The March 22 editorial, "Madore gets it right: Councilor's proposals on right to work, public collective bargaining smart steps," is about individual freedom. The purpose of government, from our State Constitution, is "to protect and maintain individual rights." The proposals would do that.
I am one who never likes things crammed down my throat, religion or bus rapid transit. I use Fourth Plain for my route of travel for shopping. I see these 60 foot-long articulated buses unneeded on such a narrow road like Fourth Plain, and they will impact a great deal of pain to people who drive that corridor. BRT will impact lane travel, and the idea that the rapid transit can change the stop lights as it comes down the road will do the same for people going across Fourth Plain.
The March 22 editorial, "Madore gets it right: Councilor's proposals on right to work, public collective bargaining smart steps," and Clark County Councilor David Madore are flat wrong on the latter's right-to-work proposals. The "right to work for less" doesn't help working folks.
How disappointing that the Clark County councilors have chosen to display the motto "In God We Trust" on the public hearing meeting room wall. I believe they have completely missed how much this motto offends people of different faiths. Evidently, they have missed the fact that the capitalized form of "god" is used principally to refer to the Christian deity. The councilors could appreciate how offensive the above mentioned motto is to a member of the Hindu faith if they read the motto "In Vishnu We Trust" on the county room wall. It is no less offensive to a Buddhist to read the motto "In God We Trust" displayed on a public wall than it is for a Christian believer to see a display of a motto like "In Buddha We Trust."
A March 20 story reported, "Bus rapid transit clears big hurdle." What a boondoggle this BRT is going to be with Fourth Plain being one of the busiest streets in Vancouver and no alternative route. It will be a disaster to all the businesses along the route — all because C-Tran Executive Director Jeff Hamm wants to make a name for himself.
Many teenagers today feel their 16th birthday marks the moment when they possess the maturity, capability and skill to operate an automobile safely. After all, they've taken driver's education while in high school and have passed a written examination.
The March 21 Columbian had an article, "Will drought declaration reach county?" concerning a possible drought this summer. My husband waters his vegetable garden, but we let our lawn turn a glorious gold in the summer, knowing that a day of rain will bring it back to a glistening green.
Thirteen years ago we moved to Vancouver from Las Vegas and started a new life. We had great jobs, a wonderful home and greatly amused by the keep the area weird theme. We know it's "keep Portland weird," but weird overflows to Vancouver.
At a Clark County Central Committee meeting, Auditor Greg Kimsey took the floor to speak on behalf of the county charter. I felt he was brief and unconvincing. Leadership voices such as Councilor Tom Mielke, state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, and county research analyst Peter Silliman were ardently against the proposal, essentially describing a document written by bureaucrats for bureaucrats.
Those who snicker at environmentalists who drive gasoline-powered cars are short-sighted. We, ordinary people, use the form of transportation that is most affordable and available to us. That is how it's always been.
It was of little surprise to me to read that our illustrious Councilor David Madore of the famed M&M boys proposed a right-to-work plan. This move would greatly increase the rate and size of corporate incomes. It would allow for bigger bonuses for those who either run or own companies that now must pay a living wage to those who make the products that make these companies possible.
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