Back in the Columbia River Crossing debate, a common phrase was that light rail would transport the vilest crooks to Vancouver to rob, murder and pillage. Judging by the headlines, we have quite a stockpile of criminals who are home grown.
John Graser is the best choice for the next Clark County sheriff. In a transitional time such as this, his law enforcement experience, positive personality and flexible approach to significant societal challenges is what we urgently need. Graser is a good listener and cares about people.
Over and over again we see people complaining about the train whistles. What I don't understand is, didn't they see the tracks when they looked at their house before buying? Surely they knew tracks equal trains, which equal whistles.
My husband and I had the privilege of viewing the lovely historic Fort Vancouver Tapestry that was on display at the downtown Vancouver Community Library. Thank you Columbian for alerting your readers to this display with the July 14 story, "A stitch in time: 108-foot-long Fort Vancouver Tapestry makes first Clark County appearance in three years." It was only there for three days and then it went back into storage.
Why was government established in Washington? Our state Constitution, in its first section and article says "to protect and maintain individual rights." The July 20 editorial, "Shine light on negotiations: Contract talks between governor, public unions shouldn't be conducted in secret," points out our government fails to do that.
It's about time we stopped the practice of ending every shopping experience with "Have a nice day." It is a meaningless expression. I have had this said to me late at night when there was no day left to "have nice."
Gina McCabe's successful career is far advanced over her challengers. We are fortunate she is willing to serve as our 14th Legislative District representative, Position 2. Her years of experience in the Columbia River Gorge hospitality, tourism and recreation industries will benefit all of us, from Clark County to Yakima.
Over the years, we all hear from politicians about the middle class, especially from Democrats. I have been trying to get a clear understanding of who the middle class people are. Is it by income, is it by how many cars you own, what the value of your house is? Well, is it not by income? But if you ask a politician that question, he or she dances around like a dance to no place. Answers are like, well, it's a moving target. What the heck does that mean? So, is there anyone out there who can explain in a simple definition who the middle class is?
The facts do not support the suggestion in Bob Whiting's July 20 letter, "Moderation balances 3rd District," that Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is a moderate. Herrera Beutler has repeatedly voted for extreme House Republican budgets, which provide for the restructuring of the current Medicare system and its replacement by an inadequate voucher system. This policy is extreme because it is not supported by most Americans. Polling shows that a substantial majority of Americans support Medicare as it now exists.
After reading the article "Herrera Beutler draws differing challengers," I can only hope that Michael Delavar doesn't come close to getting elected for anything. When he makes statements that Herrera Beutler should have supported her party instead of calling for the end of the government shutdown, that tells me all I need to know about him. He's a politician who is more concerned with toeing the party line than he is supporting the people he would be representing. We already have a Congress with too many of that type of politicians now, and you can see where it's gotten us.
I read the July 21 editorial "Sound bites vs. solutions: Congress must stop grandstanding and work to address immigration crisis." Is that the "compassionate conservative" viewpoint we are always hearing about?
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