Archive for February 5th, 2011

February 5, 2011

Herrera-Beutler Takes a Stand on Mega-Casino. Squarely on the Fence

by lewwaters

Residents of Clark County seem to be pretty much evenly divided over plans and approval given for the Cowlitz Tribe to build their $510 million mega-casino near La Center, in the north end of the County Local governments and some groups are appealing the Cowlitz decision.

The casino has been a thorn in the communities’ side for some time, with the Cowlitz Tribe hoping to win approval and begin construction in 2012 sometime.

Neither side debating the casino has given an inch and each has their reasons for their stand.

My friend and fellow blogger at Clark County Politics and Jaime Herrera Watch is one who opposes the casino, with good reason. As a man with ties to political expertise, he has been wondering how our newly elected congressional representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler stands on the casino, what with her reputation for not taking strong stands on issues in her short political career.

Question for our esteemed congress-critter: the campaign is over…. has McMorris given you your position on the mega casino yet?

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February 5, 2011

Racial Tensions on Campus? Or Race Baiting?

by lewwaters

Listening to some and reading some articles over the last few months, one could be led to believe that the campus of Clark College is a hotbed of white supremacy and racial unrest. For the most part though, students seemed unaware of such unrest.

Last evening, I was forwarded a “Bias-Based Incident‏” report from Clark College president, Bob Knight, a man well worth holding the position and one who seems to have had a target painted by on his back by a few. The report states,

“Security is continuing its investigation into a report that one or more individuals expressed a disparaging remark about people of color – a remark that was clearly audible to some students and faculty in Hanna Hall on the evening of February 2.”

We aren’t told exactly what this “disparaging remark about people of color” was and knowing the exact words really isn’t all that important. Obviously, something occurred and words were said that someone took offense to. The “investigation” should clear up whether it was a heat of the moment scuffle, misunderstanding or bigotry.

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