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Readers weigh in on the Columbia River Crossing, President Donald Trump's ethics and the Australian bushfires.

Why President Trump will lose big-time

A lot of voters were confused with Hillary Clinton running. Now no one is confused. Such is the case with the Trumplandian/Republican/fascist philosophy of lying, cheating and stealing as the foundation of the American dream. That is the unvarnished truth and everyone knows it. Don't you really?

Beware. There is a final judgement, and you are you forever.

Jim Hui, Metzger

Instead of building new bridge, consider a tunnel

In 2013, Washington and Oregon canceled the construction of a new Columbia River Bridge after eight years of planning and spending nearly $200 million. Now $44 million is committed to exploring a new Columbia River Crossing.

The Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee should travel to Vancouver through the George Massey Immersed Tube Tunnel (ITT) built under the Fraser River in 1956. British Columbia spent 10 years and $40 million trying to decide on a new Fraser River Crossing. British Columbia canceled a bridge plan and is moving ahead with a new eight-lane ITT (six vehicle and two transit).

After British Columbia, fly to Japan and travel through Japan's 25 earthquake-resistant ITTs.

Stop in Hong Kong and travel by car or train through the five ITTs that connect to the mainland, then drive through the 4.2-mile ITT to Macau.

Fly to the Netherlands and tour their 30 ITTs. Talk with the Dutch engineers, the most prolific builders of ITT's and world leaders in their design. Rotterdam's Maastunnel, completed in 1942, was Europe's first ITT and the model for 150 worldwide.

The canceled 2013 massive bridge design would have blighted the Columbia River for a century. Our transportation agencies need to look beyond our borders for the best Columbia River Crossing solution.

Bob Ortblad, Seattle

A poem for the Land Down Under

Australia

Snows of ashes,

Lighting matches,

Apocryphal,

Bird cage pyre.

Australia,

My love,

I can't reach nor sea to your wounds.

Velvet care, hugs, love, and all the luck,

Bless and bestow, to all the remnants.

Braving brushes blaze,

Respect and praise,

Honorable those perishing engraved.

Australia,

My love,

The world's temper is burning up,

Your strength not giving up.

Flames scorch the Earth,

Screams,

Bloody screams,

The wildlife burns crisply.

Screams,

Bloody screams,

People and towns,

Uphold their memories.

Sorry,

I can't be there.

Saxton Stewart, Oregon City


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