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.
As I opened my June 19 newspaper, a slick political advertisement insert dropped out, urging me to vote for David Madore for Clark County council chair. Combine this with the large signs now dotting the countryside, and it's another example of how much more money Madore is throwing into this (we can only hope) futile campaign.
Even with the majority of city and county residents detesting local fireworks policy, government leaders (using the term "leaders" loosely) find the profit of selling fireworks more compelling than the will of the people.
I agree with Darrell Anderson's June 15 letter, "Constitution adjusts for today," but he doesn't go far enough replying to Robert Wassman's June 10 letter, "Government bound by Constitution." I think Wassman hasn't a clue as to why the Constitution was written and adopted.
The June 16 Columbian online story reported, "The $9 billion man: Donald Trump announces 2016 run." Donald Trump's past activity rings of deeds requiring intelligence. He is a billionaire who has come back from several deafening defeats resulting in ignominy and bankruptcy, and then successfully produced a television show that features him. And, though his pockets bulge with money still, he has become a joke.
The morning of June 17, the south-bound rush-hour traffic on the Interstate 5 Bridge was shut down due to an overturned semi-truck. The southbound traffic on the Interstate 205 Bridge was further congested as traffic was diverted. I had sympathy for drivers needing to commute to Portland, but couldn't help but blame the drivers who chose not to vote in the last election, and those who voted for our current officials.
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