Today, Sunday August 4, 2013, not a date that will live in infamy, but a day that marks a big change down at the local newspaper of record, the Columbian that I refer to as the Lazy C for their past efforts at ignoring much to promote a primarily leftist agenda, as we see the initial editorial of Greg Jayne as the newly installed Editorial Page Editor.
Jayne comes from the Sports pages of the Lazy C and since I don’t follow much about sports, I’ll take others words of how good he was covering sports. All I have heard was good concerning that.
But, he has left those days behind and assumed the position held for many years by the acerbic, acid penned John Laird, noted for his vitriolic attacks against citizens the owner of the paper would have liked to buy the paper or subscribe.
Greg Jayne would do well not to follow Laird’s example of frequently labeling those that hold a different view in such a denigrating manner, as did Laird.
It is no secret that much of Clark County, Washington holds a very negative view of the Columbia River Crossing project (CRC). The more the layers of this scam are pulled back, the more we appear justified in our disdain for what more and more comes across as a massive swindle to suck revenue out of our own cash-strapped community and give it to Portland, Oregon to help with the massive debt, some $1.6 Billion and growing daily, associated with their bloated light rail line.
Even though Clark County citizens rejected extending their folly into our community in 1995, the push has continued to force Clark County to accept it, even to the point of gerrymandering a sub-district in 2005 in an effort to ‘fix’ the vote to approve a C-TRAN sales tax increase perceived to be a back door funding of light rail that was rejected county-wide in the November 2004 election.
Portland’s light rail being forced upon Clark County is and has been a very contentious matter for a number of years. Supporters want us to believe how beneficial it will be while opponents see it for what it is, an expensive boondoggle set to bankrupt our struggling community.
Efforts to shine some light on the CRC has been met with extreme opposition, often to the point of disgust from supporters in elected office who make decisions pertaining to extending it a short distance into our community.
Throughout it all, facts have been ignored, glossed over, and labeled lies, to the point of ridiculing any that would dare shine some light on the project. Most notable would be when Vancouver’s mayor, ‘Teflon’ Tim ‘the liar’ Leavitt’s effort to silence critics from speaking in opposition before City Council.
Facts are out there and through the efforts of David Madore’s Couv.com are continuing to be presented to the voting and taxpaying public. The latest effort to come from Couv.com will be a series of factual presentations in video format, beginning with Portland Light Rail: Tracking the Facts [pt. 1].
How many times have we heard, “the best is yet to come?” If like me, you’ve heard it time and again and wasn’t disappointed later when it was right in front of us.
As most of you know, there has been a series of concert/car shows being held to benefit our Clark County Veterans Court. All have been very well attended and offered some great entertainment and some really fantastic customs cars & hot rods. If you missed them, you can read how they went here and here.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012 will see the final in these free shows to be held at Goldies BBQ, 15640 Northeast Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver, WA 98682 (360) 253-2836 from 2 PM to 10 PM. I should say Award Winning BBQ as Goldies has received numerous awards for their food.
Judge Darvin Zimmerman, founding presiding judge for the Veterans Court says of this ‘Show of Shows,’ “We’ve had great shows, but we’ve never had such a star studded solid line up. We will have more special surprises and performers than ever and it is all FREE except for the award winning BBQ.”
“It really is the ‘Show of Shows’ and will include a multi-million dollar car exhibit of over two dozen ‘Best of Show’ cars,” Judge Z. adds.
Tim Probst, hoping to unseat 4-time Senator Don Benton has been making a lot of noise, slamming Senator Benton and raising malicious claims, the same tired old malicious claims raised election after election against Senator Benton. Democrats seem to hope that now, boyish faced Probst can make the allegations stick and impress voters in the 17th Legislative District he is the better candidate to represent them.
Issues seem to allude Probst in his usual negative campaigning, not even taking a public stance on the largest issues affecting Southwest Washington, the CRC & Portland, Oregon’s financially plagues light rail being forced into Clark County.
Stepping back and looking reveals what every voter needs to see, that Tim Probst is not who they need for State Senator in the 17th.
Tim shows this now as after all of his negative campaigning, in violation of the very ‘Clean Campaign Pledge’ he made a fuss over his signing, he will not even meet Senator Benton for a live debate, moderated by former 18th Legislative District State Senator, Joe Zarelli to be hosted on Couv.com.
By now the public is well aware of how somehow, designers of the bridge project to replace the aging bridges across the Columbia River along the I-5 corridor screwed up and ignored years of input from citizens and businesses of the minimum clearance needed under the bridge for river traffic. It’s received a lot of coverage on local blogs and in the media from Willamette Week, the Oregonian and our own little local crier, the Columbian.
To say the least, the ongoing project that has sucked up nearly $150 Million of the public’s tax dollars is the most contentious of projects this area has ever seen, as well as the most expensive with predictions of eventual costs approaching $10 Billion.
Since its inception, after Clark County voters defeated a measure to extend Portland, Oregon’s financially ailing light rail into our community by a large margin, the CRC has been a public project largely shrouded in secrecy, in violation of Washington State Open Meeting Law, ignoring or marginalizing citizen input while claiming they are open and transparent, championed by our own local town crier, the Columbian, also known to many as the unofficial daily newsletter of the CRC & Democrat Party.
Ask any conservative in Southwest Washington about the reliability of the newspaper of record in Clark County, the Columbian, when it comes to political coverage and you will likely be met with laughter. The blatant left lean of the paper has many of us dubbing it the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party.
Nowhere is this better seen than the papers continued promotion of the largest and most expensive boondoggle to ever hit Southwest Washington, the Columbia River Crossing being shoved down citizens’ throats to force acceptance of Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail into our community.
In spite of 3 past votes in the county declining light rail, once directly in 1995 and twice indirectly in 2002 and 2004, it came out in a recent Oregon Supreme Court ruling that the sole reason for project is to force their light rail into our community along with the desire that Clark County residents pay for operations and maintenance of the new line all the way from Oregon’s Expo Center, across the state line and into our community.
In spite of costing so far nearly $150 Million in studies, several deficiencies continue to crop up that even though reported in the pages of the Columbian, are marginalized along with any who speak out questioning the validity of such an undertaking, skeptics often dubbed with such pejorative descriptions as “the Hounds of Whinerville” and “ankle biters” by Editorial Page Editor, John Laird.
The first debate, held on March 29, 2012 between two of the 4 candidates for Washington State Secretary of State in Vancouver, Washington. Candidates Kim Wyman and Jim Kastama attended while Greg Nickles and Kathleen Drew declined to debate.
Many thanks are extended to the Freedom Foundation, Couv.com and Fort Vancouver High School for the debate as well as to the two candidates willing to speak before our community.
Couv.com, Clark County’s Online News Network proudly sent out a Press Release earlier today announcing their video documentary on Pearson Field Airport from May 2011 has won the Bronze Telly Award.
The Telly Award was began in 1979 and first awarded in 1980. It is awarded for “Excellence in local, regional, cable, TV commercials, Non-Broadcast Video, TV Program.”
Couv.com, with studios located at US Digital is growing in popularity rapidly for their interviews and coverage of local people, places and events. Online for just a year, receiving such a prestigious award is quite a feather in their bonnet.
Far from just another blog site or print media, Couv.com has covered subjects ranging from questionable matters related to the Columbia River Crossing to the Clark County Fair. From the Christian Youth Theater to the plays by the Magenta theater downtown. They have conducted interviews with a survivor of the Rwanda massacre to a Boy Scout who walked 100 miles to champion Malaria prevention.
Undaunted by questions and growing opposition from taxpayers, the Columbia River Crossing and C-Tran continue to forge ahead with the multi-billion dollar project, ignoring or casting aside just about every single concern of taxpayers, business owners, elected officials, engineers, just about any and every person looking at this albatross and our economy and saying, ‘wait a minute.’
As was previously shown, an independent analysis of CRC finances raising several pertinent questions was instantly dismissed and the forensic accountant hired to wade through a “document dump” received through a FOIA request disparaged and demeaned.
As evidenced by the following Columbian video, Washington State Department of Transportation Director Paula Hammond makes no bones in her criticism of the analysis,
It is well known now how Vancouver city council member Jeanne Stewart was dumped off of the C-TRAN Board by Boss Leave-it for her vote in support of Vancouver citizens in 2010. As shown here, here and here Ms. Stewart has indicated she wishes to be reinstated to her former seat on the C-TRAN Board.
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In the ongoing effort to keep Clark County Citizens informed on candidates and issues affecting us all, and not always finding mention in the Columbian, Couv.com, “Clark County’s Online News Network” has began rolling out interviews with candidates competing for city, town council or mayor in each of the eight cities in Clark County.
Vancouver businessman David Madore, seeing a need in Clark County for a balance in news reporting, founded Couv.com with a focus on various avenues of concern for Clark County. Such a focus is found in the interviews that are now being rolled out 2 at a time by region.
Mr. Madore outlines the procedures for the interviews here, indicating questions were not given to any candidate before hand and each was prohibited from sharing the questions with other candidates prior to their interview.