October 31, 2012
Teflon, the coating we have known for many years now in cookware and renowned for its non-stick capability. Whatever is being cooked just slides off easy as can be leaving little if any trace behind.
In politics the term is also widely known and has been used to describe several politicians of all parties that scandals just slide off of, not sticking, not being held accountable. President Reagan, Tony Blair, B.J. Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Ma Ying-jeou and Angela Merkel for just a few of the more well-known examples.
We also cannot forget well known Crime Boss, John Gotti was referred to as the “Teflon Don” for his many scrapes with the law that he slid through until finally convicted of murder in 1992.
The term “Teflon” has been used numerous times to those “slippery” characters that seem to just do whatever they wish with total impunity, either from the law or scrutiny by the media or fellow public servants. But who would have ever thought that our small community, Vancouver, Washington would find itself being able to apply it to one of our own public officials, the mayor Tim Leavitt.
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November 8, 2011
UPDATED November 9, 2011 4:20 PM
As we see every election during early results, some lose and some win, some results are disappointing and others a real surprise, some even a surprising disappointment leaving us to wonder what are people thinking?
Probably the most surprising disappointment is seeing so many Clark County voters falling for the scare tactics pout out by C-Tran by approving another sales tax increase to keep empty buses running while C-Tran sits on Millions of uncommitted dollars and plans to create an ambitious rapid transit corridor down Fourth Plain, whether we want it or not.
Surprising to see Clark County fall for a tax increase while Seattle, a liberal Mecca in the Northwest rejects a license tag fee increase. Of course, who knew that on this day we would also be hit by the Port of Vancouver with a 1% property tax increase too. Although voting yes, Port Commissioner Brian H. Wolfe, who won reelection today running unopposed claims he’d like to see the Port wean itself off of property taxes saying, “I don’t know this is the right time to start doing that.”
Purely coincidental I’m sure, that the tax increase wasn’t voted on until today, Election Day.
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October 27, 2011
My opposition to C-Trans’ Proposition 1 is well known in town to any who read the Columbian or this blog. I have never hidden the fact from anyone. I frequently express that opposition in comments at the Columbian and elsewhere.
But, I was surprised to see the following reply left today on a comment I made weeks ago from Vancouver’s Mayor, Tim Leavitt.
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One of the reasons I fought for this country in an armed conflict was so that we little people retained the right to speak out on what we see as wrong. Whether I agree with others or not, I do not try to silence them, as is seen in several comments on this blog.
But, that’s the best argument the Mayor can muster to promote a measure, telling a citizen “blah, blah, blah” and to “give it a rest?”
October 13, 2011
Tonight saw the inaugural use of a CVTV live broadcast from the new Library in Vancouver. Broadcast was the League of Women Voters Candidate forum for the 2011 election this November. I was very pleasantly surprised to see the room filled nearly to capacity by citizens who came out to hear what the candidates have to say.
All 6 city council candidates appeared and each was asked questions in order by seat position sought.
Josephine Wentzel and Bart Hansen started it off with opening statements and outlined their visions for the future of Vancouver. Both are articulate but with decidedly different views. Hansen leaned more on his short experience on council and work history with Clark County PUD. Wentzel relied on her history of being a Police Officer, Detective and her opposition to CRC and light rail being forced upon us with no vote from the people. Far from a single issue candidate, she also articulated her views on a called for fireworks ban in Vancouver by outlining some proposed restrictions to fireworks sale, after hearing public input. Hansen fell back on emails received calling for an outright ban, but also saying restrictions were needed, not an outright ban.
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September 28, 2011
The video shows a sad legacy of a policy that began well meaning, but ended up hurting people more than helping.
Imminent Domain is being used in Clark County to take land and buildings for widening roads and will undoubtedly be used in the future should the County Monarchy succeed in forcing Light Rail upon us, along with Major Leavitt’s notion of “High Density Residences” downtown along those rail lines.
It’s no longer referred to as “Urban Renewal,” but “Social Engineering” where government “encourages” people to move into apartments in designated living areas.
No, there are no slums along the proposed rail lines, but just as we see in Portland, where hundreds of trees are currently being chopped down in order to place light rail on a block that runs parallel to a street car line on the next block, a once quaint neighborhood is being turned into a hell hole of asphalt and steel rail lines.
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