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Letter: City leadership is lacking

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I am in complete agreement with Rose Wambold’s letter (“Stop insanity in Vancouver,” Our Readers’ Views, April 12). The disgusting state of the roadways is inexcusable. Filthy campsites, litter and graffiti seem to be everywhere, and it just keeps getting worse.

The Burnt Bridge Creek Trail under state Highway 500 at the St. Johns Road exit is like descending into hell: graffiti and garbage everywhere. And this is supposed to be a public trail for the enjoyment of the citizens? Just curious, is the water quality of Burnt Bridge Creek no longer an issue? Apparently not, because it’s now being used as a toilet by all the “campers.”

I have personally contacted WSDOT, but I really believe the responsibility for this disgusting state of affairs lies with the city of Vancouver and its “leaders,” as opposed to the state of Washington. Vancouver has become a large city with a substantial tax base (and I myself have been paying property taxes here for more than 30 years, so I know there’s plenty of money to pay for keeping our city clean and livable).

My disdain and lack of respect for the so-called “city leaders” is in direct proportion to the declining quality of life in our once-beautiful city. I think we need some real leadership; don’t you?

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