Lacey honors historic businesses

October 21st, 2016 by Ken

“Without businesses, a city is just a housing development.”   With those words, Larry Blume honored nine Lacey businesses which have been in Lacey since before cityhood.

In conjunction with the City of Lacey, the Lacey Rotary Club honored businesses which have been in Lacey prior to 1966 when the city was incorporated.  Presenting the awards was Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder.

Panorama was established in 1964 by its founders Chick and Moe Loveless.  It continues to provide retirement living for active adults.  It is currently owned by the residents.

Harolds Applicance was established in 1956 by Harold Lormor.  It continues to provide appliances, parts and service.   Its current owner is Bonnie Smith.

Kluh’s Jewelers was established in 1956 and in Lacey in 1966.  It was founded by Ted Kluh.  The current owner is Matt Kluh.

Martin Way Mobile Home and RV Park was established in 1942.   The founder is unknown but the complex provided housing for military officers during World War 2.   The current owner is TCF Management.

Lacey Shoe Repair was established in Lacey in 1962 by Edward Tafoya.  His son Paul Tafoya continues to provide shoe repair to his customers.

John’s Plumbing was established in 1957 by John Rupp and provides plumbing sales and repair.   The current owner is Marissa Stevens.

Capital Club Apartments was built in 1965 by Fairway Investments.   The current owner is Larry Melness.  Diamond Head Apartments was also established by Fairway Investments in 1965.   It is currently owned by Rick Ramage.

Capital Development Company was established in 1963 by Bob Blume.   This commercial real estate and management firm is owned by the Blume family.

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Keep fireworks legal in Tumwater

October 19th, 2016 by Ken

Several years ago, voters in Lacey, by a narrow margin, banned private fireworks.   A couple of years later, Olympia voters followed suit.   Last year, Thurston County Commissioners were considering a ban on all fireworks in the county, but a large turnout of firework supporters forced the commissioners to back off.   Private fireworks are still legal in all county land.

Now, voters in Tumwater have a proposition on the ballot that will ban all private firworks in that community.  Tumwater voters should say No on Proposition 1.   There is nothing more American than fireworks on the Fourth of July.   One of our founding fathers, John Adams, said the day should be celebrated with illunations all over the land.   He didn’t say that fireworks should be used only with government approval.

Tumwater has billed itself as America’s First Community in Washington.   It has a great Fourth of July parade each year.   It would seem to me that now is the time for the residents of Tumwater, to step forward and assert their rights as Americans to celebrate the holiday in their own way.

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My choices for county commissioner

October 18th, 2016 by Ken

For 30 years, Thurston County government has been controlled by liberal Democrats, most of whom lived in the City of Olympia.   The views and the needs of the rural areas of the county took second place to the “progressive”  values of those elected county commissioners.

Voters have a chance to make significant changes this year and wrest control of county government away from those with no idea or concern for the problems facing rural residents.

Lets take a moment to ascertain what has happened to Thurston County government in the last 20 years.   Property rights of individual land-holders have been shunted aside.  The county lost a major lawsuit over challenges to commissioner actions which everyone knew were suspect, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.   Law and justice supporters cried for more money to put more deputies on the road, while commissioners wasted money in purchasing buildings no one would use.

There’s a clear choice for voters.   Elect Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse and continue the same policies of the outgoing commission.  Or vote for Gary Edwards and John (Hutch) Hutchings, and bring some “sanity” back to county government.

Some urban residents might be asking themselves why a county government election matters since they live within the urban city limits.   The answer is simple.   The Thurston County Commissioners operate as the board of health, and as such have significant impact on what happens in the urban areas.  More taxes on the table for those on sewer systems and significantly more money for those on septic systems is in the works.   That’s one of the things that the board of health has sway over.

The races for Thurston County Commission are the most important votes we will make this year.  Whoever is elected will set the county on the future for the next decade.    I think Edwards and Hutchings can position the county for a more stable future.

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Donald Trump is right.

October 17th, 2016 by Ken

The election is rigged and the media is out to get him.

I spent four hours watching the Sunday morning news shows.  They devoted more than half of their time to talking about  Donald Trump.  The allegations from women regarding sexual advances, his tweets in response, the defection of a handful of Republicans, polls that show him behind.   The list goes on and on.

In those rare moments when they talked about Hillary Clinton. it revolved around the leaked emails from Russian sources and Donald Trump’s association with Russian businessmen.  Maybe five minutes.

