Recently, I read Clark County Councilor Tom Mielke's email to our state legislators. Although Mielke is entitled to his opinions, it occurs to me that as an elected official representing the good people of Clark County, he should be able to communicate those opinions using accepted basic writing skills.
I strongly urge people to vote for the regional fire authority that would service Woodland, Ridgefield and La Center that is on the April 28 special election. Without any added cost to the cities it provides the best level of care and training possible for both the citizens and the firefighters.
The news regarding Clark County is not always positive, and is always interesting. As the executive director of the Arc of Southwest Washington, I wanted to point out that we have received excellent service from the Department of Community Services and the Department of Corrections.
I have visited three cities in the state of Washington, all of which have a performing arts center/arena in their city. All three cities used different funding models to achieve the goal of building a venue — Kent, all public funding; Kennewick, private-public; and Longview, college working with the state and a private gift.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law in Indiana recently, and the heated debate following it is an example of why political discourse is so broken in our society right now. No one recognizes the other side's position, only a warped straw man version of it.
Hooray for the nonprofit Autism Empowerment and its founders, Karen and John Krejcha. The fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities held April 4 was a spectacular success. Kids of all ages, happy families, llamas, service providers, "Star Wars" characters, policemen, dancers, over 14,000 eggs, and what seemed like a couple hundred volunteers all gathered at McKenzie Stadium for a glorious celebration of everyone. This event just gets bigger and better each year.
Regardless of the recent union hype, a right-to-work law simply means that unions and employers cannot "agree" to require that you be a union member in good standing in order to continue your employment (a union shop). Without right-to-work laws, unions have strong-armed companies into "agreeing" to a "union shop" clause under threat of strikes or slowdowns, or by economic trade-offs.
I was happy to see that Marc Boldt is running for the new Clark County council chair. Boldt was a valuable asset as county commissioner. What I like about Boldt is that he performs and leads in a way that is an effective leader.
Excellent column by Greg Jayne that was published April 5, "Lawmaker's attempt to sully Obamacare backfires." It specifically points out the people who got Obamacare are the ones who really needed it. And why not. America's trillions spent overseas could have been spent here helping Americans.
By now, most have heard the term anti-vaccination. Currently "anti-vaxxers" are under fire for facilitating the return of measles into the U.S. Given the harmful symptoms of the disease, health care providers are doing what they do best, looking through their dated literature about how to treat measles 15 years ago. In reality, the measles never left, they just weren't in the U.S. It has spread in other areas of the world and was a matter of time before it made its way back.
There has been a widespread movement for non-vaccination. There are many factors fueling this movement that is causing parents to not vaccinate their children. Not vaccinating children has a huge societal impact.
I would like to suggest an addition to the "In God We Trust" motto soon to grace the wall of the hearing room in the Clark County Public Service Center. The full text should read: "In God We Trust. All others pay cash."
I always thought of our elected county councilors as amateurs but after reading Tom Mielke's email to Washington state representatives titled "Enough is Enough is Enough Taxes," I now understand there is a lot of ignorance that contributes to their ineptitude.
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