Regarding Mitt Romney’s metamorphosis from robber baron to anti-poverty crusader, I don’t doubt that he is a compassionate person, particularly as it is directed to those of his own faith. But his solutions for the effect of poverty on the general population would undoubtedly be more along the lines of ensuring that there is a soup kitchen on every poor farm, and comfy mattresses in all the debtors’ prisons’ cells.
The Jan. 15 front page story "Substitute shortage plagues schools: Clark County districts have trouble covering for teachers who are absent" did not mention one extremely important reason for the shortage — a maximum annual income of $16,000 without any benefits.
I did not vote for U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and don't particularly like some of her views. However, I thought that a "representative" did just that, represented the opinions of individuals in their state, including their wishes for some compromise. A Jan. 15 story reported "Herrera Beutler answers critics: Clark County GOP will vote on whether to censure lawmaker." How can a party committee censure someone for voting as their continuents wanted them to? How can they further suggest that her "pattern of voting with Democrats" was a betrayal of their committee, instead of an honest attempt at compromise? Since when does a small county committee have the right to dictate to a representative elected by the people?
Kudos to Garry Lucas for his long service to Clark County as sheriff. Now that he is retired, perhaps he will take a few minutes to explain how his office budget has grown, using an annual average inflation rate of 12.8 percent, from a cost of $3.10 per person in 1968 to $228.67 now.
Visible effects of climate change are steadily increasing with unusual weather patterns such as drought, windstorms, melting polar ice, an unprecedented rate of species extinction and ocean acidification.
Thanks for the Jan. 15 Opinion page cartoon illustrating Pat Robertson and "The 700 Club." I have wondered for years how this so-called man of God stays on the air. I don't follow him but do hear clips from his show, for example:
In 1796, President John Adams, one of our Founders, signed the Treaty of Tripoli, declaring in the very first line of that document that "the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." The wording is clear and the document is historical fact, written by someone who was there.
I have received a four-question mailer in which Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, requested our personal thoughts on four critical issues. To be honest, my thoughts are that they are meaningless and without substance. This type of communication is hot air and smacks of stroking the citizens. If Herrera Beutler has any alternatives or superior offerings, let's hear them.
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