Nine people were slaughtered in a Charleston church on June 17 and everyone's talking about it. What no one's talking about are the 22 other people who were shot dead with a gun on June 17, or the 62 other people who were accidentally shot that same day or killed themselves with a gun, or the 230 people who were shot and survived.
When the Department of Energy released a report this spring championing the construction of larger, more-powerful wind turbines, the wind industry greeted the news with enthusiasm. Less ardent was its response to well-documented concerns over the half-million birds that die each year from collisions with existing turbines. Before we rush to build thousands of turbines taller than many skyscrapers, with blade tips that often spin in excess of 100 miles per hour, we should pause to examine their impact on wildlife.
In Kathleen Parker's June 18 column, "With Jeb Bush, the third time could be the charm," about the Bush family, she should have said "crooked" to describe George H.W. Bush. Bush and Ronald Reagan had the Iran-Contra affair, where Congress wouldn't appropriate them the money to give guns to the Contras in Nicaragua, so administration officials secretly facilitated arms sales to Iran.
I attended the Tuesday Clark County council public meeting. Prior to the meeting, I saw Don Benton, one of our state senators and director of the Clark County Environmental Services Department, come up the aisle toward Lou Brancaccio, editor of The Columbian. Brancaccio extended his hand to Benton, who refused to shake it and said something to Brancaccio, then turned his back and walked away. Judging by the way Brancaccio's jaw dropped I could tell the comment was not a positive one.
The recent truck crash that closed the southbound Interstate 5 Bridge for five hours and diverted traffic to the Interstate 205 corridor, backing up the morning commute to the Salmon Creek junction with I-5, reinforces the reasoning for a third, or even a fourth, bridge across the Columbia River in the Vancouver-Portland area.
There is a strong belief by Constitutional scholars on the left and right that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as it is now sometimes labeled, is unconstitutional.
As another Fourth of July approaches this old man will have been on this Earth 88 of them. They have progressed through the years from fireworks to bombs and rockets that shake one's windows and peace.
In his June 20 letter "Another shooting, another speech," Peter Williamson's use of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, from January 2007, to debunk President Obama's comments regarding the tragic events at the Charleston African Methodist Episcopal Church, invokes a finely parsed article to address a president he doesn't like and a bloody, horrific, sprawling social issue.
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