I read Pauline Warren's Feb. 16 letter "Following one's belief is punished," decrying that an Oregon couple, who own a bakery, may lose their business because they refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because of their religious beliefs.
In response to the Feb. 12 article "Washington Senate unveils $15 billion transportation package," I think the proposal is a beneficial move in funding transportation projects both locally and statewide, and I definitely approve of this proposal.
Why are Clark County councilors attempting to revive the "In God We Trust" plaque issue — recently tabled and one day later wanting to change the vote? Is such indecision a sign of strong leadership? What part of "no" don't they understand?
In response to a Feb. 13 story "Washougal, Hockinson bond measures pass," I am so happy that Proposition 1 and Proposition 5 have passed. I have family members who have children who go to these schools and I know they are big advocates for a new school for their daughters. Good schooling leads to a better and brighter future, and when children don't have to worry about crumbling walls and intruders, learning can thrive.
A question, prompted by the receipt in my mail recently of a new voter registration card from the office of Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey. If, as the card states, "all elections are conducted entirely by mail ballot," why, pray tell, does the county bother with the expense of voter registration cards?
The thing I find interesting when reading the articles lately about the regional transportation board and the proposed gas-tax hike is that there is no mention of Fourth Plain Boulevard. I realize that the city of Vancouver now has jurisdiction over Fourth Plain, since state Highway 501 was moved to interchange with Mill Plain Boulevard when the last improvements were made.
The Ports of Portland and Longview are considering propane export terminals. Together, those terminals would bring six propane trains through Vancouver each week. See why ILWU Local 8 and the president of ILWU 21 are opposed. Google on the Internet "propane train fires" or "bleves." Nine oil trains have caught fire or exploded within the last 20 months, most recently on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 in Ontario and West Virginia.
I am appalled at the folks who call themselves Americans and who think that the motto "In God We Trust" has anything to do with religion. If that is what you truly believe then get rid of all your coins and paper money that has the motto on it. Bag it up — I will come get it.
In his Feb. 11 letter "Take action against extremists," Dennis Rozario questions President Obama's loyalty. He took offense to the president's remarks, after condemning ISIL's beheading of the Jordanian pilot, that Christians should not get on their high horses, that atrocities have been committed in the name of Christianity. Rozario believes that Obama's comment is stupid and there's zero moral equivalence in comparing the actions of ISIL to Christians.
The Washington state House is considering legislation that would end the "philosophical" personal belief exemption for immunizing children but keep the exemptions for both religious and medical reasons.
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