The residents of Ridgefield should be both satisfied with and proud of their city council for such an excellent search for a new city manager. By following the normal best practices for hiring, and going an additional step by utilizing a consulting firm, they have ensured that they had a broad and deep field of candidates from which to choose.
In 2005, Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, passed a gas tax plan that added 9.5 cents per gallon over four years. So, here we go again, with another Democrat, Gov. Jay Inslee, who wants another gas tax hike, of 10 to 11 cents a gallon. So why you may ask is this tax necessary? It is just another maneuver by the Democrats to get more money for their socialistic agenda.
The recent fatal head-on collision on Interstate 5 south of state Route 502 highlights, in the saddest way possible, what everyone who uses that interchange already knows — it is a poorly designed roadway. The nonstandard placement of an onramp only a few feet from an opposite direction offramp is confusing to even those who frequent this area.
The remarks by Clark County officials gave me pause. Despite JFK's plea to ask, "why not," instead of "why," I find myself asking: why do officials in Clark County and officials with Metro, the most powerful regional planner in Portland, deny that Vancouver is a suburb of Portland, with a population significantly based on the conflicting tax structures of the adjoining states?
Clark County Commissioner David Madore's "ignorance" of the Affordable Care Act is not a surprise for some of us, as reported March 2: "Health care lesson for Madore." In fact, one could assume it is willful ignorance. Clark County Public Health has been working on this strenuously for months (or over a year), but one cannot find the line item in the budget for the ACA, so these poor folks have had to carry this burden within their routine scope and budget.
I was amazed to read in the Columbian that Commissioner Madore has no idea how America's "health system" has worked for the past few decades, so in order to enlighten him, the following are the changes wrought by the "Affordable" Care Act, in the simplest possible terms:
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, has been a failure. She was elected on a promise to "repeal and replace" Obamacare (Affordable Care Law). She and the Republicans in Congress have voted 50 times to "repeal" this law that has helped millions of Americans, including saving money and providing health care and peace of mind to my family. Herrera Beutler has the farce "repeal" side of her reason for being in office down pat. What about the "replace" side?
I went to the Vancouver City Council meeting on Jan. 27, where I learned about an upcoming fundraiser for a nonprofit organization called the Canine Companions for Independence. CCI trains and provides four kinds of assistance dogs: service, hearing, skilled companion and facility dogs, with each dog normally serving for eight years before retiring. Before being trained, volunteers raise them as puppies until they reach the age of 15 to 18 months. However, its fundraiser, DogFest Walk n' Roll, currently doesn't appear to have any local sponsors in Vancouver.
In a generation full of low standards in education, America has become a nation in decline. It is horrific to observe such negative statistics about our educational system, realizing that children are having a hard time focusing on the basics of learning.
Public libraries are a resource seldom used to their fullest potential by the average citizen. Sure, they borrow books now and then, but many of them are still oblivious to the other virtues the free public library has to offer. In fact, 55 percent of people within the Fort Vancouver Regional Library's boundaries do not even have library cards, according to their last survey, and it is their plan to switch that number around so that the majority are cardholders. But how will they do this?
Recently, Clark County passed an extension to the ever-long moratorium on marijuana-related businesses that will extend its presence until June 11. Arguments that pushed this decision included that of the supremacy clause, which notes that the federal government has the power to override a state law under certain conditions. Passing a legalization of distribution to what the government considers a class 1 drug would fall under this scenario. President Obama, however, has stated, "It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that's legal."
After reading Jim Souder's March 6 letter "Can Democrats be Christians?" and how he doesn't understand how they can be both, I can explain that. He has a troubled heart and I will forgive and pray for him.
The crash that killed a 6-year-old boy reported in the March 1 story, "Wrong-way crash kills one" raises some issues I've long thought about. The proximate cause of the accident was an 84-year-old man driving south on northbound I-5. Some will question whether there should be an age limit on driver's license renewal. Being an old man myself I can tell you that driving is part of being independent and that independence is hard to come by. Teens fight to get it; older folks fight to keep it.