This ongoing argument and wild accusations of collusion, corruption and illegal favoritism leveled by Clark County Councilor David Madore over awarding the contract to The Columbian to publish legal notices is about the silliest one yet.
What a fantastic story April 26, “Woodland teacher wins James Madison fellowship,” concerning the history teacher at Woodland High School, Katie Klaus. Congratulations to Klaus. She sounds like the ideal teacher.
I experienced a bit of schadenfreude when I read of the latest regarding David Madore in the April 29 story "Planning director files lawsuit against Clark County." I'm no lawyer, but it seems if Community Planning Director Oliver Orjiako's allegations are true, then "Mr. Transparency" just might be guilty of violating RCW 40.16.010, which is a law prohibiting "injury to the public record."
The April 28 story reported "Clark PUD opposes carbon tax plan: Initiative 732 wouldn't reduce emissions, would cost utility and its customers millions, commissioner says." Clark Public Utilities is right. The pollution-focused Initiative 732, which would create a state carbon tax, would by its very nature cause electric utility rates to go up. Correcting and lowering emission percentages would cost a great deal of money. If no corrections, the state would tax the PUD. Either way, electric rates would go up to cover these costs.
Since the Republican-led Congress decided to play political Kabuki theater soon after the swearing in of President Obama (see Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”) and has continued with reality shows such as the Benghazi and Planned Parenthood “hearings,” and since the GOP has continued to exhibit intransigence rather than governance, especially concerning the current Supreme Court vacancy, I have a modest proposal.
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