I applaud Federal Railroad Administration proposals for strengthening public safety, including a condition that trains hauling crude oil carry at least two crew members. It’s troubling that these trains today are manned by only one person.
Negotiations have failed with the National Park Service. Although it is not unexpected, it is still disappointing. When I told a Native American friend of mine about the government canceling an agreement and taking control of the Pearson Air Museum, he said, “Why are you surprised? They have been doing it for over 200 years.” It is time to stop this kind of takeover by the government. The Department of Interior needs to get out of the 18th century. It needs to get respect for the people and their property. The name Pearson Air Museum belongs to a nonprofit. The Park Service needs to quit using it. They also do not have an aircraft museum. The Pearson Air Museum has been taken out of the AAA travel guide.
I would like to express my concern about the April 11 letter “Top choice among officers is Atkins,” from Deputy Brian Ellithorpe endorsing Chuck Atkins for Clark County Sheriff. In my experience, most employees, when asked who they would prefer to be their new boss, would choose based upon popularity, friendship, personality or other factors not wholly related to leadership.
Regarding Ray Mongrain’s April 11 letter, “Millions of others have lost choices,” I will agree on one thing from Mongrain, 7 million plus were new to insurance. In this debate, it really depends on what party you support. His rhetoric comes straight from the conservatives.
Grande dame — this is a European reference to an individual of great prestige and ability, who is a highly admired and respected great lady. In Clark County, Southwest Washington and throughout the state this person was simply known as Val Ogden. To chart her accomplishments for those of us in Southwest Washington and across the state would read like a never-ending epitaph of good works and great deeds that few could or will ever match.
So I’m in Clark Public Utilities paying my electric bill last week. I mention to the lady helping me that I was having a problem with a contractor who was supposed to do some repairs on my heating system ductwork. I said that it was not a big deal, I just wanted to resolve the problem.
The recent Supreme Court (McCutcheon) ruling allowing wealthy donors to basically buy elections in this country is demeaning our democracy. The wealthy in this country have the right to buy whatever they want when it comes to cars, homes, vacations, jewelry, etc., but not our democracy.
In his April 9 letter, “Tired of lame defense strategy,” Robert Kerr states that if he disagrees with the president, he is labeled a racist, and he is “so tired of this lame defense, even though the record and facts are correct.” Is Kerr saying that the “record and facts” should be ignored?
Vancouver has an unprecedented opportunity to stand for a healthier community. A refusal to allow our port to be used for distribution of oil and/or coal, the use of which has been scientifically proven to be harmful to living things, including the world in which all those things live, is an obvious and immediate step toward that end.