I Have Things to Say
Posted by Bryan and Filed in Introductions on Aug.15, 2010

I have things to say.

I have not been saying much here lately.

But there are a lot of things churning around in my mind, just waiting to be formulated and to come out. So you will be reading more of it here again.

I have some strong opinions on many of the issues that meet us every day. Yes, those opinions lean wildly in the direction of making sure that the rights that we all are supposed to have are not restricted at the irrational whims of our elected officials and the other politicians and bureaucrats out there.

Some may accuse me of such, but I have no particular agenda that I am trying to sneak past you. It is just simply wrong to mess with the rights of common folks who are simply trying to lead their lives. I plan to give you specific examples of this as time goes on. I welcome your reasoned discussion of the issues, in a place where no reasonable point of view will be shunned, but BS will be called if the “argument” has no basis in reality.

Also, while I will try to remain rather Cascadia-centric, I will no longer be too afraid to wander into the ocean of national and world issues, especially when there is a lesson that can be taken back to our own communities.

Thanks for listening.
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February 7th, 2008

Good morning. Welcome to my blog.

In addition to throwing around a few tidbits of information about myself and things I enjoy doing, I look at this blog as an outlet to comment on the news and events happening in the area that I call home. In the grand scheme of things, this includes (more or less) Western Oregon, Western Washington, and the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island areas of British Columbia. Like it or not, this area has a shared history and geography, as well as many shared lifestyles.

In some circles, this area has been referred to as the Cascadia Region. The name Cascadia refers to the Cascade Mountains, a prominent feature in the area. That is the sense in which I use that term. The word Cascadia has also been used by a variety of groups to describe the area. While I am describing a similar area, my use of the name for this region is not intended to imply that I agree or disagree with any of the other groups that use this name.

I have lived in assorted places in Oregon (Portland, Beaverton, Astoria, Salem, Eugene, and Roseburg) and in Washington (Seattle, Spokane, Pullman, and Lynnwood). My current plan is to move to a NW Washington location in the near future. In all these areas, I have followed the news and, of course, have an opinion or two on everything.

Current interests include:

  • The inability for the US government to provide many basic services to it’s citizens. In the recent decades, we have been unable to maintain our infrastructure, as evidenced by crumbling roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure. It’s inability to provide basic health care coverage to it’s residents, despite claiming to be on the leading edge of medical technology. Our scarse resources are being wasted on ineffective programs while necessary needs are being under-funded. While I do realize that people of any political bent can make that same statement and mean that different programs are ineffective, I am disheartened by those of our leaders who are more concerned about re-election than doing the right thing for our people.
  • The disturbing trend that when every time one of our “Conservative” “leaders” claims to be helping us or improving our lives, the real story is that they are generally promoting a scheme to further restrict our rights. Often, they will hide behind lofty sounding goals such as “saving lives” or “preserving our culture” or “protecting us.” Not that those are bad goals, but more often than not, they are simply a cover for further restricting our rights and freedoms
  • Transportation issues. I am fascinated by most forms of transit, be it buses, trains, ferries, planes, or whatever creative modes of transport are used. I believe that their use can improve our lives in many ways, from the personal transportation standpoint to the benefits of public transportation to the population in general.
  • The Environment. While there are world-wide conferences being held on what needs to be done to solve global warming, pollution, natural resource conservation, and other environmental issues; others are denying that there are problems at all. It seems unlikely that we can sweep these problems under the rug.
  • Comedy, music, hockey, family. Ferryspotting, photography, travel, the arts. Not necessarily in that order. We can’t let the other stuff get us down.

Your input is welcome. Criticism or praise on any views are welcome as comments, as long as they remain polite. I am quite open to opposing thoughts, as long as you can justify the statements somehow. I am very curious as to people’s responses to my thoughts.

I am an accountant, a seminar speaker, and am involved with a business in the transportation industry. I have been a retail manager, managed a services business, and been in the on-air side of radio broadcasting. Oh, yes. And one family and a cat.

Stay tuned for more!