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The fees must be adequate to replace the lost revenue to the City of Vancouver. As I understand from a story in the paper recently, the city stands to lose yet another 800,000 dollars when the new system is put into place. Hit after hit to our safety net over the last decade, taxes at their lowest in half of century and we can't afford to take care of our elderly, our handicapped, our city employees, our students...? Where has the conscience of our citizens gone?

May 5, 2012 at 2:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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Well "stupid stuff" is a matter of opinion. As an Editor of any news source ought to know. My bright interpretations might be "stupid stuff" to a conservative editor of the Columbian paper, for example. I learned that in high school.

Also, as a man with degrees in communication, I recognize that the very best literature often seems off point to the uninitiated. Take "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs or Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer". Who without some study of the matter could tell what they are about? Or how would anyone know that "The Crucible" by Aurthur Miller, set in Puritan New England, is about the repression of free thought by the McCarthyism?

March 15, 2012 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tech forum


Isn't education already obsolete?

August 27, 2011 at 9:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Back Fence forum

In the Spring I planted a whole row of tator tots, and they have not yet begun to sprout. Do you reckon it's the weather? Maybe I don't know what to look for. Do potatoes grow on a small bush or on a vine?

Thanks, you all.

August 27, 2011 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open Forum, Aug. 22-28

By the way, those pursuing the color blind discussion. All reality is a process in the individual brain. A person's personality, his/her feelings, everything that a person does and feels and is, is the result of electrochemical synaptic patterns in the brain. Reality doesn't exist "out there" so much as it exists "in here". That old saying that arose back in the 60s is true: "Wherever you go, there you are." These synaptic patterns are the result of individual genetic inheritance acted upon by the electrochemical processes that receive, perceive and store data in memory. This means that there are actual cases of people being blind whose eyes work perfectly. What's wrong for them is that their brains are not connected like the brains of those whose visual cortex works correctly. They are blind without being blind, in a sense.

August 23, 2011 at 2:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open Forum, Aug. 22-28

By the way, some of you may not have noticed, but there's a forum expressly for carrot peelers and those busy about their household tasks.

August 23, 2011 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open Forum, Aug. 22-28

What causes the stock market to rise and fall...really? It's the fears and hopes of those wealthy enough to have enough money in the market to actually make a difference when they buy and sell. If they wake up afraid of their own shadow one morning, they sell. If they wake up with a nice cuddly blond, they buy. It's the hopes and fears of the wealthy class that cause them to chase their own shadows around the dark rooms of their heads and, thus, drive their personal stock market up and down. In other words stock investors chase their own tails. The rest of us small investors are at the mercy of the hopes and fears of the wealthy. Add to that the fact that the average Wall Street investor has the psychology of a gambler and risk taker rather than the psychology of sane and stable humans, it's easy to see why the Stock Market ought to be discontinued as a way for making money off the sweat and labor of those who actually get their hands dirty doing what they do. Of what necessity is the Stock Market to the daily doings of business, eh, of the borrowing and investing that builds businesses and creates jobs? Without the stock market, those men and women might actually have to do a days' work rather than sitting back and paying some stock broker to earn some dividends for them. What the working class needs is a solid healthy savings plan that offers large interest rates compounded monthly.

August 23, 2011 at 1:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open Forum, Aug. 15-21

I suppose this is as good a place as any to lay down my load of opinion:

"Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul," wrote Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910).

Here's Mark (Samuel Clemens actually) Twain, calling for "new" ideas that will end slavery and free human souls, liberal ideas about social justice...and such like. What's missing from today's ideas is Twain's thoughts about social justice and freeing the soul from chains of various kinds. In all of today's talk about change and new parties, I hear not one of the supposed modernists calling for anything so refreshing as social justice.

Was it Thomas Jefferson who remarked that elections are bloodless revolutions? Revolutions are fine in certain cases, but not many revolutions are as successful as the original American Revolution, and we ought to be careful about calling for radical new parties, specially parties who are so arrogant as to claim that they know God's mind while ignoring all the standard economic operating procedures that keep a nation's financial systems in order.

Ronald Reagan gave us "supply side economics aka trickle down economics", a fly by night idea about putting all our money into the wealthiest coffers and hoping that some of it would "trickle down" onto the heads of the rest of us. Reagan's revolution succeeded in accelerating the transfer of money from the middle classes and poorest people up into the wealthiest stratosphere.

Next came a man God ordained to run our he (not God) told us. He gave us the unusual idea that a nation can fight wars on the cheap, failing to fund his wars by raising taxes. We have not yet bounced all the way back from that financial fiasco.

Now we've got Tea Party revolutionists who want to elect even wilder sorts of God-ordained (so they say) types and who call for new parties. But the Tea Party's wild new economic ideas which call for us to cut government spending when the American economy is in tough times have already created a second recession. By laying people off and pulling money out of a struggling economy, they have given us a deep, double-dip recession. When the dust of this current revolution ends, a shrunken middle class and more people living in poverty will be revealed in the rubble.

We Americans need to be careful about revolutions. Most of them fail, and all of them lead to death and suffering by those caught in the middle of them. I think it's time for a return to some common sense ideas that have worked in the past, ideas like paying for our wars and not cutting government spending in the midst of a recession.

August 21, 2011 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shuffling of state agencies stirs worry

O, I forgot to add. When it comes the privatization of state services, we ought to remember what people say about a hot investment deal. If it sounds way too good to be true, it probably isn't!

May 31, 2011 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )