Archive for June, 2013

June 30, 2013

Wine, Pizza and Music, Oh My

by lewwaters

GrapesAdmittedly, not a subject I have been paying a lot of attention to, but it seems our growing wine industry in North Clark County is ruffling a few feathers and has the County Commissioners considering placing more restrictions on them to satisfy those who live around the winery’s.

I’m not known for visiting the wineries since I don’t drink, but have visited some larger wineries many years ago in the Russian River area of California and found it to be a very pleasurable experience.

But those are very large wineries, like internationally renowned Korbel. Our local wineries are much smaller and less well known but to many local residents who tell me of many pleasant visits to taste the wine offered, maybe listen to music and enjoy a pizza or some pre-packaged food since they are barred from being a restaurant by county ordinance.

June 30, 2013

Election 2013: Vancouver City Council Position 3

by lewwaters

Vote 1It’s that time again, time to elect city council members for Vancouver and surrounding communities. All candidates have filed and are getting their campaigns geared up for the August primary in hopes of being one of the two chosen by the people to advance on to the general election in November.

Since I live outside the city limits, my ballot this year will be slim. I won’t get to vote for any of the city council positions so for the most part, I will remain neutral, but present my impression of the candidates seeking a return to office or hoping to replace someone.

Neutrality will not extend to the Vancouver Mayor’s race.

This initial post will concern the Vancouver City Council race for position 3, currently held by four term incumbent Jeanne Harris and those challenging her, Ann McEnerny-Ogle, Galina Burley, Frank Decker and Adam Fox. Order of listing is not by preference.

June 28, 2013

Jim Moeller Boasts About His Cowardice

by lewwaters

How should an elected official act when a constituent seeks answers to tough issues and questions? This is how Jim “sue your constituents to invalidate their votes” Moeller (D. Portland/Vancouver) acts, even though I have resided in the 49th legislative district since 1988.

Moeller, Blocked Lew

Shouldn’t a constituent be entitled to answers from elected officials?

 

June 25, 2013

When Did Public Union Teachers Become So Sacrosanct?

by lewwaters

Teacher 1Whether we realize it or not, we all teach. Be it our children, our friends and acquaintances, co-workers or just people we meet in our day to day dealings, in some manner or another, we teach them.

But, that does not make us “teachers,” those who have chosen to enter the profession to impart knowledge in any one of our schools where we must send our children to learn reading, writing, arithmetic, history and other relevant subjects in hopes that when they grow up, they will have the knowledge to become functional adults ready to contribute to society, raise families of their own and pass along their own teaching with who they interact with.

Teaching sounds like a very lofty and important profession, which it is. But, does that make being a teacher any more special or privileged than other professions we enter into? Does that make them exempt from the day to day struggles and budgeting we must perform in order to care for our families, especially in these difficult economic times we have seen over the past years?

June 23, 2013

Just What Was All of That Fuss Over Homosexual Marriage Again?

by lewwaters

If you call a tail a leg, then how many legs does a cow have? Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”

Pig Bride & GroomThe above riddle, most often credited to Abraham Lincoln, begins a well thought and expressed essay by Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, Florida concerning the potential of the Supreme Court doing away with the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by former President B.J. Clinton on September 21, 1996 that prohibits the federal government for legally recognizing homosexual marriage as legitimate.

The essay arrives at a compelling conclusion;

“As an institution marriage precedes both Church and State — while both within their proper spheres can certainly regulate marriage, neither has the authority to create the meaning of marriage. The Supreme Court Justices would do well do remember Lincoln’s aphorism – even if you call a tail a leg, it’ll still be a tail. Calling the mutual sexual gratification of same sex couples ‘marriage’ won’t make it so either.”

As we know, homosexuals have long sought legitimacy for their lifestyle and have been pushing for full marriage rights, relying on the old arguments of labeling those who defend more traditional marriage as “homophobes,” “bigots” and what have you.

June 22, 2013

Will the Lazy C Ignore Benton – Rivers Reconciliation?

by lewwaters

Rivers-BentonIn spite of Lou Brancaccio’s many denials, the Lazy C (the Columbian) is noted for their left leaning bias, making them more of a daily newsletter for the Democrat Party than an objective newspaper in their political articles.

Very few Republicans receive much of a positive nod, especially if they are conservative Republicans and not the spineless RINO’s selling their souls to liberals on many issues of importance to us.

And yes, there are some exceptions or at least, an appearance of an exception. Senator Ann Rivers is such an exception in that they do not bash and denigrate her to the degree they have others, such as Senator Don Benton and County Commissioner David Madore.

They were real quick to jump on the disagreement and exchange of words between Senators Rivers and Benton, gleefully painting Don Benton once again as an out of control monster.

June 21, 2013

Celebrate Independence Day Helping Deserving Veterans

by lewwaters

Fireworks 2Independence Day, more commonly referred to as the Fourth of July is our oldest and most celebrated holiday, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and subsequently winning independence from Great Britain in 1783.

Originally expecting it to be adopted on the 2nd, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on the 3rd,

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Due to debating and revising some wording, the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted on the 4th and we have celebrated our Independence ever since, pretty much as John Adams expected us to.

June 20, 2013

I’m With Andy

by lewwaters

A great ad released by Washington State Senator Andy Hill (Republican) on the budget negotiations

June 17, 2013

Misguided Gun Grabbers Still Ignoring Reality

by lewwaters

A Salt RifleIt seems shortly after any horrific shooting, where some crazed gunman goes on a frenzy shooting up another gun free zone, as we saw last year in Aurora, Colorado and the Newtown Elementary shootings, misguided individuals crawl out of the woodwork with their cries of “we need gun control,” “repeal the second amendment” and “pass an assault weapons ban.”

These and many more cries begin within minutes of such horrific events, receive lots of press and TV time and a lot of noise is made in Congress from self-serving politicians demanding a ban on any and everything in sight and without a clue of why there is a second amendment or that gun-free zones provide easy targets for malcontents bent on causing mayhem and death.

Eventually, the noise lessens, misguided gun grabbers crawl back into their holes, useless legislation might be passed and largely ignored and nothing really changes.

We saw this same scenario playing out after the Newtown shooting, but the noise level is increasing again as those misguided individuals are still screaming for a piece of paper with words on it, falsely believing it will protect them from the criminal element.

June 13, 2013

Veterans Ask For Help Preserving One of a Kind Historical Treasure

by lewwaters

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy’.” Former President and PT Boat Commander John F. Kennedy

DSC03274Once affectionately described as “barnacle-encrusted plywood motor boat hardly bigger than a stockbroker’s cabin cruiser,” mention of PT Boats usually triggers memories of former President John F. Kennedy’s PT 109 exploits, the 1945 John Wayne movie “They Were Expendable” and of course, the 1960’s television show McHale’s Navy.

Whatever vision they stir in us, PT Boats served an essential purpose during World War Two. Light weight, small and fast, they would go up against much larger and heavily armed vessels with their torpedoes.

June 13, 2013

Home Foreclosures Up, County Makes Bold Move to Spur Jobs

by lewwaters

Depression 2As Democrats still smarting from the overwhelming defeat of Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt last year bellyache at bold moves made by the conservative majority on the Commission to spur some job growth, the Lazy C runs an article informing us that home foreclosures in our County have increased 65%.

Obviously, what was tried by the former Democrat majority over the last four years was not working as more and more we see middle class families losing their homes as they cannot afford to make their mortgage payments.

The Lazy C has been trying to paint a rosy picture of our local economy for some time, telling us home values are increasing, new home building is increasing, foreclosures were down and how the County is on the mend.

June 11, 2013

Moeller Falsely Claims, “House Passes Budget – Senate Does Not Act”

by lewwaters

Moeller, Right To MoneyRepresentative Jim Moeller (D. Portland/Vancouver) sent out his usual spin the truth email this evening titled House Passes Budget – Senate Does Not Act laying all blame for a budget agreement not being reached on Republicans, as usual.

In the email, Moeller claims,

“Majority elected House Democrats have advanced substantial steps toward middle, compromise ground in striving for agreement with Senate Republicans.”

“I stand for our House budget that puts children-in-need before tax breaks, that maintains strong funding for our schools, and that preserves a stable foundation supporting basic human services while addressing our immediate needs.”

Ah yes, the usual “it’s for the children” again.

What Moeller leaves out is the steps the Senate Coalition Majority has taken to actually have another responsible budget and not just the regular burdening of the middle class with more tax hikes they can ill afford.

June 10, 2013

Make the Freeholders Partisan

by lewwaters

repub-demNow that a Home Rule Charter is popular with the left, after years of their opposing the same rule, there is an effort to make the Freeholders “non-partisan,” not declaring any Political Party.

Bad idea in my opinion.

County Commissioner Tom Mielke said it best before when he said the positions should be Partisan with, “it gives voters an idea regarding governing philosophy.”

I know it is becoming commonplace to claim “non-partisan” with our Top Two Primary system, but let’s face it, anybody elected brings with them a “Partisan” viewpoint. From City Council members to Freeholders, whoever holds the seat will govern from a “Partisan” viewpoint.

We also know that Democrats now favor Home Rule due solely to the election of Commissioner David Madore and the reelection of Commissioner Tom Mielke, giving the County Commission a true Conservative Republican majority.

June 5, 2013

Sometimes it Doesn’t Pay to be a TV News Reporter

by lewwaters

Nothing to laugh at in this report out of Rhode Island

Don’t expect Obama to call the News Reporter or Reverends Jessee Jackson and Al Sharpton to condemn this or even acknowledge it. Likely they would justify it.

It’s a sad day for us that anyone responds in such a way, calling the reporter “Dumb White Girl” after she sics two dogs on her.

WLNE TV reports the woman has been arrested

June 5, 2013

Abortion Activists Target Congresswoman Herrera Beutler

by lewwaters

Jaime HerreraBy now we have heard of the sad news from Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband, Daniel of their unborn child being diagnosed with Potters Syndrome, a condition most often fatal to the newborn child.

Even though I am not Jaime’s biggest fan, she is who we have to deal with politically. But this transcends political views.

With this being her first child I can only imagine her thoughts and deep concerns over the child and uncertainty for the future. She has no good choices to face other than prayers with hopes the treatments listed at the link above are successful, should she carry through with the pregnancy.

I say that because this is one of those rare times I would not object if they arrived at a decision to abort, but that is a very personal matter she, her husband and her doctor would have to make. And as said above, she can also choose to carry full term, placing it in God’s hands. That is her choice.

June 5, 2013

Senate Coalition Majority Preserved, Lazy C Ignores: Updated

by lewwaters

Columbian FishwrapRegular readers know why I label the Columbian the Lazy C and the tag has drawn the scorn of Editor Lou Brancaccio, which only tells me I am on the right track. They claim to “serve Clark County,” but here is yet another example of where they in fact fail Clark County.

As we all know, State Senator Mike Carrell passed away a week ago. He was a Republican well liked and helped make up the Philosophical Majority in the Senate that has finally gotten bipartisanship working in the legislature. His death left the numbers even with any tie vote set to be broken by the Lt. Governor, Brad Owens, a Democrat.

Many expected to see a swift power play on the Democrats who have been unable to force their agenda through as they have the past and I am very appreciative to see that did not happen. But we were concerned with who would replace Sen. Carrell and how soon it would happen, with hopes of the appointment being expedited to ensure the Coalition Majority remained intact.