Recently, I was honored to become president of National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Washington. While we board members were meeting, a man with a mental illness diagnosis whom we have been attempting to help appeared at our office door. After 30 years in and out of jail as a mentally ill person, he had been released from the Clark County jail. He had heard about NAMI during his last days at the jail, when we offered our first support session for inmates.
Vancouver has probably been overcharged millions by long-gone carpetbaggers for “consulting” fees over the Columbia River Crossing (April 17 story “CRC audit questions $17M in costs”). And if that surprises you, then I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
Let me get this straight. County Commissioner David Madore gave away Clark County tax revenue by waiving fees on new “expected” commercial development. After the fact, he decides to find out if that “giveaway” will result in revenue for Clark County (April 15 story, “County seeks data on fee-waiving program”). Wouldn’t a prudent manager find out if there would be an “expected” monetary return on that decision before acting?
Twenty years ago, the Northwest Forest Plan went into effect. Agency reviews show it has been effective at protecting drinking water supplies for millions of Americans and restoring forests impacted by decades of unsustainable old-growth logging. The plan produces as much timber as Congress provides funding for, and with relatively little controversy.
April is National Volunteer Appreciation month. I have the pleasure of working with 54 amazing volunteers at the Hospice Thrift Shop in Longview. Many of them volunteer in other areas in the community. There simply aren’t enough words of gratitude for our volunteers who give the gift of their time and heart to our organization every day.
Between the 1950s and 1980s the American free-market economy was functioning well and all participants benefited, namely owners, managers, customers, employees, and society at large. Then in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan sought to put economist Milton Friedman's philosophy into practice with his Reaganomics trickle-down economics. Friedman famously said, "The social responsibility of business is to increase its profit." This started an obsession with profits and stock values at the expense of employees and has steadily moved America's assets and incomes from average Americans to the richest Americans.
State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, announced she is forming a group called “Bistate Bridge Crossing Coalition” for Interstate 5. There are those who believe in kicking a dead horse, such as Pike and state Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center.
Nearly all the actions, past and recent, of the M&M plus B boys, i.e., Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, and state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, remind me of the story about the scorpion and the frog.
In response Jace Abernathy’s April 12 letter, “Release the restrictive fishing laws,” in which he laments “the catch-and-release laws that are invading the world of fishing, torturing fishermen who are no longer allowed to keep fish,” I must disagree. I don’t feel that a relaxing day on the water is somehow lessened if I’m not allowed to kill something.
In his April 16 letter “Before remarking, read full decision,” Rick Hauser asserts the rights of corporations as “fictitious persons.” Charlie Brown, Willy Loman, and Superman are also all fictitious persons. Would he grant them the same constitutional rights?