The wildfires in California are not “wild.” They will come and come again so long as California allows homes to be built in the midst of the chaparral biome which dominates the dry hills. These plants and scrubs are native, just about everywhere, and create the conditions for fire themselves because their existence depends upon fire. The resinous oil of these plants and trees is extremely flammable, volatile and fire is necessary for these plants to seed. Fire will come — you can be sure of it. Building homes surrounded by chaparral is as inane as surrounding your home with cans of gasoline. This needs to stop!
The Oct. 27 letter “Democratic Party disappoints” (Our Readers’ Views) refers to the Democratic Party as “screaming protesters” and the “mob.” This seems a bit disingenuous, since, to me, the real mob is: 1) attendees at President Trump’s rallies chanting “lock her up” and applauding a congressman for body slamming a reporter; 2) an angry Trump supporter who sends bombs to prominent Democrats; 3) an anti-Semitic Nazi sympathizer who kills 11 people at a Jewish synagogue; 4) alt-right nationalists protesting in Charlottesville; and 5) Patriot Prayer protesters in Portland and Vancouver. There are not many Democrats in this group of mobsters.
In the Bible we are told that when Moses went up the mountain to encounter God, he left his people camped below, and left Aaron in charge. When he came back, Moses found the people worshiping a golden calf. Moses asks Aaron what happened, and Aaron replies that he had no idea. "Let not my lord be angry! You know the people, that they are disposed toward evil." It rings as true today as it did then: if you're in charge, you're responsible. You do not give into the mob as Aaron did.
I am a health-care professional and I follow the health-care insurance issue closely. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, was quoted in a Sept. 4 Columbian editorial ("In Our View — Weighing in on Health Care") to be in favor of "generic health plans" that currently are not allowed. I've been waiting to hear what her definition of "generic health plan" is.
Have you ever, when trying to make it to work, been suddenly stopped by so-called "peaceful protesters"? Have you ever tried to walk down the street without being swarmed by an angry mob calling you a racist and white supremacist? This happens in Portland, where violent protests by antifa are ignored by the mayor and constant inconveniences are placed on the people trying to live their lives by being forced to take detours away from violent protesters simply because of the city government's incompetence.
Voting ballots don't give the people enough power to voice their opinions. This is because, even though people may not vote for an initiative, it seems to be because of how they are written and not what they are for. Making it difficult for clearly written and effective initiatives that have one sole purpose: to be enacted.
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