December 2010 Polls

After years of wrangling, a federal agency finally gave the go-ahead for the Cowlitz Tribe to build a megacasino near La Center. I'm thinking:

This is a very good thing. It will bring jobs and tourists and, frankly, a little gambling entertainment to residents around here. (47.82% - 714 votes)

This is a very bad thing. It will only bring low wage jobs, more crime and create gambling addictions no one can afford. (33.82% - 505 votes)

The best bet is to wait and see before passing judgment on something like this. (18.35% - 274 votes)

Total Votes: 1,493

Voting open Tue, Dec 28, 2010 9:50 a.m. - Fri, Jan 28, 2011 9:50 a.m.

An advisory panel recommends shooting those salmon-eating sea lions at Bonneville Dam. I'm thinking:

The panel's right. Sea lions are smart; they'll learn not to congregate near the dam if they see other sea lions are being killed. (52.11% - 99 votes)

The current policy of live trapping and humanely euthanizing the sea lions should be continued. (16.84% - 32 votes)

The government should leave the sea lions alone. If too many fish are being killed, ban human fishing instead. (31.05% - 59 votes)

Total Votes: 190

Voting open Mon, Dec 27, 2010 10:06 a.m. - Thu, Jan 27, 2011 10:15 a.m.

If I were picking the top local story of the year from these four it would be:

Bethany Storro, who first claimed an unknown woman threw acid in her face then later revealed she had done it to herself. (27.04% - 205 votes)

After years of wrangling a federal agency finally gave the go-ahead for the Cowlitz Tribe to build a megacasino near La Center. (24.01% - 182 votes)

Clark County residents struggled more than many with the economic recession. (39.45% - 299 votes)

Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler is elected to Congress after a hard-fought race with Democrat Denny Heck. (9.50% - 72 votes)

Total Votes: 758

Voting open Fri, Dec 24, 2010 11:22 a.m. - Sat, Jan 15, 2011 11:22 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that worker compensation in Clark County last year went down in the private sector by 2.4 percent but went up in the public sector by 3.5 percent. I'm thinking:

There's always a good explanation for this stuff. In this case the federal government pumped taxpayer stimulus money into jobs and those jobs just happened to be mostly public jobs. (21.48% - 61 votes)

How many more reports and studies do we need before the government admits that private workers aren't being treated fairly compared to governmental workers. (69.72% - 198 votes)

Hey, the new year is coming and I bet the government will fix all of this in 2011! (8.80% - 25 votes)

Total Votes: 284

Voting open Wed, Dec 22, 2010 8:47 a.m. - Wed, Jan 12, 2011 8:47 a.m.

It's turning out to be quite a winter. With that in mind, I'm:

Buying snow tires and/or tire chains. (13.75% - 11 votes)

Stocking up on emergency supplies in case I am stuck at home. (50.00% - 40 votes)

Booking one of those nonstop flights from PDX to Hawaii. (36.25% - 29 votes)

Total Votes: 80

Voting open Mon, Dec 20, 2010 10:01 a.m. - Thu, Jan 20, 2011 10:01 a.m.

After Governor Chris Geogoire reached an agreement with three labor unions to reduce pay by about 3 percent she said that was enough for state workers to sacrifice. I'm thinking:

She's right. State workers have given plenty to help the state's budget problem. It's time to look elsewhere. (31.17% - 279 votes)

3 percent? Not really a pay decrease, just more furlough time off. Plus their benefits and pensions are still way too rich compared to private workers. They need to sacrifice more! (60.78% - 544 votes)

Can't we all just get along? (8.04% - 72 votes)

Total Votes: 895

Voting open Fri, Dec 17, 2010 2:47 p.m. - Mon, Jan 17, 2011 2:47 p.m.

Should transportation planners consider new Columbia River Crossing proposals?

Yes. The current proposed design is ugly, unwieldly and too costly. (46.92% - 99 votes)

No. Considering new ideas this far along in the plannning process would delay the project and drive up its cost. (17.54% - 37 votes)

No. We should scrap the whole idea of a new I-5 bridge and keep what we have. (35.55% - 75 votes)

Total Votes: 211

Voting open Mon, Dec 13, 2010 10:24 a.m. - Thu, Jan 13, 2011 10:24 a.m.

Should Clark College faculty get a pay hike?

Yes, enrollment and tuition have increased there and the faculty should get a share of the money. (17.22% - 151 votes)

No, colleges expenses are much more complicated than just enrollment and tuition and everyone needs to share in the economic pain. (37.29% - 327 votes)

Hey, if there's extra money out there, reduce tuition rather than give it to the faculty. (45.50% - 399 votes)

Total Votes: 877

Voting open Mon, Dec 13, 2010 10:21 a.m. - Thu, Jan 13, 2011 10:21 a.m.

Clark County commissioners have passed the operating budget. I'm thinking:

Critical services such as public health shouldn't have been cut. Commissioners rightly enacted the optional 1 percent property tax increase. (40.87% - 47 votes)

Commissioners should have held the line on raising taxes, even if it cut some health services. (33.04% - 38 votes)

The county's budget should be further reduced, even if it means layoffs of public health nurses and sheriff's deputies. (26.09% - 30 votes)

Total Votes: 115

Voting open Mon, Dec 6, 2010 2:23 p.m. - Mon, Dec 20, 2010 2:26 p.m.

As taxes, spending and needed services swirl around this Holiday season I'm thinking:

We need to increase taxes so we can keep the vital services going to those who need them and keep the money we pay governmental workers at a fair level. (15.60% - 22 votes)

We need to decrease taxes so we can help out the working class who can barely afford to keep their heads above water. (67.38% - 95 votes)

We need to ask Santa for help. (17.02% - 24 votes)

Total Votes: 141

Voting open Mon, Dec 6, 2010 10:18 a.m. - Thu, Jan 6, 2011 12 p.m.