My family has owned property for over 50 years with railroad tracks on it and I would like to speak for us. We love the train whistles. In fact, we have called to complain when they don't whistle. When you have to cross the tracks it is a big help to hear that whistle and it does save lives.
Monica Stonier has demonstrated, in her first term as 17th Legislative District representative, Position 1, the ability to reach across the political aisle. It's a refreshing treat to listen to her comprehensive, efficiently expressed explanations for her positions on issues. To observe and hear a first-hand presentation from Stonier, we urge you to attend the Oct. 9 League of Women Voters forum.
There is no justice in America. Growing up in Vancouver I was taught by my good parents and teachers to observe and obey the law because laws protect people. But I have learned that this isn't actually the case. Some laws protect some people some of the time.
The Sept. 7 guest editorial "Clashing views on oil plan," by Rob Harris, a vice president for JH Kelly, an industrial mechanical contractor, was not a balanced view. His assertion that Tesoro-Savage is "committed to safety and environmental protection" was lacking in facts.
We have a reluctant commander in chief. Our intelligence has informed him of Islamic State power rising over the years. He has chosen to take no action. Everything he needed he had in order to take authority on our behalf, including top military advisers. Yet, he didn't take action.
Foreign investment and other outside injections of capital directed at Third World countries usually receive a hearty round of applause from economists, and there is a great deal of empirical evidence available to illustrate the positive effect of an "open door" attitude on the part of developing nations to external money. Overwhelmingly the pluses outweigh the minuses.
I am irritated no end by the latest President Obama speech regarding Middle East policy. He states his intention to bomb ISIS (a good decision, though one which I am bemused he chose to announce to the entire planet before carrying out); and his plan to arm Syrian rebels (a real crapshoot).
There's an election coming up in November, and we need to think not only about who or what we're voting for, but also what we're not voting for. We might be voting for one or another ideology, but we're not voting for political gridlock.
I have heard that Vancouver's Veterans Affairs campus is going to remove an expensive bus transit stop that it built so C-Tran bus routes 3A, 3B and 39 could pick up and drop off passengers to build a new clinic building in that location. A July 28 story reported "VA set to build new care clinic in Vancouver."
The Sept. 8 editorial, "Congress, save Ex-Im Bank: GOP must end bickering, reauthorize agency vital to U.S. businesses, jobs" neglected to consider the many good reasons to oppose the Export-Import Bank reauthorization. I conduct economic research for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Washingtonians deserve the whole story.
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