After all the sturm und drang, I'm left wondering why anyone who actually trusts in God needs to plaster that all over our money and the wall of a public office. Perhaps a politician would need to pander to the naive?
Good for Paquita Rupp, whose March 17 letter, "Targeting teens is unjustifiable," called out Rep. Liz Pike, D-Camas, on a frivolous, ill-conceived bill that mandates stickers on cars that are driven by teenagers. Rupp should have blamed the whole Legislature, as well. Certainly this is an example of our tax dollars at play.
Regarding the March 1 front page article in North County News, “Sharing marijuana money: Senator wants cities and counties to get revenue from pot industry to fight crime,” since it’s not legal on the federal level, why are any taxes going anywhere but the state where marijuana has been voted as legal?
The shortage of high-technology workers, as mentioned in a March 10 article, “Obama calls for boost in high-tech training, hiring,” about President Obama’s “tech hire” initiative, is being addressed locally by several organizations, including the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council and our partner, WorkSource.
In response to John Kimbrough’s March 15 letter, “Democrats slap supporters in face,” and confusion of the Jewish community’s voting record, obviously most Jewish Americans are progressive, generous, peaceful, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vitriolic rhetoric not so much.
Rates of homelessness are steadily increasing at an alarming rate, and this number will continue to grow. The main reason for this rapid increase is money. This may seem obvious, but the average family puts 30 percent to 50 percent of their income to renting a living space, leaving little money left over for food, clothes, utilities, and other necessities. More than that, many people may only have one working person in a family, and low-income families may take in less than $20,000 a year on minimum wage. This is not nearly enough to support a family.
While our new state Rep. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, strives to make her political campaigns less transparent, her real priorities are clear. Instead of focusing on the issues that matter — like our schools or keeping our communities safe — Wilson's first act as a newly elected official is to author legislation that places restrictions on the public's ability to legally examine politicians' campaign finances.
Lou Brancaccio's March 14 Press Talk column "Politicians behaving badly," concerning Port of Vancouver Commissioner Brian Wolfe's petty attack on waterfront developer Barry Cain, is proof of the stress levels in the Port of Vancouver commission. Brancaccio's comments are normally strong, but in this case were not strong enough.
Kudos to Vancouver City Councilman Bart Hansen. What a splendid idea he has come up with, as reported in the March 11 story "Free bus rides proposed to get teens to positive activities." In this period of hard times and dangerous influences, a free bus ride to a better life for our children is worth the effort and expense.
The March 14 letter from Lynn Engdahl, "Let the Cowlitz win this battle," takes on government-paid lawyers and other groups busy pursuing vendettas against the Cowlitz and their planned casino in north Clark County. In my view, history is definitely on the side of the local Native American tribes.
I often hear that guns don't kill people, rather people kill people. Therefore I don't understand why state Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, would obstruct legislators from voting on the Extreme Risk Protective Orders, HB 1857/SB 5727. This legislation would allow family members or law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily suspend a person's access to firearms if they have evidence that a person poses a serious threat to themselves or others.
Environmentalists and big government continue to make it more difficult to get approval to build pipelines, so Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is introducing stricter regulations on oil-by-rail tankers. Thanks?
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