Five commissioners right now probably would cure our two-to-one politics, and be a good thing for our future. Our county has grown and our issues have grown, as well as becoming more complicated. It is a great burden to make just three people totally knowledgeable on all issues and to respond to them responsibly. New commissioners should have a crash course to learn the ropes, which could take up their first year.
The Department of Ecology listened to the people last fall. Thousands showed up to public hearings to voice their concerns about transporting dirty coal through their local communities, and an astounding 215,000 comments were gathered, all in an effort to help determine the scope of issues to be studied.
On March 3, the Battle Ground City Council will be voting on whether or not to approve paying approximately $170,000 of taxpayer money to purchase property that would be needed for the proposed city road project No. 53, which is part of Battle Ground's Transportation Plan. However, for project No. 53 to continue forward, additional land would also need to be purchased from the Battle Ground School District.
I read with awe the Feb. 25 front page story, "Family fears health plan costs," about the Burgess family and the Affordable Care Act health reform. Tracy Burgess was quoted, "Then along came the ACA, which we fully supported until we got hit with it." What exactly did they expect? As business owners, they should have known there is no such thing as a free lunch. The ACA should be called the UCA (Unaffordable Care Act).
The Washington state Board of Education wants districts to stop using Native American mascots. I can say, as a member of the community and a "Chieftain" at Columbia River High School, I don't believe efforts should be focused into changing the mascots as much as they should be in improving the overall education systems of the schools.
Allow trend to emergeIn support of the Feb. 19 editorial "Ease rules for food carts": For more than 20 years our local firm has worked as a food and beverage consultant, including with the annual Clark County Fair. We have seen this trend, which started with taco trucks in large city neighborhoods, explode into a national trend that has proven it is more than just a fad. I agree that food carts "could lend a little energy to the city." The editorial also stated that the city is considering a rule that would regulate the proximity to existing restaurants. There is that word again -- regulate.
The other day as I was watching “Star Trek” and I had a great idea. Instead of wasting time and money on old technology such as light rail and car bridges, why not build transporter booths and equip every home and business with one. Problem solved.
It’s interesting to read the letters and articles written by the anti-oil terminal “Chicken Littles” who either won’t tell both sides of the story or don’t know both sides of the story. They go on and on about the derailments and fires and explosions and the catastrophic end of life as we know it if Vancouver is allowed to have an oil terminal. But let’s look at information from both sides.
During our recent cold weather while walking my dog across a field, I saw a curious sight under the low-branched trees: gathered cedar boughs and insoles for shoes littered about. On closer observation, I realized they were spent foot-warmers — likely evidence of someone attempting to keep warm the night before. I'm sure you've also seen "them" or evidence of their presence in our neighborhood. The discarded wet sleeping bag near an underpass or averting our eyes from the unkempt guy with his sign by an off-ramp exit. "They" are human beings experiencing the crisis and desperation of homelessness.