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Open forum, Dec 3-9

OK, I know I am a little behind here, but I want to talk about electricity consumption like Drift has mentioned.

The military has privatized its on base housing. While you still pay your entire housing allowance for "rent" it includes your utilities, there is a catch.

The housing operator analyzes consumption quarterly to determine a "baseline" based upon house size (that is number of bedrooms not people). So if you use less than your baseline, you get a refund (I saw 2 in 2 years in CA). If you go over the baseline, you pay the excess (don't want to talk about how many times I did that).

Like I said, the baseline is determined by number of rooms, not people. When I discussed this at a neighborhood townhall (the military will put together anything to make it feel good) I was informed that there was a study about that done. It was determined that there was no significant difference in consumption between a family of four and a family of six.

What about my family of eight? With three teenagers?

But I have figured out that it is because no one is interested in logic if it cuts into their bottom line. It is true with many agencies in todays America (private and public).

December 5, 2012 at 6:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 26 - Dec 2

"Christian Nation"?

We all know (or can at least look up) the text of the First Ammendment. So, no, we are not a Christian Nation.

But there are those that espouse they do not wish to have any religion to infuse the law that we all must live by (in theory, but that is another story). Which I can agree with, to an extent.

Part of what religion provides for us that believe is a code of morality. Not to say that nonbelievers lack morality, they just get it from another source. So I think it is safe to assume (I know, dangerous) that our law makers will spend time reflecting on their beliefs prior to making a decision on whether to support a piece of legislation or no.

So while the law may not explicitly be rooted in religion, ones belief will influence the law.

December 1, 2012 at 10:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 26 - Dec 2

ELISI — November 30, 2012 at 7:01 a.m.

Thank you. And I have recieved a timeline for return. Without giving too much info, I can tell you that I will be helping my kids unwrap this year.

November 30, 2012 at 10:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 26 - Dec 2

OK, I been silent too long. Not that mire ire has been raised, but I don't want you all to think I have forgotten you.

One topic I am seeing here is, as nail says, the "so-called" war on Christmas. I will agree that calling it a war may be extreme. But we can most certainly acknowledge that in recent years many have been lobbying to eliminate references to Christmas. Groups around the country have been working on blocking public nativity scenes. Elected officials opt for the more politically correct term of "Holiday" tree. Private companies have changed their decorations to eliminate the word Christmas.

A lot of organizations exist on the premise of promoting atheism or agnosticism. Their idea of the right of "freedom of religion" equals to "freedom from religion". I find it extremely ironic that, in their view, for me to proselytize about my faith equals to me "shoving it down their throats", however if they proselytize their lack of faith is just exercising their freedoms.

So, honestly, is a Christmas tree or nativity scene really threaten your lack of belief?

And, FYI, me wishing you a "Merry Christmas" is actually a respectful sign. I am giving you what I know as an appropriate greeting, and wishing the best for you and all you hold dear. It is not me trying to convince you of salvation, or the promises of God. I will tell you the same thing I have been told in this age of politcal correctness-

Get over it.

November 30, 2012 at 12:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 19-25

OK. Like it or not, my two cents.

Back in the '40s, the Hebrews rose up and took over the country that was known as Palestine, and established the nation of Israel. The Arab residents, not extremely pleased with the turn of events, chose to stay. Many have since taken to fighting against Israel.

Israel, after many years, agreed to set aside some territory for the Palestinian people to occupy, and even self govern, but still remain a part of Israel. For some (read Hamas) this isn't good enough, even though their leaders accepted the agreement, so they continue the violence.

If the violence is continuing from these areas, Israel has a right to respond in kind. To determine the root cause of this conflict, we would have to go back centuries.

Personal opinion: This isn't going to end at the table with peace talks. They have been there how many times? How many agreements? The violence continues. It will not end until either the Hebrews, or the Arabs, are completely removed from the lands with the borders of Israel.

The question that remains: How will they be removed?

November 21, 2012 at 4:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 12-18

goldenoldie — November 16, 2012 at 6:05 a.m.

My frustrations go beyond the star wearers indiscretions. I am also frustrated that in some areas, where we can do better, no one wants to try anything new (unless it is suggested by someone who is probably wearing those stars). There are some things that happen for no reason other than "that's how it's always been".

In the past 10 years, there are things that have changed. Some were good, others not so much. Now we are seeing a lot of those changes reversed. Some should have not changed in the first place, but others I think is a better idea, but they want to revert to the "old ways".

The big problem is that there could be people like me, who see how we can make things better. Unfortunately, we are not moving up into positions where we can actually influence the required changes. The ones who are moving up are the ones that will gag themselves insisting that the "old ways" are the best, and just smile and nod profusely at those in higher positions, and not able to express an idea counter to what the highers present, or even produce a thought of their own.

But, only 4 1/2 years.

November 17, 2012 at 12:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 12-18


Another idea. Since you are already driving, why not just to see that person to have the conversation?

November 16, 2012 at 5:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 12-18

Well, Dee, I have sent a message to the County Auditor, WA Sec of State (current and incoming), Rep. HB, and Sens. Murray and Cantwell divulging my displeasure.

Still wondering if I could have legal recourse on this.

Also considering who else I can tell. Honestly, I would like everyone to know.

And regarding the GEN(r)/former DCIA, and numerous others that have worn stars on uniforms:

I am appalled that these same people get to look at me and tell me things I can/cannot do, but for some reason are not able to behave in a like manner themselves. I have actually begun a writing piece that I am considering publishing, and these gentlemen will certainly get an entire chapter on their exploits.

The sad truth is, I am not too certain that I can continue to advocate to anyone that at least a single term of service in uniform would be a good move. Many things have had a negative affect on my view of the service. I would be more than willing to hang up my boots now, but I have too much time invested. If I don't stay to get my pension, I would qualify for the official title of "Stupid".

November 16, 2012 at 12:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 12-18

nailingit — November 15, 2012 at 11:50 p.m

While I do appreciate your attempt at humor, this situation has me more than annoyed. With my chosen profession, and I am played like this in the attempt to exercise my own Constitutional rights.

And a law requiring a photo ID disenfranchises voters?

November 16, 2012 at 12:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 12-18

So this funny thing happened to me for this year's election.

As I have stated, I am currently serving in Afghanistan. Shortly after arriving here, I updated my mailing address with the county elections office to ensure I recieved my ballot.

First of all, I am still waiting to recieve my ballot for the primary that we had in August.

I did, however, recieve my ballot for the general election. It arrived in the first week of October. So I pulled up the voters guide, sat with my ballot to read and make my choices.

Knowing the mail system I deal with here, I saw that I had an option to scan and email my ballot back to the county. (to use the mail, it would probably still be sitting somewhere in Asia waiting to go back to the States). I sent the email on 12 October, with a reply from the elections office that it was recieved.

Today, 16 Nov, I am told by my wife, that I recieved a letter, at my home address in the States, from Clark County Elections Office, dated 13 Nov, stating that my ballot was "illegible" and therefore, unable to be counted.

Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this? Are there any attorneys in the basement that can advise me if I have any legal recourse for this?

November 15, 2012 at 10:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )