Harris treated Unfairly
It is not a good idea to make the mistake of continuing to drive in Washington with an Oregon plate even if you had a legitimate reason for doing it at one point. However, making that mistake doesn’t make you any more of a cheater than buying goods in Oregon and then failing to report those purchases immediately when you come back across the border. How many people (cheaters) at the Columbian are guilty of that crime?
I’m not worried about the $75 loss to the state revenues I’m worried about the hundreds of millions of dollars that are being misspent by state government. This has especially been the case when it comes to educational dollars.
Making an environmental mistake when working in a high risk business like the paint industry is equivalent to getting the facts wrong when writing articles for the newspaper; I wonder how many thousands of times that has happened to Columbian writers. That doesn’t make you a cheater or disqualify you for running for office.
Here is what real cheating is: it’s claiming that you cut the budget when all you really did was slow down the growth of government a little. The new state budget was not a cut!: It spends more than the previous state budget. We’re talking millions here not pocket change.
The Columbian belittles Paul Harris because he was laid off during this recession. I guess they feel same way about the reporters they laid off during these tough economic times.
I can’t hear what the Columbian is trying to say because their hypocrisy is deafening.
The truth is that Paul Harris has paid his dues and has been an entrepreneur who understands how jobs are created; exactly the type of person we need in government at this time. He also served his community by being involved and serving as a school board member. In both cases Paul Harris has shown that he is willing to step up to the plate and take the heat in order to better our society.
The Columbian has every right to endorse whoever they want for office but pointing out petty mistakes that people have made while ignoring issues that involve hundreds of millions of dollars only demeans the value of any endorsement they might make.
Paul Harris brings a wealth of experience and integrity to the table. He will win this race and represent the real concerns of southwest Washington. He deserves a lot better from the Columbian.