Letters to the Editor
I will never understand why so many Clark County residents do not grasp the negative implications of a new Interstate 5 toll bridge.
At the end of last month, I participated in Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's, R-Vancouver, survey concerning health care. At the time, I commented on the skewed choice of answer options, as others likewise noted in their editorial submissions. The survey offered three negative-leaning answers and one neutral.
Larry Little's June 14 letter, "Religious doctrine has much leeway," about Catholic hospitals and abortion, stated: "If abortions won't be performed at Catholic hospitals to save the life of the mother, that would include and threaten a huge population that aren't Catholic." I submit the following from the Centers for Disease Control website.
Regarding the June 16 story, "Washougal eyes changing government style: Council-manager system would shift governing power from mayor to manager," I am totally against taking away the rights of voters to put the elected mayor in charge of the daily administrative operations of the city.
Bullying and suicide are increasing every day. From cyberbullying to physical bullying, there aren't many teens who haven't experienced bullying. Adults are always trying to decrease the amount of teen suicide, but unless we remove all bullies and demolish all insecurities, what can be done?
Tired of spending my Saturday afternoon standing in line at a local retail store — the same store that sends out "support your local small business" fliers — only to pay more than my Oregon-licensed fellow Vancouverites, I slowly trundle south across the rickety I-5 bridge (suffered through a bridge lift as a newly manufactured drilling derrick slowly drifted past, barely clearing the bridge) to the uberweird and wonderful land of no sales tax.
The taxpayers are again reaping the effect of nonproductive state legislators, who, by their foot dragging, have added to the budget deficit.
In the June 15 story, "Murray targets opponents of CRC," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., argues that if we don't accept a bridge with less traffic capacity and overpriced light rail, then we don't want a new bridge at all. This is another dishonest argument.
In a June 15 story "Murray targets opponents of CRC," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was quoted as saying, "The people who are opposing (the Columbia River Crossing) need to tell you what the backup plan is."
President Obama declared that Bashar al-Assad of Syria has "crossed the line," alleging Assad's use of chemical agents against Syrian rebels. Obama is now publicly wrestling with just how to support the Syrian rebels.
The city of Vancouver used to have a point person for economic development; they still have a business assistance coordinator. It seems Clark County could invest 3 percent of the amount it is giving away in its fee and traffic impact fee program to staff an economic development office — giving a couple of people jobs in the process — and create a program with real accountability for an active program to bring jobs to the county and get a lot more bang for the buck.
If you own a refrigerator, a closet to hangs clothes in, a bed to sleep in, and a roof over your head, you are wealthier than a large majority of the world. People all around the world are suffering, and anyone, including you, can step in and help. People experience poverty, natural disasters and sickness on a daily basis. Something as little as sending $1 to organizations that help these people who are suffering can buy them their food. Many people live on only $1 to $2 a day.
Clark County Commissioner David Madore's problem is that he has no experience running a corporation that is accountable to stockholders. US Digital is a privately held corporation. Clark County, in contrast, is a publicly held entity in every sense, answerable to every one of its "stockholder" citizens. Madore is used to calling the shots unopposed in his private boardroom. As an elected official he appears not to appreciate that voters can remove him from their board of directors just as easily as they put him there.
Anne McEnerny-Ogle is running for a seat on the Vancouver City Council for Position 3. In the past several months I've served on the board of Daybreak Youth Services with McEnerny-Ogle and have observed that she is highly skilled with communication and group decision-making process.
Vancouver has a terrific opportunity to become more inclusive and accessible to more residents by electing Galina Burley for Position 3 on the Vancouver City Council.