Although Thanksgiving observances predate the founding of the United States, it was in 1863 that the occasion became a federal holiday. “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in establishing a holiday that has been observed each year since.
The tax plan passed last week by House Republicans — including Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground — is flawed at its very foundation. The proposal, which passed by a vote of 227 to 205, is built upon two rickety suppositions: That there is a need for tax cuts, and that tax cuts will spur the economy. Neither premise passes the smell test, leaving the public with a plan that stinks for average Americans.
Cheers: To state parks. Not eager to battle the crowds and engage in some Black Friday shopping? Then consider a visit to a state park in Washington or Oregon the day after Thanksgiving. Both states will waive fees for areas that include Battle Ground Lake, Paradise Point, and Reed Island in Clark County. Typically, Washington requires a Discover Pass for state parks, costing $10 a day or $30 for an annual pass.
As local residents this week celebrated the expected demise of an oil terminal proposal for the Port of Vancouver, a significant monkey wrench was tossed into the works of a proposed coal terminal in Longview.
Allow us to begin by debunking a common superstition: No, a dog’s mouth does not have fewer germs than a human’s, despite many believing that to be true. As the American Kennel Club writes: “Most of us have just accepted this as fact, when we think about it at all, but have you ever wondered if it is actually true? Here’s a hint: the answer is no.”
Vancouver is in need of a day center to serve homeless citizens. Creating a location that provides meals, shower and laundry services and access to transit is an essential part of being a full-service city.
Cheers: To those who voted. Unfortunately, that does not apply to many of us, as voter turnout for Tuesday’s general election was a little more than 30 percent in Clark County. That’s about one-third of registered voters — not of those who are eligible to vote — and that means that a relatively small fraction of citizens are deciding questions that impact all of us.
Today represents Americans’ opportunity — and, indeed, our duty — to stand and salute those who have served in this nation’s military. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, and people we simply pass on the street, and they have helped to defend the United States and the ideals she purports to uphold.
Gaps matter. Be it in educational achievement or income level or access to health care, the differences between rich and poor America should not be ignored, with the social costs and economic instability created by an expanding underclass promising to hamper prosperity for all but a few Americans in coming generations.