There was no talk about the content of those emails.   Nothing about Hillary Clinton taking a meeting with a foreign businessman after he pledged a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation.   The media passed over the fact that Hillary Clinton tapped one of her friends to handle aid to Haiti, a contract that was worth millions of dollars.  Or, that the friend made contributions to the Clinton Foundation.  Those are criminal activities.

When Donald Trump talks about the election being rigged, he doesn’t mean that the results will be tampered with or that the count will be skewed.   He means that the mainstream media has already determined that he’s not fit to be president and has decided to make certain he won’t be elected.  When Eastern media elites control the content of television and newspapers, it’s difficult to get unbiased coverage.   These elites have determined that Hillary Clinton will be better for their bottom line than Donald Trump.

Donald Trump isn’t a sexual predator.   He’s just doing what many powerful males have always done.   Taken advantage of their position to have sex with women.    President John F. Kennedy, the liberal darling, kept two mistresses on the White House payroll.   The Secret Service dubbed them Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and kept people away from the room where Kennedy was  engaging is sexual activities.

President Bill Clinton’s affairs with half a dozen women over his 20 years as governor and president are well-known and only partly documented.

The difference between President Kennedy and President Bill Clinton – – and Donald Trump is simple.   Kennedy and Clinton were professional politicians who knew how to work the media and the public.   Donald Trump is not a politician and hits back in the only way he knows –  often to his own detriment.

It boils down simply to this.   Do you want a ego-driven, aggressive male in the White House who will bring change to the American political system – – or do you want a professional politician who may very well have engaged in illegal activities while in elective office – – and will probably be impeached by the United States Congress before her term of office is up?


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Vote NO

October 14th, 2016 by Ken

A number of State Initiatives will be the ballot this election year.   My advice to you is to vote NO on all of them.

Initiative 1433 would raise the state’s minimum wage to $13.50 an hour making it the highest state minimum wage in the nation.   It would also require businesses to offer heath care to all employees.   This measure is a significant burden on small business.

Initiative 1464 would give every registered voter in the state $150 which can be given to any candidate of their choice.   Money is raised by taking it from small businesses along the state’s borders, which rely on out-of-state shoppers.   Another blow to small business.

Initiative 1491 is a little more tricky.   It allows the government to take away guns from people whose partners deem them to be suicidal.  A court order must be obtained.  The problem is the definition of partner.  Just who can ask for a court order.   It also puts another another hole in the Second Amendment.

Initiative 1501 is a union-backed and paid for initiative to get around the State’s Public Records Act.  It makes it more difficult for citizens to get the names of any government unionized worker.

Initiative 732 puts a tax on all carbon emissions.   It also eliminates some taxes as a trade off, making the measure “revenue neutral.”   The carbon tax is forever.   The taxes eliminated will soon be reinstated.

Initiative 735 is an effort to overturn the United States Supreme Court ruling on rights of corporations.   It is advisory only.

Most of these measures are far more complicated than I have laid out.  Please read the full descriptions – – and then vote No on all of them.

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What is – quality of life?

October 12th, 2016 by Ken

Those opposed to growth in the South Sound area often cite – quality of life – as their reason for opposing growth.   And, quality of life is one of the reasons many of us chose to live at the tip of Puget Sound.

When it comes to – quality of life – they talk about the natural beauty that surrounds us.  They talk about the clean air.   They talk about the trees and they talk about water.

But, they have a very narrowly defined definition of – quality of life.

Quality of life can also be defined as affordable housing, personal and community safety, good educational facilities and affordable medical care.    None of those can come about without allowing people freedom without the interference of undo government restrictions on private property and business operations.    Government cannot function without private enterprise providing jobs and tax revenue.

The next time someone objects to business growth on the basis of – quality of life – – ask what  – quality of life – they refer to.  Help them expand their horizons.

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Quick bits

October 11th, 2016 by Ken

The City of Lacey has hired a new Parks and Recreation Director.  Her name is Jennifer Burbidge.  She will start on October 17.  Burbridge will replace former director Lori Flemm who retired from that job in July.   Most recently, Burbidge was the Southwest Quadrant Supervisor for Metro Parks in Tacoma.  In her new job, she will manage a department of 1,200 acres of park land, with a budget of $2.6 million dollars.  She will also be responsible for the Lacey Community Center, the Lacey Historical Museum and the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC).

The Thurston County Auditors Office has mailed out Voter Pamphlets to 117,000 households in Thurston County.  Partnering with the Washington Secretary of States Office, the pamphlet will cover federal and state as well as local offices.  Ballots will follow on October 19.   If you don’t receive a Voters Pamphlet or a ballot contact the auditor’s office.   Voters in Olympia will receive information on the city income tax measure with their ballots.

