I appreciate many things about Fort Vancouver's Memorial Day ceremony: rifle and artillery salutes, wreath laying, taps, bagpipes, Patriot Guard riders, community members gathering to formally remember. This year's addition of the large pictures of recent Clark County dead was excellent.
I do not understand the obsession Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, has with teenagers. Of course we parents worry when they drive, and all traffic deaths and injuries are terrible. But I think Pike is trying to generate "solutions" for their own sake after her New Jersey-style new driver decal bill stalled in the state Legislature. A May 27 story reported "Pike won't let fears for teen drivers idle."
While I think that most departments of local government are doing their best I do have a issue with the Clark County Animal Control. About two years ago I was given a fine for having a dog and two cats without tags. I got tags and shots for the dog and one cat; since I was unemployed wasn't able to afford the last cat. I sent a letter by mail and called to explain that I couldn't pay but the heartless agency sent me to collections.
In a May 25 editorial "Saluting sacrifice," The Columbian has noted it is a legal requirement to "pause" at 3 p.m. for a moment of silence on Memorial Day for the dead soldiers. Does not every citizen have a duty to this country that goes far beyond "pausing?" Was this country not fought for and founded by citizen militias? The draft was eliminated and now our duty is to "pause." How patronizing.
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