September 18, 2018

Oregon Shouldn’t be Given Washington’s 3rd Congressional Seat

by lewwaters

Carolyn Long

It’s no secret that Oregon, Portland primarily has for many years tried to control Clark County Washington while looking down upon us as “Vantucky” and essentially backwater, inbred interlopers muddying their version of Nirvana with our gasoline powered monster cars.

Okay, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but yes, we all know Portland looks down on Clark County, never hiding their disdain for us, but has shown in the past how much they would love to tap into our revenues on this side of the Columbia River to fund projects and policies they have overextended themselves on.

Think Millions of dollars in income taxes Clark County residents employed in Portland must pay each year while not being given any degree of voice in Oregon’s political scene or think of the failed Columbia River Crossing and the Millions wasted as they worked diligently to force Clark County to accept and fund their light rail a short distance into the community with the promise of a new bridge to replace the aging Interstate 5 Bridges. Remember “No light rail, no bridge, no kidding” from then Governor Kitzhaber?

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September 2, 2018

I-1639 Must Be Defeated!

by lewwaters

I-1639, the most egregious and intrusive anti-gun effort we have seen to date has been approved for the ballot this election. It goes without saying that those of us who appreciate our constitutional right to defend our homes from bad guys must band together to ensure it is defeated.

To that end, the National Rifle Association has joined the effort to see it go down in flame with their website, Initiative1639.org

In announcing the website the NRA said,

“ ‘Law -abiding gun owners in Washington State need to understand the impact I-1639 will have on their Second Amendment right to self-defense,’ said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA’s new website, Initiative1639.org provides the facts on how this gun-control initiative will infringe on law-abiding citizens’ constitutional rights and make it more difficult to protect themselves and their families’.”

 

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August 15, 2018

Long Campaign Issues False Claim, Lazy C Ignores

by lewwaters

It’s been known for some time now that the Lazy C, the Columbian newspaper so labeled by this blog due to their lack of interest in critically viewing Democrats, is and has been reluctant to shine light on Democrat candidates. They just can’t bring themselves to do it.

In the 125th anniversary of the founding of the newspaper it was freely admitted the paper was founded as “a weekly paper with a Democratic bent designed to counter the local Republican paper of the time.”

And from where I sit, it hasn’t changed, still failing close to half of the region.

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August 11, 2018

Updated: Did Pre-Paid Postage Increase Voter Turnout?

by lewwaters

Elections officials and political party leaders have long been concerned over what at times is an abysmal turnout of voters on our elections, especially in midterm or off-year elections. By all appearances it seems that unless a president is being elected, the majority of registered voters can’t be bothered to cast their vote.

In my opinion that is a deadly position to take as it is during those non-presidential elections when most local officials are elected, mayors, city council, county council or commissioners, each with more direct effect on citizens than any president.

An experiment was tried this year in Clark County of sending out postage pre-paid envelopes to entice voters to send in their ballots, since we are all mail-in voting. Did it improve anything?

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August 5, 2018

Lazy C, Against Guns but for Socialism?

by lewwaters

This blog has never shied away from stating how the Lazy C, aka the Columbian newspaper, fails the very community it claims to serve with its bias and ignoring allegations of wrongdoing when it comes to Democrats.

Where they lack in deep investigative journalism locally, they make up by promoting whatever the latest agenda of the left may be.

Case in point, two editorials in the Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 edition, In Our View: Printing Guns a Dire Danger and Fear of socialism distorting nation’s political discourse.

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August 3, 2018

What Goes Around Comes Around

by lewwaters

Karma, in its simplest definition “is getting back whatever it was you dished out,” also referred to as reaping what you sow, getting your just rewards, got what’s coming to you, paybacks and more. I think y’all get the picture.

Karma can also be quite sweet for those who have been targets of vitriolic smears over the years, even though just a bystander witnessing the sweet karmic ‘just rewards’ getting dished out on those so deserving of receiving a taste of what they gave out before.