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Columbus Day started American exceptionalism

October 10th, 2016 by Ken

I thought Columbus Day was October 12.   It’s hard to understand why we celebrate it on October 10.   And, if we celebrate it,  how do we celebrate it?   The bigger question is – – should we celebate it at all?

There was a time in this country – – vaguely remembered – when we celebrated Columbus Day as kind of a mini Fourth of July.  When we celebrated the day as the founding of America.  It was the day we began the process of making the country known as the United States of America.   It was the beginning of the idea and the concept of American Exceptionalism.   It was the day we explored the reasons America had become the “shining light on the hill.”

For several decades now, that concept of Columbus Day has been torn apart as America (the United States) has become more aware of its past and generally more aware of its sins.

Some cities today are celebrating Native American Day as a way to gain recognition for the way Indians had been treated.   Other cities are still planning a celebration of the Italian navigator, who with three Spanish ships, changed the outcome of the world.  For most Americans, Columbus Day is just another one of those nothing holidays  – like LaborDay – – which just gives them another paid day off.

As the idea and the concept of American Exceptionalism fades from the concience of Americans – Columbus Day will continue to fade.  As America gradually becomes part of the greater world community, the ideas of this country’s founding will also gradually fade away as well.



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Lacey history – this week 2000

October 6th, 2016 by Ken

Customer service at the Lacey Post Office was on the minds of many people this week in 2000.   The Lacey Chamber of Commerce has asked for better service and quicker response time.   It has threatened to picket the post office if service doesn’t improve.  Recently, due to growth, the postal service added two new ZIP Codes to Lacey – 98513 and 98516.

Kite Boy and Kite Girl are the newest elements in Lacey’s efforts to bring public art to the community and to signify where the city begins.  Nancy, the Kite Girl was put in place in April, but her brother, Jimmy, the Kite Boy has yet to find a permanent home.   The first choice for a home for Jimmy is Sleater Kinney at I-5.  The second choice location is on College Street near city hall.  (The city opted to place Jimmy on Sleater Kinney.)

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A view on the presidential debate

October 5th, 2016 by Ken

By Dale Cooper

It’s more than a week after the first presidential debate of 2016.   The rhetoric of the candidates has already faded into meaningless babble.   I can remember nothing of substance from the tussle.   I can only remember how it made me feel.

I remember feeling how painful it was to watch the bombastic, egotistic Donald Trump bob, weave, protest and pontificate.   I felt as if I were watching Atilla the Hun on stage behind a podium.

I remember feeling that if anyone could, he’s the guy who could stand up to the NYC/DC political class that for decades has told the nation what news was “fit to print” and what wasn’t.   I remember thinking “This guy will surely turn the PC culture that gives the radical left a license to personally threaten, bully and ostracize those with whom it disagrees – on its head.”

I remember feeling that this larger than life, often insightfjul American original would certainly shake up the things that need some serious shaking.   i remember thinking that this guy’s a fighter.

I also remember how my skin crawled when I heard the shrill voice of Hillary Clinton, history’s most ambitious wife since Lady Macbeth.  I remember thinking how well prepared she was and how smug she looked.

I remember how she had a plan for virtually all current and future problems – – but you’d have to go to her websites for specifics.   And, I remember thinking I’d heard all of her words before, remixed and repeated by candidates since time immemorial.

But then I started contemplating how each of them would deal with our increasingly dangerous world – – one that’s getting more dangerous with each passing day.   I remembered how Europe’s monetary system was teetering on the edge of a precipice; how millions of refuges are fleeing the Levant; how ISIS barbarians are imposing a reign of terror across the Middle East; how Russians are reviving their global ambitions; how the Chinese are flexing powerful military muscles; how dictators and loons are stockpiling nuclear weapons; how the international shipping business has gone bankrupt; and how banks and mega-businessess are mutating into supra-national global concerns loyal to no one but themselves.

It’s a dangerous world out there, and it’s beyond our control.   But, it’s a world we must deal with – – which is to say either Atilla the Hun or Lady Macbeth will have to deal with.   He – or she – must stand up to psychopathic dictators, ruthless terrorists, heartless bankers – – well the list goes on.

So, less than a month from now we’ll have to choose.

For me, I’ll choose Atila the Hun who will face down those troublemakers.   No matter how shrewd or clever she may be, none of those bigwigs, tyrants or troublemakers will back down from Lady Macbeth – – ever.

