Archive for July 5th, 2012

July 5, 2012

Councilmember Harris Seeks $500K for Eye Injury, Seen In Charity Boxing Match 2 Months After Injury

by lewwaters

Poor Jeanne Harris, I guess she just can’t help surrounding herself in enough drama to gain frequent mention in the Columbian pages.

We all recall her viral “Gavel Down” video and subsequent ethics panel slap down. We recall earlier that same day looking out in the audience at workshop and yelling for someone to stop shaking their head at her.

Of late was a mini-meltdown when Mayor Tim Leavitt switched his expected vote at council for the sales tax resolution to be sent to the C-Tran Board, drawing an astonished “are you kidding me” from her and leaving her first speechless then stuttering to explain her astonishment.

To be fair, she offered a sincere apology towards the end of the council meeting.

Now comes word from the Columbian that Ms. Harris has filed a “$500,000 insurance claim with the city of Ridgefield, saying that Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow hit her with a stress-relief ball, leading to the potential loss of sight in her left eye.”

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July 5, 2012

C-TRAN Expenses Outpace National Inflation Rate

by lewwaters

Washington Policy Center, a non-partisan, public policy think tank based in Seattle recently completed a study of the costs of C-Tran that revealed some startling Key Facts. It is no secret that taxpayers that do not use C-Tran transportation pick up the bulk of the costs of operating the system, something especially Democrat legislators and elected officials keep justifying.

We heard it all during the 2011 C-Tran sales tax increase on how they needed more of our money or Granny and the handicapped would be left standing in the rain because there would be no buses. They got their tax increase and now want another this year to pay for operations and maintenance for forcing us to accept Portland light rail intruding into our community, while denying us another vote whether we even want it, fearing that once again we would defeat it at the polls.

TriMet/Metro, who operates Portland’s Public Transportation is nearing bankruptcy, their costs rising so high it is completely unsustainable. A large part of their extremely high cost is wages, benefits and pensions, some of the most lucrative in the country.

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July 5, 2012

Cruise-in Fundraiser for the Clark County Veterans Therapeutic Court

by lewwaters

The itsy-bitsy spider Climbed up the water spout Down came the rain And washed the spider out
Out came the sun And dried up all the rain And the itsy-bitsy spider Climbed up the spout again

As we get older and our children have grown and began families of their own, we tend to forget little things we heard from our parents to teach us how to handle our own adulthood. We use them for our own small children, but once they are grown and gone, little lullaby’s like above seem to slip from our minds.

Perhaps you’re wondering just what a children’s lullaby has to do with the Clark County Veterans Court Board or feel lullaby’s have no place in dealing with troubled Veterans, but this one does.

It provides a very simple message to all of us, “don’t give up.”

Those few Veterans experiencing trouble readjusting and the community both need to remember to never give up on each other. Veterans, don’t give up on yourselves either.

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