Letters to the Editor
Our U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, should listen to the 90 percent of Americans who demand stricter background checks for gun purchases. She should co-sponsor H.R. 1565 to expand Brady Bill background checks on gun sales. Completing the necessary paperwork for a background check takes only minutes, and more than 91 percent of those checks are completed immediately. Along with our Second Amendment rights comes the right of our society to act responsibly and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people like criminals, terrorists and domestic abusers.
We have two mass shootings in a short period of time that were leveraged by the Obama administration through the use of emotions, including the use and manipulation of grieving parents to take away firearms from law-abiding citizens. Virtually all of the proposals in the name of reducing gun violence would have had no impact on any criminal or have prevented any of the mass shootings, just us law-abiding citizens.
I read in the May 7 Columbian story "Council denies a vote on light rail," that the Vancouver city oligarchy is not going to allow us to vote for or against the proposed light rail. It would seem that they are tired of voters voting light rail down so they have decided in their infinite wisdom, wisdom that they decided the voters do not have, that light rail is to be crammed down our collective throats, like it or not. As planned now, it will run only three miles from the river to Clark College, serving only those in a narrow corridor near the college. This expensive boondoggle has been voted on and defeated in one form or another three times. And now the city oligarchy is apparently going to use this underhanded method to get their way without input from the voters.
I read a May 6 Columbian story, "Younger girls may not need 3 HPV shots; Study: Girls 9-13 protected after 2 doses of vaccine." Three years ago, my daughter received two shots and got very ill. We spent many days at Legacy Emanuel and OHSU, where it was agreed that her illness, which had all the symptoms of lupus, was triggered by the HPV virus. After a lot of tests and stress, I have done research on my own and come to the conclusion that everyone should first be tested for autoimmune disease. There are certain foreign vaccines that can trigger autoimmune disease. No one should be given any shots of any kind without first being tested for autoimmune disease, which I believe is hereditary.
I started riding a bike again after 40 years, and it has changed my life. I have lost weight, gained stamina and feel better about myself. Cycling also allows me to see the city from a different perspective. I encourage everyone who can to consider riding a bike.
Addressing Bill Barkley's May 13 letter — "Don't move too fast on new bridge," suggesting we're moving too quickly and that the current structure may or may not be suitable — has me applauding.
Elections matter we've been told. As Clark County voters awaken each morning to read the newspaper, they are realizing this fact.
I am in fourth grade. I think Vancouver should ban plastic bags from checkout counters. I think this because:
The Clark County commissioners' hiring of Sen. Don Benton as the county's environmental services director evokes charges of hypocrisy, abuse and cronyism. None are worthy of belief.
Every person has inherent worth and dignity. Every action of every person, no matter how misguided, is undertaken in the effort to fulfill a legitimate human need.
How many times do any of us get to experience the same historic event twice in a lifetime? I did recently during the re-debut of steam locomotive No. 10 that is owned and operated by the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.
I recently got my yearly Washington vehicle registration, with no emission test this time. It shows I've been checked out.
If you have only two bridges going across the great Columbia River and you take one down and build a new one, you'll still have only two bridges crossing the river.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says "no light rail, no bridge." Good. He finally got it.
I join the chorus of voices raised against the decision to bypass the county's hiring process and retain Sen. Don Benton as environmental services director. The decision, however, is not surprising.