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County soap opera

So it is 'The Days of our Lives.' Anyone who watches soap operas, or for that matter has lived in Columbia County long enough, knows that from the audience's perspective, they see all sides of the story, not just one side. Not the whodunit but the who's who.

You just need to connect all the dots and money trail to make this all the more intriguing. Perhaps the newcomers to this county need to understand the monopoly of the good old boy system that has been in place here for years now.

What value is there in slander of others? Do we want a government of the people, or a government by the few that have money? We never hear anything about the virtue or integrity of the candidates running for elections. We rarely hear about what they have done to improve the conditions for the people of this county. Rather, what we see and hear is an ongoing game of pinball with one another's characters. It is always about what they want, not what the citizens need.

What does this all mean? This is just the beginning of a long campaign that is certain to be filled with drama and incrimination. If this can occur, the common person's eyes will focus on the soap opera while the real issues are brushed aside. The hope of the elitist cartel of the county for years now has been to complete the monopoly board with all the players in position.

All the players are from the same mold and social circle.

Commissioner Joe Corsiglia seems to be a continual target of their game-playing. He doesn't comply with their rules, so they lash out at him every chance they get.

He already had called for help in questioning someone tampering with his computer.

So why is it suddenly being brought out now?

I would say Earl Fisher put himself in a bad light by bringing up his adult son's sexual criminal issues with a minor child. We have enough of that ugliness going on in this country. Piggy-backing on the investigation into Corsiglia's computer only raised more questions about Fisher's possible involvement in the tampering. I can't imagine who he has for a campaign manager but I'd be looking for a new one.

In this county, getting what you want has always been gained through harming others, rather than by focusing on one's own abilities and honesty.

Apparently, attempting to destroy your opposition from the start is perceived as a good power play. People probably won't remember specifics, but they will remember the bad feelings that a news article creates, devoid of all facts.

Here you don't win by working hard, you win because of dirty tactics and money you spend in campaigning and getting the media to play sides in your behalf.

That's a red flag to me when I know it is a small group of people who want to create a complete monopoly of the political structure of this county. That is what this next election is all about.

Elizabeth Wallace

St. Helens

Rogues of risk

Great commentary about insurance companies. The insurance companies answer to no one. Last year I rolled my minivan when I hit black ice on Old Nicolai Road in Goble. We have been with Farmers for 15 years. They paid. My next insurance bill went up 65 percent. I thought it was a mistake. I called and was told because of the accident my rate went up. So I'm paying them back for the money they gave us for the minivan.

Do you realize how quickly costs would go down and hospitals would improve if instead of paying an insurance company we paid directly to the hospital of our choice!

Johanna Myers

Scappoose

Ending hunger

On behalf of Columbia Pacific Food Bank (CPFB) I would like to express my appreciation to those individuals, service organizations, businesses, and local government for their ongoing support. In 2008 CPFB received, warehoused and distributed over 758,103 lbs. of food throughout Columbia County. This food was used to fill an average of 2,095 food boxes each month, and assist over 20 member agencies with supplemental food for their programs.

I would also like to recognize the local community as well as communities throughout the state for reaching out to help Columbia County this past December after the floods. An additional 25,000 lbs. of food was donated to CPFB during the month of December and has already been redistributed throughout the county.

At a time when the federal government has cut USDA emergency food commodities by 70 percent it is more important than ever that we work together to make sure that people in our communities don't have to go to bed hungry.

With your support in 2008 Columbia Pacific Food Bank will continue to work on community food security, meaning that all people at all times have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food.

If you would like to help in our mission to 'eliminate hunger and its root causes,' please call us at 503-397-9708 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Traci Smith

St. Helens

Not doggie parks

I am an animal lover but I love kids more.

I can't believe the gall of the people who continue to walk dogs on the school grounds. They take them there to do their business on the playgrounds, football fields, baseball, and soccer fields, etc. The poor kids slide and roll in the dog mess without realizing and nobody seems to think anything of it. To me, it is disgusting. I for one do not pay school tax dollars to support off- or on-leash doggie parks. I really think something should be done about this problem, for the kids' sake.

Thank you for your attention.

Sandy Monks

Scappoose

Upscale crooks

A year ago people could wonder whether immigration was harming the economy. But today it's clear that the economy is in big trouble and it has nothing to do with immigration, legal or illegal. The construction industry, real estate market, stock market, and the nation's basic financial institutions have been damaged by red-blooded 100 percent U.S. citizens, the very captains of industry we are taught to look up to. What's more, the destruction was done through criminal and fraudulent activity that dwarfs in scale the misdemeanor of sneaking over a border.

In February, U.S. home foreclosures jumped 60 percent and bank seizures doubled. One in every 557 U.S. households was in some stage of default, according to Bloomberg News.

The Federal Reserve is bailing out the giant investment bank Bear-Sterns to the tune of $30 billion dollars. Since August, over $7 TRILLION dollars of fictional capital has vanished from the books of the world economy as the housing bubble burst. U.S. housing starts are down to the lowest level in a generation, and falling. Worrying about the economics of immigration today is like worrying about the laundry when the house is on fire.

If it isn't really the economy that makes people all riled up about immigration, what is it? Some say it's the issue of 'illegality.' These folks are eager to pass local laws against 'illegal workers' but say or do exactly nothing, zip, nada to rein in the upscale criminals whose predatory lending has given us the most dangerous recession since 1929.

When things get tough, it is the mark of cowards and racists to blame the weakest, least politically powerful among us. We need to 'cowboy-up' and face the fact that extremely powerful people and institutions have acted criminally, and out of extreme greed abused their offices. This is not a matter of individual scandal, but system-wide corruption at the highest levels, in both business and government. No wonder some people are anxious to point the finger at the foreign-looking pizza delivery guy.

Mike Edera

Scappoose

Seeds of doubt

I read with interest the article, 'A lifelong Republican turns blue' because I also went through a similar metamorphosis.

I can remember who and what planted the original seeds of doubt in my mind and resulted several years later in my leaving the Republican Party and registering as a Democrat. Ronald Reagan asked, 'Are you better off than you were four years ago?' I can remember asking myself at the very moment, 'Isn't that to endorse and encourage greed?' It certainly caused me to track more closely what I believed to be the Republican philosophical base and what was happening to it. Over the years I watched Republicanism distance itself from my Republican roots. I finally reached a point that I decided I could not lend my good name to this anymore. So, today I'm an involved Democrat. Involved. That's probably the key to having our parties be what we would have them be.

D. Kent Lloyd

Gladstone