The true colors of Republicans have come out — yellow bellies, cowards — to buck their own party. They might censure Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for having the guts to do the right thing for her constituents. I thank God I am not a Republican. I would be so ashamed. Herrera Beutler should be thanked for trying to make this a better world.
When I was young and wrestling with a decision about which of two courses of action to take, a wise person gave me some very good advice: "Before you make your final decision ask yourself, 'What is the worst thing that can happen if you are wrong with either choice?' "
Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, is worried about a "lack of respect" for 100 years of Senate rules ("In our view: Voters' Will Followed, Jan. 20, The Columbian)? What about lacking respect for voters who want to make raising taxes harder?
The Washougal School District is asking our community to support a facilities construction and improvement bond on the Feb. 10 ballot. As a member of the Washougal School Board, I have seen the thorough assessment of the district's buildings that determined an urgent need to address safety and overcrowding in our facilities.
Alan Gottlieb, founder of Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said the new open-carry rules in the Statehouse are "the result of a few stupid extremists on our side who not only handled their firearms unsafely, but made hundreds of Second Amendment supporters at the rally look foolish," and, "Irresponsible actions get us bad results. This kind of childish theater hurts our cause."
The recent brazen open carry demonstration in opposition to Initiative 594 shows Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, present with a provocative pin on her lapel and referencing the protesters as "patriots" for brandishing their weapons. If this is not a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate the citizens and opposing lawmakers, then intimidation needs a new definition.
As a former commissioner for the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, I learned about the corrosive influence of money in our political process. Tesoro wants to build the largest oil transfer facility in the country in Vancouver and they're trying to grease the skids with political spending.
Recently, a GOP House representative from Texas complained that President Obama didn't go to Paris but Hitler did. I don't think Hitler ever went to Washington, D.C. Aren't we very glad he stayed home instead? Think it over and see if you can be smarter than a congressman. Rise to this challenge if you dare.
I have been reading and hearing on the news about children getting hit by cars at this one intersection. I drove a school bus for nine years and, in the mornings and at sunset, it was hard to see people crossing, especially when it was raining.
It is a given that today's American voters disregard history and principle when they vote. Candidates should be elected because they represent the best fit for their electorates' beliefs and principles, not the candidates' own, however contrary, agenda or party dictates.
The recent actions of the Clark County Republican Party are typical of both political parties. Their attempt to censure Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is an example of political idiocy. Our two senators from Washington follow the Democratic Party line to the letter. This is also an example of political idiocy.
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