The online Dec. 8 analysis "Digging into Clark County nonprofits' top earners," offers public scrutiny of executives' pay. Nonprofits receive subsidy in the form of tax-exempt status, but not all nonprofits are charities. We need public scrutiny of our publicly subsided tax exemptions.
The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is reviewing the oil terminal project, which proposes to store and transfer 380,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil from rail cars to ships. The deadline for submitting public comments is Dec. 18.
I continue to read in the newspapers and hear on newscasts that our nation's most important environmental goal is to close the last coal-fired facility in our country, as we move toward alternative and renewable energy sources.
Upon reading the Dec. 10 story "Jail's suicide prevention work pays off" about the success in the Clark County jail regarding lowering suicides, I felt urged to mention a program in place in the Washington County jail in Hillsboro, Ore., utilizing trained therapy dog teams doing much the same thing — for free. We are volunteers, carefully screened.
Federal employees are covered under an insurance policy that provides excellent medical care. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, has this coverage for her family, and I am glad that she does as her daughter now benefits from this medical coverage.
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.