Robert Kerr's Nov. 25 letter "Democrats twist facts to fit agenda" is not Economics 101 as he claims, it's only 50½. He is right in writing that businesses that produce goods and services are necessary to the health of the economy. He is wrong in not recognizing that workers and consumers are equally necessary. It's a partnership. You make it. I'll buy it. But you have to pay me a salary for my work so that I can afford to buy it. Henry Ford recognized that simple fact and gave his employees a raise so that they could buy a Ford.
As most Vancouverites do when threatened by bad weather, I pulled my studded tires out of storage and mounted them on the front of my Ford. Alas, one was flat and somewhat worn, so I made the decision to buy new studded tires. Imagine my chagrin when told by the large tire stores in the area that they could only sell me four tires. Not two —four. Say what? That reminded me of my high school science teacher who wore a belt and suspenders to hold up his trousers. How safe do we need to be? Good grief. We have been driving front-wheel drive cars since 1980 with studs on the front — only. Never had a problem. If we lived where there is snow and ice 6 months of the year, well, maybe. But we don't.
Danielle Volesky wondering in her Nov. 10 letter "Try to attract youth vote to the polls," why politics is not interesting to younger people, leaves me wondering just what's going on with the "youth" in America. They have so insulated themselves with activities of their peer group they've lost a vision of the big picture.
Well, well, well, Clark County Commissioner David Madore has done it again and got what he wanted with Jeanne Stewart, another "yes" person like Commissioner Tom Mielke. I can't wait for the county charter to kick in and put a stop to this nonsense.
That many in our state vote on ignorance and emotional reaction is a given. Only in Washington/America can so many decry the "evil 1 percent wealthy" and their power, yet vote dictated by the massive money from that 1 percent (Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Michael Bloomberg, et al) who supported Initiative 594.
In a Nov. 3 letter "A push right gets us back on track," Roy Schimelpfenig signed the letter stating that he was from Woodland, but the way he was rewriting history, I strongly suspect he may be from Texas.
The Trans Pacific Partnership, a treaty being negotiated in secrecy by a bevy of corporate lawyers and government representatives who will likely go on to high-paying corporate jobs through the revolving door between government and corporations — if they play ball — has been likened to NAFTA on steroids.
When reading Editor Lou Brancaccio's Nov. 8 column, "There's still a ways to go for us," on the merits of the new county charter, he states how the new "charter will dramatically weaken (two Republicans) their authority" by adding two more voices to the commission. He says "these characters have run roughshod over us, ignoring logic and good sense."
Once again there was a wrong-way driver on state Highway 14. This is becoming a fairly common occurrence. Why don't the transportation folks install traffic teeth at all freeway entrances? They do no damage to vehicles going the right direction but flatten the tires of people going the wrong way. Wouldn't this save lives and solve problems?
Washington is the easiest state to cast a vote (an exercise in citizenship) and yet we had less than 50 percent of the ballots returned. You get a well-laid-out informative pamphlet mailed to you and the ballot, how much easier can it be? Just make your decisions, sign, put a stamp on the envelope and mail it.
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