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Where’s Manthou? She goes to all the meetings, and certainly knows more than my hit and miss memory of Benton’s hire and events previous to it.
OK, I have a beef… or a grumble, or maybe I’m just getting sensitive…
I belong to Nextdoor.com. It’s quite a nice resource for neighborhoods, and the City of Vancouver, the fire department, WADOT, Clark Co Electric, and a few others I can’t remember leave update or important news like street closures, ect. without really conversing or reading posts. They just use it like a white board for their notices… very effective, really.
Well, did you guys know we have a Senior Environmental Outreach Specialist that works for Clark County Environmental Services? Neither did I. But, apparently the County has so much money they’re doing outreach and one of our tax perks is a Natural Garden Tour on Sunday. I was under the impression the ESD was created quite recently, 2013 in fact. Not sure, but remember all the hoopla about there needing to be a department because of the lawsuit, ect. in some of the county meetings. And of course there was the Benton hiring, no environment background, anti-environmental voting records, ect ect. So, what sort of budget does this department have that they have a ‘outreach specialist’ that arranges day trips for residents? Is it just busy work? Ever since the ongoing chatty posts between the Specialist and neighborhoods that seem to be ongoing with all the good works, I’ve been wondering. I’ve snooped a bit trying to find any dates previous to 2013 showing a county department. Nada. The whole hoopla put forth at the last meeting with the ‘glowing’ report of Benton’s good works, accompanied with the put down of the only reporter in the room, I’m thinking thoughts of smells and Denmark. (Ok, that’s a Shakespeare reference… Hamlet, I think).
About the electoral process…
Remember when we were young and thought we had all the answers, how we’d debate every little thing til the cows came home? I remember (hazily) discussing the merits of electoral college vs/ popular vote, but seeing how the only examples of the citizens votes being rejected happened in the 19th century, and seemed almost fanciful that it could happen now…we were so modern and hip, dontcha know, and we had incense and scented matches, to boot! What could possibly be wrong with our reasoning?
Then, along came the year of our lording it over each other, 2000. And, GWB. Now, I’m not so egotistical as to think I know all the aspects of each system and which provides the best in fairness for all citizens of our country, but, if it has to be one OR the other, at this point I say let it be popular vote only. And, I am a believer in ALL citizens having representation, not just those who vote, or can buy their own legislator.
If Bob showed up and started being, well, someone else, what would have happened?
Seriously, I don’t know Bob L. tho his name sounds familiar. And, I didn’t know there were still C3G2 meetings. Never been to one but thought they were held at Chuck Green’s. Always intended to attend but so far have not. Did attend a Middle Class Alliance meeting, tho. And one of their movies. I think they’re monthly at Kiggins.
This article by Frank Bruni in the Opinion section of the NYT may worth the read. So are many of the comments, and I’ve included one here. I appreciate the comments in the NYT almost as much as many of the articles. A paper that has reporters across the globe doing the reporting has much more ‘meat’ than the rhetoric or negative bombast that other, and smaller papers rely on in order to stay afloat or up advertising revenue. It’s a shame, but since Profit became the bottom line of news reporting instead of reporting the news for the sake of reporting the news, it’s harder to inform and harder to want to be informed. OK, that’s strictly me carrying on a bit. Can’t help it. Some days I feel the dearth of much even as I continue to find the good. (And, I probably missed posting on this Forum too.)
Comment: by Rick Gage
mt dora 1 day ago
So if Hillary has a war chest of 2 billion dollars all she would have to do is give everyone who lives in Cuyahoga County $200,000 and we can call it a day. As frightening as that sounds, it might be worth it for the rest of us not to have to follow this drawn out charade of push polling, false advertising, opposition researching, mind numbing ball of confusion we call an election cycle. Between the Supreme court giving the OK on unlimited funding of candidates, the Republican Party doing everything in it’s power to suppress the vote of minorities, the media’s wall to wall coverage of the least important topics and the American people’s utter disinterest in the most important topics I don’t know if we can do any worse than one Ohio resident flipping a 4 billion dollar coin. Add to this gerrymandered districts and the fact that every state in the union gets two Senators regardless of the population of said state and you have a system that Rube Goldberg wouldn’t have the imagination to concoct. There is something corrupt about they way we hire our representatives and that is why our representatives tend to be corrupt. Democracy is a wonderful idea. We should try it sometime.
Wonder what that was about? I sent an email yesterday cause I figured it had to be a glitch. So far they’ve been pretty inclusive. If the site were going away, I’d assume they’d post it.
Ok, this is just wrong… and I’m being Nice. What does Ted Cruz know, anyway?! Guess this subject is politics, but some might say it needs to be put under ‘crime’.
These links are not politics, but didn’t want to start yet another sub-topic in the Nation/World Forum. luvithere is right on that, it gets messy and isolating with so few Forum dwellers.
I read both these articles in the NYT on Sunday, and for whatever reason, they keep popping back into my head. The crime on the high seas, because it’s so totally awful and hard to see who’s the bad guys.
Warning: the online copy has video…
The article on Germany and it’s art bothers me because, well because it’s just very strange. Warning – Measuring actions such as these against a 100 year history context can lead to some sort of paranoia, even.
