Posts tagged ‘Misplaced Priorities’

August 14, 2012

Public Safety Band-Aid Fix Coming Loose

by lewwaters

As the Vancouver City Council unanimously approved acceptance of a $2.3 Million SAFER Grant to reopen Fire Station 6, almost exactly one year ago, council member Jack Burkman was quoted, “We’ve wounded a neighborhood and now we need a Band-Aid” as he referred to the city as using a “broken business model.”

Fire Station 6 had been closed for much of 2011 due to budgeting problems in the city.

Other city council members applauded accepting the grant while reminding all of it gives the city a “temporary fix” and two years to work out a permanent solution.

Crews were hired and trained and the station was reopened on November 7, 2011 to a jubilant neighborhood, just in time for the November 8, 2011 elections where three Vancouver City Council members were up for reelection.

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August 2, 2012

UPDATED: Distracted Priorities: The Great Sign Caper of 2012

by lewwaters

Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio labels it the “Crazy Season,” that time in campaigning when political rhetoric grows into a fever pitch and for some, tempers flare. Whatever you call it, it shows how divided our country is due to the divisive tactics used today by some politicians and pundits as they pit American against American, forgetting the age old admonition, “a house divided cannot stand.”

One such failed candidate from the past, seemingly trying to repair a tarnished reputation, presents the appearance of having broken the crime of the century by claiming participation in a sting to catch a campaign sign thief, aka the Great Sign Caper, and actually taping himself chasing down a bicyclist alleged to have stolen a sign on camera and engaging the alleged thief on the bicycle instead of paying attention to driving his car on a public street.

Listen to the video with your eyes closed and it readily becomes apparent that the sign theft is but the background while the thrust is about who is chasing down the alleged thief.

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February 3, 2012

Sad, Really Sad

by lewwaters

Once again we are being asked all over the state to approve levies to send more money to schools, just as we have done nearly every election. School levies usually pass easily and funding never seems to be enough, according to the Teachers Union.

As our legislature focused primarily on homosexual marriage so far this session, some sorely needed education reform bills died in committee.

As you contemplate giving more of your money to schools, consider the following video taped in Washington State where High School students were asked basic questions that even Grammar School students should know. Ask yourself, are we getting our monies worth?

Read more at the Huffington Post

December 23, 2010

Shouldn’t Real Heroes Receive Honor Too?

by lewwaters

Once again we are approaching the end of another year. As usual, we are treated to a remembrance of so-called celebrities who have passed away during the year. Celebrities that produced movies, acted in or starred in them, singers, songwriters, book authors, and the whole gamut of those who entertain us or otherwise make millions of dollars creating fantasies for us to lose ourselves in.

The Seattle PI gives us 40 Celebrity Deaths for 2010, containing such names as, Teddy Pendergrass, Jean Simmons, J.D. Salinger, Peter Graves, Robert Culp, Lynn Redgrave, Lena Horne, Art Linkletter, Patricia Neal, Tony Curtis and many more.

Most all of us have viewed, read or listened to these celebrities and have enjoyed their work over the years and their passing is no doubt sad.

Yet, looking over the list, I noticed some names not listed. Names like Melvin E. Biddle, David H. McNerney, David C. Dolby, Nick Bacon, Vernon Baker and John William Finn. These names don’t actually merit the listing as celebrities, even though each one did more for all of us than all of the celebrities in the world. Who are the men behind these names?

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