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.
Four years after the Davy Crockett became news in Clark County, the saga of the derelict ship continues to have an impact on the state. This time, however, the impact is a positive one, as Gov. Jay Inslee last week signed legislation designed to help prevent environmental disasters perpetrated by abandoned or crumbling vessels.
When it comes to insurance providers, the bottom line is the bottom line. Insurers aren’t much interested in ideology or political philosophy or conservative vs. liberal or constitutional debates. No, they are interested only in risk assessment and liability and the potential costs if something goes wrong.
Of course they should consider everything. If you’re purchasing a car, you look at gas mileage and price and the interior and the style of headlights and the number of cupholders … Buying a house? Well, then you consider the price and the neighborhood and the square-footage and the local schools and the molding and the light fixtures …
Cheers: There is an old axiom in the newspaper business that you can never publish too many photos of puppies. Puppies and children. Wait, puppies and children and Santa Claus. Readers just love to look at those things. So it is good news for The Columbian that Banfield Pet Hospital has decided to build new corporate offices in Vancouver — but it's even better news for the community. The company, which supports 850 pet hospitals across the United States and Puerto Rico, announced that it will build a 250,000-square-foot office complex in the Columbia Tech Center at Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 184th Avenue, moving its headquarters from Portland and employing about 600 people.
The swift resurrection of Crestline Elementary School is a tribute to the school community and to the workers who are making a building rise from the ashes. But it also should raise questions about the process that districts typically must go through when constructing a school building.
As anybody with even a passing interest in sports is aware, big-time college programs are big-time businesses. For example, according to USA Today, publicly available data indicates that the University of Washington athletic department generated $85 million in revenue in 2012. That might sound like an unfathomable amount, yet it ranked only 27th among all colleges — and the University of Texas led the way with $166 million in revenue. In 2010, CBS and Turner Sports agreed to pay $11 billion — that’s with a “B” — for the rights to televise the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for 14 years. And a new college football playoff starting next year has drawn a $7.3 billion TV contract for 36 games over a 12-year period.