Well, I see the results are in for the state's standardized testing. The results show Hockinson schools failing in all categories. I was valedictorian in the class of 1961. I hold a regents diploma from the state of New York, in math and science. All I had to do to sustain such high accords is repeat back what my teachers spouted in class. College was a different matter.
It's nice to learn that Vancouver Energy has the funds required to distribute the fancy propaganda package I received in the mail this week. However, I think that whatever amount was contributed by Tesoro to this partnership effort would have been more properly, and morally, spent if they had used it to pay down fines levied against them for safety violations at their refinery in Anacortes, causing the deaths of seven employees in an explosion that resulted.
The Aug. 12 story "Lethal control not on table for sheep-killing wolf pack" reported of a wolf pack killing sheep in the Umatilla National Forest. The Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife decision not to kill the wolves certainly was the right decision.
Perhaps the finest and most complimentary news the United States has received for years was buried on Page 4 of the Aug. 23 Columbian, which instead provided important front-page information on marijuana and changing laws on fireworks. Three young Americans, ignoring personal risk to their lives, stopped a likely massive disaster by taking down a gunman aboard a train in Europe. This striking example of what the United States has been pursuing throughout the world was, of course, less important than the number of days that Camas will allow for fireworks, and probably in the view of The Columbian, less important than a critique on the "M&M boys."
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' rally in Portland drew 28,000. His no obfuscation platform has attracted thousands more than other presidential candidates. Why so little media attention? News mentions of Sanders are 1 to Donald Trump's 30.
If women or any other life form can legitimately earn a place among the U.S. Rangers, or any other human endeavor, so be it. Equal opportunity for all; I see no reason for accosting any portion of the premise. If Army 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest fulfilled the requisite requirements, have shown they can perform as mandated, and absent any legal rules or regulations to deny them, they should be elevated to what they have proven equal.
The Kalama Tea Party (grandparents trying to save their country for their grandkids) gathered on the steps of the old Cowlitz County Courthouse to call Planned Parenthood (the largest abortion provider in America) out for selling human baby parts of the aborted babies.
In his Aug. 18 letter, "Progressive 'thinking' worshipped," Mike Goodpaster's words are not only misinformed but also disrespectful to all the victims of the Holocaust and everyone who died under Stalin. It has always seemed to me in poor taste to bring up genocides to support a line of argumentation that has nothing to do with genocide.
I've been a resident of Vancouver for over 20 years, and for over 10 of the past years, I've lived on the ridge overlooking the Fishers Quarry. As our economy here has rebounded over the past couple of years, and we start to focus on new opportunities, I hope that our local leaders don't lose sight of the importance of some basic quality-of-life issues while in the pursuit of "progress."
I was surprised that The Columbian published a letter that launched a vituperative and baseless attack on progressives, a letter that in my view (and admittedly, I am a progressive), bordered on hate speech ("Progressive 'thinking' worshipped," Aug. 18).
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