozing” in New Orleans, Washington DC and “throughout the state.” The only way a professional politician works is on your tax dollars, period.

Raymond Clough



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