Archive for March 6th, 2011

March 6, 2011

The Passing of America’s Last WW1 Veteran is Not for Politicizing!

by lewwaters

America recently lost her last surviving Veterans of World War One. Corporal Frank Buckles, who lied about his age to enlist in 1917, served as an Ambulance Driver in France, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2011. He was 110 years of age.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from his district in West Virginia, co-sponsored a bill to authorize his body to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda after his passing. An honor usually reserved for heads of state, the honor was to recognize the passing of an era, all of our Veterans of that long ago conflict now gone, and not Cpl. Buckles himself.

A fitting honor in recognition of all who sacrificed their youth, time and endured injuries from that Great War as well as all of those who lives were lost.

I find it completely unacceptable now that the leadership of both major political parties, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are instead recommending a tribute to Buckles at Arlington National Cemetery.

Boehner To Request Arlington Ceremony for Buckles

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March 6, 2011

Do We in Clark County Still Have a Right to Our Money?

by lewwaters

Although just a snippet from a much larger video, the question asked by a union activist in Madison, Wisconsin sums up pretty well what seems to be going on, not only in the ongoing crisis in Wisconsin, but here in Vancouver and Clark County as we continue to be railroaded into an overly expensive Columbia River Crossing project and extending Portland, Oregon’s financially failing Loot Rail across state lines into our community.

That voters rejected such a project by a 2 to 1 margin in past votes means nothing as we are reminded time and again that not only do our votes not count, neither do our voices as city council strives to regulate citizen comments to marginalize voices in opposition to Loot Rail and a project the community an ill afford in these economically troubled times.

Completely lacking is a responsible media with real journalism that once exposed such corruption as must be going on in this process, seeing some $140 Million wasted in “studying” the project over the years. Instead, we see a media that is complicit in the corruption in encouraging shutting down the voices of citizens and business owners who see how it is will bankrupt an already struggling middle class.

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