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.
Who in their right mind is going to allow the opinion of a man in his seventies, Washougal City Council member Dave Shoemaker, who most likely doesn't have any intention of having children, decide on young females' access to abortion or vital information they will need in making a major life decision?