The Jantzen Beach carousel is somewhere, but its owners aren't telling us where. Their silence about the beautiful machine's future sends a strong message that it won't be coming back to its old Hayden Island haunt any time soon.
With The Columbian's 2016 Economic Forecast Breakfast just around the year-end corner, I decided to look at forecasts from past years to see how much times have changed in our local business world. My review of essays written by participants from years past became a walk down the memory lane of hard times.
Quite a few years ago, after a long night and day running the Hood to Coast Relay, I piled into a van for the drive back home from the Oregon Coast. Famished, we rolled into a restaurant on Highway 26.
My wife and I spent last weekend in a fabulous country home in Parkdale, Ore., in the upper reaches of the fruit-filled Hood River Valley. We woke to spectacular views of Mount Hood's north slope and signed off our two evenings there, under a full moon that lit the silent valley and the wooded hillside that defined its boundary. We were in another world but less than two hours from home.
The band members walked onto the stage at the Clark County Fair's grandstand without fanfare, introducing themselves as the Guess Who. Frontman Derek Sharp, born the year that the Canadian rock band recorded its first hit 50 years ago, joked about the gray-haired crowd in the grandstand. Then it was on to a 90-minute run of old hits including "American Woman" and "No Time" that had us old-timers on our feet, singing along to the still-familiar tunes. This was a band from my high school days of playing LPs in my bedroom. As if we weren't all feeling plenty old, bassist Jim Kale told the crowd that he'd been performing for 53 years.
The problems of stagnant worker pay and rising global wealth inequality often seem insurmountable — too big to get your brain wrapped around them, too thorny and plutocratically entrenched to uproot with good policy prescriptions.
Last week, I asked for your thoughts on naming our new waterfront urban neighborhood. Gramor Development, the company that will create the bulk of the waterfront community, says it will call the area Waterfront Vancouver USA. But Gramor doesn't control all of the 40-plus acres of redevelopment waterfront property: The Port of Vancouver is redeveloping 10 acres of its Terminal 1 site, and it has no new name in mind for its property.
Vancouver, more than most places, should understand the importance of a name in shaping a community's identity. We forever live in the shadow of that much bigger, more cosmopolitan Vancouver to the north. And people sometimes confuse our state's name with our nation's capital city.
When we think about economic mobility — our capacity to improve our economic status by pumping up our paychecks — a college education, job training and hard work are among the winning ingredients that likely come to mind.
We can't count the ways that legitimate and not-so-legitimate businesses come after our pocketbooks, and how often they find our vulnerabilities despite our best defenses. Few among us have escaped being drawn in by too-good-to-be-true deals for discounts or financial deals that ended up costing us in the long run.