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John Laird: Last call, and the piano player wants to thank the band

By John Laird July 28, 2013 6:02 a.m.

After years of planning and months of preparation, I'd like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on retirement.

John Laird: Political piranhas cut funds, then criticize performance

By John Laird July 21, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Many people ask why anyone who hates government would ever want to actually work in government as an elected official. The answer comes so easily, a columnist need only rest his hands on the keyboard and wait for the explanation to magically materialize on the monitor.

John Laird: People of Clark County deserve separation of powers

By John Laird July 14, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Imagine the current train wreck of a Congress operating without the checks and balances of a liberal president and a conservative Supreme Court. Imagine also our state Legislature functioning without the veto power of the executive branch (the governor) or the oversight of the judiciary (the state Supreme Court).

John Laird: Probst reluctant to discuss nastiness of today's politics

By John Laird June 30, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Tim Probst told me Friday that he hadn't been interviewed by the media in months. Still, he didn't sound surprised by the call and my curiosity about his views on Don Benton's increased buffoonery since Probst lost to him in last year's race for state senator.

John Laird: Cockroach crawls, Boss goes ballistic and fun anagrams

By John Laird June 23, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Notes, quotes and anecdotes while wondering if national Republican Party leaders will choose to embrace immigration reform (and alienate the Tea Party) or obstruct immigration reform (and alienate Hispanic voters):

John Laird: First Citizens consistently support transportation projects

By John Laird June 16, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Ever since Meriwether Lewis plopped a paddle onto the banks of the Columbia River 208 years ago near today's Washougal, a segment of our community has dedicated itself to complaining. Fortunately, the naysayers have been more bark than bite. Meanwhile, countless other optimistic and honorable leaders have helped Clark County become the best place in America to live, work and play.

John Laird: Even Texans are acting weird about transportation

By John Laird June 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Floodgates are opening in Texas, and I'm not talking about an end to the drought there. I'm talking jobs, and the construction boom was evident as soon as I landed recently at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

John Laird: Foxy Don wears ALEC badge in environment henhouse

By John Laird May 26, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Putting Don Benton in charge of Clark County's environment is kind of like asking Boss Hogg to chair the Hazzard County Ethics Commission.

John Laird: Geezers, grouches, gay marriage and going in circles

By John Laird May 19, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Notes, quotes and anecdotes while wondering how Don Benton plans to pay for and build a bistate third bridge without the other state's permission:

John Laird: Community's embarrassment rooted in voters' inaction

By John Laird May 12, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Don't blame Republicans for the statewide and even national embarrassment that David Madore has brought upon our beloved Clark County.

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