Archive for December 10th, 2011

December 10, 2011

70th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, ‘God Bless America’

by lewwaters

Vancouver’s Penny Ross is joined by Claire Lacy in leading us all in the song, “God Bless America” this past Wednesday at the services commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

Claire is the wife of Pearl Harbor survivor Hal Lacy who was aboard the USS Tennessee.

Penny’s father was Donald K. Ross, who was awarded the first Medal of Honor in World War Two for his heroic actions aboard the USS Nevada on that day.

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December 10, 2011

Do You Think Leavitt’s “Choo Choo Train” is the Answer?

by lewwaters

17 miles in only 78 minutes? For all of the hype we hear of “21st Century Technology,” it sounds more like a return to the Model T era instead of efficiently getting to your destination.

Mayor Tim Leavitt and County Commissioner Steve Stuart remain determined to force this boondoggle on us in Clark County and Vancouver. They claim it to be the “locally preferred alternative,” meaning they chose it over the objections of voters.

The Clark County is in our 3rd year of double digit unemployment with the state considering more taxes on a struggling middle class to try to close an ever growing budget deficit, along with the tax increases seen from both city and county, means nothing to Kings Leavitt and Stuart who are now trying to strongarm yet another tax increase on us for a Bus Rapid Transit system down Fourth Plain and to pay for operations and maintenance on light rail from Portland.

If you believe the taxes will stop there, think again.

December 10, 2011

The Adams Doctrine and Leavitt Corollary

by lewwaters


By Professor Robert Dean

Lou B: Students, Economics 102 is now in session. Today, we have a guest lecturer, Professor Robert Dean, from Australia. Professor Dean is a distinguished graduate of the NPR All Things Considered from a Liberal Perspective workshop and of the Pol Pot Reeducation Camp program at the University of Phnom Penh.

Professor Dean: Before we start, I want to make sure you all have the prerequisite History and International Law classes. Good! As you know, the Federal Transit Authority has recently issued their predetermined Record of Decision on the $3.6 billion megaproject – Columbia River Crossing or CRC. The CRC ostensibly serves two major purposes: To “improve” traffic and commerce between Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon; and to extend light rail into Vancouver.

Now, does anyone know who could possibly be opposed to the CRC?

Tim S: Anyone who doesn’t get one of the government contracts.

Ed L: Anyone who owns real estate in Downtown Vancouver or Jantzen Beach and can’t afford to stick out the 9 years of construction.

Jeanne H: You mean undercapitalized businesses opposed to progress?

Professor Dean: Yes, any others?

Tom M: Anyone who doesn’t live and work next to a light rail station and still has to pay for it.

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December 10, 2011

What Was Clark County’s Most Mis-Reported Story In 2011?

by lewwaters

As 2011 comes to a close, once again we see the Columbian posing the question to the public, “What was Clark County’s top story in 2011?”

Of course, the real effort is to give themselves a pat on the back. I can’t fault them for wanting to do that as few taxpayers in Clark County will.

But, there is another side of the coin that should also be explored, “What was Clark County’s most mis-reported story in 2011?”

Looking back over the year we have several to choose from. The continuing cover-up of Jim Jacks abruptly walking out on constituents mid-session amid rumors of sexual improprieties with female staffers and admitting to being an alcoholic, the excessive over-coverage of the dwindling Occupy Vancouver rallies, anything to do with their favorite boogieman, David Madore or their successful efforts at slapping Josephine Wentzel around.

Of course, there is also their misleading the public on Proposition 1 and C-Tran and trying to push us into yet another tax to pay for a brand new baseball stadium to benefit a millionaire team owner from Yakima.

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