Candidate Eric LaBrant has worked alongside the Port of Vancouver as president of the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association, where I grew up. He's built a professional history with the port, has personally met with Tesoro and testified before the Legislature in Olympia. We cannot afford any setbacks in preventing the nation's largest oil terminal from being built on our precious waterways.
I am a recent transplant from California. During World War II, I lived in San Diego, and since the schools were on half days due to the influx of many people coming to work in the war plants (aircraft mainly), we were allowed to work 4-hour shifts as we were younger than 18. Therefore, I know what I speak of when I complain about Adeena Wade representing Rosie the Riveter in an upcoming parade, reported in the May 22 story, “Clark College student helps Rose Festival bring history to life.”
Thanks to reporter Aaron Corvin for his three-piece investigation of the Port of Vancouver and his likely findings of malfeasance and misfeasance of office on the part of the commissioners and port CEO Todd Coleman.
Regarding the May 17 editorial, "Water under the bridge: Washington, Oregon need to put aside past hurts, cooperate on new I-5 span," the issue is not whether folks are willing to talk; it's whether they are willing to listen.
After reading the three-part investigative article on the Port of Vancouver and its closed-door executive meetings, I found part of the very last paragraph to be perhaps the most interesting and the most revealing.
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