Democrats dominate races for Congress in Washington state. It could be because Republicans see no problem with candidates like Chis Vance, running for U.S. Senate and refusing to support the GOP candidate for president even if it means throwing the election to a possible felon.
The Columbian Opinion page staff is still swallowing the "miraculous elixir" of swill as per the May 4 editorial, "Fair trade stance is key: Trans-Pacific Partnership will benefit Washington; candidates' views matter." In reality, our so-called "leaders" are selling us out via the rapacious, plutocratic swindle called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
As I headed to the May 24 hearing on the Longview coal export terminal, I found myself asking "How is this still a thing?" For generations Washingtonians have fought, protecting our natural resources. Funneling filth for a dying industry has no future for our community, or for Washington.
I have become extremely disgusted with U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, over the years so was glad to see a well-known candidate, Jim Moeller, challenge her for 3rd Congressional District seat.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan started the greatest cataclysmic clash between nations that mankind has ever known. After four long years of war that took the lives of over 407,000 American military personnel and left over 671,000 maimed and disabled, with a total between 50 million and 60 million casualties worldwide, this great country should never apologize for the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that finally ended World War II.
Much is being discussed about the homeless crisis and the so-called affordable housing shortage. The Vancouver City Council is proposing a tax to finance affordable housing. Before we proceed with taxes, someone should conduct an analysis of some important questions. Who, exactly, are the homeless? How many are families? How many are mentally ill? How many are veterans? How many are unemployed but can work? How many are working but can't afford to buy a home or rent at current prices? How many are transient by choice?
Every day I drive westbound on state Highway 14 from 164th Street. I notice the annual array of political signs. This year there happens to be a Donald Trump sign for president. His sign has been vandalized four times now that I've seen. I know the first time was by a Bernie Sanders supporter because it cursed Trump then had a heart sign and "Love Bernie." The loyal Trump supporter keeps replacing the sign, but the more this criminal keeps defacing the sign, the more it makes me want to vote for Trump. This Bernie Sanders supporter needs a lesson in respect.
Last week, I saw a child, 12 years old or so, riding a new pink bike along Old Evergreen Highway. She appeared to be very frazzled and upset because she was trying to keep her balance amidst the cars driving too close and too fast alongside her. She finally made her way to the grassy, uneven path by the train tracks. Her bike was not a mountain bike designed for trails. Shoved off the road by inconsiderate drivers, the weedy uneven path was the only place she could ride. She struggled to keep the bike upright. It’s amazing she didn’t pop a tire or lose her balance and fall.
Has anyone told Donald Trump about divestment? Does he know that if he actually wins this election (that he claims to want), he must sell everything considered a conflict, probably at a loss, and put the proceeds into a blind trust, probably at passbook returns?
As you make your selection for president, please take a moment to reflect on "they are to blame" lessons from history that prompted Martin Niemoller, a Protestant pastor, to compose his poignant lecture.
It was puzzling to read the May 16 editorial "Study Schools for Blind, Deaf," praising the Washington State School for the Blind but which also stated "the notion of state-run boarding schools just might be outdated."
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