Retirement ought to be attainable for hardworking home care workers. As your senator from the 49th Legislative District, I also serve as a member of the Health Care Committee. Each day, thousands of home care workers provide critical, basic personal assistance to seniors and those living with disabilities who are our friends, neighbors, and in many cases, our loved ones. These caregivers are integral to the fabric of our communities and help make it possible for more people to age or live safely in their homes.
Hello to Vancouver, we the members of Party Poopers United. Every year we look forward to the Fourth of July so we can complain, whine and snivel. We don't like noise, fireworks, any kind of celebration. We want everyone to live a boring, unexciting life as we do. So we shall always complain about noise, lights, laughing, barbecue smoke, etc. Our only joy in life is to make others as miserable as we are.
Regardless of your political persuasion, you could not but be impressed by the extraordinary eulogy of President Barack Obama for the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney. In the style of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the president withheld nothing to comfort the South Carolina senator's family, not to mention the entire nation. A powerful sermon on the grace of God. A potent lesson in African-American history. And when he began singing "Amazing Grace," my heart joined him. I, too, "was blind, but now I see." One commentator was so moved that she replayed the entire eulogy that night.
As a disabled veteran and caregiver/rescuer for traumatized, sick and unwanted pets, the absolute worst time of my existence is during fireworks. If someone can explain a legitimate reason for traumatizing the people who fought for the "freedoms" of the American people and traumatizing pets, wildlife and a lot of regular folks, I am willing to listen. And for those who set off fireworks "responsibly" please explain it to the animals, veterans and others. I am sure they will understand.
I am not against people who smoke cigarettes but with the dry, hot weather we are having, I can't believe how many times in the last few days I have followed someone in my car with a cigarette hanging out the window. I watch in horror as they continue to flick hot ashes into the wind. If I was a braver soul, I would roll my window down and ask them to please use an ashtray.
I pulled into a parking lot of a restaurant around noon on June 26 and noticed a dog in a car with one window about one-third of the way down and no shade. I waited 5 minutes and asked another person in the parking lot if they could go inside and let someone know. I waited and decided to call 911, was transferred to Animal Control, got a recording and left the location and license number. The dog looked in distress, so after another 5 minutes, I called 911 again and told her what was going on. I was told that if the dog was barking, it wasn't in distress. The dispatcher did take the vehicle information. I'm disappointed in the way I was spoken to and how I was left with the feeling that I was bothering busy county employees. Maybe I was, so just tell me if that's the case.
What may have been seen as a gift when David Madore took office as a county councilor can now be seen as a serious problem for we the citizens of Clark County, as Betty Sue Morris predicted here in 2013 (www.columbian.com/news/2013/feb/03/no-privately-paid-aide-in-public-office/#.VYtID8fFlX0.facebook), Madore employs a personal secretary who is not an employee of the county, responsible only to him, meaning when there is a conflict between Madore's interests and the citizens' interests, we lose.
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