Mike

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East county cities get look at draft agreement

10 years gents. 10 years. Camas and Washougal will not even look the same. This area is some sleepy to the people who have lived here many years but things are changing. The economy will come back and with the access Camas and Washougal has to the Columbia and the areas still with no buildings occupying the ground..... this place will blossom and fast. No state income tax. Fast commute to PDX and Portland. Nope- I believe this will be sought after ground. But much planning needs to happen to control the growth in the way the people desire.

Other than being a property owner in Washougal I have nothing to gain but rapidly rising real estate markets when the economy comes back. And it will. When? No one is sure right now but we've seen the bottom.

Last comment- do you really think someone like Ken Fisher is moving his company here because he is a nice guy?

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 28, 2011 at 5:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Concern over access for all dissent

@ Zoro, I can appreciate your concern but most municipalities, like Washougal, have "Whistle Blower" programs in place which protect individuals from harm for relaying misuse, abuse, etc. problems which can and do occur. And to be honest with you, most any person utilizing an alias to comment on these blogs becomes "known", in short order, for any interested reader. The use of the alias, I believe, is really a false safety net in reality. All it takes is a court order to any newspaper to divulge the identity of blogger identity if law enforcement as any real concerns; evidence, witness subpeona, criminal investigation etc. I think all-in-all the people commenting will still continue with this enhanced requirement of the Columbian to go something like Facebook. I believe the Columbian is just trying to protect the average person from being afraid to post here due to attacks, crude or violent language, etc. I think it's a positive step for the Columbian.

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 28, 2011 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Concern over access for all dissent

I too thought it was interesting that the Columbian make this move to Facebook. I read it for the first time with this editorial. I do know everyone is not enthralled with social media. I do use Facebook but have become aware, first hand, of the dangers of this program.

I first began "blogging" with a small blog in the East Clark County area, "The CW Watch" blog. From the beginning I elected to use my own real name. I did think it rather quaint or curiously interesting with the whole alias thing....... and I do think that was an excellent marketing technique to draw people out to comment. However, becoming more and more involved with my local government in Washougal I became alarmed when some of the elected officials began "trolling" on the blogs to gather support........ but doing so with multiple aliases. So you can have one person, using his own name and title saying one thing to the residents, and then, under an alias or numerous aliases, a completely different thing to residents. This appalled me and I have fought this nefarious practice ever since.

I do believe the Columbian has taken a lot of flak and many complaints about the misuse of the online comment section. I have myself written to them several times to try and police this area better. I do think this is why they are making this move now. While I am 100% for Free Speech...... I also think this freedom carries with it a responsibility. I think with unchecked use of aliases and no policing of harsh, angry, or menacing language it begins to erode my sense of Free Speech.

So, with this I support the Columbian's moves to try and make the online comments just as effective as in times past but get a handle on it too.

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 28, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

East county cities get look at draft agreement

Sounds like sour grapes to me Mr. Anderson.

May 27, 2011 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fisher offers fix for local economic woes

Joey, thank you for the compliment! You are kind and considerate. When I moved here in 2007 I did not know anyone and I had never before gotten involved with my local government. So, for nothing else better to do and wanting to meet people, I began attending city council meetings. Since I officially live in Washougal I began traveling to City Hall most every Monday evening and just sat in the gallery and watched and listened to the Council, the Mayor, the city staff and other citizens when they stood up to speak. It wasn't very long before I made some excellent friends, like Molly Coston, Rod Morris, who are both just normal residents but also City Council people and even the Mayor himself, Sean Guard, who is just as normal and plain as you and me (assuming you are "plain and normal"). :)

So, maybe you could start there. Another great place to go to meet people and get involved is the local Camas-Washougal Rotary Club. They meet once a week at the Fairview Inn, in Camas, and all made up of different people in both communities. Very warm, friendly, welcoming and they come from all different places within this area. Another fine org to look at may the local Lyons Club. I know many people who love that org. If you like to golf or just like to meet some other great folks, try the Orchard Hills Golf Club. It is a private club, but like my good friend Pat Guard says, "Orchard Hills is a country, country, club". (Pat Guard owns Columbia Litho and is brother to the mayor of Washougal Sean Guard).

Since I moved here and getting involved in these fine institutions, I have since joined the Rotary, Orchard Hills Golf Club, and am currently a Planning Commissioner for the city of Washougal.

Joey, I do not know where you came from but I can tell you that East Clark County is a wonderful warm and friendly place to live. It is very near the larger city of Vancouver, with all its attractive features and of course we are all but minutes away to Portland.

If you wish, feel free to contact myself @ MIKBRI54@aol.com, and I would be happy to introduce you around.

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 27, 2011 at 11:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fisher offers fix for local economic woes

I was born, in what was then, a very small rural farming community in Oregon, Hillsboro. It was quiet, secular, had a very distinct downtown area, was the seat of Washington County and farming and agricultural was at the heart of the local economy. We did have one new company, Tektronix, which was a small company, dealing in the relatively new discipline of electronics. This was gleaned from technology from WW11. It was a GREAT place to live and grow up. Only one high school, nearly all white in population (although that is not saying that particular fact made it somehow "better"). To travel to the big city of Portland was an EVENT and you dressed accordingly in your church clothes. You only did this maybe 2x per year. Yes, I remember the old Hillsboro fondly. I lived there from the early 50's till 2006 (gone only for military duty).

