Archive for October, 2013

October 31, 2013

What Fellow Council Members Have Said About Bill Turlay

by lewwaters

Brief comments by some fellow Vancouver, Washington city council members on Bill Turlay, as he assumed his seat on the city council, January 2012

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October 30, 2013

Update: Protect the Environment, Read a Blog

by lewwaters

Clark Environmental ServicesBy now we all are aware of the controversy down at the Clark County Department of Environmental Services, the trumped up outrage over the lawful hiring of Republican State Senator Don Benton to be the director, the dozens of articles by the Lazy C blasting that hire and now, the tort claim filed on behalf of the woman who was chosen as the interim director, seeking $300,000 from the county.

In spite of what you have read or heard, the hiring of Don Benton was completely legal and well within the scope of the County Commissioners. It also was not a case of two Commissioners directing the County Administrator to hire Benton, as shown previously in the second portion of the post The Great Clark County Collusion Caper Debunked, where you will find an audio clip of the hiring as well as a written transcript.

In spite of what the Lazy C and the regular detractors commenting under articles say, it was well within the Commissioners scope to do so.

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October 29, 2013

Lazy C Promotes Forward Vancouver Lie

by lewwaters

Columbian FishwrapThe hatred of David Madore and anybody opposed to the Columbia River Crossing light rail project is no longer being hidden by the Lazy C. It never really was, but it has become more blatant than ever as we see ‘crack’ reporter Stephanie Rice, thought by many to be an understudy of vitriolic, bombastic John Laird, pushing an ad put out by Forward Vancouver, a PAC set up solely to promote our lying incumbent mayor, Tim Leavitt.

Attack ad against Turlay emphasizes Madore

While there is little doubt Rice would say she isn’t actually promoting it and is merely reporting on it, nowhere does she engage in any actual journalism of pointing out the lie of the ad, David Madore not being who is behind Bill Turlay.

While Mr. Madore no doubt supports Bill Turlay, nowhere on Turlay’s Public Disclosure Commission report will you find any donation by David Madore, his company or his family.

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October 29, 2013

(SPOOF) Ed Lynch: Turning More than Heads

by lewwaters

 

College 4A spoof by Professor Robert Dean. Where appropriate, names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Photo by Jim Mains

Photo by Jim Mains

Ed, Dollie Lynch honored for a lifetime of giving

Buzz! Buzz!

Jim Mains: Yes, Betty?

Secretary: There’s a Mr. David Madore here to see you sir. He says he has a 4 o’clock.

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October 27, 2013

Of Chastising and Picking Fights

by lewwaters

Boxer WomenReading Greg Jayne’s column, Clark County Republicans may be picking wrong fight and the reader comments this morning, once again I am left pondering, why is it that only Republicans are expected to be “moderate?” Where is the call for Democrats to move away from the left towards the center?

Jayne opines about the recent Open Letter from the Clark County Republican Party to 3rd Congressional District Congresswoman, Jaime Herrera Beutler and her caving into vote to approve ending the partial government shutdown and approving what appears to be an open-ended raising of the county’s debt limit, essentially doing away with any limit and abdicating congressional authority over the debt to the office of the president.

Jayne correctly notes the abhorrent amount of our national debt and the very likely collapse should we not rein it in.

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October 25, 2013

Little Slips Can Tell a Lot

by lewwaters

C-TranSomething unscrupulous media has been known to do is try to slip something past readers, citizens of their communities, in an effort to push forward an agenda that a majority in the community might oppose. Other times it might be a small sliver of truth in an agenda driven article, buried deep in the article with hopes that busy people will just read a biased headline and maybe skim the first part of the article.

Some claim they are not biased because there is that hint of truth in an otherwise heavily biased article, all too often missed or overlooked by readers.

And other times a quote is included in what might otherwise be considered an unrelated article that actually sheds light on another matter citizens of a community should be made aware of.

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October 25, 2013

Corruption at the C-Tran Board of Directors

by lewwaters

An example from two consecutive meetings of the C-Tran Board of Directors, calling for postponing resolutions made by Clark County Commissioner David Madore, who is standing up for citizens against multi-Billion dollar light rail project they have repeatedly rejected and is being rammed down their throats anyway, after the same Board approved a resolution just presented moments before at the previous meeting that authorized entering binding contract with the Light rail provide, Portland, Oregon’s TriMet that was signed the very next day, apparently unseen or not open for discussion by Board members or the public.

