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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
 
Welcome!

Welcome to the latest edition of 360 Social! We'll keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings on Columbian.com and share how to get involved with your online community. What would you like to get out of this newsletter? E-mail matt.wastradowski@columbian.com with your suggestions.

3 ways to get involved:

Our reporters are hard at work on the stories that matter to you. Do you want to get the issues and ideas that you care about out to the community? Drop us a line:
  • We want to ask those women who’ve mastered motherhood for some advice for this Mother’s Day. We’re looking for Clark County grandmothers to answer this question: What makes a good mother? Email your response to metrodesk@columbian.com, and include your full name, city and a phone number where you can be reached.
     
  • Are you a Clark County resident who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in 2010? Reporter Stevie Mathieu would like to interview you for a story about swing voters in Clark County. Call 360-735-4523, tweet @col_politics, or email stevie.mathieu@columbian.com.
     
  • We want to offer live chats on Columbian.com every Friday with the figures that matter to you. Who would you like to see in a live web chat? E-mail chat leader Setareh Alizadeh by e-mailing setareh.alizadeh@columbian.com or tweeting @col_chats.
6 great discussions:

Light rail and local politics dominated discussions among users last week:

The Clark County Auditor’s office declared more than two-thirds of signatures turned in by light rail opponents seeking a vote on the issue to be invalid:
  • "The light rail is a foregone conclusion and the right thing to do, period. Travel in Asia or Europe for a while to see what transportation in a dense population looks like. I would gladly pay a toll or a train ticket rather than have my car idle on I-5 for an hour on a Friday afternoon." -Joel Gentleman
     
  • "Further proof that the anti light rail / anti CRC folks are simply a minority of folks that are both well funded and vocal."  -Bob Travis
  • "I think we lost sight of our main complaint here. I don't care what party a person belongs to or how much money they have. I am interested in if they listen to the people, get their input and then represent their interests in our legislative process." -Jim McGuire
A flier U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, recently mailed to 80,000 constituents includes information about Medicare that has raised eyebrows with fact-checking organizations. Her spokesman, however, says the first-term congresswoman stands by her statements:
  • "I got the mailer and was not happy with the options. There was only a small place to write in the "other" area like you weren't supposed to have an opinion other that what was printed." -Thom Rasmussen
  • "The Medicare issue is complicated and HB tries to dummy it down with fear.We need representatives who can think and communicate the whole truth to constituents." -Craig Sjoberg
  • "I thank her for her effort to reach her constituents and engage them in her decision-making process." -Justin Riley
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Here's all the good stuff we couldn't fit in above:
  • Spring is here, which means hiking season is here -- in theory, anyway. Stay up-to-date with outdoors happenings by following the Washington Trails Association on Twitter (@WTA_Hikers). The organization's Twitter feed lists links to seasonal hikes, outdoors events, and good tips to know.
     
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