Time to start keeping count, folks. The police in Ferguson, Mo., were not armed like the military to protect themselves against kids throwing bottles. They were protecting themselves from someone with a semiautomatic assault rifle using body-armor-piercing bullets.
We are blessed in the Northwest with some of the world's best treatment, technology, and resources to battle blood cancer. Director Brian Druker and his staff at Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute are on the leading edge with treatments they have developed that are saving thousands of lives every day.
At a recent neighborhood quarterly meeting, the city manager responded to a resident's concern about the lack of street median maintenance with the reply that street median maintenance was not a priority.
Thank you for publishing the Aug. 27 story "U.N. draft: Global warming human-caused, dangerous — Years of research should see final release in October," about the report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This report should be disseminated continuously by all media outlets, print, Internet, television, etc. Although the report will go to all world governments, it also needs to be made available to citizens worldwide, through the Internet and bookstores.
Seems The Columbian Editor Lou Brancaccio and Editorial Page Editor Greg Jayne can't get a straight answer out of any of our politicians. Brancaccio's questions for Clark County Commissioner David Madore, Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, and Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, in regard to the bridge became a merry-go-round of equivocation. (Read Brancaccio's Aug. 23 column "The east county bridge mystery.") Jayne's questions to Pike in regard to required school funding —same thing. (Read the Aug. 25 "Political beat" column.)
The Aug. 25 story reported "Share tells homeless they must leave parking lot." Creating housing opportunities and caring for people who are homeless is a complex, difficult job, and a task that I am convinced Share and Council for the Homeless do extremely well.
Whether we have an oil terminal in Vancouver or not, many oil trains will come though our city, making their way to other terminals or refineries. Right now many train cars loaded with toxic chemicals wind their way through Vancouver every year. A derailment and spill of toxic chemicals or oil could be a serious incident for us. The opportunity for a derailment is not going away — with or without an oil terminal here. I suggest that the decision on the terminal would best be decided on two factors:
The interview with Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, and her "word salad" responses published in the Aug. 25 Political Beat column would have been LOL funny were it not so emblematic of the contempt that elected Republican officials hold for their constituents.
Here is yet another of my wacky ideas. Let's have an initiative along the lines of no holders of elective office shall succeed themselves, but may not be limited to number of terms. This would have the following salubrious effects:
The Aug. 27 Columbian has an encouraging front-page article, “Consumer confidence approaches 7-year high: Report fuels optimism Americans will spend more in months ahead.” I would be overjoyed except that Tuesday’s Huffington Post published an article with the headline, “Marco Rubio hints at a government shutdown fight over immigration.” Government shutdown seems to be the only way the Republicans know how to govern when they don’t get their way.
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