The Lazy C has long harbored a grudge against County Commissioner Tom Mielke and were quite upset when he said he did not want to see copies of the Columbian laying around at county offices. The feud, even though a somewhat soft one is well known and listening in on today’s Commissioner meeting, hearing the following exchange just cracked me up.
Carolyn Crain, one of two Republicans campaigning for the Washington State 49th Legislative District currently held by Democrat Jim Moeller, speaking before an audience on April 9, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington.
Washington State Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R. 2nd) speaking in Vancouver, Washington, April 9, 2014 on behalf of candidate Carolyn Crain (R), running against incumbent Democrat Jim Moeller in the 49th Legislative District.
Yes, some of the same five that screwed us last year in the rushed approval of the contract with Trimet voted for another rushed approval of Millions of our tax dollars to go for an unneeded Bus Rapid Transit System down Fourth Plain Blvd. from Vancouver Mall to end somewhere in the vicinity of Clark College.
The original plan was to have BRT meet a light rail transit station at Clark College, but with light rail now dead, why do we need a multi-Billion dollar BRT System?
Tim Leavitt, Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Jack Burkman, Jim Irish, Steve Stuart (by phone) all voted to rush into yet another ill conceived plan that voters indicated they did not want just last year. You voted these crooks in, I didn’t.
But this sort of over the top bullying from him is not something new, he’s done it many times before.
In fact, this blog called him on it back in November 2010 when a ‘Moderate’ Republican, the very thing he also calls for from Republicans, was the target of his vitriol over announcing he had cancelled his subscription: Lou Brancaccio and Chicago Bullying Tactics?
Just a thought, nothing I have spoken to Sen. Benton about, but the thought crossed my mind of what if he included the newspaper litter tax in the list of options solely to get under Lefty Lou’s skin and see him ranting and raving endlessly, leaving him looking the fool?
Benton is no dummy, in spite of what people think of him and he has shown in the past his ability to rankle nerves while he sits back and laughs.
And let’s face it, everybody knows any such litter tax is DOA and even if passed in the legislature, would be quickly overturned in the courts.
Reminiscent of an editorial after Barack Obama won his chance to dismantle American freedoms in 2008, now comes Lazy C editor, ‘Lefty’ Lou Brancaccio with yet another smokescreen call of “come together.”
Now, as then, it is nothing more than a partisan call to isolate those he dislikes, conservative Republicans and fall into step with his preferred socialistic and beloved Democrats as we see the call is always “come together” under Democrats with him.
The editorial, Press Talk: It’s time to move forward is nothing more than another thinly veiled attack against conservative Republicans, focusing on the same three, Benton, Mielke & Madore that we have seen every week for months now.
Listening to the rhetoric coming from the far leftists demanding the proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver to be scrapped, the ominous feeling came over me that if these people, including the four and possibly more current Vancouver City Council Members who have said they oppose it, were around in the 1940’s, World War Two might have been lost.
It is not as much of a stretch as it may sound. Much of their expressed opposition centers around the assumption of a pristine river and river front, fears of pollution to the river and the soil, assumed dangers of the product to workers and those living near the port and more.
In my estimation, fears raised and blown out of proportion to promote their BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything thanks John Laird) attitude to force the world to conform to their views.
Ed Barnes continues his campaign of grouchiness and blasting any and everything the County Commission does, then ended his weekly tirade with;
As a retired union thug, does he not realize a “team player” works with the team and not against them? It also does not mean that he gets to call all of the shots.
But, as he says, he is intent on tying up the prosecutors office and overloading them over nothing, all driven by hate and fueled by the Lazy C on a near daily basis.
The Lazy C has reported that local loudmouth and old grouch, Ed Barnes, has thrown his hat in the ring for the nomination to replace Steve Stuart on the County Commission.
Do we really want someone with such a grouchy attitude representing us on the County Commission?
For benefit of readers, lamentarsi is Italian for “complain, moan, howl, grieve, lament or whine.”
And that is all Lefty’s weekly Press Talk columns have been reduced to for some time now as he seems to be unaware of anything happening during the week except for whatever he can cherry pick from the County Commissioner Meeting to use in hopes of promoting that really dumb cup.
So much for all the calls of hope and change from a few years ago. If that change doesn’t suit the crooks that tried desperately to ram Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail down the throats of Clark County taxpayers, well, let’s just say the small minority of fatcats intend to take action to restore their power balance and ripping off taxpayers.
