The teacher in Stevenson with the "Wheel of Fortune" discipline system appears to have confused classroom assessment and classroom management. As reported in the Oct. 11 article "Stevenson teacher's methods under fire: Cellphone videos lead to parent's complaint over disciplinary approach," one of the discipline procedures was for the student to receive an "F" grade on the next test.
Lou Brancaccio's obsession with Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke is getting old. Ever since the progressives/Democrats lost control of the county commission, Brancaccio has gone ballistic with his constant negative columns on the M&M Boys.
Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore (M&M boys) explain their actions as only doing what the voters who elected them wish them to do. However, they dismiss the product of the board of freeholders, whose members were selected in an election process initiated by the commissioners themselves.
The Oct. 6 story "Gorge commission requests bigger budget amid turmoil," reporting that the Columbia River Gorge Commission needs more money, is no surprise. This group has been building roadblocks to any commercial progress and making life difficult for folks wanting to build in the Gorge for many years. They have made enemies in these activities.
Voters, ballots will be arriving this month. Because we have a privately financed political campaign system, our country is quickly heading for plutocracy, oligarchy, or moneyed aristocracy (depending on how one characterizes the few individuals who are buying our democracy) and perpetual war.
I found it interesting to read in the Oct. 13 article about the "Girlfriends Run for a Cure: Survivor races to inspire," that the only way a male could participate in the run is if he raised $500. Per the article there were 1,500 runners and only 50 were men. The men raised $25,000 and the women raised $275,000, so the average raised was only $189.66 per woman. If women would have been held to the same requirement as men, the total raised could have been $750,000, not just $300,000.
There was an interesting contrast on the Oct. 13 Opinion page between Coy Kitterman's advice to citizens on how to get along with the police in the letter "Follow all of officer's commands" and the Leonard Pitts column "Getting tough on crime hard on Americans' civil rights" just below it.
In regards to the Oct. 10 article "State law on texting while driving needs to be updated" is not only asinine, it is asi-ten. Why update a law that isn't enforced to begin with? I am a volunteer driver and I see people driving and talking on the phone all the time, as well as law enforcement.
I recently received a mailer from our Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, patting herself on the back for backing legislation that would prevent the EPA from charging me $270,000 if they found mud puddles on my property. (Her words are ditches or standing water.) I know had anyone in Clark County been assessed this fee The Columbian would have reported it and all of our citizens would be outraged. Having not heard of this fee I responded to my representative, questioning this being her landmark work in the last legislative session and perhaps there were more important issues she could be working on.
In response to Lou Brancaccio's ranting and raving in his Oct. 11 column, "The proposed charter and its chances," against Commissioner David Madore and his supporters, I will attempt to answer three points he brings out in his 925 words.
I read with concern The Columbian's excellent Sept. 28 article, "Mental health services under increased pressure: Medicaid expansion spurs increased numbers of people seeking services, additional challenges for local providers." However, there was no mention of future plans by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, in regard to their 12-bed inpatient unit, and ADAPT, their excellent outpatient program. Both of these vital programs have served those with mental illness in our county for many years, located in uptown Vancouver on Main Street. I have been told that the medical center must decide whether or not to continue these mental health services.
Where have the athletes gone? Sport specialization, cuts in elementary and middle school physical education and after-school athletics, plus video games, contribute to a lack of athleticism in our youth.
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