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?
Initially Republicans killed Obamacare's public option that might have led to national single-payer health care. Throughout they've relentlessly pursued their self-fulfilling prophecy that Obamacare shall fail.
Larry Dorr's Dec. 2 letter, "It's capitalism, not socialism," reminded us that insurance corporations are capitalism at work. Dorr should realize that insurance companies live by the following principle: Take much, give little.
Lilly Longshore, in her Dec. 3 letter "Maintain facilities with city crews," brings up a matter that all of us using Vancouver's sewer services should be concerned about. Services were contracted out years ago and the Vancouver City Council has basically kicked the original contract for millions of dollars (your monthly bill payments for sewerage) down the road without a thorough review. The original idea to save money by contracting with French company Vieola has been lost as there's been no open bidding process for years. For all we know the city could do better by hiring its own employees and use any savings to bolster its fragile financial situation. This contract is the largest recurring expense the council deals with and yet elected folks didn't bat an eye when this item last came before council. At the time, I complained loudly about this not being put out for bid.
I had a nightmare. I was trying to get into a Clark County commissioners meeting. I wound up standing in line at a circus tent with a banner reading, "M&M Brothers' Three Ring Circus, The Saddest Show on Earth." It was difficult getting in, but once I bowed my head in prayer, they ushered me in. There were only a few people in the audience, but what a show. Mad Man Madore was galloping around, without a horse, chanting, "Profits and Prophets, a match made in Heaven." A few faithful applauded.
Regarding coal and oil terminals coming into Vancouver and Southwest Washington, everything has a potential environmental health-damaging impact. Modern science, equipment, and technology ensure catastrophes from happening.