Memorial Day is a day to remember our war dead, and we do a good job of that in Vancouver with an annual service at the Vancouver Barracks and other remembrances. It's also a good time to consider the challenges facing veterans returning home from military service to face the challenge of finding a job.
It's a reflection of the Port of Vancouver's desire to do the right thing that it held a public workshop last week to discuss how to handle crude oil safely, including how to clean up potential oil spills in the Columbia River.
Many years ago I ran into an old high school buddy while on a camping trip with my family. We spent an evening over a campfire talking about where our lives had taken us in the years since we'd parted ways.
At times, we need to let humanity break through the barrage of information, advertising saturation, and superficial interactions that are a product of digital technology that is reshaping our world in ways we can't yet begin to understand.
I'm guessing that by the time you've rolled northbound on Interstate 5 past Hayden Island, and by the time you've passed the "Leaving Oregon" sign while crossing the Columbia River, that you already know that you're leaving Portland.
The current fight over light rail isn't the first in Clark County. Rail transit came to a vote in 1995, when TriMet and regional forces on the Oregon side had greased the wheels for a new bridge and a bistate line that would, they said, extend as far north as the Clark County Fairgrounds.
We spend a lot of time thinking about — and disagreeing about — the economy. Our fundamental differences about how to energize Clark County's economy are profound. The multibillion-dollar Columbia River Crossing is either our salvation — creating jobs during construction and improving access when it's finished, or our demise — destroying downtown businesses during construction and sucking money out of the economy with tolls. And that's not even mentioning light rail.