October 24, 2013

Shouldn’t Those Demanding “Put Up or Shut Up” be Willing to “Put Up?”

by lewwaters

“reasonable voters don’t see truth-telling as a sleazy maneuver at all” Columbian Editorial, October 11, 2009

Robber Baron Union BossThe above quote was in reference to now incumbent mayor Tim Leavitt allegations of supporters of his opponent exposing his lack of voting over the years, Leavitt calling it a “sleazy maneuver” to let the public know something truthful about him.

But in this election it would appear that the Columbian, better known here as the Lazy C, has flipped on that position and now is the one expressing that exposing candidates and supporters is sleazy. Candidates that support positions they favor, that is.

As shown in the post The Little Paper That Cries Wolf, there is a recently formed group of concerned citizens and business owners that has been making noise and apparently, in spite of making a couple errors in navigating the complicated world of political rules, this group of political novices seems to be worrying some supporting the special interests in our fair city.

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October 22, 2013

The Little Paper That Cries Wolf (Updated)

by lewwaters

Wolf 2We all know the fable of the Little Boy Who Cried Wolf and how he liked to stir up people by warning them of a wolf stalking the sheep, ready to eat them up, knowing it was false. When one day a real wolf did appear and he cried warning people, nobody believed him and the sheep were scattered.

The moral of the story is that after many lies, false claims or in the case of our news media, biased reporting, even if they were to report something truthful, who would believe them?

We need look no further for a prime example of this than our own local newspaper of record, the Columbian, or Lazy C as I prefer to label them due to their lack of interest in reporting anything negative about Democrats while building mountains out of molehills to smear Republicans or conservatives and anybody not supportive of the Columbia River Crossing Light Rail project.

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October 18, 2013

Rep. Gowdy (R. S.C.) Questions Barrycading Memorials

by lewwaters

It should be remembered that while aging 80 and 90 year old WW2 Veterans, many in wheelchairs, were Barrycaded from entering their memorial, threatened with arrests and harassed by government employees, Illegal Aliens were permitted to hold a rally in Washington D.C. during the shut down within closed areas and Democrat officials attended, many speaking

Illegal Immigration rally allowed on Mall despite shutdown

October 18, 2013

Clark County GOP Pens Open Letter to Herrera Beutler (Updated)

by lewwaters

Herrera Smile 2Although I have not been very vocal for some time about it, the election of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is one that I have opposed in 2010 and in 2012 stayed out of. I did not hide my views in the 2010 primary that she was not suited for the job.

And she has proven me right more than once.

Of late, after some 15 days of the recent partial shut down of the government, she issued a letter calling on everybody to “face reality” on Obamacare and subsequently surrendered by voting to accept Obama and the Democrats terms, leaving the rest of us standing strong with egg on our faces.

The local Republican Party, under new leaders then when it firmly backed her against strong conservative candidates in 2010, to the point of actively undermining a candidate that previously held positions in Washington D.C. with the Veterans Administration and Department of Homeland Security, has issued an open letter expressing their disappointment with Ms. Herrera Beutler.

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October 17, 2013

Lazy C Goes Barrel Scrapping, Again (Updated)

by lewwaters

Barrel 2It’s a given that a conservative candidate, for the most part, cannot get a fair shake when it comes to news by the Lazy C, aka the Columbian. Especially if they oppose the CRC they can expect to never see a positive word about them in the pages.

Editor Lou Brancaccio has claimed many times now that it is not so, but the evidence of their bias is so blatant it literally screams.

Such is the case with Vancouver City Council member Bill Turlay, running to replace Mayor Tim Leavitt.

Turlay has not once received the papers endorsement in previous tries for office, but the people rallied behind him since he actually sides with the people against special interest groups promoting the disastrous CRC light rail project.

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October 16, 2013

Stewart and Doan for City Council

by lewwaters

Vote 1Voters in Vancouver Washington have another opportunity to restore the city or just allow it to the slide into obscurity. You are facing another off-year election where a majority of voters don’t bother to vote, seeing no candidates for national office running.

Unfortunately, those that decline to vote this time hurt themselves more since these off year elections are when many local offices are filled with incumbents or replaced with new people.

The Mayor of Vancouver race has already been covered, but three seats on the city council are up this time and if you are fed up with being ignored, silenced or disrespected, this is an important election for you. You can change how the city has been going.

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October 16, 2013

Vancouver, You Can Restore Respect, Fairness and Honesty

by lewwaters
Turlay - 2

Bill Turlay

Respect for citizens and honesty in local government has been seriously lacking for far too long. Our votes have been ignored, our voices disrespected and a small group has set themselves up as rulers over us, dictating what is to be, listening only to special interest groups salivating over adding more middle class tax dollars to their bank accounts.

Our own local mouthpiece for those special interests, the Lazy C has endorsed a solid slate of sell-outs candidates that have either a history of opposing citizens or are naïve and inexperienced over people who are willing to actually represent citizen interests, or have been doing just that for many years.

And we know that the reason boils down to special interest desires to force Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail into Vancouver, draining revenues from our community to theirs and likely filling the pockets of special interests on this side of the river. A look at who the Lazy C is endorsing for office in Vancouver is a who’s who list of sell outs or naïve idealists sold a bill of goods.

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October 15, 2013

Freeholder Candidates 2013

by lewwaters

LEGEND: Names lined through I do not recommend for a variety of reasons, no info, known            

                       Democrat, CRC supporter or what have you

                       Names bolded, colored and underlined are my preference to vote for

                       Names with (?) after are those I find no negative info on.

The following is just my perception and I encourage you to study candidates in your district for yourselves and choose who you feel is best suited.

In some races you will note I chose two preferred. That is because I feel either would serve well, take your pick.

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October 13, 2013

Lazy C: Whitewashes, Bias, Sell Out and Bankruptcies

by lewwaters

01I am left amazed how a flip-flop after lying your way into office brought out condemnation after the 2009 mayoral election, but is today being whitewashed by the Lazy C. Yes, for all the praise, ass-kissing and erecting a flimsy pedestal to place Tim Leavitt on today, the Lazy C wasn’t so pleased when he defeated ex-mayor Royce Pollard by nearly a 7-point margin.

In their endorsement of Pollard in 2009, the Lazy wrote of Leavitt, “has nowhere near the leadership capabilities that Pollard has,” describing him as “shallow, defensive and retaliatory” over a report issued by “the Vancouver Firefighters Union that Leavitt missed voting in 16 elections in 10 years.”

In the fashion we see continued today, Leavitt whined, “How does this sleazy maneuver help our struggling communities today?” The Lazy C then answered, “It exposes as delinquent the voting habits of a man who is courting Vancouver’s voters, and reasonable voters don’t see truth-telling as a sleazy maneuver at all.”

Courting ex-mayor Pollard some months after the election drew word that Leavitt had “duped the citizens of America’s Vancouver” and “checked his honesty and integrity at the door somewhere way back down the line … people bought that bull … this was a campaign based on a lie.”

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October 11, 2013

Carolyn Crain, The Ugly Side of the CRC

by lewwaters

Clark County, Vancouver, Washington citizen Carolyn Crain, speaking about the ugly underside of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project from Portland, Oregon being forced upon Washington State citizens against their will.

October 11, 2013

Tiffany Couch Testimony before Trans Committee Hearing

by lewwaters

Forensic Auditor Tiffany Couch speaks before the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee “Listening” Hearing, October 7, 2013 held in Vancouver, Washington.

October 9, 2013

Lazy C Was For a Vote Before They Were Against a Vote

by lewwaters

Boris ColumbianReaders know I have little regard for the Columbian, aka the Lazy C due to their shoddy reporting, lack of interest in reporting negative reports on Democrats and their continued inconsistency directed towards the public.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 shows once again why their subscriptions continue to decline and why so few in Clark County trust them.

We all know that the CRC light rail project is big news and the community remains divided, many citizens outraged over a recent agreement to enter into a binding contract with TriMet for their financially troubled light rail and surrendering our sovereignty to Oregon just weeks before a scheduled advisory vote by citizens, essentially ruling the vote null and void even before it is held.

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October 7, 2013

Tim Leavitt Takes to Threatening Citizens

by lewwaters

UPDATE: It never ceases to amaze me how the Lazy C is very selective in their outrage against certain people. While they have gone absolutely nutz over Sen. Don Benton threatening a lawsuit against Ed Barnes, for his week after week of unfounded claims of him being unqualified for the job he was legally appointed to by County Commissioners, Tim Leavitt’s threat below remains completely ignored.

As if lying through his teeth back in 2009 to get elected wasn’t bad enough, now we see Mayor Tim ‘The Liar’ Leavitt using the city provided email address he was issued to threaten a citizen that speaks out against him.

From: “Tim Leavitt” <Tim.Leavitt@cityofvancouver.us>
To: tljco@comcast.net
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:18:22 AM
Subject: Re: tri met

Again, what you’re saying below is inaccurate, and in fact if even feasible geometrically, would have significant negative impacts to our downtown.

Terrence, I’m going to offer you a courtesy “heads-up”. I hope you pay close attention. Your statement of “nothing personal” is humorous, at best.

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