Why not ban the car?

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is proposing firearms legislation again. It didn’t work in the period 1994-2004, when it was repealed. Ignoring how much wasted time, money and effort that will not “cure” the problem.

She and the gun-control lobby are diverting resources away from hardening security in our schools, and money for mental health research to find and intervene in the lives to prevent what young men like Adam Lanza and others from committing their crimes.

If “things” need to be banned, then why don’t we ban automobiles? They kill millions in the world every year.

Makes about as much sense.

Tom Klingbeil


Fabricated crises,

through arrogance

Standing by their convictions: Our governments, the elders, have finally passed another difficult crisis.

The nation’s congressmen in the past 10 years have been very argumentative; having, it seems, a bigger reason to be so arrogant.

It also seems each year there is yet another crisis.

I’ve been wondering, are these real? All these are about is how to deal with so many spending crises?

Our nation’s spending crisis has been the sending of our tax dollars overseas. Maybe our tax dollars are payment favors to other nations, but for what?

I can’t understand why we would pay other nations a favor payment and pay for their oil, also.

Now, having Congress obtaining digital knowledge has kept them connected with the nations and U.S. people. But this Congress has more of an argumentative way toward making deals with square nails that don’t fit into round holes, not with “we the people.”

Maybe all this has to do with the anguished pressing of aging man, the male congressmen. Square nails don’t work very well, and I recognized them as being more bullheaded than most.

Thus these are examples of arrogance in the early stages of being old.

Dean Ebert

St. Helens

Warming center needs a home

Columbia County has homeless folks who are cold and wet tonight.

The Columbia County Warming Center Project is a grass-roots organization of concerned individuals and members of local community organizations hoping to address this issue with a humble beginning in the coldest months of the year.

The plan is to welcome 20 - 25 people into a safe environment for a good night’s sleep, some nourishment and ready access to basic bathroom facilities.

This pilot project is scheduled for the end of January through the beginning of February, during evening hours 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. This project is modeled after similar programs in the Portland and Vancouver areas with training and process development provided by the WHO Program, part of the Council for the Homeless in Clark County, Wash.

We need your help; we need a facility to make this happen.

In many communities, the invitation for use of a facility comes from local churches, schools, social service or community agencies.

We also need volunteers to staff the facility.

Please join us in serving the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves. Contact us by phone at 971-225-0227 or 503-410-5955; or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thieves target serviceman

I have a story to share.  

One of our neighbors, just down the street, had their four-runner stolen on Thursday, Dec. 27, during the night (in Meadowbrook Estates — the neighborhood just behind Fred Meyer).

Not only is this very sad, especially during the holiday season (when people do not have a lot of extra cash), but the person who lost this four-runner is actually serving right now in the military.  

He has been in the Army, stationed in Afghanistan, fighting for freedom and serving our country.

His name is David McNinch.

I would like to see him get his four-runner back.

Apparently there are some mudbog races/competition in Columbia County, and somebody may have stolen his Toyota just to “part it out” for this event. 

The four-runner is burgundy in color, has a lift and very big tires too. The Oregon license plate number is 351EUN.

Please keep an eye out for this stolen vehicle (for one of our servicemen). Or maybe even help catch the thieves?

Cheryl Mallonee


We need to stabilize

service access

Domestic and sexual violence service programs save lives — literally.

Intimate partner violence is responsible for 25 percent of all homicides in Oregon. We can, and must, do something about this.

Providing domestic violence victims with access to shelter, safety planning and legal advocacy reduces re-assault by up to 70 percent, says a Johns Hopkins study. Access to services reduces homelessness, saves millions in medical costs, helps children succeed in school, adults stay in jobs and breaks cycles of violence.

Current funding for these services is less than half what our Departments of Justice and Human Services found necessary to meet core needs — in 2006. The demand for services has increased dramatically.

In Columbia County, more than 1,500 calls came in to our crisis line last year.

The Oregonians who lost their lives to intimate partner violence deserved so much more. Domestic and sexual violence programs help victims become survivors. We must stabilize access to lifesaving services in Oregon. The opportunity cost is simply too great.

Rachael Barry-Dame

Executive Director,

Columbia County Women’s Resource Center

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