In 1796, President John Adams, one of our Founders, signed the Treaty of Tripoli, declaring in the very first line of that document that "the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." The wording is clear and the document is historical fact, written by someone who was there.
I have received a four-question mailer in which Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, requested our personal thoughts on four critical issues. To be honest, my thoughts are that they are meaningless and without substance. This type of communication is hot air and smacks of stroking the citizens. If Herrera Beutler has any alternatives or superior offerings, let's hear them.
I'm continually amazed at our inability to "think forward" when it comes to creating and keeping good jobs in the U.S. Someone yells "job killer" and our brains turn off. Take the Keystone XL pipeline, or any other energy-export project. Every ton of dirty coal or barrel of dirty "condensate" oil we export to China helps them to take away more American manufacturing jobs.
Reading the Jan. 8 story "Local Muslims worry that violence taints them," I find it difficult to agree with Dr. Khalid Khan, a leader of the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington. The three persons who attacked the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris were definitely terrorists and murderers, but they are Islamic as well.
Ever since aerial bombardment had its inception as an instrument of warfare over a century ago, successive generations of its civilian promoters and military commanders have made expansive claims about its effectiveness. Air power advocates today lay stress on the increased precision of their bombs and other munitions as a reason why their war-making activities generally spare civilian lives. The advent of a variety of "smart bombs" and other highly accurate ordnance truly has allowed modern air warriors to wage conflict while avoiding the horrific collateral trauma of wars past. This is all to the good.
I am writing to support the Hockinson School District's Proposition 1 bond measure on Feb. 10. As a parent and volunteer, I am proud of our growing school district. This bond continues our investment in our students and schools.
I thought we lived in the 21st century? But it appears some of you are in the mindset of the 1940s with the passing of home rule charter way of governing. Washington state is governed by Dillion's Rule legal principle, plus the Growth Management Act, the passing of which is a blessing. Home rule charter folks' rhetoric forgot to educate folks as to these all have to be followed. So you honestly think we the people can govern ourselves and do it better with more county councilors? Think again. There are studies out there saying that home rule charter is about control and will cost us all more money.
Deaths by guns will finally surpass deaths by cars in the U.S. for the first time this year. This according to a new report released in December by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even in the face of such facts, the gun lobby has filed a lawsuit in federal court against our state's Initiative 594 law, which requires for the first time background checks on all gun purchases in Washington. As a retired surgical trauma nurse, mother and taxpayer, I find this very disturbing.
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