Our public servants are at it again. Our property assessment this year jumped 21 percent. There is no way our property gained that much value. My neighbor's property also suffered a 21 percent hike. He got proactive, and complained to the Clark County assessor's office. Using email and phone calls, never in person, his assessment was knocked down 10 percent. That is an equitable raise; 21 percent is ludicrous.
To vote is a privilege as well as one's civic duty. To vote for the right candidate is the challenge. Careful consideration should be explored by intensive scrutiny of candidates for honesty, sincerity and above all, knowledge of the position they seek.
As former chair of the freeholders board, I would like to set the record straight about Judith Anderson's freeholder charter process assertions in her Sept. 6 letter, "Irregularities in charter process."
The oil terminal debate in Vancouver is at a standstill. Here is a different way to go for a solution to this public problem. Let's give Tesoro-Savage what they want for something that we want. How about a new Interstate 5 bridge to Portland?
My family has owned property for over 50 years with railroad tracks on it and I would like to speak for us. We love the train whistles. In fact, we have called to complain when they don't whistle. When you have to cross the tracks it is a big help to hear that whistle and it does save lives.
Monica Stonier has demonstrated, in her first term as 17th Legislative District representative, Position 1, the ability to reach across the political aisle. It's a refreshing treat to listen to her comprehensive, efficiently expressed explanations for her positions on issues. To observe and hear a first-hand presentation from Stonier, we urge you to attend the Oct. 9 League of Women Voters forum.
There is no justice in America. Growing up in Vancouver I was taught by my good parents and teachers to observe and obey the law because laws protect people. But I have learned that this isn't actually the case. Some laws protect some people some of the time.
The Sept. 7 guest editorial "Clashing views on oil plan," by Rob Harris, a vice president for JH Kelly, an industrial mechanical contractor, was not a balanced view. His assertion that Tesoro-Savage is "committed to safety and environmental protection" was lacking in facts.
We have a reluctant commander in chief. Our intelligence has informed him of Islamic State power rising over the years. He has chosen to take no action. Everything he needed he had in order to take authority on our behalf, including top military advisers. Yet, he didn't take action.
Foreign investment and other outside injections of capital directed at Third World countries usually receive a hearty round of applause from economists, and there is a great deal of empirical evidence available to illustrate the positive effect of an "open door" attitude on the part of developing nations to external money. Overwhelmingly the pluses outweigh the minuses.
I am irritated no end by the latest President Obama speech regarding Middle East policy. He states his intention to bomb ISIS (a good decision, though one which I am bemused he chose to announce to the entire planet before carrying out); and his plan to arm Syrian rebels (a real crapshoot).
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