When 26 Congressional representatives from four states can reach bipartisan agreement on something, President Obama would be wise to take notice. Such is the case with the Columbia River Treaty, a compact that has served the Northwest and British Columbia quite well for 50 years.
The tricky thing about economic news is that it often contradicts itself. Take housing, for example. When housing prices in a region rise by a modest amount, this can be viewed as a positive. Equity is rising; the area is deemed as desirable; and housing can be an engine that drives other aspects of the economy. Yet, when housing prices rise, home sales often decline as some people are priced out of the market — and that can be viewed as a negative.
Although he is bringing up a valid issue that should be talked about, Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard has been employing tone-deaf rhetoric that only obfuscates the discussion about race and education.
Let us put aside the partisan rancor for a moment — if that is possible when talking about the Columbia River Crossing — and consider exactly what can be found in the state’s limited audit of the now-defunct project.
The general election is more than six months away — 200 days to be exact — but competing measures on this year’s statewide ballot demonstrate that it’s never too early to become educated about the issues.
Unlike its neighbor to the east, Clark County never has been particularly reliant upon the harvesting of timber as an economic engine. As a relatively urban area when compared with Skamania County, Clark County has depended upon commerce, manufacturing, and its port for economic vitality.
If David Madore does, indeed, have evidence that the C-Tran board violated the state Open Meetings Act, by all means he should file a complaint. That’s what the county commissioner — and C-Tran board member — said he intended to do, but as of this week no complaint had been filed. As of this week, we have nothing but rhetoric that smacks of desperation on the part of Madore.
A decade ago, in a series of stories that ran over four days, The Columbian called it "Vancouver's Funk Factor." The idea was an examination of how the arts and an economy bolstered by creativity can be a boon to a region. At the time, reporter Jonathan Nelson wrote, "A growing body of studies say to really breathe life back into a city, drop your eyes from the towering edifices and look at the people — specifically, creative people. National studies show jobs are created and economies are stimulated by supporting the arts and a creative workforce."
Cheers: Tasked with the difficult job of writing a new county charter to put before voters, the Clark County freeholders have respectfully and responsibly found ways to compromise. Led by Chairwoman Nan Henriksen, the 15-member board has waded through complicated issues such as the proper number of county commissioners, how they should be elected, and how much they should be paid.
It has been said that the measure of a person can be found in the friends they make and keep. These days, however, perhaps the measure can best be taken by the online comments that accompany their passing."Val Ogden set the standard for the rest of us to try to live up to. In public service, in life, in friendship, Val's sense of humor, love, and boundless energy touched all of us."
Without actually using the phrase, Thomas Jefferson once effectively articulated the notion behind the “Marketplace of Ideas.” During his first inauguration address, the third president of the United States said, “Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” Yes, if enough voices and opinions are allowed to be heard, the truth eventually will win out — a philosophy that has served our republic fairly well for the past couple centuries.