Paul Montague, who was tasked with leading the rip-off light rail project has announced his intent to resign as president of Identity Clark County to now lead a political action committee specifically to “counter the direction of commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke” according to a Lazy C article by Cami Joner.
That both were elected by wide majorities specifically by voters to change the direction of the county rubs Montague and his ilk the wrong way, displaying the disdain they hold for middle class citizens desiring to retain a little of their own paychecks so they can care better for their families.
Former mayor Royce Pollard, displaying the very conduct he would never tolerate when he was mayor
I won’t discuss the merits of a much-needed third bridge across the Columbia River at this time or the aggressive 5-years Commissioner Madore claims, but this is indicative of what I have said before of spiteful opposition from CRC supporters for our not allowing them to force Portland’s financially troubled light rail on us against our will.
Keep it classy, Royce. What a jerk you are.
As announced, Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart has been named as the next City manager for the city of Ridgefield, Washington. Stuart previously announced he would not run for reelection this year, very likely having read the tea leaves that his chances for reelection were somewhat remote, at best.
With his leaving office early, if he actually does, the seat becomes vacant and the political party he ran under, Democrats have to present three names to the remaining County Commissioners to select his replacement.
Whoever is selected will finish out Stuarts term in office and likely will run for reelection in this November’s election.
It’s actually no surprise, it has been pretty well known around the county that Mayor Onslow, a fellow member of the C-Tran Gang of Five that sold us out to Oregon’s Trimet, was going to make sure Stuart received the nomination.
Ridgefield’s loss is Clark County’s gain, though.
Stuart will begin on April 14.
After that, the Democrat Party will put forth three individuals for Commissioner’s Madore and Mielke to select his replacement from. So far, I have only heard of Temple Lentz announcing she wishes to be one of the three.
I can’t say it is unexpected, given strong citizen opposition and poor support in the Oregon legislature, but news is out that Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s Sunday, March 9 deadline for funding an “Oregon Only” CRC plan to ram their financially failing light rail onto Clark County will see the demise of the project, again.
We heard this before, though. Just last year the Washington Senate failed to bring a funding measure to the floor, effectively ending Washington State’s involvement in the boondoggle.
But special interests hell bent on forcing light rail across the Columbia River, thereby enhancing their bank accounts, revived the project under an ill-advised “Oregon Only” plan, where the state of Oregon appeared to take on construction by themselves and funding to be placed on the backs of Clark County commuters with expensive tolling.
Very brief excerpts of some of the talent seen at the February 22, 2014 Luau to Honor World War Two and Korean War Veterans in Vancouver, Washington.
“America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men” -
Alexander Graham Bell
Words spoken long ago by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the first practical telephone, but that continue to ring true as we still see newspapers, the medium we should be able to place the most trust in for accurate and objective news, manipulating public opinion to fit some agenda favored by publishers or special interest groups favored by editors.
Day to day reports of auto accidents, women’s clubs, crime or obituaries may remain objective, for the most part, but politically this medium comes down solid on the left, in spite of claims otherwise.
Still think Oregon will pay for any cost overruns associated with the CRC light rail boondoggle?
Oregon State Democrat Senator Michael Dembrow is letting you know, Clark County commuters, that you will be paying for whatever it is Oregon wants.
His cavalier attitude rivals the cluelessness of Washington State Democrat State Senator Annette Cleveland as she expressed the evening of Feb 19, 2014 during the tele-town hall held with constituents of the 49th legislative district.
I’d post the audio, but I guess you’ll have to wait for the Lazy C to post it since that is the preferred source of information.
While not exactly the imaginary city of Mayberry, the city of Vancouver, Washington has long had a degree of rustic charm missing from the larger megalopolis south of the Columbia River, Portland, Oregon.
But, if city leaders, city government, Democrats, Developers and the city of Portland get to have their way, that rustic charm will be soon be buried deep under a Concrete Jungle built along the northern banks of the river and catered to by an eight-story monstrosity of a bridge built only to carry Portland’s light rail to Vancouver to ferry citizens, and their money, to Portland, leaving Vancouver with an ever dwindling revenue for her citizens.
This blog is just one that has written on the folly of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project over the years, but little has been said about another Portland envy dream of city leaders and developers, a Waterfront Project along the banks of the river that will offer high end shops, apartments and condominiums for the more wealthy, leaving the struggling middle class in Vancouver floundering and hoping to somehow gain employment as either housekeeping staff, wait staff or grounds keeper for those wealthy who would live there.