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.
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.