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Open forum, April 21-27

btw nails...

Thanks for posting that video. I quoted your post in order to emphasize my comment, but I'm sure you know that already. you probably know, I come and go...come and go. I'm here posting for now, but you just never know when I'll be back. Here's a delayed thanks for the welcome back.

April 24, 2014 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 21-27

nailingit — April 23, 2014 at 9:22 p.m.

I apologize ahead of time if I offend any people in any manner here, but I have to make my statement.

To ANY person who claims "God Told Me..."

Unless they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they can feed 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and two small fish, they're not playing with a full deck of cards.

That isn't God talking to them. It's their own conscience.

Reality, people...reality.

April 24, 2014 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 21-27

roger — April 22, 2014 at 6 p.m.

You hit that one dead center on the bullseye, Roger!


April 23, 2014 at 7:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

WOW, I'm surprised I'm still able to post!

Hawkman, I was reading an article by Nat'l Geographic about the phenomenon in Cali...worth checking out if you google "could California's drought last 200 years?" It was dated Feb 13, 2014. I didn't want to provide the link due to the possibility of copyright infringement issues.

Turns out, it's highly likely they are in the midst of a Pacific Decadal Oscillation-caused Drought and could be facing many more years of it, thanks to an extended El Nino pattern. They've had this for quite some time. My comment regarding limitations of building in drought-stricken regions refers to current constructions in those zones...not what might happen to areas in the future. If the drought-stricken zones were to recuperate fully, then the laws could easily be modified.

I hope I've helped clarify my statement to you.

April 19, 2014 at 8:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

Since I know I have very few times left to post or even read anything on the C's website for the month, I guess I'd best get in whatever I can.

To Hawkman...I wasn't intending this to be a partisan bashing discussion. My intention was purely to see if we as a whole might be able to come to some kind of understanding on the matter regarding farmers and ranchers. Sorry you had to take it in the wrong direction...and no, I don't believe that a smaller government is necessarily the answer, but I do believe in an efficient government...still waiting to see that. Regarding the water shortage and the Feds refusing might check out the below link:

I'm not saying the decision to cut back water is a direct hit to each individual farmer/rancher, but rather...a hit to everyone BECAUSE of the lack of drinking water, thanks to a drought as well as a few questionable reasons suggested in the news. Why hasn't the State of California jumped to the chance of acquisition of federal aid for oceanic desalinization systems for the water needs of Californians???

A couple ideas:

Number One Solution: DO NOT APPROVE NEW High Density Housing CONSTRUCTION in areas hardest hit by drought. If you can't supply the water to these units, then don't build it in the first place. Any new construction allowed in the drought-stricken regions should include rainwater collection systems (especially during monsoon season - thus, allowing rainwater to stay in the region rather than washing out to the pacific) and alternative energy solutions which don't require hydroelectric energy.

Number two solution - In regions hardest hit by drought, all landscape construction should be designed with water reduction landscaping (more xeriscaping and drought-tolerant planting).

Any others??? We could all learn from others' mistakes as well as our own. Clark PUD has their fair next weekend. Conservation is their #1 concern. It's worth checking out.

April 19, 2014 at 4:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

Regarding the rancher in Nevada and the handling of the situation by the federal officials...

A few thoughts to ponder:

Why is it the ranchers have to pay to lease BLM land in order to feed their cattle when the feds have cut off water rights to the ranchers across the USA, resulting in the loss of cattle and food for the masses in the first place? Couldn't the ranchers "pay back" by providing meat or crops for the less-fortunate people of our nation???

What right does the federal government have in euthanizing two prize bulls...the lifeline of the typical American Rancher...rather than hold the two bulls till issues are settled???

It is obvious, there is a major issue with the desert tortoises in the region in conflict, given the mass euthanization of the tortoises by those monitoring and attempting to revitalize the critters in their habitat, so why not relocate the tortoises and allow local ranchers to free-range their cattle in the stricken zone as long as waterways are left undisturbed or restored by the ranchers?

What has the BLM done for the land region in question (or any other BLM land) as far as improvements or habitat restoration?


What is the Federal Government doing for the freedom and rights of family farmers/ranchers and the consumers in the USA in regards to maintaining and preserving the viable tilth across the nation and preserving our food supply (beef, pork, lamb and poultry as well as produce), especially in drought stricken regions???

April 19, 2014 at 8:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

$17 million in overpayments including $1.45 million in overpayments to David Evans & Associates for the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing Project, eh...

