Archive for ‘Clark County Issues’

August 30, 2019

Come out of her, so that you will not share in her sins

by lewwaters

Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;” Revelation 18:4

I’m not one to push religion on others, believing we each are free to choose or reject religious views as we please. But, given the recent actions seen within the Clark County Republican Party in Washington State, a non-Biblical application of the quoted scripture quickly came to mind.

That being, True Republicans should abandon the local party before they are drawn into the dictatorial radical actions being displayed by those now in control the party. The Republican Party, the Reagan “Big Tent” party of yesterday that drew so many admirers is dead to these radicals whose ethics are as situational as any I have ever seen.

The ends justify the means!

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August 25, 2019

CCGOP in Melt-Down – Updated

by lewwaters

The alt-right faction continues to destroy what’s left of the CCGOP.

The gist of the current melt-down appears to me to be a case of the current alt-right group that tried desperately to undermine and oust the previous leadership are themselves now being targeted for being undermined and ousted.

The Clark County Republican Party ought to drop the “Republican” from their name and insert Hatfields and McCoys.

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August 18, 2019

Where is a Counter to the Lazy C?

by lewwaters

It is no secret that the overall majority of today’s media is solidly controlled and supportive of the left side of the political spectrum. Some, like our own daily “newspaper of record,” the Columbian make no effort to even hide it.

Tagged by this blog long ago as the “Lazy C” for their lack of objectivity and no interest in seeking out scandalous information on Democrat officials, they have long amounted to little more than a daily mouthpiece for the Democrat party, only promoting the positions of the Democrats daily in editorials, articles and syndicated columns, with rare lone exceptions.

John Laird, Lou Brancaccio, Greg Jayne, Stephanie Rice and so many others over the years blatantly put forth politically biased accounts lacking any objective intent and knowing they were essentially “the only game in town,” the much smaller Reflector primarily focusing on North County news and the larger Oregonian to the South also biased to the left.

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May 27, 2019

Just a Thought

by lewwaters

Question

How does one proclaim being “Pro-Liberty” while simultaneously engaging in efforts to silence, or calling for “containing” any that disagree or criticize?

January 10, 2019

Julie Olson was the Right Choice

by lewwaters

Julie Olson

What’s the measure of an effective elected official? My guess the answer will always depend on who is asked the question. But to me, an effective elected official is one that is responsive to citizens and our concerns whether large issues of relatively small ones.

In a December 17, 2018 Letter to the Editor in the Reflector, a certain mouthy alt-right writer declared, concerning the 2018 elections, “Our only hero is Eileen Quiring, who our citizens recently voted into office as our new chair” and “If the voters in District 2 had done their homework and voted for Elisabeth Veneman, Clark County citizens would have had two heroes…”

I have to admit I have never spoken with Veneman, but reading some of her comments and those of her alt-right supporters, I am left with the impression her responsiveness would lie towards those who agree with her political views more so than with actual citizen needs in the county.

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November 11, 2018

Veterans Day Parade

by lewwaters

A few excerpts of the Veterans Day Parade in Vancouver, Washington at the historic Vancouver Barracks

To all of my fellow Veterans, Welcome Home, thank you for stepping up when needed.

September 2, 2018

I-1639 Must Be Defeated!

by lewwaters

I-1639, the most egregious and intrusive anti-gun effort we have seen to date has been approved for the ballot this election. It goes without saying that those of us who appreciate our constitutional right to defend our homes from bad guys must band together to ensure it is defeated.

To that end, the National Rifle Association has joined the effort to see it go down in flame with their website, Initiative1639.org

In announcing the website the NRA said,

“ ‘Law -abiding gun owners in Washington State need to understand the impact I-1639 will have on their Second Amendment right to self-defense,’ said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA’s new website, Initiative1639.org provides the facts on how this gun-control initiative will infringe on law-abiding citizens’ constitutional rights and make it more difficult to protect themselves and their families’.”

 

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August 11, 2018

Updated: Did Pre-Paid Postage Increase Voter Turnout?

by lewwaters

Elections officials and political party leaders have long been concerned over what at times is an abysmal turnout of voters on our elections, especially in midterm or off-year elections. By all appearances it seems that unless a president is being elected, the majority of registered voters can’t be bothered to cast their vote.

In my opinion that is a deadly position to take as it is during those non-presidential elections when most local officials are elected, mayors, city council, county council or commissioners, each with more direct effect on citizens than any president.

An experiment was tried this year in Clark County of sending out postage pre-paid envelopes to entice voters to send in their ballots, since we are all mail-in voting. Did it improve anything?

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August 5, 2018

Lazy C, Against Guns but for Socialism?

by lewwaters

This blog has never shied away from stating how the Lazy C, aka the Columbian newspaper, fails the very community it claims to serve with its bias and ignoring allegations of wrongdoing when it comes to Democrats.

Where they lack in deep investigative journalism locally, they make up by promoting whatever the latest agenda of the left may be.

Case in point, two editorials in the Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 edition, In Our View: Printing Guns a Dire Danger and Fear of socialism distorting nation’s political discourse.

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August 3, 2018

What Goes Around Comes Around

by lewwaters

Karma, in its simplest definition “is getting back whatever it was you dished out,” also referred to as reaping what you sow, getting your just rewards, got what’s coming to you, paybacks and more. I think y’all get the picture.

Karma can also be quite sweet for those who have been targets of vitriolic smears over the years, even though just a bystander witnessing the sweet karmic ‘just rewards’ getting dished out on those so deserving of receiving a taste of what they gave out before.

Such is the case going on this primary election in regards to some fringe, far right PCO’s from the Clark County Republican party hoping to retain their PCO position or desiring to oust others and assist in returning fringe control over the county level party.

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July 23, 2018

You Should Vote For …

by lewwaters

It’s that time again, elections!

Seems to be a never ending cycle year after year that we have an election for some office. National, County, City or citizen initiative seems we are always being asked to vote for someone or something.

In all reality, even though it seems to be pain in between presidential elections, we should count ourselves fortunate that we are given a voice in offices at lower levels, some countries don’t.

But we also must be serious in voting, for those of us actually voting and not throwing away the ballots our tax dollars pay for to be printed and mailed to us or wistfully marking a ballot according to a letter after the name or because someone said who they prefer who we vote for.

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July 15, 2018

Being Old Doesn’t Make You a Danger

by lewwaters

There is little doubt left today that we do have a significant number in our society that wants to disarm citizens, one initiative at a time here in Washington State.

Since initially proposing I-594, Universal Background Checks on Gun Purchases, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has become one of the more notable anti-gun groups as year after year they return with more initiatives, incrementally moving us towards total disarmament in little baby steps, all while claiming they respect the second amendment.

Balderdash!

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July 8, 2018

Are We Ready to Scrap Capitalism for Socialism?

by lewwaters

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

Democratic Socialist of America

It seems many from the left have forgotten the lessons taught to us by history in regards to the old theory of a government based upon Socialism. Socialism is described by a dictionary definition as, “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

The wording actually sounds fairly nice and manageable, but the reality is what has been intended since long ago by Karl Marx and the Marxist theory is, “a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.”

Those advocating socialism often lecture us as to how fair it is, how we are all equal and we have equality in prosperity and life, escaping the bondage of capitalism where they claim only the wealthy ever prosper from the labors of the poorer workers.

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July 1, 2018

Climate of Vitriol?

by lewwaters

It shouldn’t be surprising to see our local newspaper, the Lazy C aka the Columbian, using the tragic murders of five staff members at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. This past Thursday, June 28, 2018. It is what they do, following the admonition set years ago by leftwing Rahm Emanuel, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Following that line, we see Opinion Editor Greg Jayne pen Deadly attack on newspaper terrifying – and inspiring where he editorializes on the shooting, pointing out how within hours of the attack, the newspaper in Maryland published their paper in spite of the tragedy.

