September 2011 Polls

The state now is expected to have yet another budget problem, this one about $2 billion worth. How would you fix it?

Raise taxes. The state and the services it provides can't take any more hits. (17.26% - 405 votes)

Reduce services. Taxpayers can't take any more increases and the state simply can't continue to provide the services it now provides. (8.39% - 197 votes)

Reduces government employee expenses. Things like cost of living increases and generous pension plans -- something the private sector rarely gives out, must be brought into line. (27.18% - 638 votes)

Reduce services and reduce government employee expenses. (31.23% - 733 votes)

All of the above (15.94% - 374 votes)

Total Votes: 2,347

Voting open Thu, Sep 29, 2011 10:39 a.m. - Sat, Oct 29, 2011 10:39 a.m.

October will be oral health month on Live Well. Which topic are you most interested in?

How to encourage good oral health in Clark County. (11.11% - 3 votes)

How to find funding for oral health initiatives here. (25.93% - 7 votes)

The relationship between nutrition and healthy teeth. (37.04% - 10 votes)

Teaching kids good brushing habits. (18.52% - 5 votes)

How oral health can affect your chances at employment. (0.00% - 0 votes)

Other (tell us in the comments section of the poll results) (7.41% - 2 votes)

Total Votes: 27

Voting open Tue, Sep 27, 2011 10:56 a.m. - Mon, Oct 3, 2011 12 p.m.

What's your view of the campaign donations process?

The limits and rules in place aren't perfect, but overall the system works well enough. (14.06% - 18 votes)

Current laws are too restrictive. It should be up to the candidate and donor to decide on limits. (3.91% - 5 votes)

Campaign donations should be much more limited, even if it means candidates can't spend as much to get their message out. (82.03% - 105 votes)

Total Votes: 128

Voting open Mon, Sep 26, 2011 1:52 p.m. - Wed, Oct 26, 2011 1:52 p.m.

Is Vancouver's new City Hall -- arguably one of the nicest buildings in the county -- too elegant?

No, the city got it for a great price, and they said they'd save money by buying it, so who cares how elegant it is? (55.60% - 640 votes)

Yes, despite the money savings, it's unbecoming, especially during these difficult times, to have government be in the nicest building around. (35.27% - 406 votes)

If I bring my own cot, can I find an out-of-the-way corner to catch a few winks? (9.12% - 105 votes)

Total Votes: 1,151

Voting open Fri, Sep 23, 2011 3:06 p.m. - Sun, Oct 23, 2011 3:06 p.m.

Traffic circles: Good or bad?

Good. They move traffic efficiently without making motorists stop at a red light. (43.59% - 136 votes)

Bad. Too many motorists act like they are driving bumper cars. (28.85% - 90 votes)

Bad. Big trucks can't negotiate 'em. (18.59% - 58 votes)

Who cares about traffic circles? Let's talk about crop circles. Now that's an issue! (8.97% - 28 votes)

Total Votes: 312

Voting open Mon, Sep 19, 2011 11:20 a.m. - Wed, Oct 19, 2011 11:20 a.m.

Have you or someone close to you had a drug or alcohol addiction?

Yes (82.09% - 55 votes)

No (16.42% - 11 votes)

I don't know (1.49% - 1 vote)

Total Votes: 67

Voting open Mon, Sep 19, 2011 6 a.m. - Mon, Sep 26, 2011 12 p.m.

Do you feel politicians show more political will or political cover?

If political will is a politician committing to a difficult decision knowing he may face consequences, I see our local politicians doing that. (4.85% - 40 votes)

If political cover is a politician waiting for a crisis so they can hide behind that crisis to make a decision, I see our local politicians doing that. (20.51% - 169 votes)

If you follow the money, you will have your answer. (74.64% - 615 votes)

Total Votes: 824

Voting open Sat, Sep 17, 2011 6:01 a.m. - Sun, Oct 16, 2011 6 a.m.

How did you observe the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks?

I attended one of the local observances. (7.14% - 13 votes)

I watched national coverage on television. (29.12% - 53 votes)

I did something else. (21.98% - 40 votes)

I didn't do anything special to remember Sept. 11. (41.76% - 76 votes)

Total Votes: 182

Voting open Mon, Sep 12, 2011 11:17 a.m. - Wed, Oct 12, 2011 11:17 a.m.

Should the NFL have played football on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11?

Of course. If we are to move forward as the nation says we must do, moving forward means being able to do what we typically do. And did you see all the moving tributes at the football games? (88.11% - 1,134 votes)

No. The least that we can do for those who died is to honor and respect them by canceling events like football. (8.86% - 114 votes)

No opinion at this time. (3.03% - 39 votes)

Total Votes: 1,287

Voting open Mon, Sep 12, 2011 9:25 a.m. - Wed, Oct 12, 2011 9:26 a.m.

Who is responsible for helping those with a drug or alcohol addiction?

It's a personal struggle, no one can or should help. (21.28% - 20 votes)

Close friends and family should step up to help. (38.30% - 36 votes)

The entire community is responsible for helping those in recovery. (28.72% - 27 votes)

I'm not sure what's best. (11.70% - 11 votes)

Total Votes: 94

Voting open Mon, Sep 12, 2011 6 a.m. - Mon, Sep 19, 2011 12 p.m.

Two recent Columbian front page stories showed the very difficult economic situation Clark County is in. I'm thinking:

Government needs to pump more money in the economy and should add governmental jobs to keep folks working. (24.51% - 326 votes)

Government needs to begin cutting back even more, reduce taxes so those tax savings can reinvigorate the economy. (58.20% - 774 votes)

We should all move to Asia where I suspect all the jobs will be soon. (17.29% - 230 votes)

Total Votes: 1,330

Voting open Tue, Sep 6, 2011 9:09 a.m. - Thu, Oct 6, 2011 9:09 a.m.

September is recovery month on Live Well. What kinds of recovery stories are most inspiring to you?

Recovering from mental illness (7.69% - 3 votes)

Addiction (rehabilitation) (23.08% - 9 votes)

Weight loss (12.82% - 5 votes)

Overcoming a disease such as cancer or heart disease (35.90% - 14 votes)

None of the above (20.51% - 8 votes)

Total Votes: 39

Voting open Mon, Sep 5, 2011 6 a.m. - Mon, Sep 12, 2011 12 p.m.