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Resolve to listen to others’ opinions

Christmas has come and gone, leaving the season of R&R: Reflection and Resolution. Various media will reflect on past year’s events; using the top 10 of the best and worst of everything. A rehash of things that are over and done: unchangeable by you or me.

But what of the future? Is it changeable? It is the season for resolutions. Those promises we so easily make on New Year’s Eve, and find so hard to keep. After years of not making resolutions knowing they would be broken, it’s time to change.

Christmas music sent a message about my resolution. “Winter Wonderland” started with, “Are you listening?” and sounded different this year. Then, since sometimes I’m a bit dense, “The Little Drummer Boy” drove the message home, “Do you hear what I hear?” Be it resolved, I will try to listen more, keep mouth closed and ears open — to try to understand the bias, anger, frustration you find in letters to the editor. Not just in The Columbian, but in newspapers across the country.

There will always be others who disagree with you. Could this be a good time to really listen, and try to understand their position? This season try giving, as in forgiving. It’s healthy, relieves stress, and improves your well-being.

Dan Euliss

Vancouver

Politics trump history

We have all witnessed the liberally led political bludgeoning that the Cowlitz Tribe has withstood for the past 10 years.

Through court order, the sovereignty of Indian peoples was recognized in 1832 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Worster v. Georgia. In 1859, the Senate approved the treaties, signed by President James Buchanan, ironically noted, a Democrat. Indians had exclusive authority, and this authority and all rights to land within the reservations were “not only acknowledged but guaranteed by the United States.” On Valentine’s Day of 2000, the Cowlitz were finally “acknowledged” as a tribe.

Fast forward, and liberal Democrat politicians from all city councils and county commissions of La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland, Vancouver, Clark and Cowlitz counties, invite themselves to issue their political edicts of the day, that would get them elected in a liberal, Democrat, tax the rich, environmentalist, nanny state. “No reservation shopping” and “no casino,” they all publicly stated, disagreeing with a 150-year-old executive court order.

Now with the final federal approval of the reservation on Dec. 23, amazingly, just like with abortions, elections, and homosexuality, the liberal Democrats threaten continued court action to force their actions upon the rest of us, once again.

Shame on all of you, for putting your politics over factual history.

Andy Bremmeyer

Vancouver

Ask for an advisory vote

Now that the next saga of the Cowlitz Tribe’s casino has started, and we have the ongoing saga of light rail over the bridge — it is my belief that the public should be heard.

The proponents of the light rail across the river and the opponents of the casino all appear to have a vested interest as evidenced by their actions — both major financial and political. I say that it’s time that the public has a chance to be heard on both of these issues. The cost, if done simultaneously with the next local election, would be negligible. I suggest that both of these items be placed on the next ballot on an advisory basis so that the public can be heard in the most efficient manner at minimal expense.

Surely, no one is afraid of the truth.

George Young

Vancouver

Display of faith is encouraging

What a delight to pick up the Dec. 23 issue of The Columbian and find on the front page a story “Living Nativity a hit at mall,” depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, the reason for which we celebrate Christmas.

Our thanks to the Living Hope Church for the effort they put forth to bring light and encouragement to a hurting world.

Glen and Nancy Thornton

Vancouver

Educated electorate is vital

I’m an endangered species: a moderate Republican. I want a balanced budget and do not despise government per se.

One can be fiscally conservative and socially responsible, believing in the greatest good for the greatest number.

The disinformation and hate spewed via ultra-conservative media concerns me. People who rely on these sources are more likely to base decisions on false evidence: over 30 percent of Fox News watchers believe our president is not a citizen, nor a Christian. We need an educated electorate making public policy.

People decrying government accept VA benefits, Social Security, Medicare, use highways, camp in national parks, and are protected from bad air, water and food by government. Recognize the good government provides.

The Columbian suggests we’re becoming more Republican. This is good if our representatives don’t vote with obstructionist leadership whose goal is presidential failure. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler should consider each issue based on the needs of her constituency, not on politics.

I do worry about fiscal solvency. We cannot spend ourselves into default; nor should we balance budgets on the backs of the working poor, the middle class, the disadvantaged, the elderly, the schools.

Those of us who can make a greater contribution must agree to creating more revenue while eliminating tax loopholes and inefficiency.

David Dansky

Ridgefield

Citizenship earned through education

In a Dec. 22 letter, “Vote blocked illegal gate crashers,” Frank Bair tells us that the Senate “killed the DREAM Act for millions of gate crashers who think it’s perfectly fine to break the U.S. law.” He wants these illegals, who came here as children and had no say in the matter, to “do it the right way.”

Most Latinos who come here illegally do so because they want to better their children’s lives but don’t have the luxury of falling into the categories for legal immigration … poverty is their only status.

These children come as young as babies and grow and flourish here, in our land of opportunity. So, when they have the opportunity to right that wrong by either going to college or enlisting in the military in order to make a path to citizenship, it saddens me to read negativity and animosity in letters such as Bair’s.

Bair want illegals to own “this great privilege … to earn it … not just have it granted.” I don’t know of any better way of doing this than by serving the country they love, educating themselves in order to better all of our lives and creating a more diverse society by becoming citizens that we can all be proud of.

Doris L. Macías-Sanders

Vancouver