Cheers: To assistance for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Northwest has joined with other areas of the country in providing humanitarian assistance for the people of Texas. In one example, Mark Widlund of the Camas-Washougal Fire Department has deployed to the area as part of the National Disaster Medical System. Meanwhile, many area residents have donated money and non-perishable items for victims of the hurricane and the flooding that followed.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s visit to the Boeing plant in Everett last week contained plenty of ideology, politicking, and lobbying for Republican efforts to reconfigure the U.S. tax code. But it was woefully short on facts — a situation that should play a role in the upcoming congressional discussion about how much American corporations pay to the government.
While students and teachers might lament the start of school and the demise of carefree summer days, for many parents it means the return to a routine. Gone are the days of worrying about how to keep the kids occupied and engaged.
The landscape provides fertile ground for clichés, calling to mind tropes such as “if you build it, they will come” and “how much is too much?” And while there is reason for caution as Vancouver prepares for transformative growth near downtown, an examination of the local economy also provides cause for optimism.
Few issues in this nation can raise hackles quite as quickly as the separation of church and state. So it is to be expected that a court ruling involving a former football coach at Bremerton High School would draw national attention.
Cheers: To Jordan Chiles. The Prairie High School junior finished second this week at the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships, improvising a new move along the way. As she attempted to spin while in a crouch during her balance beam routine, Chiles lost her balance but kept spinning while rising to her feet on the 4-inch-wide beam. “After awhile, I didn’t realize I was still turning, so I told myself, ‘Why am I still turning?’ ” she said.
A decision by C-Tran officials to alter some bus routes beginning in September illuminates issues surrounding transportation throughout the metro area. Most notably, it reinforces the need for Oregon officials to deal with Portland’s pokey traffic.
It is akin to letting children begin the school year with nothing to wear other than tattered shorts and sandals. Or sending them off without pencils and paper at their disposal. Yet while parents would never consider leaving their kids ill-prepared for school, far too many ignore the need for appropriate vaccinations.
In the end, it comes back to the voters, which brings us to a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting," the 32nd president of the United States famously said.
This nation’s discussion about Confederate monuments is an essential one. It is important to expose the fallacy that the Confederate States of America were engaged in a noble defense of state’s rights; it is crucial to point out that the leaders of that ill-fated nation were engaging in treason against the United States.
We assume that, eventually, the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will finalize a report regarding a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver. Then again, assumptions are fraught with peril, and at this point there is reason to question whether the process ever will be completed.