Part 1 In Series
Social media, Facebook in my case, was burning up after the Orlando mass murder travesty. I tried my best to mind my own business but as it reached a point of absolute ignorance, I could keep quiet no longer. Continue reading
In a stunning reversal of what many presumed to be the “consensus,” the most prominent of Global Warming proponents who are scientists now say that the scientific literature does not support the popular belief that the Earth is headed for Armageddon if we do not repent our sins and stop buying Exxon gasoline. That moves the scientific side of the Global Warming debate much closer to what skeptics have said all along: there is no scientific support for the notion that we are destroying the Earth with man-made carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is beneficial.
Warmers have certainly not given up their claim that adding CO2 to the atmosphere will cause noticeable warming, but their continuing dispute with skeptics centers around “How Much?” Skeptics maintain that there will be little or no observable warming, while “alarmists” (if we can still call them that) now see significant but not catastrophic warming. Continue reading
America has centuries of fossil fuels, but hydrocarbon deniers want to strangle our future
Fool me once, the adage says, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
The reality-based fossil fuel version states: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me forever – or at least until creative, entrepreneurial spirits can devise reliable, affordable alternatives. The 2016 Democratic Party would change this adage to read: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me never again.
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to regulate drilling and fracking into oblivion, or ban them outright. Clinton also says she is “going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Continue reading
In the previous two articles, the mayor of Troutdale and some of the councilors have been chastised for what appears to be lack of fairness when it come to a proposed Urban Renewal project. This project is located immediately to the east of the Columbia Gorge Factory Outlet Store and comprises of 7.76 acres of city-owned property. A former sewer treatment plant facility that unfortunately was located on the shores of the scenic Sandy River is open for development. There remains the remnant of out buildings and a settlement pond. The only developer contacted was the neighboring property owner Junkie Yoshida. For the City’s part, an agreement with Eastwind Development, a Yoshida-owned company, the City is to condemn a building and create a new access to the Eastwind property and the City property. As previously reported, this will be an uphill battle. Continue reading
”You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well, I’m not licked. And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause.” Senator Jefferson Smith
The 1939 classic movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring James Stewart as Senator Smith, tells the story of a man who really believed he was appointed to the Senate to do the honorable thing and serve his constituents to the best of his ability. Along the way, he finds the deck is stacked against him by special interests that just want him to be a place-setter, and for him to not question the status quo. He confronts his opponents using Senate rules and old-fashioned gumption. The movie shows it is possible for one person with principles to overcome powerful political forces.
“I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.” Sen. Smith. Continue reading
Stevenson’s signature event returns for its 23rd year. Mark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 24-25 when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington. We will celebrate 23 years of musical genius, award-winning craft brews and fabulous food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading
Last week I was shocked to learn that two former city councilors who abruptly quit mid-term filed a recall petition against me – and the councilors who replaced them.
As your mayor, I’ve prided myself on communicating with transparency and candor. In that tradition, I would like to offer a glimpse of what this is really about.
This recall is about personality, not policy. Continue reading
Earlier this month, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) sent a letter to the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) asking the board to eliminate a proposed rule to impose a $100 fee per month per teacher or other public education employee who opts out of OEBB medical coverage. On June 17, April Kelly, rules coordinator for OEBB, responded to Ferrioli saying OEBB had decided to drop the $100 monthly fee on educators for exercising their right to choose the medical coverage best suited for their families. Continue reading
Oregonians Must Unite to Stop IP28
Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 have turned in more than enough signatures to place their massive 2.5 percent gross receipts tax measure on Oregon’s November ballot.
While supposedly dedicating most of the $6 billion per biennium additional tax revenue to public education, health care, and senior services, in reality legislators would be under pressure from powerful lobbyists in the Capitol to substitute at least some of this new revenue for money they would otherwise dedicate to those services. In short, the loudest voices in Salem, not voters, will ultimately control where this extra tax money goes. Continue reading
By Phil Yokers
This year, Thirteen Garden Railways in the greater Portland area will be open for visitation from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 18th. This is a great activity for the whole family at a very affordable price. The garden railways have miniature plants, structures and people populating the “G” scale railroad worlds that have been created. Several gardens feature streams and ponds with bridges and trestles over which the trains pull their passenger and freight cars.
The admission fee of $10 per family, all ages, purchases a self-guided tour booklet with photos, a description of each garden layout, handicap access information, maps to get there, and admission to all 13 featured railroads. Continue reading