Such is the case going on this primary election in regards to some fringe, far right PCO’s from the Clark County Republican party hoping to retain their PCO position or desiring to oust others and assist in returning fringe control over the county level party.

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July 27, 2018

A Word on #WalkAway

by lewwaters

Readers have no doubt seen or heard of the #WalkAway campaign where citizens lay claim to having been a Democrat for some time and for various reasons grew tired of the party and “walked away” from it to join the Republican Party.

As with many things where politics are concerned, we also see claims that the campaign is fake or not representative of how people actually feel. There is even been effort to sully the campaign by the use of stock photos of models, denied by the originator of course.

Regardless of whether or not the campaign used the stock photos or has given honest accounts of people fed up and walking away from the party, I can verify that people are in fact walking away. But is it all that unusual for people to be disillusioned and switch parties?

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July 23, 2018

You Should Vote For …

by lewwaters

It’s that time again, elections!

Seems to be a never ending cycle year after year that we have an election for some office. National, County, City or citizen initiative seems we are always being asked to vote for someone or something.

In all reality, even though it seems to be pain in between presidential elections, we should count ourselves fortunate that we are given a voice in offices at lower levels, some countries don’t.

But we also must be serious in voting, for those of us actually voting and not throwing away the ballots our tax dollars pay for to be printed and mailed to us or wistfully marking a ballot according to a letter after the name or because someone said who they prefer who we vote for.

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July 15, 2018

Being Old Doesn’t Make You a Danger

by lewwaters

There is little doubt left today that we do have a significant number in our society that wants to disarm citizens, one initiative at a time here in Washington State.

Since initially proposing I-594, Universal Background Checks on Gun Purchases, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has become one of the more notable anti-gun groups as year after year they return with more initiatives, incrementally moving us towards total disarmament in little baby steps, all while claiming they respect the second amendment.

Balderdash!

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July 8, 2018

Are We Ready to Scrap Capitalism for Socialism?

by lewwaters

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

Democratic Socialist of America

It seems many from the left have forgotten the lessons taught to us by history in regards to the old theory of a government based upon Socialism. Socialism is described by a dictionary definition as, “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

The wording actually sounds fairly nice and manageable, but the reality is what has been intended since long ago by Karl Marx and the Marxist theory is, “a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.”

Those advocating socialism often lecture us as to how fair it is, how we are all equal and we have equality in prosperity and life, escaping the bondage of capitalism where they claim only the wealthy ever prosper from the labors of the poorer workers.

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July 1, 2018

Climate of Vitriol?

by lewwaters

It shouldn’t be surprising to see our local newspaper, the Lazy C aka the Columbian, using the tragic murders of five staff members at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. This past Thursday, June 28, 2018. It is what they do, following the admonition set years ago by leftwing Rahm Emanuel, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Following that line, we see Opinion Editor Greg Jayne pen Deadly attack on newspaper terrifying – and inspiring where he editorializes on the shooting, pointing out how within hours of the attack, the newspaper in Maryland published their paper in spite of the tragedy.

I have to agree that getting their paper out in spite of such a tragedy, losing five colleagues and undergoing the criminal investigation of the event is a display of dedication on their part.

But then Jayne had to go off on how essential a free press is and pointing fingers about the “Climate of Vitriol” the country is currently embroiled in.

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June 23, 2018

Vote NO on I-1639

by lewwaters

Don’t allow the deceptive practices of paid signature gatherers fool you, I-1639 is only about further infringing on your right to self defense.

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May 22, 2017

After Smears, Sean Guard Drops Bid for Reelection

by lewwaters

Earlier this afternoon this blog was included in receiving the following announcement from Sean Guard, Mayor of Washougal, Washington.

I am sending this to the large group of folks who have been so supportive of us, especially in the last week.

It is obvious that this far right faction is desperate to get me out of office and they will do anything possible to do so. Annie and I know the truth, however, as do so many of you.

I bleed orange and black. I am Washougal through and through. I have spent the last 7+ years leading our community to greater heights and preparing it for the future. We have so many awesome opportunities in front of us thanks to the team and most of the council that is in place.

