What may have been seen as a gift when David Madore took office as a county councilor can now be seen as a serious problem for we the citizens of Clark County, as Betty Sue Morris predicted here in 2013 (www.columbian.com/news/2013/feb/03/no-privately-paid-aide-in-public-office/#.VYtID8fFlX0.facebook), Madore employs a personal secretary who is not an employee of the county, responsible only to him, meaning when there is a conflict between Madore's interests and the citizens' interests, we lose.
I am writing you from Washington, D.C., and can speak on behalf of thousands of environmental activists around the world. We are doing everything we can to protect your waters in Washington state and we need your help, too.
In his June 22 letter, "Charity a beautiful scam," Jerry Richards provides no solid information about the Clinton Foundation, yet calls it a "dubious charity ... which could have huge expenses," and concludes that "Clearly, donating to this foundation is a political donation."
There are often disagreements on major projects. Much has been said, both pro and con, about building an oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver. It seems to me that the port commissioners made a reasonable decision to build the facility based on the role of the commission to develop the port and improve the economy of Vancouver.
Our communities and our country function best when our government listens to the people. Currently we are in a situation where our voices are being outweighed by corporations and special interests. This issue has been growing for some time but has accelerated with the U.S. Supreme Court decision referred to as "Citizens United" that granted corporations the same rights as people and equated campaign donations with free speech.
Reported in a June 25 story "Proposal targets sales tax exemption," according to Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, the plan to remove the sales tax exemption for Oregon shoppers in Washington is a bad idea and will cost Washington business owners money, but that seems to fail the common-sense test.
The congregation of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., have responded to the act of violence in their church with grace, love and forgiveness. Because they have learned to practice these Biblical teachings they will heal, they will have peace and will be stronger than ever.
Last week, the World Health Organization announced a significant decline in polio cases this year. There have been 24 cases since the start of the year, a decline of more than 70 percent from the same period last year. The finish line is in sight and we have a unique opportunity to wipe out this debilitating disease forever. Globally, polio has been reduced 99 percent and Africa has not seen a new case of polio in nearly a year. However, as long as a single child remains infected, all children are at risk.
I belong to a post-traumatic stress disorder support group for veterans. Our group leader asked what we were going "to do" about July 4. The response was varied. Some, like myself, said they had come to grips with the noise; others said they used earplugs or went far away from the racket that recalled war experiences.
Regarding the Confederate flag, because Jefferson Davis Park is on private land, can it fly any flag it wants? How about an Islamic State flag or a Nazi flag? An Islamic State flag would surely intimidate and scare people. Europe, recognizing the intimidation and symbolism of the Nazi swastika, has outlawed displaying it in public.
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