William Manchester, in his history "The Glory and the Dream," said this about America as a free society: "If liberty is to signify anything substantive, it must also be extended to the last limits of the endurable, shielding under its broad tent the genuinely unpopular champions of causes which the majority regards as reprehensible."
To Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin I apologize for the rude conduct of Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, the other mayors and members of the Vancouver City Council involved. They all are safe because of the men and women who have and are serving us.
The voters of Clark County have been blessed with a number of candidate forums where they have watched would-be officeholders answer questions, usually prepared, and sometimes from the voters themselves. My thanks to the organizations that sponsored these. CVTV and The Columbian also make video of the candidates available.
Home rule charter is the opportunity and authority for citizens to redesign their county government to better meet their needs. On Nov. 4, I will be voting "yes" to approve the home rule charter for Clark County and the positive changes it will bring.
As one of over 100 candidates for freeholder last year, I wrote, "I support a charter that retains our county's unique character, increases the voice of all the people, includes robust checks and balances on elected officials, initiative and referendum powers, and a larger commission."
I strongly support Initiative 594. I am concerned that there is so much misunderstanding and misrepresentation of what I-594 does. What it does not do is restrict Second Amendment rights; create a gun registry; change existing hunting laws; or take guns away from people.
Initiative 594 is simply an attempt to place more controls on law-abiding gun owners with no reduction in injury or death. I corresponded with the I-594 group and asked them to support their claims. They made broad statements but refused to provide any links, details or facts to support their position. In my experience when someone makes claims but can't or won't supply facts to support them they are not being truthful.
The Americans with Disabilities Act "guarantees the civil rights of people with disabilities by prohibiting the discrimination against anyone who has a mental or physical disability in the area of employment, public services, transportation, public accommodations, and telecommunication."
In order to keep up appearances, members of the Vancouver City Council have embarrassed themselves and the entire city of Vancouver by their boycott of the heroic Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin at the Oct. 17 civic leaders prayer breakfast.
The Oct. 17 headline "Jobless claims fall to 14-year low" is misleading by citing what the government likes to call "total unemployment" rate, reported as the U-3 number. It's now at 5.9 percent. But the U-3 represents only those still collecting unemployment payments.
In her Oct. 2 column "Dems' criticism of GOP's 'war on women' hypocritical," Kathleen Parker criticizes the term "war on women" now used in politics. Parker lets us know she respects nothing but facts in conversation and deplores anything that resembles hyperbole. Good for her.
At the Oct. 13 candidates' forum at Camas High School, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, dodged the first question about tackling climate change. It's appalling that she would not have a position on this critical issue.
Initiative 594 is just another lie being fed to Americans under the cloak of public safety. Whether you are a firearms enthusiast or an occasional shooter, or someone who does not own a firearm, we are all Americans who live in the freest country in the world and it needs to stay that way.
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