David Madore

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Mangoboy - Rather than repeating an empty cliche "separation of church and state", please explain what you mean in your own words.

Do you mean “separation of God from country”? Do you mean to exclude people of faith from the public arena? You already know of my respect for others and their freedom to believe or not believe whatever they choose.

prejudice definition: to degrade, dishonor, exclude, or express negative opinions of others due to an emotional feeling or previous bias of the mind

Bigot definition: a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

Surely you are not so intolerant as to exclude people of faith from participating in public affairs. Please explain yourself.

May 17, 2011 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would you like to see a multipurpose baseball stadium built in Vancouver, which would be used for several things including a place for a Single-A baseball team to play?

MYVIEW - We are happily settled here and will invest in this community to help bring jobs, assist businesses, and work for sensible solutions. Anytime you want to talk issues, I am willing.

May 16, 2011 at 9:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would you like to see a multipurpose baseball stadium built in Vancouver, which would be used for several things including a place for a Single-A baseball team to play?

MYVIEW - Rather than attacking the messenger with emotional outbursts, I encourage you to intelligently discuss the issues.

May 16, 2011 at 4:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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It is refreshing to having an inteligent conversation about our foundations. I welcome honest discussions. It is always insightful and rewarding for me.

Again, I respect and will defend each person's right to their own beliefs. I am transparent about mine. We should all have that freedom.

May 16, 2011 at 4:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Unemployment: It’s not just for those with long résumés

sp - We need to discover a better solution. I often do not know the best way to solve a problem ntil I try something. One way to gain insight is to try an experiment.

The minimum wage laws do both good and harm. Burdening a business with long term unemployment benefits for temporary employees always kills jobs. We can try an experiment to discover what works better. We could exempt businesses from those laws for one year. We could do that state-wide or limit the experiment to a couple geographic areas.

Evaluate the results after 3 quarters to see if businesses provide new jobs that help people. If so, then we moved in the right direction. If not, then keep fishing.

May 16, 2011 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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Mangoboy, of course government and corporations are not spiritual beings.

So in your view, our money would be more accurate if it read "In Government We Trust". Good luck.

May 16, 2011 at 8:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would you like to see a multipurpose baseball stadium built in Vancouver, which would be used for several things including a place for a Single-A baseball team to play?

Typo: The Columbian will not motivate completion. It will motivate competition. It adds one more reason why our community needs another source for fair and balanced media.

May 16, 2011 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would you like to see a multipurpose baseball stadium built in Vancouver, which would be used for several things including a place for a Single-A baseball team to play?

Lou,

So it begins. Your choices are too extreme and manipulative. If you do not intend to be manipulative with another taxpayer funded Identity Clark County agenda item, you ought to reword your choices. Your middle choice ought to say something more like: "I support the ball team and the stadium as long as that private venture is privately funded."

If the Columbian abuses its responsibility to be fair and balanced on yet one more taxpayer obligation, you once again betray our community and give another example of using the paper to present only one side of the issue.

The question is not about welcoming a privately owned ball team or stadium to Vancouver”. The question is about taxpayers being liable for another tax that burdens businesses for a competing private business.

Your paper has already lost credibility by pushing for light rail and the tolls to support it. If the Columbian has again become a tool to manipulate taxpayers by another Identity Clark County agenda item, you will continue to lose credibility and motivate completion.

I urge you to be fair and balance by correcting your survey. You know what you ought to do. Do not betray that trust once again.

May 16, 2011 at 8:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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JohnBorgen — May 15, 2011 at 8:56 p.m. - This forum is not sufficient, but it is helpful because it provides one channel for us as a community to start having a conversation. I am working on other channels to add to it.

Like farmers banding together in pioneer days, nothing happens without uniting, arriving at a consensus, then taking action. Our country is like a sick patient. We cannot keep doing what makes us sick. We ourselves are to blame for squandering our heritage and for being too disinterested to protect and diligently guard it. We shirk our responsibility if we blame the politicians and the government. We are the government and we elected the politicians.

If we are to recover, it will take a re-awakening in our community and many other communities across our nation. Awaken to what? To the principles that we inherited, to relearn our history lest we repeat past failures, to dump our entitlement and victim mentality, to demand personal responsibility of ourselves and others. And I for one do not think it is possible without God’s help. I respect those who do not share my trust in God. But I think the statement on our money is right. In God We trust.

Benjamin Franklin said, “I have lived sir a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men! And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probably that an empire can rise without his aid?”
See: http://historicwords.com/tag/benjamin...

Check it out. The lessons of history are obvious. When a country rejects God and His principles of right and wrong, that nation will not long endure. America honored God and the Bible and was greatly blessed until we expelled both from public welcome.
It is arrogance for any man to think himself smart enough, powerful enough or independent enough to not need His help. I for one, need His aid and would not attempt any feat without welcoming His help and principles to guide us.
None of us will get it right. We are all flawed. That knowledge ought to keep us form getting the big head and keep us humble enough to ask for His help. How we live matters.

May 16, 2011 at 12:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )