Archive for ‘Letters To The Blog’

October 23, 2013

Citizen Sees Waste Connections Connection

by lewwaters

Waste Connections to Local Politicians

Submitted by Margaret Tweet, Oct.23, 2013

Waste Connections Inc. (WCI) has exclusive contracts for garbage and recycling services with Clark County, Vancouver, and other cities. WCI connects with local politicians who approve their contracts via generous campaign contributions. According to the Public Disclosure Commission, top recipients of WCI associated largess are County Commissioner Steve Stuart ($20,271) and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt ($14,650). In contrast, Commissioners Madore and Mielke  as well as Vancouver City Councilors Bill Turlay , Jeanne Stewart, and Jack Burkman show no donations on file. A spreadsheet of noteable donations is available for details, and links are also included in the article.

January 8, 2013

HCT Act; is C-Tran in Compliance?

by lewwaters

C-TranSubmitted by Robert Dean

Actions and public statements from C-Tran indicate that they are aware of RCW 81.104 but either did not take it seriously or forgot many of its provisions. Similarly, CRC officials acknowledged the Act but did not plan the Project accordingly.

CRC Co-Director, Don Wagner, observed in 2010 that each one year delay in construction costs the public $100 million with 3% inflation. When he made that observation  he was expecting the C-Tran public vote on funding operations to take place that fall. If he had been familiar with the Act he would not have had that expectation.

C-Tran has recently scurried to comply with the Act:

November 4, 2011

Opposition to Vancouver City Council’s “Vision of Vancouver”

by lewwaters

Letter To The Blog:

Well it appears that no matter what our city council will push full steam ahead with their view of the city. This October 10th meeting I was in extreme shock as I watched Jeanne Harris respond to the mayor’s statement that he didn’t really like the idea of allowing the existing businesses to expand and further develop in the downtown core area. (This conversation was pertaining to the Biomass plant issue as without stating it they were attempting to place roadblocks up to stop the project.) The shocking part was when Harris jumped on that train so fast and requested an amendment to strike out the verbiage which basically protected those current business operations from having to move in order to grow. The economic impact of this moratorium is astounding. When they continue marching forward without a second thought as to the changing times and revenue passing ordinances which will further degrade the home values and further reduce the revenue income it is appalling. These are the people who we elected to represent us? They want us to pay more property taxes and taxes in general so that they can in turn give a tax break to their cronies and then they want to block our family businesses from growing and affording us the opportunity of a decent wage job to pay the bill with. I am not taking sides here on the Biomass plant issue but I am certainly frustrated with the whole lot of them at city hall for over reaching their authority.

If I were in business in what is zoned as the light industrial area downtown I would so sue the pants off of all of them.

September 10, 2011

Revisiting 9/11: “Hit the buildings, Missed America”

by lewwaters

What happened, America? We came together as a people, united behind the President demanding justice for so many of our people being murdered in an senseless act of war.

How did we allow unscrupulous politico’s to once again divide us?

Where did the resolve we read in the following go? I did not write the following, but wish I had.

Hit the buildings, Missed America 

Posted By: Charles Brennan, Windrose 18, So. Florida
Date: 9/11/2001 9:07p.m.

April 13, 2011

Attempts by Light Rail Advocates to Marginalize Businessman, David Madore

by lewwaters

Full complete video of the meetings may be accessed here and by clicking Citizen Communication

Received from Josephine Wentzel;

Last night the C-TRAN board, with the exception of County Commissioner Tom Mielke decided that Clark County citizens do not have the right to vote on the Maintenance and Operations on the proposed light rail.

On Tuesday, February 14, 1995 (Page A10), the Columbian reported: “Voters left no doubt: Light rail dead for now.”

“The final vote in last week’s election, wasn’t even close: Light rail got trounced, with 67.8 percent against, only 32.2 percent in favor.” It went on to say: “C-TRAN should respect the voters’ wishes”.

March 3, 2011

Citizen to City Council Member Burkman: Civility

by lewwaters

As was previously posted here, Monday evening, February 28, 2011 saw Vancouver city council member Jeanne ‘Gavel Down’ Harris once again confront successful Vancouver businessman David Madore. This time however, instead of berating Mr. Madore, she, acting as contrite as she is capable, placed blame for the subsequent negativity associated with her previous meltdown on Mr. Madore, asking him to please remove the video of her now internationally famous “Gavel Down” incident.

As council meeting was wrapping up, council member Jack Burkman, for whatever reason decided to publicly add his two cents and admonish Mr. Madore as well.

February 21, 2011

Rees Lloyd: A Tale of Two Americas on Washington’s Birthday in the Age of Obama

by lewwaters

by REES LLOYD

As many Americans pause on this Washington’s Birthday Holiday (renamed “President’s Day” by Act of Congress which should be reversed) to remember and reflect on what America was and represented at home and abroad in the Age of President and Commander-in-Chief George Washington, soldier and self-declared patriot, it is well to reflect on what America has become and represents at home and abroad in the Age of President and Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama, non-soldier and self-declared “progressive.”

That it is a tale of two very different Americas on Washington’s Birthday 2011 in the age of Obama, as to American values, the kind of nation America now is, and what America now represents at home and abroad, is reflected in two publications on Washington’s Birthday Holiday: One from the New York Post headlined “Hero’s unwelcome,” pertaining to acts at Columbia University, President Obama’s alma mater; and the other from WorldNetDaily.com, headlined: “Heroes: Stop Destroying Our Military,” pertaining to the American military, Gen. George Washington’s alma mater.

January 28, 2011

FREE SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR AT TEAM QUEST A SUCCESS

by lewwaters

Matt Lindland’s “SportFight” Promotion At Spirit Mountain Casino (1/28/11)

By REES LLOYD

If you missed the free self-defense seminar held by Team Quest MMA and Fitness in Portland on Saturday (Jan. 22, 2011), you missed something good – good for you, good for your family and good for the community.

But the success of the effort may lead to more opportunities, according to Matt Lindland, Oregon’s Olympic Silver Medalist and Mixed Martial Arts Super-Star who co-founded Team Quest in Portland along with MMA legends Dan Henderson and Randy Couture.

“We are pleased at the response to our offer of a free self-defense seminar for the community, which we put on as a way of giving back to the community, and to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,” Lindland said. “People who participated are asking for more. We may now schedule more free seminars like this, or maybe shorter, focused self-defense training in half-hour sessions, maybe weekly.”

MMA is the fastest growing sport in America, and Team Quest has earned a national and international reputation as one of the best, most famed mixed martial arts training centers in the world. Created in the Gresham area of Portland, Team Quest now has training centers in Portland, Tualatin, and West Linn in Oregon; and, in California, Redding, Oceanside, and Temecula, CA, which is led by Team Quest co-founder Dan Henderson. [For more details, log on to www.teamquestmma.net.]

December 15, 2010

Liberty Milestones: December 15, 1791 “Bill of Rights Day”

by lewwaters

Contributed by Rees Lloyd

The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights began in the First Amendment with five of the most important words ever writ to protect personal liberty and to expressly limit the power and scope of government: “Congress shall make no law….

Those five words of the First Amendment are but the first of the commands of the Bill of Rights to evidence that each amendment was intended by the Founding Fathers to expressly limit the central government’s powers, and to expressly protect the rights of individual citizens, and the States.

The question facing Americans of this generation is whether we will fight an expanding federal government, including the federal judiciary as well as Congress and the Executive Branch, to preserve and protect the rights of the Bill of Rights which are being eroded.

The First Amendment, after commanding that “Congress shall make no law,” expressly prohibit the federal government from adopting laws infringing on freedom of religion — through a prohibition against establishment of a national religion as had happened in England and European nations, and through an express guarantee of “free exercise” of religion; freedom of speech; freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble and to petition for redress of grievances.

October 27, 2010

Cut county costs, not public services

by lewwaters

Contributed by Margaret Tweet

Clark County employees contribute $0 to insurance premiums for Medical, Dental, Vision, Long term disability, and Life insurance. Clark County Commissioners voted on October 12 to extend the $0 contribution plan through 2011, add another holiday (14 yearly), and freeze wages for 3 large union groups. In 2012 county employees may contribute to premiums, and a definite salary hike of 2% was granted. This agreement sets the standard for the rest of the county, about 1,640 employees altogether.

September 17, 2010

CONSTITUTION DAY – SEPT. 17, 1787

by lewwaters

CONSTITUTION DAY – SEPT. 17, 1787

By Rees Lloyd

On September 17, 1787, after weeks of often bitter debate by delegates of the States gathered at the Constitutional Convention at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Constitution of the United States, beginning with the words, “We, the People,” was signed by thirty-nine of the fifty-five delegates — and the world was changed forever as America began its “great experiment” in self-government.

Never before had a constitution been established in the name of “the People” of a nation, rather than by and in the name of a monarch, a state, or other governmental power. Many of the most erudite thinkers of the so-called “Age of Enlightment,” did not believe that a constitutional republic of limited government “by, for, and of the people” could survive in a broad land containing a large and diverse population. America is still an ongoing experiment in liberty.

The Constitutional Convention had commenced on May 14, 1787, with a challenge to the conscience and integrity of delegates by George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army which had won the Revolutionary war, and who was elected President of the Constitutional Convention by unanimous vote.

“If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterward defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the event is in the Hand of God,” said Washington, who would later become the First President of the United States and be regarded as “the Father of his country.”

The delegates were learned American patriots who had studied history deeply to meet the task of creating a constitution fit for a free people. Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence but did not participate in the Constitutional Convention because he was in Paris representing the United States, wrote of the delegates with utmost respect as “a gathering of demigods.”

The Constitution the framers wrought in the name of “We, the People,” was one creating a government of limited, not expansive, or expanding, powers.

Rather, the “Bill of Rights,” contained in the First Ten Amendments, for which the efforts of James Madison earned him recognition as “the Father of the Constitution,” begins with five words limiting powers of the federal government over the people:

“Congress shall make no law…,” respecting an establishment of religion nor abridging the fundamental rights of free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, of press, of assembly, of petition for redress of grievance; rights which the Founding Fathers believed Americans were “endowed by their Creator,” as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, rights granted by the “hand of God,” not the hand of government.

The Ninth and Tenth Amendments reinforced the words “Congress shall make no law…” by mandating that the people and the states retained all rights not enumerated as possessed by the central government.

Never before in history had “We, the people,” had their natural rights so expressly protected by a constitution so expressly limiting the government as to its powers. By changing the relationship of the people and their government, limiting the power of government and making the retained rights of the people superior, the Founding Fathers changed the world, the people of which have ever after dreamed of the freedoms of Americans and looked to the Constitution, as a model for liberty in a constitutional republic.

The framers of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers of America, were faced with a great challenge, and they met it. The Constitution which they framed was finally ratified by all states by January 10, 1791. It has now endured for 223 years since it was signed on Sept. 17, 1787.

“What kind of government have you given us, Mr. Franklin,” an American woman asked Founding Father Benjamin Franklin at the close of the convention.

“A republic, Madam,” Ben Franklin replied. “If you can keep it.”

That, the keeping of the free constitutional republic that the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us, is our challenge in this age.

We owe a great debt to all those Founding Fathers and other Americans who came before us who preserved our freedom. We pay that debt by what we do to preserve freedom for those Americans who will come after us.

Rees Lloyd, a longtime civil rights lawyer formerly with the ACLU, American Legion Life Member and Judge Advocate Post 79; Past Commander and Scribe, District 21; and an unashamed American patriot.

June 23, 2010

A Supporter States: Why I’M Endorsing DAVID CASTILLO For Congress!

by lewwaters

Received in email with permission to repost;

Why I’M Endorsing DAVID CASTILLO For Congress!

Hi. My name is Josephine Wentzel and I am a longtime resident of Clark County, former Political Director for Clark County Republicans, a conservative political activist. I have lobbied successfully for pro-family issues. People, who know me, know that I am a conservative pro-life, pro-family, and pro-constitution and often say that I answer to an Almighty God whom I humbly fear.

I first learned of David Castillo when my longtime friend Danielle Turrisini, a conservative activist featured on CNN, had introduced me to David with hopes that I volunteer for a presidential campaign. I agreed to help and took on the challenge.

A MAN OF HIS WORD:

At this point, I never even met David in person but spoke to him on the phone a few times. Although David was running a campaign regionally, he was always accessible and appreciative of his volunteers. One day I told David on the phone that I would like to be invited to the presidential inauguration and asked if he would get me an invitation. David without hesitation gave me his word that he would try his best but added that there were no promises as invitations were limited per state. I didn’t give it another thought and imagined that this meant I probably wasn’t going to get an invitation.

After the election and shortly before the presidential inauguration, I received a call from the Washington State Republican Party stating that I had an invitation to the presidential inauguration! David Castillo, a man whom I never met, who gave me his word on the phone, had actually followed through! It was at this point that I knew David Castillo was definitely a man of his word and could be counted on.

However, this was not the only deciding factor for me to publicly endorse David. It was when I learned that Dr. Joseph Fuiten (Founder of Washington Conservative Leadership group, commentator, well known minister / activist), and Christian Coalition Director Rick Forcier, amongst other great conservative leaders, had endorsed him!

For these well-known honorable, hard working men to come out BEFORE a Primary to endorse someone is HUGE! It says that David is a man of integrity, of honor and a man of his word. I know that the conservative leaders in this state would never put their names next to David if he was not a man of honor!

With this, I urge you, my friends and family to VOTE, SUPPORT and ENDORSE David Castillo for Congress! Go to: www.CastilloforCongress.com

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT IN THIS RACE: JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR DAVID CASTILLO!

Warm Regards,

Josephine F. Wentzel
Vancouver, WA

December 19, 2009

COP KILLER MAURICE CLEMMONS SHOULD NOT HAVE SEEN DAYLIGHT

by lewwaters

Reader Submission:

Maurice Clemmons murdered four of Washington’s finest in Lakewood Washington. It is a travesty that this monster was walking our streets! Every citizen should be outraged that he was released after facing 8 felonies which included punching a deputy in the face and the rape of a 12 year old girl! We voted for three strikes you are out in 1993. What happened?

Also, Jessica’s law which would have kept him locked up for life, was stripped down to a meaningless law by the Democrats and Governor Gregoire. At least the Republican lawmakers in Washington State voted to enact a tough Jessica’s law in it original form. Former Arkansas Republican Governor Huckabee shares responsibility for commuting his sentence down to 47 years which allowed him to be paroled the first time in Arkansas.

Gregoire allowed the release of another hardened criminal, a sociopath named Steven Dozier. Thirty year veteran Detective Mike Ciesynski stated he had rarely encountered a more dangerous person.

Gregoire needs to go! The Democrats who stripped Jessica’s law need to go! The judges who released Clemmons onto the street need to go! We have had enough. Get Justice for our four slain hero’s and that little girl. Take back the justice system in our State. Clemmens is dead but who will they release next to prowl the streets for their next victims. Vote them OUT!

Respectfuly,

Chuck Miller
Washington Citizens for Responsible Government

Clark County Conservative addressed this issue earlier this year after the tragic murder of 13-year-old Alycia Nipp at, Alycia Nipp Did Not Have To Die.

I contacted every representative and senator from both parties for Southwest Washington asking for stronger laws to keep these predators off of our streets.

I received replies from only two, Senator Don Benton and Representative Ed Orcutt, whose efforts were blocked.

No other elected official responded to me.

November 6, 2009

VOTERS WANTED JACK BACK?

by lewwaters

Submitted by reader;

Jack Burkman’s narrow margin of less than 7% against his opponent, Bill Turlay is not a voter mandate to “ Bring Jack Back”.

Let’s examine Jack’s tax and spend voting record.

Jack’s vote contributed to our current city debt of $212 Million with debt interest payment at $10 Million per year.

Jack’s voted for SIX (6) downtown parking garages with a LOSS of revenue of $280,000 in 2008; Hilton hotel construction $ 72.5 million with $1 Million per year in debt interest payment and $800,00/yr Hilton management fee. Also Jack voted for a TEN-year property tax break for downtown Heritage condo owners.

Jack’s campaign brochure states he will wisely manage our community’s funds. If Jack really managed funds well during his years in office, why have Police and Fire always been used as the pawn to extract more taxes out of the public’s pocket?

Jack’s campaign brochure also states he wants to keep our city safe and secure. Where was Jack’s concern about safety for library patrons when he served simultaneously as a Vancouver Library board member and City council member? Jack consistently voted to keep unfiltered porn in the library, even after the Mayor recommended library board members filter out porn.

Jack’s voting record shows he voted in lockstep with the mayor and never showed any independent thinking of his own. Can you imagine, two years and never finding any issue with which you disagree with anyone else on the council? Is this leadership?

During his time on council Jack demonstrated his inability to interface with the citizens and showed contempt for citizens when they voiced their disapproval on certain issues. Jack had the audacity to say to a constituent – “you are not smart enough to understand how to run the city”. After a public forum at a local school in April 2000, Jack wrote part of a letter to The Columbian where he pitched a fit at the questions being asked by citizens. Now, he wants us to believe he is a thoughtful leader who brings people together (as stated in his campaign brochure)?

Sooner or later the real “Jack” will show up and the voters will realize they have reelected the same Jack who did not serve them well the first time on City council.

Fran Rutherford
Vancouver, Wa.

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