Mickie Enders' Sept. 27 letter, "Hoax suspected in clock scare" calling the Muslim boy's clock debacle a "hoax," piqued my interest. I did a little Internet digging, and am now bemused by the whole affair.
I read Kaitlin Gillespie's story "Councilor Madore borrows a grandma" in the Sept. 27 All Politics is Local column. Evidently, Clark County Councilor David Madore Google-searched a picture of a grandma for his Facebook page, apparently to make a point about reducing property taxes.
In the Sept. 22 editorial, "Unwinnable Crusade: Some Republicans push government shutdown to party's detriment," the editorial board of The Columbian strongly expressed its displeasure with the conservatives in Congress, and specifically with the Tea Party, over their role in a possible government shutdown.
Clark County Councilor David Madore's comments on "Grandma" and his proposed 2 percent property tax decrease were grossly exaggerated. I am a grandma and a senior citizen who recently applied and qualified for a senior citizen discount on my property taxes. Another option was to defer taxes and allow a lien on the property, which is paid back from the sale of the property.
State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, has filed as a write-in candidate. Supporters of the campaign say it ensures the Republican voters have a conservative alternative. Let's see. As I recall, Clark County Councilors David Madore, Tom Mielke, and Jeanne Stewart all ran for county council chair and lost. Marc Boldt and Mike Dalesandro, both by vote of the people, won the chance for the chair position on the November ballot. It seems the GOP had their chance with Madore, but he lost.
Regarding John Camp's Sept. 25 letter "If only legislators had a brain," about police dogs, my husband had the privilege of being a K-9 officer in central Washington for six years. I know firsthand that these dogs are very well trained, both before and after they are assigned to a police officer. They are trained to specific commands, and their purpose is to assist the officer in doing his/her job. Locating and restraining suspects is part of that job.
While reading the Sept. 24 story "Madore proposes property tax cut: 2% drop would lead to $1.2 million less in county revenue," I couldn't help but think that Clark County Councilor David Madore is on the right track, but in the wrong direction. My property taxes have gone up almost $2,000 in the eight years I have lived in Clark County, and they are on the way to forcing me to move. I have two young girls in school and myself and my wife. I have my own septic and well and live on a private road that we have to maintain. If anything, I burden the county less than most, but yet pay higher than most at a rate of $6,128 for 2014. It is becoming ridiculous.
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