I have to agree that getting their paper out in spite of such a tragedy, losing five colleagues and undergoing the criminal investigation of the event is a display of dedication on their part.

But then Jayne had to go off on how essential a free press is and pointing fingers about the “Climate of Vitriol” the country is currently embroiled in.

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May 22, 2017

After Smears, Sean Guard Drops Bid for Reelection

by lewwaters

Earlier this afternoon this blog was included in receiving the following announcement from Sean Guard, Mayor of Washougal, Washington.

I am sending this to the large group of folks who have been so supportive of us, especially in the last week.

It is obvious that this far right faction is desperate to get me out of office and they will do anything possible to do so. Annie and I know the truth, however, as do so many of you.

I bleed orange and black. I am Washougal through and through. I have spent the last 7+ years leading our community to greater heights and preparing it for the future. We have so many awesome opportunities in front of us thanks to the team and most of the council that is in place.

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May 16, 2017

Politics, a Blood Sport? Or just Cockroaches Hiding in the Shadows?

by lewwaters

A quote from the leftist Welsh politician Aneurin Bevan, “politics is a bloodsport” is often heard from fringe elements to justify their vitriol and smearing of opponents in campaigns. Mostly it seems to now be coming from more right wing elements professing deep hatred for anything on the left.

To them, compromise or meeting in the middle is tantamount to high treason as they seek to impose their tyrannical view by any means deemed appropriate.

Tragically, we see this attitude all too often these past few years right here in Clark County Political campaigns as a small but nefarious group of right wingers seems hellbent on seizing power in our county by any means necessary.

It was three years ago this very blog became a target of this vitriolic hate group and remains in their crosshairs with whisper campaigns, so called “newsletters” spewing untruths or condemnation for having the audacity to allow voluntary contributions last year to help defray expenses.

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May 14, 2017

Marc Boldt Addresses Firing County Manager Mark McCauley

by lewwaters

Boldt, Dalesaandro, AngeloClark County Council Chair, Marc Boldt, interviewed by Mike Dalesandro and Jeff Angelo, the first half addresses the recent unexpected letting go of County Manager Mark McCauley.

Unfiltered Podcast Episode #7: Marc Boldt

See also CVTV coverage May 12, 2017 Special Meeting

April 1, 2017

UPDATED: Anne McEnerny Ogle Gets an Opponent

by lewwaters

Not an April Fool’s joke, in spite of the date, Clark County Republican Steven Cox announced today that he is throwing his hat in the ring for Mayor of Vancouver.

If you are unfamiliar with Steven Cox, don’t feel bad. So is a lot of Vancouver.

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January 24, 2017

Lazy C Editor Brancaccio to Retire

by lewwaters

Live, from downtown Vancouver, it was announced to day that editor Lou Brancaccio will retire on Feb 17, 2017.

From the article:

Editor Lou Brancaccio announced Tuesday that he will step away from daily management of The Columbian’s newsroom effective Feb. 17 and assume a new role as editor emeritus.
In his new role, Brancaccio will write his popular Press Talk column on a monthly basis, and continue as a member of the newspaper’s editorial board, which sets the newspaper’s editorial stance on issues and candidates.

Craig Brown, “who has served as The Columbian’s metro editor since October 2001” will take over leading the newsroom

I’m sure most of the 49th district downtown will miss him. But I doubt the bulk of the county he thumbed his nose at in his editorials will, though

January 23, 2017

Protesting is Good, Now

by lewwaters

Funny thing about the words spoken in the video, and if you note the exclusion of a major group of protesters in it, the stated attitude did not seem to apply when a mixed group of Conservatives, Liberals and Independents joined together nationwide in 2009 to protest Obamacare.

That’s right, the group known as the TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already) was ridiculed, lambasted, labeled racist (as nearly any disagreement with Obama was for 8 years) and marginalized often by the media, including our own Lazy C.

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