(Editors note:  Dale  Cooper is a pseudonym for a local who has political ties.)

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“The Olympian” circulation continues free fall

October 4th, 2016 by Ken

Circulation at The Olympian continued its sharp decline.   It’s most recent report shows the paper’s paid circulation at 12,176 compared to last years reported paid circulation of 16, 464.   That a loss of more than 4000 paid subscribers in just a year.

I’ve been reporting for nearly two years that the McClatchy Company, which owns the paper, had put its buildng up for sale and the paper recently confirmed that the Olympia School District had purchased the building and adjacent property for $4.8 million dollars.

Sources tell me that the paper is looking at moving into downtown Olympia and are eyeing the old Planned Parenthood building as a possible location.   The sale of its current building gives the paper’s staff a year to vacate the premises.

A 25 percent decline in paid circulation is the result of declining news coverage.   I personally think the elimination of the editorial page for two days each week helped make the steep decline, but it could be any number of things.   What’s certain is that this community misses the paper’s coverage of local government and it’s probing of political affairs.  It doesn’t miss the papers editorial policy which continues to hold a  liberal left-wing bias.

How much longer can the paper last?

It can last as long as its parent company wants it to last.   It is still a money-maker.   I estimate it still pulls in profits of around a million dollars each year, due primarily to its association with The (Tacoma) News Tribune and the dual advertising opportunities for regional and national retail chains.

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Martin Way has deteriorated

October 3rd, 2016 by Ken

Take a drive down Martin Way from Carpenter Road to Galaxy Drive.   The one thing you notice immediately is that the street doesn’t look like Martin Way looks elsewhere in the community..

From Carpenter Road to Galaxy Drive,( the Wall Mart road) you encounter billboards, after billboards.   Large, tall and impossible to miss.  And, more significantly is that at least half a dozen of them are selling marijuana.   Not just for pot shops on  Martin Way, but for marijuana  businesses throughout Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater.

That section of Martin Way is not in the City of Lacey, but in the unicorporated part of Thurston County.   Many people are confused about where the city boundary lines lay.   Part of that is the fault of the City of Lacey which annexed a large portion of Hawks Prairie without annexing Martin Way and the residential sections along its length.

Thurston County has different codes of development and lower standards on signs and billboards.   And, because it is the only major urban street in the county, those with products to sell find that section of Martin Way a good place to advertise their wares.

I’m not a prude.   I see absolutely nothing wrong with the legalization of marijuana.

My concern centers around that section of Martin Way which doesn’t look like the rest of the street.  It concerns me how low class and low brow that section of road has become.   I blame both the county and the City of Lacey for the mess.  I blame the county for lower standards in urban areas and I blame the city for not annexing the full section of Martin Way and cherry picking what it wanted.

Lacey should immediately begin discussions with the residents of Tanglewilde and Thompson Place over the deterioration of Martin Way and the advantages of annexing to Lacey.  And, the Thuston County Commission should begin a move towards adopting urban standards for urban areas in the county.

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Political shorts

September 30th, 2016 by Ken

Initiative 1433 would raise the state’s minimum wage to $13.50 and require that all businesses offer health care to its employees.   Unions have been pushing the initative through a number of television commercials.  Spokesman on TV is Molly Moon who owns an ice cream shop in Seattle.  She touts the benefits of the initiative and how everyone benefits from a higher minimum wage.  What Ms. Moon doesn’t say is that she is a union shop and is exempt from Seattle’s minimum wage law.

A few years back Lacey lost fireworks in the city due to a vote of the residents.  A couple of years later, Olympia also banned fireworks by a vote of its residents.  Thurston County Commissioners looked at putting a fireworks ban on the ballot but backed off at the last minute.   Now the City of Tumater has placed a fireworks ban on the ballot in that city.  But, unlike in Lacey and Olympia – a fireworks ban in Tumwater has organized opposition.  Signs asking voters to keep Tumwater fireworks and vote No on the ban are sprouting up all over the city.

Now that Karen Fraser will no longer be a partisan elected official, it’s time to give her the recognition she deserves.   Karen was the first woman on the Lacey Planning Commission, the first woman on the Lacey City Council and the first woman mayor of Lacey.   She served as Thurston County Commissioner, as a state representative and as a state senator.  Her effort to become the first woman secretary of state fell a few votes short.  Karen has done a lot for the City of Lacey as the mayor and in her other elective offices.   It’s time for the City of Lacey to honor her.