And then, many years later, I moved to the small town of Washougal in 2007. I live on the border between this town and that of Camas. I moved here because I wanted to find a place that was kind of like the place I grew up in. This East County area was very similar to the old Hillsboro I remembered. Very warm and friendly people, rural-like being close to some truly wonderful natural resources, the Columbia, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, great fishing and hunting, and with very unique, picturesque small and well defined downtown areas.

I believe Camas and Washougal to be very similar to that of old Hillsboro.

But living in Hillsboro all those years I could see it change. At first very gradual with a company like Tektronix but then others came, like Intel. These companies were manufacturing companies of course and had nothing to do with the natural resources that played so keenly into agriculture and farming. But, as Change does, it did bring different people and much more money and affluence to Hillsboro. And thus, I know little of the old Hillsboro that I knew as a kid. Now it is much much different.

CHANGE is also coming to our little piece of real estate out here too. East County, not unlike Hillsboro, is going through a transition now. We cannot stop it. It is foolish to try. BUT WHAT WE CAN DO, WHAT WE MUST DO... is to PLAN FOR THIS CHANGE. TO MANAGE WHAT WE DO POSSESS and to help insure we keep as much of Camas and Washougal and the countryside as we want and desire BUT MAKE IT ATTRACTIVE for those companies looking to move and grow, so they will choose here to stay.

The point for this little story is this: we now are at a unique place and time in history. If we, the people who live here, manage our real estate correctly, we can gain much and all who live here can and will prosper. However likewise, if we do not plan wisely, if we stick our heads in the sand and just bitch and complain.... CHANGE will still come but it will not be the kind of change we want. The choice, as i see it, is ours to make.

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 27, 2011 at 10:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fisher offers fix for local economic woes

Mr. Fisher, I was very excited and happy to read your words and look forward, like MANY MANY other Clark County people and businesses, to your arrival. You mention that we should be looking to California for other businesses who would really appreciate the great natural resources Clark County has to offer, the warm and friendly people, and the fact that we are actively looking for growth! Well sir, Camas, Washougal and the Camas-Washougal Port are just in the process of entering into an agreement to really sell, just like you advise above, this area of East Clark County. I predict, you will shortly be hearing from Paul Dennis, recently the mayor of Camas, who is now to head up the marketing operations of CWEDA - Camas Washougal Economic Development Association, and he will be bending your ear, to help him locate these other fine California businesses you speak of.

Paul! Are you reading this?? Start making travel plans!

Thank you so much Mr. Fisher for showing faith in Camas, Clark County and most of all- the people of East Clark County! We await your arrival.

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 26, 2011 at 9:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

East county cities get look at draft agreement

Gordon Oliver, nice job on this article. Concise, to the point, accurate and covered enough of the flavor to make it real. I sat one chair away from you and noticed you take good notes. Good! The Columbian can use more of your kind of reporting.

It is my hope that our three entities out here, Camas, the Port and Washougal can team up, for this first time, and work successfully behind this new CWEDA venture. I do think Paul Dennis probably is the best man for the job but do see how some folks, without reading much or knowing all the facts, may get the wrong impression of his interim selection by the Port. I have taken the time to sit down with the Mayor of Washougal, Sean Guard, and the Executive Director of the Port, Dave Ripp, and I believe I have a very good and accurate picture of what is going on and how we all got there. As for Councilman Shoemaker's comments, I do think he means well but is looking at this for absolute proof if it will work before doing anything. I've seen and read the information presented about the Interlocking Agreement and I do think it is worded positively and does present enough information for both City Councils to come to a positive conclusion and feel good to vote for it.

As for the negative comments above, "stinking mill, small town minds, pollution...", well, this sounds a lot like sour grapes to me. Many people, not unlike myself, are not from small towns, are not small minded, and I can tell positively- my wife and I do not stink or smell! :) and we are very happy to be part of East Clark County. This area has SO MANY POSSIBILITIES and I am happy, to be here at the beginning, of what I know will be an attractive, sought after, and prosperous destination inside of 10 years.

This is a very promising and enterprising effort on the part of East Clark County. I'm for it 100% and feel my taxes are being wisely and sensitively invested in all of our futures.

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 26, 2011 at 9:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

In Our View: Merger Takes Shape

Allen Anderson, do you live in either Washougal or Camas? If you did it would give a little more validity in speaking about our community. It would also give you much more insight into the inner workings, history, and general philosophy of East County. To talk so much, as you do, about this subject with no real background or feeling leaves the reader kind of tired. If you've some facts, knowledge, feel free to make them known.

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 22, 2011 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I’m guilty of loving baseball

It is not practical to have a public vote on every single item of interest for the public. That is why we elect people to represent us. So they might use their own intellect, experience and good sense to vote the way they believe would be in the general public's best interest.

For me, I like baseball and think this is a very good idea. Sure, the public will be taxed in a small amount via entertainment to partially fund this but I am ok with this. I do hope it is successful and a lot of people attend and enjoy themselves.

Mike Briggs
Washougal

May 21, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )