In a Nov. 3 letter "A push right gets us back on track," Roy Schimelpfenig signed the letter stating that he was from Woodland, but the way he was rewriting history, I strongly suspect he may be from Texas.
The Trans Pacific Partnership, a treaty being negotiated in secrecy by a bevy of corporate lawyers and government representatives who will likely go on to high-paying corporate jobs through the revolving door between government and corporations — if they play ball — has been likened to NAFTA on steroids.
When reading Editor Lou Brancaccio's Nov. 8 column, "There's still a ways to go for us," on the merits of the new county charter, he states how the new "charter will dramatically weaken (two Republicans) their authority" by adding two more voices to the commission. He says "these characters have run roughshod over us, ignoring logic and good sense."
Once again there was a wrong-way driver on state Highway 14. This is becoming a fairly common occurrence. Why don't the transportation folks install traffic teeth at all freeway entrances? They do no damage to vehicles going the right direction but flatten the tires of people going the wrong way. Wouldn't this save lives and solve problems?
Washington is the easiest state to cast a vote (an exercise in citizenship) and yet we had less than 50 percent of the ballots returned. You get a well-laid-out informative pamphlet mailed to you and the ballot, how much easier can it be? Just make your decisions, sign, put a stamp on the envelope and mail it.
Vancouver City Councilor Bill Turlay's views of climate change, as stated in the item "Clean air, dead eagles" in the Nov. 9 All Politics are Local column, are clearly the ideas of a man who chooses to believe what he wants to believe, quite undeterred by mere facts. Who elects such uninformed people? Others less informed?
The biggest issue facing our upcoming state Legislature is funding education. With the class size Initiative 1351 passing and the Washington Supreme Court McCleary decision requiring additional school funding it would seem that education expertise would be essential up there in Olympia.
While I agree with Art McCallum's support for hydropower and other green energy systems, in a Nov. 8 letter "Hydropower attracts business," I was mystified by his praise for Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's, R-Camas, environmental record. According to The Columbian's website, she voted to change the Clean Air Act to prohibit the EPA from regulating (reducing) harmful greenhouse gases. She voted to eliminate environmental rules protecting us from offshore emissions from oil rigs in Alaska. In 2013, she voted to eliminate EPA permits for forest road runoff, increasing the risk of pollution of our steams and rivers.
Why isn't Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, addressing the issue of marijuana legalization and regulation at the federal level? Herrera Beutler is our elected official to represent our views and vote as we direct as a populace.
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