For the last 19 months, the Republican-controlled Congress has failed to perform its Constitution-mandated responsibility to prevent the president and his Cabinet from frivolously spending our hard-earned taxpayer dollars.
I'm a descendent of Washington state pioneers and have a vested interest in the state's history. Mother Joseph's Providence Academy in downtown Vancouver is part of that history and should be duly preserved.
I live in Washington, work in Oregon, and must pay Oregon taxes. What do I get in return for those paid taxes? An email from Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, stated that this issue has been brought to court and the “courts ruled that during their time in Oregon, Washington residents reap the benefits of the taxation and therefore it is legal.”
This is in response to "3rd District, first debate" (Aug. 9, The Columbian). On the topic of town halls, Carolyn Long stated, "you have to look your constituents in the eye and talk about why you voted the way you did." Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said, "I think they're important and I'll continue to do them." Please note that Herrera Beutler does not do face-to-face town halls.
The article "Gorge businesses still feel the burn" (Aug. 12, The Columbian) further fanned my flames about the real costs of personal fireworks. The Eagle Creek Fire required $40 million to quench, there were several homes lost, and it put firefighters' lives at risk.
Larry J. Coatney's letter, "Don't demonize the other side" (Aug. 11, Our Readers' Views) was a perfect example of "conservative fragility" -- the inability of conservatives to tolerate, let alone acknowledge or take responsibility for the real disastrous results of conservative policies.
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