Archive for June 2nd, 2011

June 2, 2011

Once Again, the Columbian Fails the Community

by lewwaters

Where both the Columbian and the Oregonian fail the communities they are supposed to serve, the Willamette Week blows the lid off of the CRC project.

A Bridge Too False “Turns out most of the case for the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Isn’t true.”

“More than 20 lawmakers—Republicans and Democrats—have raised hard questions about the project. They say Oregon hasn’t taken a serious look at the project’s risks or at cheaper ways to fix the traffic problems at the Oregon-Washington border.”

“In the current legislative session, lawmakers have debated the proper size of chicken cages, whether it’s OK to use plastic bags, and what kind of dirt should be named the official state soil. But they have only glanced at the project known as the CRC.”

“We’ve had no substantive debate on the project,” says State Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), a CRC critic who calls the project “a steamroller headed off a cliff.”

Myth No. 1: Spending billions on a new I-5 bridge project at the Columbia River will solve congestion.
Myth No. 2: We have to build a bridge because the traffic is only going to get worse.
Myth No. 3: The current bridge is too dangerous.
Myth No. 4: We have a plan to pay for it.

Millions of tax dollars have been wasted to date in useless “studies” with pie in the eye promises while citizen concerns have been scoffed at.

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June 2, 2011

Public Records Should Not Be Held Behind a Stone Wall

by lewwaters

I am always disheartened to see elected officials I have supported and voted for not fully living up to their oaths of office or complying with the written laws they swore to uphold. It matters not if they are a Democrat, Republican or non-Partisan, we elect them and expect them to comply with all laws, major and minor and conduct themselves appropriately.

Sheriff Gary Lucas of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is such a person I have supported and voted for each time he ran. But it does disturb me to see that he is now dragging his feet for weeks on complying with a public records request, even after being told by the State Attorney General’s office that he must.

The request was initially made by Marcus Griffith of the Vancouver Voice and addressed by him HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and now HERE where Griffith makes a valid point in how such stone walling erodes the public’s trust in the official.

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