After reading the Dec. 8 story "Clark County nonprofits' top earners: What is fair?" about nonprofits, I confess I'm still confused as to how financial and medical providers can qualify as nonprofits. However, looking at the salary paid to hospital administration types, I certainly see one reason the cost of health care is so high.
The Dec. 8 front-page story "Clark County nonprofits' top earners: What is fair?" had useful facts but less useful opinions about what nonprofit executives should earn. There are at least three misleading opinions in the story.
The topic of marine protected areas could be discussed for days. I am writing to bring more awareness to this issue. In my opinion, environmental issues need much more publicity than they have been given. Education about these topics is the only way to begin effective restoration and change.
At 25 mpg, I estimate the federal government's 15-cent tax per gallon proposal will add 0.6 cent per mile. If you drive 20,000 miles a year, not unusual for commuters, the personal cost will be $120 a year. That's more than many of the property tax levies (that got turned down last election) would have cost homeowners.
It's been 24 years since the collapse of the Berlin Wall. As part of their continuous program to deify Ronald Reagan, Republicans try to credit him for this historic event. Giving Reagan credit for the "Fall of the Wall" is like giving the rooster credit for the rising of the sun.
In the debate over the proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver, the opponents have rightly raised concerns about safety, environmental damage and oil train conflicts with Vancouver's riverfront development. Along with these arguments, it is important to also understand that the port has options.
As president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, I'm responding to the story published by The Columbian on Dec. 3, "Obama spends big to aid country's freight rail network." The premise that the Barack Obama administration spent $600 million on rail projects that benefit private companies distorts how the federal government finances critical transportation infrastructure projects, including those involving railroads.
The new leadership of the Clark County Republican Party claims that Democrats are bad. I would like to respond to that slander of our political Democratic Party. We are decent, hard-working individuals who believe in raising people's living standards.
The Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) is not, as I understand it, a government health plan, unfortunately, but a government mandate for all to buy health insurance. This insurance will come from privately owned companies. These companies will have to follow certain rules set by the government.
The Dec. 1 story "Ancient legend lends mystique to Columbia span" regarding the Bridge of the Gods and the Bonneville landslide refers to one of the greatest events that shaped this geologically-rich area.