The Feb. 21 editorial, "Vancouver Lake lessons: After 10 years and $1.3M in restoration work, body of water continues its decline," was interesting. But the last statement "You can't change Mother Nature" was ironic. Someone changed Mother Nature by introducing carp that ate every plant smaller than a tree in Vancouver Lake. Someone put dams and dikes throughout the Columbia River watershed. These floods moved the silt and sands around the flood plains and shaped the islands, beaches, lakes, channels, and bars that we have. Of course, you can change Mother Nature.
Three of the biggest problems we have in Vancouver are the plans for oil trains and a terminal being built at the port; coal trains and their pollution coming through the Columbia River Gorge and Vancouver; and allowing building in wetland areas while developers pay little to no fees for traffic, infrastructure, etc. I would like to see all three problems solved soon.
There is one aspect of the coal and oil terminal proposals that I have not seen mentioned. Along with all the probable environmental issues we may face if these projects are completed is the fact they will result in the depletion of our nonrenewable resources to satisfy the demand of other countries. There is a finite amount of these resources and when they are gone, they are gone forever. I believe it is short-sighted greed on the part of those who want to exploit these resources and ship the coal out of the country. There may come a time when availability of these resources is important for future generations of this country.
I am disgusted and fed up with the attitudes of the people and government of Washington state. We need a new bridge over the Columbia River, have spent millions of dollars on design, plans and research. Then the design proposed was another ugly bridge like the I-205 bridge. The task force knew that the bridge had to be a certain height and yet they proposed a design with a lower height so more money would have to be spent on a redo.
In her March 1 letter, "Leave tactics in hands of responder," Kate Ketcham implored us to establish all Clark County buildings as weapon-free zones. Ketcham espouses empathy for potential victims of workplace violence and suggests that first responders handle violent confrontations. The recent shooting Ketcham refers to at a county building saw a co-worker accost and disarm the assailant, but not before the intended victim received multiple gunshot wounds. The question is: Would first responders have been able to prevent loss of life?
Why should we raise the minimum wage? Why should we reward people with few job skills with more money? What makes these workers think they are worth more than the current minimum wage? Higher wages go along with more education and higher-risk jobs, not selling burgers or bagging groceries.
I'm writing in an attempt to bring a travesty in the making to the general public. That would be Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2149. I would ask state residents to contact their legislators and ask this proposal be tabled.
We are getting ready to return to daylight saving time. The first time I can remember doing this was during World War II. At that time my dad explained to me that it would give manufacturing and especially the shipbuilders more daylight to work with. In those days an eight-hour day and a 40-hour workweek was the norm so changing the clocks might have helped. Now some workers get flex time and a lot of companies do not furnish 40 hours of work in a week to their employees.
I found the March 1 column "My buddy Benton is at it again," about state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, written by Editor Lou Brancaccio, to be banal -- anyone can (and many do) sling mud. It had the feel more of a personal attack than news, which is disappointing because if the accusations in the column are indeed fact, had they been presented objectively with references, the column would have been much more useful to readers in accomplishing the writer's objective of replacing Benton.
I have held my tongue, or should I say computer keys, until I can no longer keep quiet. I know of people in Clark County who attest to be Christians, but they have proudly claim to be Democrats. How can they be both?
I read with interest the Feb. 28 story "Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite the look." The behavioral psychologists concluded that, despite hangdog expressions by dogs when owners screech at them, "Shame on you!," man's best friend feels no shame at all. This may well be true of all members of the animal kingdom except one, the human being. I suggest that humans are the only members of the animal kingdom who feel shame … or have reason to.