Finally, we can stop all the banter about fireworks in the city of Vancouver. There is only one more thing that needs to be done. Eliminate the show at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. I am sure you all agree there are vets and pet owners who live near there and there's no need to put them under any undo duress. Also, it causes traffic problems on the roads and rivers. We sure don't want to cause any problems for those out there who suffer from road rage syndrome, or are inconvenienced if they are just trying to get somewhere else.
I was present when I saw these patriots guarding military recruiting offices assist a frightened young lady being stalked and help locate a toddler in the busy parking lot. They also held barbecues and fed not only the military folks but anyone walking by who was hungry. Countless people stopped to thank these guards for their sacrifices.
We have known state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Vancouver, for many years. Her courage and leadership are like a breath of fresh air to us. We wish there were more like her serving in elective office. She has been steadfast in her belief that government at every level must be reformed. Runaway spending, high taxes and out-of-control regulations are hurting our families and small businesses.
Candidate Heather Lindberg demonstrated solid knowledge and effectively challenged incumbent Dale Rice during their video interview with The Columbian. She corrected his deviation from the facts when he attempted to explain his opposition to additional school counselors. Lindberg supported increased counseling support for students.
News outlets from both ends of the spectrum have prime-timed two polarizing issues lately, abortion on demand (body parts being sold) and gun control (Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Ore.).
How much of the media attention on violence creates more violence? I'm not blaming the media. Because people kill people, for whatever reason. But when I was growing up there wasn't as much on the news about killings. But I knew it happened.
This election cycle has become one of divisive, almost circus-level gamesmanship. I have been privy to the ringside seat at the Clark County Republican Committee meeting wherein they endorsed a campaign rather than a candidate. It is an unheard of power-grabbing maneuvering, which frankly is disgusting to behold, completely lacking integrity.
The Columbian's post-primary election coverage with Editor Lou Brancaccio's "happy dance" when Councilor David Madore lost out in the primary to closet socialist Marc Boldt and socialist Mike Dalesandro was predictable. Brancaccio spent the last few years portraying Madore and Councilor Tom Mielke as stupid, out-of-touch, and making false accusations of wrongdoing. Why?
Kudos to Ron Jones for his Oct. 3 letter, "Listing Obama's 'accomplishments.' " Jones' comments on President Obama's legacy were well thought out and accurate. I may add a few comments of my own concerning recent developments.
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