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Really?: For people who still watch the NFL (and for people who don’t) here is another example of “what is wrong with the NFL.”

During a press conference Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue, a beat reporter for the Charlotte Observer, asked Cam Newton a question about another player and his teammates route-running. Newton responded with, “It’s funny to hear a female talk routes.” Then, according to Scott Davis with, “Newton grinned and said ‘it’s funny’ ” again, before answering the question.

Other reporters at the press conference said there was complete silence in the room after his misogynistic comment.

The Panthers issued a statement claiming Newton “…expressed regret for using those words.” But according to Rodrigue, Newton did not apologize. She later tweeted: “I spoke with him after and it was worse.”

As of Thursday morning, Newton’s top sponsor, the Dannon yogurt company, terminated their relationship.

While some people on Twitter were jumping on the “political correctness” bandwagon, we disagree. It is not about being politically correct. Newton’s insulting comment is disparaging to all women.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen egregious behavior from him.

After the Carolina Panthers’ 10-24 loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 earlier this year, Newton walked out of a three-minute news conference.

That is just one example of his “off the field” behavior. We are not fans of his behavior on the field, either, whether it is his ridiculous impression of being Superman or the disastrous fumble in the Super Bowl game where he recoiled from pursuing the loose football, which led to a Denver recovery.

Cam Newton needs to grow up and work on building his character.

Enjoy the day: After a tough winter and relentless spring rains, it has been a beautiful summer. The recent autumn type days where it is brisk in the morning and gradually warms to somewhere around 60 or 70 degrees in the afternoon are fantastic.

With the national news wire full of negative and tragic news, we hope you find time to enjoy these wonderful days before the upcoming winter snow and rain sets in.

Harvest Classic: Have you signed up for the Harvest Classic yet? If you haven’t, you still have some time ... but not much.

The 38th annual Harvest Classic, hosted by the Longview Early Edition Rotary, is Saturday. If interested, you can show up between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. at Life Works, 906 New York St., and sign up.

The race is flat out fun for people of all ages and abilities. The course starts out on New York Street by Life Works and winds around downtown. For folks running the 10k, the course goes down around part of Lake Sacajawea, over to Seventh Avenue, then back to the finish line.

The course is flat and runners/walkers of all skill levels are welcome. The event supports local humanitarian needs, according to the Rotary’s Facebook page. And don’t forget, most of the profits go to the Help Warehouse which provides food for the needy.

We’ll see you there!

Amtrak adds service: If you’re headed to Seattle or have another destination in mind, Amtrak is offering more travel options. Amtrak recently announced the addition of two more rounds trips between Seattle and Portland each day.

We jumped on the Amtrak website to check out ticket prices and found the cheapest option for a date about three weeks out is $22 per person, and the more expensive options range up to $52 per person.

Amtrak also has changed the route the trains will take, which will make the trip a little faster. For people who would rather read a book or just look out the window instead of driving, this might be a good option.

And in case you are wondering, the Department of Ecology made no comment regarding the increased risk of cancer the additional rail traffic might cause in Kelso.

Another raw sewage dump: Vancouver’s Westside Wastewater Treatment facility reported Wednesday that an estimated 400,000 gallons of raw sewage was spilled into the Columbia River the previous weekend. Another 110,000 gallons of liquid sewage also was dumped into the river.

The spill apparently was caused by power surges and spikes, which caused equipment to malfunction.

If you are wondering what the cleanup plans are, you might be surprised.

In a story by Columbian reporter Katy Sword, Vancouver Wastewater city engineer and construction manager Dan Swensen said, “The volume of the river is such that by now any of the (sewage) has been diluted to a point it’s not a problem and washed down stream, there’s nothing really for us to do.”

Earlier this year, a wastewater treatment plant in Seattle dumped millions of gallons of raw sewage into Puget Sound due to a major system breakdown.

The State Department of Ecology announced in September that King County (which operates the Seattle wastewater plant) was fined $361,000 and ordered to make plant improvements which could cost $1 million.

Ecology investigated the King County spill and found, “that a lack of appropriate equipment redundancy and reliability, poor operation, and inadequate maintenance practices led to the treatment plant’s failure. The damage was exacerbated by insufficient operator training and a lack of systematically prioritized alarms.”

We think a $361,000 fine is far too low for dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into Puget Sound.

When Ecology announces fines or other penalties for the Vancouver Wastewater spill, we’ll let you know.


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