Regarding the Sept. 25 Columbian online article "Money spent on county recycling ads before OK was given: Benton, environmental services chief, says mistake was made," I would suggest that this type of "error" (along with a few other "errors" that have occurred over the last several years) may not have occurred had the proposed Clark County charter been in force.
There have been several letters published supporting the proposed Clark County charter. However, the Sept. 20 letter "Allegations are diversion tactic" by David Olson actually had a constructive suggestion mixed in with his tirade against Republicans. He suggested reading the charter. Voters would be wise to do so.
My endorsement for 17th Legislative District Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, is easy. She keeps her word. Not a "polished politician" but a mother, wife, teacher and daughter. Any thinking person wanting a fair representative would research the last election and look over her credentials and promises to see she kept her word. Representative Stonier stands for parents, taxpayers and community leaders. She keeps her word.
Republicans rely on fear to spur votes, and it obviously works. Fear is a great motivator. Republicans seem proud of how terrified they are. The most fearful demonstrate that fear is like a badge of honor, as if fear equals patriotism. It doesn't.
Reading Robert Kerr's Sept. 25 letter "Revelation late for effective action," I must correct Kerr's misapprehension that President Barack Obama had a real choice about leaving a "withdrawal transitional force" in Iraq. President George W. Bush's administration negotiated the terms of the withdrawal from Iraq and did not include a "withdrawal transitional force."
I would find it enlightening to know the Clark County commissioners' current total compensation and perquisite package value. It would be instructive going into the Clark County charter vote, given that Commissioner Tom Mielke proposed a $700-per-month car allowance and Commissioner David Madore believes the new proposed salary of $53,000 is not adequate.
Honestly, I don't know where I will go when America changes here in Clark County. I suppose it was inevitable after decades of ignoring our neighbors and community. We are the generation who hopped in the car and moved anywhere, so long as it was away from Mom and Dad.
As a small-business owner, I've noticed there are many eager young people who possess talent, but need to be given the proper opportunities in order to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit. I took it upon myself to develop a program that did just that — provided young people with education and resources about professional careers. The program provides hands-on workshops, tours of industry-leading businesses, and courses in leadership development. In less than three years, this program has already encouraged over 600 youth in the Pacific Northwest to pursue STEM careers.
What's up with the Clark County Republican Party? Let's start with County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke. Madore's solution to our bridge problem starts with a small four-lane bridge to nowhere at east county's 192nd Avenue that dead-ends at a red light on Portland's congested Airport Way. It has a billion-dollar price tag and distracts us from the real problem, replacing the 90-year-old scary Interstate 5 Bridge.
The U.S. does not need Middle Eastern oil. We do not need a war on terror or a "coalition" of any kind because we have no reason besides oil to be there. We have more than enough oil and natural gas of our own. American energy independence frees us from any ties to the Middle East.
If you don't like the administrative actions of Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, and would like to petulantly lash out at them, not caring about the repercussions such lashing out would have on the future of Clark County, not caring about the loss of representation we citizens enjoy under the current county governmental system, then the proposed county charter is the thing for you. The proposed charter is very obviously a childish retaliation against the commissioners and should be rejected.
The anti-charter people are quick to ask "what's wrong" or to say the current county structure is working just fine. Well just for fun, let's flip the formula. If the current model was on the ballot as a proposed charter, would you vote for this?
I want a congressman like Bob Dingethal. He is not taking campaign money from the Koch brothers, Karl Rove or special interests. He has created hundreds of jobs in the telecommunications industry in Southwest Washington and led a nonprofit organization to restore our forests and parks.
Again there are complaints about fireworks on July 4. Where do these people live? We hear some fireworks on July 3 and July 5, after which there are no more shot off. The Fourth of July holiday has many fireworks going off. We keep our pets inside that evening, and they do fine.
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