Legislators must resist the temptation to raid state emergency funds
Don't let this week's weather fool you. Washington state is nowhere near a rainy day, at least not economically speaking. State Treasurer James McIntire made that stern pronouncement in an April 25 letter to legislators, warning them against tapping the state's "rainy day" fund to solve lingering budget problems.
Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell.
After reading letters recently about our littered highways, I feel I should add my five cents worth.
This spring has been the hottest in my experience. If summer follows suit, it will be disastrous. This year fits the trend (remember last summer's fires and crop failures) that fits the theory of climate change, about which all of the best scientific minds have been warning us since I was a child.
Recent weeks have evidenced massive shortcomings in administrative management or interest in serving on the board of directors of the Vancouver Farmers Market.
Wow. I just read Lee Hemen's May 20 letter, "Democrats want to control our lives." He used words "enslave," "scandals," "storm troopers" and "control every aspect of your life." I think what he's referring to is Fox News reporting.
Well, the Republicans are conducting another witch hunt in Washington, D.C., instead of fixing problems they largely created.
Now that Obamacare is becoming more financially clear, let me bring Obama lovers up to speed. The initial cost sold to the public, which the majority of Americans did not want in the first place, was $900 billion. Now, even before full implementation of the "affordable" health care law that takes full affect in 2014, the estimate is up to $1.5 trillion. And before everything is done, I predict a $3 trillion per year price tag from "King" Obama and his "serfs," who sold this package and did not even know what was actually in the bill and/or the actual costs. Remember Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stating that Congress has "to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it." Yes, the duping of America at work.
Ongoing DOJ scandal illustrates why public's right to know must be protected
President Barack Obama was described in a Tuesday Seattle Times editorial as "the worst modern president for press freedom." We concur with that assessment.
Please, please, there's no reason to impeach President Barack Obama, and it is overreach to say we're getting Watergate all over again. But the scandals are indeed piling up on each other, or, to use another metaphor, it's not just raining. It's pouring. And the message to the nation is to take cover.
I'm feeling a wave of sadness, empathy and compassion for the families of Oklahoma as I imagined how heart-stoppingly awful it would be to race from the school where I teach to Marshall Elementary or Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (the schools my daughters attend) in a similar event only to see a collapsed structure with people trapped inside.
The price at the pump jumped dramatically in the last few weeks. Just two weeks ago I was paying $3.31 per gallon for regular unleaded. Now at the same station it is $3.83 per gallon; a 16 percent increase in that small period of time. What other retailer can get away with that large an increase?
Reading Lou Brancaccio’s May 18 column, “Little support for the M&M boys?” I’m sure that it came as no surprise to Brancaccio that he got no response from Republican legislators and officials over this mess that Clark County Commissars David Madore and Tom Mielke have created. I know he has been around long enough to be aware of the long-standing unwritten Republican rule, namely, to speak nothing bad about a fellow Republican. No matter how outrageous or heinous the act, they will say nothing. Of course, they will be out in full-blown outrage if it was a Democrat doing something wrong.