In her March 1 letter, "Leave tactics in hands of responder," Kate Ketcham implored us to establish all Clark County buildings as weapon-free zones. Ketcham espouses empathy for potential victims of workplace violence and suggests that first responders handle violent confrontations. The recent shooting Ketcham refers to at a county building saw a co-worker accost and disarm the assailant, but not before the intended victim received multiple gunshot wounds. The question is: Would first responders have been able to prevent loss of life?
Why should we raise the minimum wage? Why should we reward people with few job skills with more money? What makes these workers think they are worth more than the current minimum wage? Higher wages go along with more education and higher-risk jobs, not selling burgers or bagging groceries.
I'm writing in an attempt to bring a travesty in the making to the general public. That would be Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2149. I would ask state residents to contact their legislators and ask this proposal be tabled.
We are getting ready to return to daylight saving time. The first time I can remember doing this was during World War II. At that time my dad explained to me that it would give manufacturing and especially the shipbuilders more daylight to work with. In those days an eight-hour day and a 40-hour workweek was the norm so changing the clocks might have helped. Now some workers get flex time and a lot of companies do not furnish 40 hours of work in a week to their employees.
I found the March 1 column "My buddy Benton is at it again," about state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, written by Editor Lou Brancaccio, to be banal -- anyone can (and many do) sling mud. It had the feel more of a personal attack than news, which is disappointing because if the accusations in the column are indeed fact, had they been presented objectively with references, the column would have been much more useful to readers in accomplishing the writer's objective of replacing Benton.
I have held my tongue, or should I say computer keys, until I can no longer keep quiet. I know of people in Clark County who attest to be Christians, but they have proudly claim to be Democrats. How can they be both?
I read with interest the Feb. 28 story "Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite the look." The behavioral psychologists concluded that, despite hangdog expressions by dogs when owners screech at them, "Shame on you!," man's best friend feels no shame at all. This may well be true of all members of the animal kingdom except one, the human being. I suggest that humans are the only members of the animal kingdom who feel shame … or have reason to.
If Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov had the brains God gave peeled turnips, he would build a large glass wall sealing the pro-Western west of Ukraine off from the pro-Russian east and Crimea. He would station guards to shoot any easterners trying to come over the wall. He would utterly ignore them as a territory.
I know human trafficking may not seem particularly important to most people, but if it isn't, it should be. I am a student at George Fox University where my major is International Studies, and I'm very interested in ending human trafficking.
The current immigrant financial aid bill recently signed into law is disappointing and disturbing. This legislation was supported by both parties in the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee as reported in the Feb. 27 story "Inslee signs immigrant financial aid bill."
There's usually two sides to every story. The coal export industry is running several trains a week to Port Westward, which is between Rainier and Clatskanie, Ore. They are also running several trains a week up north that are already traveling through Vancouver. Now there's a proposal to build an oil terminal at an old asphalt plant in Northwest Portland. So that means more jobs in Oregon, with more people from Vancouver having to commute across the bridges to work and pay Oregon income tax instead of keeping the oil jobs in Vancouver. Plus, when a new bridge ever gets built, they will be paying a toll.
Tesoro continues to demonstrate their "deficient safety culture" (U.S. Chemical Safety Board). First, there were seven people killed in Anacortes (2010) and the recent U.S. Chemical Board finding in January 2014 was complacency. Now in Petaluma, Calif., workers' faces are sprayed with sulfuric acid. Workers are quoted as being "afraid" of the leaky equipment in the plant and inspectors were not allowed in by Tesoro.