Cheers: To Walk & Knock. The Clark County Food Bank’s largest one-day food drive takes place today, so here is a friendly reminder — place paper bags with nonperishable food items on your porch by 9 a.m. Volunteers will be scouring the region to pick up the bags in what has become one of Clark County’s largest charitable events; last year, Walk & Knock collected more than 228,000 pounds of items for the food bank.
A crackdown on scofflaws by the city of Vancouver is a win-win. It benefits the city coffers, and it makes those of us who follow the law by registering our vehicles in Washington feel a little better.
Tuesday’s decision by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council was a victory for Vancouver, the Columbia River Gorge and residents who value this region’s strengths. As the council gave a unanimous thumbs-down to a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver, it provided the punctuation to years of outspoken public opposition while reinforcing a simple notion: This is the wrong plan at the wrong time in the wrong place.
Before Vancouver officials move forward with any annexation plans, they should provide a convincing argument regarding the benefits for residents. Will services improve? Will taxes increase? Why should residents in areas outside the city limits want to officially live in Clark County’s largest city?
A ruling Wednesday in King County Superior Court confirmed what most observers already believed: Seattle’s proposed income tax upon high earners violates the state constitution. Equally notable, voters across the state have said numerous times that they have no interest in establishing an income tax.
Cheers: To free Thanksgiving dinner. Since 1982, Chuck Chronis and Judge Rich Melnick have organized efforts to provide holiday dinners for those who otherwise might not have them. After a one-year hiatus in 2015, the program was revived with help from Mark Matthias, owner of restaurant WareHouse ’23. Together, on Thursday, they prepared enough Thanksgiving meals to serve 700 people.
Today marks the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, with the day after Thanksgiving being designated as Black Friday. That will be followed in three days by Cyber Monday, when we are encouraged to sit around in our pajamas and shop online.
Although Thanksgiving observances predate the founding of the United States, it was in 1863 that the occasion became a federal holiday. “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in establishing a holiday that has been observed each year since.
The tax plan passed last week by House Republicans — including Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground — is flawed at its very foundation. The proposal, which passed by a vote of 227 to 205, is built upon two rickety suppositions: That there is a need for tax cuts, and that tax cuts will spur the economy. Neither premise passes the smell test, leaving the public with a plan that stinks for average Americans.
Cheers: To state parks. Not eager to battle the crowds and engage in some Black Friday shopping? Then consider a visit to a state park in Washington or Oregon the day after Thanksgiving. Both states will waive fees for areas that include Battle Ground Lake, Paradise Point, and Reed Island in Clark County. Typically, Washington requires a Discover Pass for state parks, costing $10 a day or $30 for an annual pass.