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May 16, 2017

Politics, a Blood Sport? Or just Cockroaches Hiding in the Shadows?

by lewwaters

A quote from the leftist Welsh politician Aneurin Bevan, “politics is a bloodsport” is often heard from fringe elements to justify their vitriol and smearing of opponents in campaigns. Mostly it seems to now be coming from more right wing elements professing deep hatred for anything on the left.

To them, compromise or meeting in the middle is tantamount to high treason as they seek to impose their tyrannical view by any means deemed appropriate.

Tragically, we see this attitude all too often these past few years right here in Clark County Political campaigns as a small but nefarious group of right wingers seems hellbent on seizing power in our county by any means necessary.

It was three years ago this very blog became a target of this vitriolic hate group and remains in their crosshairs with whisper campaigns, so called “newsletters” spewing untruths or condemnation for having the audacity to allow voluntary contributions last year to help defray expenses.

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May 14, 2017

Marc Boldt Addresses Firing County Manager Mark McCauley

by lewwaters

Boldt, Dalesaandro, AngeloClark County Council Chair, Marc Boldt, interviewed by Mike Dalesandro and Jeff Angelo, the first half addresses the recent unexpected letting go of County Manager Mark McCauley.

Unfiltered Podcast Episode #7: Marc Boldt

See also CVTV coverage May 12, 2017 Special Meeting

April 19, 2017

No Longer Indifferent on Benton Nomination to Selective Service

by lewwaters

Don Benton

As we all know by now, former 5 term state senator Don Benton has been nominated by President Trump to head the Selective Service, aka the Draft to those of us old enough to remember that era.

I see no need to delve into the history of the draft, but also realize there is little chance it will be reactivated to induct young men and possibly young women into the Military.

That being said, I have been largely indifferent to the nomination of Don Benton or that he never served in the Military himself in any capacity. Although if approved he would be the first ever to head the department without Military Service, it really made no difference to me in large part due to the unlikelihood our youth would once again be conscripted.

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April 10, 2017

UPDATED: Don Benton Nominated to Head Selective Service

by lewwaters

Breaking, former Washington State Senator Don Benton is being nominated to head the Selective Service System, aka to us older guys as “the draft.” Mr. Benton, although pro-military and pro-veteran, never served in any branch.

There currently is no draft in effect, the system was resurrected years ago just in case it was ever needed again.

In 2016, both the House and Senate saw bills introduced to abolish the Selective Service System.

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April 1, 2017

UPDATED: Anne McEnerny Ogle Gets an Opponent

by lewwaters

Not an April Fool’s joke, in spite of the date, Clark County Republican Steven Cox announced today that he is throwing his hat in the ring for Mayor of Vancouver.

If you are unfamiliar with Steven Cox, don’t feel bad. So is a lot of Vancouver.

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March 31, 2017

Rest in Peace Bill Morehouse

by lewwaters

Bill Morehouse, well known Buffalo Soldier and World War II Veteran passed away this morning at the age of 94. Even though getting up in years, Bill was often seen in his Buffalo Soldier uniform sitting on his horse in Veteran’s Day parades, Memorial Day events and honoring Veterans. We have lost a remarkable man.

Bill Morehouse (Left)

January 24, 2017

Lazy C Editor Brancaccio to Retire

by lewwaters

Live, from downtown Vancouver, it was announced to day that editor Lou Brancaccio will retire on Feb 17, 2017.

From the article:

Editor Lou Brancaccio announced Tuesday that he will step away from daily management of The Columbian’s newsroom effective Feb. 17 and assume a new role as editor emeritus.
In his new role, Brancaccio will write his popular Press Talk column on a monthly basis, and continue as a member of the newspaper’s editorial board, which sets the newspaper’s editorial stance on issues and candidates.

Craig Brown, “who has served as The Columbian’s metro editor since October 2001” will take over leading the newsroom

I’m sure most of the 49th district downtown will miss him. But I doubt the bulk of the county he thumbed his nose at in his editorials will, though