I remember some people including local/state/national officials and news reporters poo poo'ing a certain forensic auditor's work...claiming everything wrong about what she had discovered...and she was spot on from the beginning. So how did you fix YOUR crow - boiled, baked, barbecued or fried???

Those in charge of approving and dispensing with the funds for a failed crossing project should be held accountable and those elected officials who failed to acknowledge the corruption should be kicked out of office immediately. Where else are they spending taxpayer $$$ foolishly??? hehe...just about everywhere...


Also...those elected officials who are even thinking of another pet project should be held under the microscope and should be scrutinized for every penny spent on any current OR future megaprojects (including an east side bridge) and budget limits should not be breached as they obviously were with DE & A. Someone should reimburse the taxpayers.

We can't afford to let this one go.

April 17, 2014 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

Well, I decided to check out the forum at the miniscule capacity I now have thanks to the new limits set forth by the publisher of this site...much of the same old, same discussion, politics and rehashing the political party bashing...

Not much for me to react upon...but one particular post caught my attention and I just wanted to do a shout out with a hearty THANK YOU to nails and your comment on April 15, 2014 at 4:29 p.m., providing the Neil Young "Old Man" video. Yes, I like the Neil Young song...always have (liked it better in its original state although it accompanies an important message this time that affects us all), and it's the message Neil presents at Farm Aid AFTER the song which I believe everyone needs to take seriously.

If you haven't listened to the message after the song, please take the time to do so.

Again nailingit...THANK YOU!!!

April 16, 2014 at 8:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 7-13

Just a quick check in here to the folks of the forum and the rest of people of Columbianland. No, not planning to stick around to respond to everyone, but I felt it was important enough to share this comment with as many people as possible, hoping that the C still has a following.

In the past several weeks, I've been searching for ultra-dwarf fruit trees at the local big box stores with garden centers to add to my miniscule pocket orchard and guess what I found...???

Maybe a half dozen fruit trees in semi-dwarf and standard. Last year, all the stores had plenty of fruit trees in all sizes...not so this year.

Even at the local garden stores, I've been told nurseries from California were forced out of business due to the well as some in the PNW who just couldn't keep up with the rising costs and regulations.

This greatly concerns me because of the fact that 1/2 of Central California's produce has been wiped out due to the extreme drought conditions as well as crops and beef/pork/poultry farms have drastically cut back the number of animal and bird production across the Midwest and down to Texas...and now, organic/free-range chicken eggs are harder to find at the local grocery stores.

People, I urge you now...more so than support your local farmer...become a locavore or teach yourself to grow your own (even in pots on a balcony in a condo). Prices will be driven even higher than we've seen in recent weeks.

And no, I am not trying to be an alarmist by throwing out a conspiratory note. Read up on the facts on your trusted website. Educate yourself. Sometimes it's not just about politics at the local or national level. It's about survival and I suggest you all make an effort this year to ensure your family has food on the dinner plate. If you have extra vegetable starts, pass them onto a neighbor who might not have any and would like some.

I wish the best for all. Remember to be kind to each other. Take care, everyone.

April 9, 2014 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Jan 13-19

Hawk...I should've bet on what you were going to say. You are far too predictable. It's obvious you haven't done anything to improve livability in our county. You're more of the sit and complain bunch. Soooo typical.

Mielke is my buddy??? That's news to me. Did you forget...I have stated time and time again...I trust NO politician, bubba....NO politician.

Manthou, I do not speak for others. I speak for myself. I refuse to pay more than what I do for internet services and the cost of maintenance and upkeep of my computer system. I am highly critical of the Columbian because I expect more than what they produce. As of yet, they have not met my expectations. Till the time comes that they take the leap and tell the whole story rather than just what they want the people to see, they won't get a penny out of me and I certainly won't pay to ruffle a few feathers on the forum with tidbits of news and information which as of late...usually ends up as an article within a few hours or days on the C. And if you've noticed...prior to the new pay plan the C has provided, my writes were already fewer than they were in the past. Think about why that is, manthou...THEN get back to me.

And Manthou(in reference to your 7:42 am comment regarding environmentalists and sharing a bit of news involving the CRC)...according to Willamette Week, 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters have come out of the dark and are now speaking up against Governor Kitzhaber's pet project, the Columbia River Crossing.

Have a wonderful rest of the week/month/year...etcetera, etcetera.

January 16, 2014 at 7:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )