My family and I were at Parkhill Cemetery in honor of our loved ones, cleaning off the headstones and placing flowers in each urn as we have done each year as a tradition. When we drove up we saw many young boys helping with the cleanup. We were so impressed that a Boy Scout troop, along with its leaders, would take the time to really care. They came along beside us and not only helped us edge along a headstone but they carried away the old turf and placed it in the garbage cans provided. They chatted with us as they placed flags on the graves of veterans who had served in the wars.
On June 10, National Time Out Day will be marked in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country. Taking a "time out" to confirm correct patient, correct procedure, correct surgical site and other important information before every operative and other invasive procedure is a requirement of The Joint Commission Universal Protocol. Despite the requirement, 40 to 60 wrong-site surgeries likely occur in the United States each week.
I read with sickening stomach the June 1 report about "Ex-Nazis got $20.2M in Social Security" and are living peacefully in the U.S. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Annie Jacobsen has written extensively along this line in her book, "Operation Paperclip: the Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Scientists to America."
This is in response to the May 25 letter "Call for resignation ungrounded" from Jim Maul, who thinks the Port of Vancouver commissioners are doing such a wonderful job. Has he ever heard of honesty and integrity?
We have an expectation our elected officials should always be correct in their actions, even when evaluated in hindsight and using various individual's criteria. If we imposed such an expectation on ourselves before we were able to exercise our right to publicly criticize, write an editorial or attempt to recall an elected official, there would be total silence.
The May 29 story "Camas golfer is athlete we can all take pride in" was a great, uplifting article. It is great to know we have young athletes who are honest and have integrity. I'm sure Brian Humphrey has a good feeling about his decision at the state golf tournament to call a penalty on himself. He can go home with a clear conscience, knowing he did the right thing.
The May 28 editorial "It's good to be a nerd: Death of Nobel Prize winner John Nash reminds how society's views have changed," about the great mathematician John Nash and his wife dying in a car crash omits the fact that they were not wearing seat belts.
I strongly endorse Mike Dalesandro for chair of the Clark County Council. Dalesandro strongly supports the county charter. The charter was carefully prepared by a coalition of Democrat, Republican and Independent voters. Dalesandro will implement the charter as intended.
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