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.
With so many people either unemployed or underemployed, it is nice to see at least one elected official had the conscience to speak against giving herself a raise by increasing the legislators' daily stipend.
Every year around this time, we see an increase in the number of motorcyclists on the road. Also each year, we are inundated with requests and commentary on social media to pay attention and look out for them.
The East Fork Lewis River's sanctuary native steelhead gene pool may be threatened by loss of forage fish. As I write, these ruminant Endangered Species Act-listed juvenile steelhead are smolting and starting their perilous journey down the East Fork to the Columbia River and on to the Columbia's current ecosystem and ocean pastures.