March 2010 Polls

There's a new TV show where a celebrity chef is trying to turn Huntington, West Virginia's eating habits around, beginning with the food that is served in schools there. With that in mind I'm thinking school food here is probably:

Better than the food kids are getting at home. (27.26% - 226 votes)

Worse than the food kids are getting at home. (31.85% - 264 votes)

About the same as the food kids are getting at home. (40.89% - 339 votes)

Total Votes: 829

Voting open Mon, Mar 29, 2010 8 a.m. - Tue, Apr 6, 2010 4:44 p.m.

After watching Congress for the last year the place - no offense - seems completely dysfunctional. That's because:

The Democrats and all those other liberals have no idea how to compromise. (39.15% - 550 votes)

The Republicans and all those other conservatives have no idea how to compromise. (37.01% - 520 votes)

Both are to blame plus I think former Mayor Royce Pollard has something to do with it. (23.84% - 335 votes)

Total Votes: 1,405

Voting open Mon, Mar 22, 2010 8:49 a.m. - Mon, Mar 29, 2010 8 a.m.

Former Oregon football coach and current Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti resigned after less than a year in his new job to work for ESPN. This must mean:

He was tired of all the gunk he had to face including football players being disciplined and having to fire the Oregon basketball coach. (35.83% - 43 votes)

Like a rat deserting a sinking ship the first time this guy had to face adversity, he cut bait as quickly as he could. (53.33% - 64 votes)

Let's hope the next $200 million that Nike head guy Phil Knight contributes doesn't go to ESPN office space. (10.83% - 13 votes)

Total Votes: 120

Voting open Sun, Mar 21, 2010 12 p.m. - Mon, Mar 22, 2010 8:48 a.m.

With the never-ending health care story coming to a close - maybe - U.S. Rep. Brian Baird should:

Change his "no" vote to "yes" so Americans can get some relief from the high price of health care. (39.67% - 626 votes)

Stay with his "no" vote because Americans can't afford to pay for this crazy bill. (56.15% - 886 votes)

Take a business trip to, say, the Bahamas and think about it for a couple of weeks before he makes up his mind. (4.18% - 66 votes)

Total Votes: 1,578

Voting open Tue, Mar 16, 2010 10 a.m. - Sun, Mar 21, 2010 12 p.m.

There goes another $25,000 in taxpayer money. Battle Ground officials decided to spend that amount to catch a person leaking info out of an executive session. Result? Nada. With that in mind I'm thinking:

Will you leave these public officials alone, please? Even if the investigative probe yielded no finding of wrongdoing, we need to hunt this stuff down. (11.00% - 55 votes)

What will it take for these guys to begin spending our taxpayer money wisely? Is anybody listening? (72.00% - 360 votes)

Taxpayers eventually will run out of money, and we'll make these guys dig into their own pockets. (17.00% - 85 votes)

Total Votes: 500

Voting open Wed, Mar 10, 2010 11:04 a.m. - Tue, Mar 16, 2010 10 a.m.

The Columbian recently reported that local state Rep. Jaime Herrera had someone else vote for her when she wasn't around. And we learned this is common practice for other state legislators. With that in mind I'm thinking:

So what? I'm sure whomever pushed her voting button did exactly what she wanted. (21.27% - 97 votes)

Shouldn't all legislators have more integrity than this? If voting is important, be there. If you're not there, I guess it wasn't that important. (58.33% - 266 votes)

I like this idea! If I don't come to work, I can get someone to say I'm at work and then I'll get paid. (20.39% - 93 votes)

Total Votes: 456

Voting open Mon, Mar 8, 2010 3:57 p.m. - Wed, Mar 10, 2010 11:03 a.m.

Including wages, overtime and benefits, some top paid city workers -- like firefighters -- average more than $110,000 a year. City wages are up and revenues are down. With that in mind:

The city must find new revenue sources. As one union official said: 'You certainly don't want to impoverish the city worker." City workers deserve their raises and every penny they make. (13.80% - 89 votes)

It's easy to say the city needs to find new revenue sources. But that means higher taxes for all of us. And we simply can't afford more taxes. (56.43% - 364 votes)

Rod Serling, God rest your soul, I think we're still stuck in the Twilight Zone. Can you produce another episode where everyone is living on Monopoly money? (29.77% - 192 votes)

Total Votes: 645

Voting open Thu, Mar 4, 2010 8:29 a.m. - Mon, Mar 8, 2010 3:57 p.m.

A Columbian check on how often Clark County elected officials are working showed a wide range of results with no real way of tracking how many hours they put in. With that in mind I'm thinking:

These folks are all professionals. Whatever amount of time they put in I'm sure they're working hard. (11.72% - 58 votes)

They should be held accountable to put in an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. (66.06% - 327 votes)

The less time these guys put in the better off we probably are. (22.22% - 110 votes)

Total Votes: 495

Voting open Mon, Mar 1, 2010 10:41 a.m. - Thu, Mar 4, 2010 8:29 a.m.