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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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

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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 offer live chats on every Friday with the public figures that matter to you. Who would you like to see take part in a live web chat? E-mail Setareh Alizadeh at or tweet @col_chats
  • Are you a Clark County resident who's delayed having children due to the slumping economy? Or are you a Washington resident -- or do you know one? -- with an unusual first name or a name with an uncommon spelling? Paris Achen wants to hear from you. E-mail, call 360-735-4551, or tweet @col_trends.
  • Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio will join users for a live chat at 11 a.m. March 9. He'll discuss what it's like to run a newsroom and take questions from readers. In the meantime, head to to sign up for a chat reminder. 
6 great discussions:

The CRC, light rail, and Ron Paul were hot-button topics with posters last week.

Check out all of the most commented stories on last week and join the conversation.

Plans for the Columbia River Crossing do not include a bridge high enough to meet the “reasonable needs” of the myriad ships that ply the busy waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard has told project officials. Readers weighed in and even had a little fun with the development:
  • "This is the type of planning that "Engineering Jokes" are made from. However, where the CRC has focused on "Tolls and Light Rail" they forgot to plan a proper bridge." -Harold Olson
  • "Perhaps the CRC is planning on lowering the river whenever the need arises... it certainly wouldn't surprise me since their "plans" so far have proven to be less than stellar." -Kent Bott
Presidential hopeful Ron Paul visited the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds on Friday, making this his second stop in Clark County in just over two weeks.
  • "Ultimately, it will not matter if Dr. Paul gets the nomination or not- he has awaken a movement that will continue to grow." - BobbiJo Jade Delany
  • "Nothing will change as long as OLD SCHOOL republicans and democrats are in control." - David Creech
Finally, readers reacted to the news that tolling on the Interstate 5 Bridge moved a step closer to reality Wednesday:
  • "Funny how Olyimpia has passed a law that does not effect them.Ask the people who live around and use the bridge if they really want it and 90% will tell you no..Build a whole differant bridge first before messing with I-5." - Jason Askim
  • "Projected revenues is pretty unreliable. Take a look at several other local projects, the Clark County Amphitheater, the Hilton Hotel, for example." - Norm Seubert
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