One of these days I’m going to have to read the Wicked series. I’ve only found good reviews about them. Am also reading (at) a book titled ‘Storm Kings: the Untold History of the First Tornado Chasers’ by Lee Sandlin. Chock full of great facts about the tornados and the Weather Service, which by the way was started by the US Army, but it also has little tidbits of info, like L. Frank Baum who wrote ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. He, as with most others at that time, was fascinated by the idea of tornados, and weather prediction in general. He was not great shakes at writing fiction til he decided to try children’s stories, which were also becoming a huge market genre. Apparently, according to Lee Sandlin, the first ‘Wizard of Oz’ was almost void in description or entertainment. The lion, scarecrow and other elements of the story added when Baum took the story onto the stage as a play. But the storm aspect was fairy good as the author had grown up in the Midwest with a first hand look at farm life, isolation, and storms.
Did anyone read ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell? I may have mentioned it a while back on the Forum. Am almost finished with his latest book, ‘The Bone Clocks’. Seriously singular while also being peculiar, just as was ‘Cloud Atlas’. Not even sure which genre either books fits into…metaphysical? Sci Fi? Religious? Visionary? I have Love/hate relationships with books that takes over… I’m too busy to read for 3 days nonstop, but oh do I enjoy when a book puzzles and intrigue while stretching my own perspectives.
Wouldn’t that be nice… a quick way to heal bones. When I was 31 I broke a leg in two places. Wore a cast for 14 (that’s 1, 2,3,4, 5 weeks, then x-ray & a new cast, 6, 7, 8, 9 more LOOONG weeks, more x-ray & another new cast, then the 10 & 11th week went by and back for another x-ray only to be told to come back in 2 more weeks.) When they told me I was getting the damn thing gone I burst into tears. Plus the breaks healed as most breaks do, pearling at be break sites with fortified bone or whatever it’s called, building layer by layer like a pearl. That’s when they told me break sites are more likely to break again directly up or below the original injury. It’s the pearling that causes the inflexibility of the bone throughout the affected area. Who knew? And yes, it bothers me some now that I’m older, and I even think it may glow in the dark from all those x-rays tho it never really slowed me down. They did ask if I skied, so assume that if I did that would have been more risky. It was years ago, and hopefully all that heavy cast wearing has changed since then, and I never see walking casts these days. With a faster heal time, perhaps no pearling? Faster time would be great, take it from probably anyone who’s broken a bone. At least casts are fun now days, colors and patterns and made from fiberglass. Who knows maybe even fiberglass is now old fashioned. Back when I was going through it they were white wet slimy cold gooey plaster gauze that dried into cement and had to be taken off with a power saw.
I think this week’s Madore-bash is about the disparity of money in politics and buying government. Lou also mentions Holland and Fisher, tho they’re not in the cartoon caption. Buying government is what Madore is doing, so this week’s article. Example, he gave $1700 to Ross. Last I looked she works for a temp service, something to do with ice cream. No experience anywhere, not even management skills, if I remember right. Where will she get the skill to sit in Position 2 on the Council if she wins? The know-how to make many decisions rapidly, and have at least exhibit the ability to comprehend and assimilate large amounts of information quickly? But, he’s chucking cash at them in order to ‘stack’ the council with what I suspect he’ll look at as yes-men. Ok, Lou’s piece didn’t say all that, but it is about Money and government, and Madore is the guy who bought his position initially. Why would he not think it’d work again? And, why would we not pay attention to it?
opps – that should read ‘names I’m NOT familiar with’…
nails at 9:19 am: Mary Benton has nothing to offer, period. She’s made herself completely unavailable to any voter who may be interested in what she stands for or thinks who’s not within some intersanctum of conservatism. Well, maybe Bentonism, but even that is an unknown to anyone who didn’t get the invite.
Julie Olson – nada, nada, nada… she’s the one, who when she ran against Monica Stonier, wanted to privatize Workman’s Comp. She’s a privatizer-money to investors sort of representative, imo. I can’t believe her long range viewpoints have changed all that much.
I did read both women’s LifPac survey and they certainly do NOT reflect my own viewpoint on how much business we should make regarding other people’s lives or actions.
Mike Pond, sorry, don’t know much about him.
Can’t remember who else is running for District 2 County Council, but I’d vote for Chuck Green in a NY minute if I were in his district or he in mine. We’ve lost a number of very competent public workers in the last 2 years, thanks to the shenanigans of Madore’s incompetence and hijinks, it’s time to start looking at experience within the community, and who’s been working to improve what. There’s about 2 or 3 commenters on the FB side who use talk about his C-tran work like it’s something evil. They post in lockstep language so I can only assume they’ve gotten their talking points from some central think tank against Green. With John Ley heading a well funded PAC for Madore, I’m guessing his fingerprints are all over anyone who may cramp M’s reign should he win Chair. But Green’s votes and input on CTran are on the record. Check for yourself, see if he’s somehow harmed the community. Roger may even have something to say about that, he does pay close attention to public transportation issues. Even their lawsuit looking to stop C-Trans rapid transit project along 4th Plain didn’t hold up in court (that was announced today, and I hope they each have the pay the court costs divided evenly 19 ways, and not be subsidized by Madore’s money, if that was the arrangement, tho who’s paying what hasn’t been found out even when pointedly asked. I don’t pay too much attention to our own intersanctum’s gossip so that could have changed and maybe everybody knows who’s paying the court costs.
I think there’s someone else running, maybe even two, but names I’m familiar with enough to remember. (Sorry about all the run-on sentences)
At least it’s just for the Top Two this round. November’s pamphlet won’t be so thin.