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Federal grant means more firefighters

Use the $60,000 to get more EMT-Basics into advanced Paramedic level classes; That's a more important need. And where do I apply for the volunteer coordinator position? I will do it for a lot less than $60,000, bring to the position experience in coordinating volunteers, precepting EMS students and experience as a volunteer and paid Paramedic from busy 911 systems. It's been 11 years since my back forced me to leave the field, but I can do this job. When will the job be posted?

May 29, 2011 at 6:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police arrest suspect in murder of Vancouver woman

Photoguy, It is never easy to lose someone you love, and dying violently makes it even harder. Nothing anyone says can make it better, but people do sometimes say things that make it more painful, most times inadvertently. Responses written to news items are just responses to the article as news and not to the tragedy that is the underlying story. Sometimes they are crass, and sometimes they are just detached, like me wanting to learn better directions. I realize more clearly now, how such detachment can be painful to you. I apologize for that. For this family and yours, please know that there are complete strangers, who, when they read of such tragedies, keep in thought and prayer the families that are affected. No one should bear such sorrow alone.

May 27, 2011 at 12:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police arrest suspect in murder of Vancouver woman

It is a tragedy, indeed and my thoughts and prayers go to the victims family. I am so sorry for your loss.

A not important question, but I haven't lived here that long and I find the location description confusing. 192nd runs north and south, old Evergreen runs East and West and does not intersect 192nd, to my knowledge, at least not at Hwy 14. Not that this is important, but am I wrong about the location?

May 26, 2011 at 7:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Changes are coming to comments on

Dear Upsalmoncreeker,

Thank you for the example link. I saw the article on the red light issue and on top of the article it shows one comment can be found on facebook and below the article are two comments posted from the newspaper readers. But I also noticed pseudo-names for the paper's posters, so they aren't being required to use their real names. The comment on facebook can only be read by going to facebook.

Again, thank you suggesting a solution. I am afraid, based on the employee public reaction that they have already made up their mind about how they want to do things.

I re-read in this article and saw that registered users were the ones surveyed. Does this mean registered as in paying customer? I wasn't surveyed. I received my renewal notice and haven't sent it in. I keep forgetting. Now I am torn between wanting to receive the whole newspaper experience but not wanting to support a business that publicly is stating that customers that don't agree with them can just go away.

May 25, 2011 at 7:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Changes are coming to comments on

What bothers me the most about this facebook thing is how more than one of you on the staff here at the Columbian are acting so defensive against us. Did we do something wrong? I don't get it. And I agree with another poster, if there are all the people who have written the Columbian to back up this move to, then post their real names. Otherwise, you have no credibility to your argument that this is the best solution chosen by the majority of your readers.

I would like to trust that you will keep your word that if this test fails, you will return to business as usual. But you won't be able to. It's like being told you are fat and ugly and then say you were just joking. The damage is done, the feelings are already hurt and anything you say or do later will only be disingenuous.

I have lived in several other states and I can say from experience that there is hardly another newspaper existing that has held my interest like the Columbian. I guess it was too much to hope that this unique paper with its unique and often provocative voice would ever sell out to the mindset that permeates our facebook "like" society. What my fellow posters have written over and over again are real concerns over privacy and safety. These are reasonable concerns. Why aren't you more concerned about us as opposed to finding us ignorant and not "with it" because we won't simply sell out our private lives to your corporate vision?
I am so disappointed in you. I really thought you were more like old fashioned journalism. I really did.

May 25, 2011 at 12:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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I will not use Facebook to comment either. This is just too disappointing.

May 24, 2011 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Federal dollars will help improve Amtrak Cascades

I am trying to understand this high speed rail issue. Let's pretend for a minute that I’ve been elected and need to commute between Vancouver and Olympia. I can’t sell my house in Vancouver and can’t afford a temporary one in Olympia, so I’m going to commute, daily. My trip uses slightly over a quarter tank of gas. Based on a fill-up of gas at $4.00/gal, that means my round trip costs me approximately $30. If you figure in yearly maintenance on my car, $300, then the annual cost for me to drive to Olympia is $30 x 5 days/week x 50 weeks plus $300 which equals $7800. Parking at the office in Olympia will cost me $200 annually. Now my transportation cost is $8,000/year. If gas climbs to $8/gal, my round trip will be $60 and my annual expenses will be $15,500. A roundtrip ticket on Amtrak is $78; There is no multi-trip discount available for this segment. To ride Amtrak, the fare is $19,500/year. Plus, the station is in Lacey and what are the costs to get from the train station to the office?

Amtrak’s schedule shows a 1:38 travel time. I can drive from my home to the office in 1:45. With Amtrak, I have to first get to the station in Vancouver before the train leaves, add 30 minutes, and will have to find transportation from Lacey to Downtown Olympia, if it is available; add another 30minutes. Thus, while the train trip is 7 minutes faster than traveling by car, because of the logistics of train travel, it will take me at least an hour more to take the train; And if TSA adds security? When I read that the improvements to the track will not greatly increase the speed between the two cities, but will improve on-time performance, then realistically, I can expect an even greater commute time utilizing Amtrak. When comparing the two different travel options under the reality that people make most decisions based on what they can afford, today, the car wins. Economically, Amtrak doesn’t offer a viable solution. Even if it ran 110 miles per hour and by doing so cut the time by another half hour, the car will still win.

I always question the long term effects of any "idea" or decision that gets a foothold as the next best thing. I do understand that trains offer a less carbon footprint than cars and that gas won’t last forever. I’m not an economist so I don’t always understand the bigger picture. I will gladly pay taxes even if they are used to benefit someone else but me, but I want that benefit to be a real benefit, not just someone’s “idea” of the moment. Can someone please explain the economics of this without adding politics to it? I just want to know, from a purely economic point of view, is high speed rail for Washington State an economic benefit to the state and its citizens?

May 19, 2011 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Federal dollars will help improve Amtrak Cascades

Mr. Hurley,
Thanks for the spelling correction, it was suppose to be signal.

May 19, 2011 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Federal dollars will help improve Amtrak Cascades

Freight doesn't get in the way of Amtrak. Amtrak has priority. (I dispatched trains for a bit.) Now, if a freight train journey is slowed down because of landslides, or track issues, like a broken rail or yard issues like a plugged yard, or car issues like a flat wheel, or the occasionally sad and tragic auto/vs/train, they, too, can have an effect on Amtrak's schedule, but it's not the freight railroad's intention to make Amtrak's schedule be late. CTC or any other dispatching authority doesn't play in this. The dispatcher, with good reason, can overrule any single. rincon1 is correct; freight trains don't delay passengers trains.

May 19, 2011 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Scientists, farmers to study climate change

Is this the same thing?

"Feds give $20M grant to study winter wheat" Article in the Columbian, February, 2011.

May 10, 2011 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )