The Columbian's Greg Jayne gives some insight into the higher cause of the education and teacher funding problem. His insight applies to a great deal of the problems rampant, and disputed, in this country - priorities. Read the op/ed - LINK
The Washington Post editorial on Tuesday (08/21/18) said clearly and strikingly that congress needed to take control and take after the crimes caused by Trump. It's a clear story. The president's attorney, Michael Cohen, plead guilty and stated in open court that he was directed to commit the crime by a federal presidential candidate - obviously Trump. Now it is time for Congress to look to their responsibility defined by the constitution regarding presidential crimes. Read the op/ed piece - LINK
In an "All Politics is Local" piece by Katy Sword of the The Columbian (Sun 08/12/18), David Gellatly, Chair of the Clark County Republican Party, says, the Republican party stands for "equality and opportunity, while the Democratic party is rooted in slavery and racism, which has now turned to institutionalized racism and identity politics", at a recent Portland rally of the Patriot Prayer members, led by Joey Gibson. LINK to entire article.
July 22, 2018. The Columbian Editorial Board reported their picks for the 3rd CD primary: Carolyn Long and Jaime Herrera Beutler. "During the interview, we found Long to be the clear standout", reported The Columbian (In Our View, The Columbian, 07/22/18). All the other candidates received a favorable comment about them. Article - LINK
On Thursday July 12, the League of Women Voters held a forum of the 3rd Congressional District candidates. Present were Democrats; David McDevitt, Carolyn Long, and Dorothy Gasque; Republicans; Michael Cortney and Earl Bowerman. All our Democrats presented themselves well and served to impress. Republican Cortney comes from a labor background and purportedly is an electrician. He made several liberal comments, which got him a pat on the back from Carolyn Long and the comment that Mr Cortney is really a Democratic. Katy Sword of The Columbian captured a significant portion of every answer to the questions and they are presented in the Article - LINK
Leonard Pitts, op/ed writer for the Miami Herald, says he has long been able to keep a foot in both the liberal and conservative camps and respect the solid, moral issues in each camp. He felt he escaped having to label himself either left or right, in that regard.
Lately, however, that feat is no longer possible. He castigates the embraced actions of the "conservative", which include racism and lying, and other things.
His conclusion is that it is necessary to take a label, and be and act as a "liberal". This is the stuff that can, if widespread enough, produce The Blue Wave.
Democrats too often are too critical of their own, too inclined to wring their hands, and too inclined to expect something without acting to produce it. The Blue Wave will only happen if everyone acts to produce a Blue Wave. Read Leonard's Article - LINK
There was a little article in The Columbian (Iraq bans summer crops, AP, July 05, 2018) saying lack of irrigation water has caused the Iraqi government to ban summer crops like rice and corn in the once fertile plains south of Baghdad. Farmers blame the government, lack of rainfall, and the Turks who have dammed the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
This is the beginning of modern water wars. In Syria, a significant part of the cause of the current civil war is the 2006-2011 severe drought and subsequent lack of farm employment and food. Article -LINK
The concept of war over water is one that has begun to surface in our time. Much of the problem is fueled by global warming or climate change. (We broke many temperature record in the US on July 07, 2018.) If there is no water from rivers or aquifers, there is no irrigation and then there is no food or income. Governmental agencies are typically blamed for bad management of water resources, and civil unrest is fomented.
In the U.S., we already have California wanting more Colorado River water, which is allocated to California and 6 other states, including Arizona. In the Northwest, the U.S. is to begin renegotiation of a 1964 Columbia River treaty with Canada over water and power distribution. Canada controls U.S. flooding with their large dams on the Columbia and in return we supply them with hydroelectric power. The U.S. seems to want more water released for Salmon habitat and less power transferred, to use internally. The U.S. is not negotiating in best form lately.
Arizona is in drought conditions and "could run out of water in six years", says one article. Water shortages are coming. It looks like water recycling, staving off climate change, and water use management are critical issues from now on. Water is becoming political and will no longer be a commodity.
In this Trump era of hyperbole, we hear employment is way up. But a report says a large subset f workers is left behind. This from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This from an aricle by Andrew Van Dam of the Washington Post. The report tells him that our "unemployed and at-risk workers are getting very little support from thew government, and their emplyed peers are set back by a particularly weak collective bargaining system. Those factors have contributed to the US having a higher level of income inequality and a larger share of low-income residents than almost any advanced nation."
This is scary stuff, but feels like the truth behind the Trump whitewash. The loss of union's strength, the out-sourcing of industry, and the breaks for the already wealthy have to be causing problems and they are. The article has graphs that show how really badly we're doing compared to other countries. Read the Article - LINK
Eugene Robinson, oped writer for the Washington Post, says Republicans are trying to scare Democrats into being bland and centrist so they will appear weak. His example is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the whiz-kid from the Bronx who calls herself a democratic socialist. Eugene knows some Democrats have a tendency to fret, and they may feel a need to compensate for Ocasio-Cortez by being bland centrists - a position that provides no fight against Trumpism. Indeed, here locally, we have been well indoctrinated by the influx of democratic socialists since 2016 and find Ocasio-Cortez' positions easy to accept. Read the ARTICLE - LINK