Give credit (sort of) to President Barack Obama for lowering the unemployment rate in Clark County to a still unacceptable level. Blame Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and Republicans for any and all social and economic ills. Conclude by saying people aren’t getting a benefit they paid for. Get the letter published Feb. 25 under the headline “Jobless Americans betrayed.” Huh?
Brooklyn does it again! In 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers were the first major league baseball team (of the modern era) to sign an African-American player. This year, the Brooklyn Nets were the first professional basketball team to sign an openly gay player. Two cheers for Brooklyn. I’m saving the third cheer for when the Brooklyn Nets become the first NBA team to play a woman on a regular basis. The state of Arizona could learn a lot from Brooklyn.
The Tesoro-Savage plan to build an oil terminal at Vancouver is dangerous. That is like inviting a disaster waiting to happen. The politicians of this town are playing with fire with an issue that concerns the safety and health of everyone.
I have to assume that Christian businesses that decline service to gays must have missed several Bible passages about divorce, fornication, adultery and bearing false witness. Since all are condemned, it seems strange that only one is refused service. To exclude gays and accept people who are just living together, who have premarital sex, who are divorced or who are cheating on their spouses seems rather hypocritical.
God exists in our own image. We are God and God is us. It's the prerogative of each individual to believe or dispute this concept. Heaven is also a conception in our own image. Hell is not a good concept.
Yes, we can cut the military but look at all the jobs that will be lost and the effect on unemployment. Some of these people are in the military business because they could not find a job to support their families. And I have not even started on the defense industry.
We have nearly a $17.5 trillion national debt. That's more than $54,000 in debt for every man, woman and newborn baby and more than $150,000 for each of those cheerful taxpayers (http://www.usdebtclock.org). This does not appear to bother President Obama and the radical Democrats at all because countless future generations will be thrilled to pay it. Apparently the Democrats' mantra is "What's posterity ever done for me?"
When I go shopping, it has never occurred to me to ask the proprietor to fill out a questionnaire asking his/her sexual orientation and/or religious preferences. Frankly, I think that is his business and none of mine, nor do I care. So why should a business owner care about my personal life? I am offended when I hear about proprietors refusing to bake wedding cakes or provide whatever the patron asks for because of their personal prejudices.
An ongoing theme of United States history and culture has been our inclination to regard railroads as seldom worthy of public trust, and frequently worthy of little more than demonization. It has been an exceedingly easy matter over the long course of years since 1830 to identify this form of surface transportation as a truly horrific peril to the proverbial Average Joe. One gets ideas from media discourse on the subject that today's rail managers have nothing better to do with their time than to push loads of volatile danger through North America's thickly settled territory.
I read Larry Little's Feb. 24 letter, "Progress halted by party of 'no,'" and could not have expressed the same thoughts as well. I would add that my disgust with the Republicans and disappointment with the Democrats stems in part from my outrage over the ads that have been appearing on TV by the Wounded Warriors begging for money to aid our boys. Not that they do not deserve or need help, but by the fact that the U.S. Congress refuses to honor their commitment to them. Add in the fact that it was Republicans with much Democratic consent that sent us into these wars in which these servicemen and -women were wounded, and you compound the disgrace and phoniness of the Republican Party.
Prompted by news of government interventions to protect diminishing populations of spotted owls by killing a rival species of owl better adapted to its forest habitat, many letters published here lately defend evolution, and gleefully heap scorn upon those who do not.