People need to realize the impact their actions and especially their words can have on society. Everyone knows the saying "sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me." Far be it from the truth. If someone breaks your bones, your bones will heal. But if someone breaks your spirit with a harsh word, you may never be the same again.
Ah, spring. That time of year when nature springs to life after long months of cold and clouds, rain and hunkered-down anticipation of warm, pleasant days to come. A time when nature reproduces and renews its God-given command to "increase and multiply" (Genesis 1:28). Every species of plant and animal responds to that command and joins the process of procreation. Soon trees are flowering, flowers are in bright bloom, all of nature joins the collective renewal of life. Nothing could be more natural, nothing could be more according to the natural law.
Both The Columbian and Councilor Dave Madore are wrong. Just because they agree with Madore's position doesn't make him right. Unions built the middle class in this country, and as we've seen over the past few decades, as unions have been busted, and business has moved to right-to-work states, the middle class has disappeared and the income gap between the owners of business and the worker has grown larger and larger.
I read many articles about the safety of oil rail cars and the efforts to make them safer in a derailment, but very little mention of what exactly causes the derailment in the first place. Replacing or retrofitting the rail cars is not taking care of the cause of the derailment. As I observed these mile-long trains, up to 100 cars each, of crude oil coming through Vancouver, it led me to remember the song learned long ago in Sunday school about, after three days of troops marching, the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. Because of the resonance created when marching in the military, we were also instructed to "route step" when crossing bridges. So, are these rail cars of all the same wheel base having an adverse effect on the rail bed and tracks and eventually leading to track failure and derailment?
As executive director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports, I'm responding to the March 23 editorial, "Exporting oil bad idea: Lift ban on crude export? Big Oil would win, consumers, environment would lose." The editorial fails to inform readers of a few basic facts about crude oil exports and the associated economic benefits.
The March 22 editorial, "Madore gets it right: Councilor's proposals on right to work, public collective bargaining smart steps," is about individual freedom. The purpose of government, from our State Constitution, is "to protect and maintain individual rights." The proposals would do that.
I am one who never likes things crammed down my throat, religion or bus rapid transit. I use Fourth Plain for my route of travel for shopping. I see these 60 foot-long articulated buses unneeded on such a narrow road like Fourth Plain, and they will impact a great deal of pain to people who drive that corridor. BRT will impact lane travel, and the idea that the rapid transit can change the stop lights as it comes down the road will do the same for people going across Fourth Plain.
The March 22 editorial, "Madore gets it right: Councilor's proposals on right to work, public collective bargaining smart steps," and Clark County Councilor David Madore are flat wrong on the latter's right-to-work proposals. The "right to work for less" doesn't help working folks.
How disappointing that the Clark County councilors have chosen to display the motto "In God We Trust" on the public hearing meeting room wall. I believe they have completely missed how much this motto offends people of different faiths. Evidently, they have missed the fact that the capitalized form of "god" is used principally to refer to the Christian deity. The councilors could appreciate how offensive the above mentioned motto is to a member of the Hindu faith if they read the motto "In Vishnu We Trust" on the county room wall. It is no less offensive to a Buddhist to read the motto "In God We Trust" displayed on a public wall than it is for a Christian believer to see a display of a motto like "In Buddha We Trust."
A March 20 story reported, "Bus rapid transit clears big hurdle." What a boondoggle this BRT is going to be with Fourth Plain being one of the busiest streets in Vancouver and no alternative route. It will be a disaster to all the businesses along the route — all because C-Tran Executive Director Jeff Hamm wants to make a name for himself.
Many teenagers today feel their 16th birthday marks the moment when they possess the maturity, capability and skill to operate an automobile safely. After all, they've taken driver's education while in high school and have passed a written examination.
The March 21 Columbian had an article, "Will drought declaration reach county?" concerning a possible drought this summer. My husband waters his vegetable garden, but we let our lawn turn a glorious gold in the summer, knowing that a day of rain will bring it back to a glistening green.
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