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LBA Woods is what’s wrong with Olympia

September 29th, 2016 by Ken

Those who know me, know, that for the most part, I could care less about what happens in the City of Olympia.   That’s why I hesitate a bit before talking about the city’s recent action to buy the LBA Woods.  But, it gives a good idea of what is wrong with the city.

LBA Woods, are two pieces of property adjacent to the little league baseball fields built decades ago.   The fields and park are used extensively by baseball players and families.   About four years ago, the two pieces of property called LBA Woods, totaling more than 140 acres, came under the control of developers with plans to build extensive housing units.   Immediately, the local neighborhoods rose up and fought to keep the property – – both heavily wooded – – from development.

Using political power from former elected officials, the neighbors lobbied the Olympia City Council.  Last year the city purchased one of the parcels and just recently purchased the other parcel.    The neighborhoods were ecstatic.   Their long battle payed off.   The taxpayers of Olympia put up nearly $8 million dollars of park money to keep the woods from being developed.

Two years ago, the Thuston County Conservation Future’s advisory committee looked at funding the purchase of LBA Woods and determined that such a move would only benefit the local neighborhood and have no significant value to the greater community.

And, that’s the problem with Olympia.

It gives neighborhood groups significant impact on citywide issues that benefit only those local neighborhood groups.   The people living around LBA Park aren’t the only ones.   The South Capitol Neighborhood is one of the major players in citywide issues.   While members of the Olympia City Council may owe their election to a neighborhood group, they represent all of the people of Olympia – – including the taxpayers.   Purchase of LBA Woods provides little benefit to the city as a whole, and a lot of benefit to the neighborhood.

Also – Olympia’s development plans call for increased housing density within the city limits, and yet it has just taken 140 acres of property out of line.   It happens all of the time in Olympia.   A proposal to build housing – is opposed by a neighborhood group – – and the city council bows to neighborhood pressure.   And housing doesn’t get built in the city limits.   It’s forced to go out into the unincorporated areas.

Those are just two examples of what’s wrong with Olympia.



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This is a dangerous world

September 28th, 2016 by Ken

As I watched televison news recently, I was astounded at the large number of murders, accidents, and deaths which led the newscasts.   I shouldn’t have been.  Blood and guts has always been the top news story of the day.  It’s the way news gets listeners and readers.

So, it got me to thinking.   How dangerous is our world?   I know that some 40,000 people are killed each year in automobile accidents.   I know that’s a concern.   But how dangerous is everything else?

After doing some research I came up with some observations.   Teddy Bears are more dangerous than Grizzly Bears.  During the last 90 years, some 82 people have been killed by Grizzly Bears.   That’s less than one a year.   But, last year alone, 22 people were killed by their Teddy Bears.They die from choking on the eyes or strangling by the belt – particularly young children.   Older people die by tripping on the Teddy Bears and falling.   Teddy Bears are more dangerous than Grizzly Bears.

Some two million people – mostly women – are admitted to the hospital each year from falling off their high heels.  Some trip over Teddy Bears and other objects, but 400,000 a year fall off their heels.

Each year, 7000 Americans are hurt by their dishwasher. Many of those injuries are burns from opening a hot washer.  Some are cuts from sharp knives.   A few from tripping over the dishwasher drawer.

Your not safte at work either.  The average desk top at work is dirtier than the toliet seat at home.   The average desk has 21,000 bacteria per square inch.   The average toliet seat has only 50.  It’s not much safer at church.  A recent study found that the holy water in churchs contains coliform, straphylococcis, yeast and mold.

I just point all this out to tell you the world is a dangerous place.  Just being alive and living is dangerous.

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Lacey history – this week 1974

September 27th, 2016 by Ken

A mobile home ordinance, which would make Lacey unique among local cities, needs an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  That’s the opinion of City of Lacey planner Jesus Moulient.  The ordinance would allow mobile homes in all areas of the city zoned for single family homes.   The EIS should be available for public review and comment in about a month.   (The city eventually turned the idea down, but did allow mobile homes in mobile home subdivisions.)

Lacey Police Chief Jim Land defended the use of hollow tip bullets by members of the  Lacey police department.   The furor over police use of hollow tip bullets started in Seattle.  These types of bullets were outlawed by the Geneva Code governing warfare between countries.  Land said no member of the Lacey department has used the bullets.   The chief  also said they were trying to get money to buy “bullet proof vests” for members of the deparment.

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Is it time to kick off the covers?

September 26th, 2016 by Ken

There’s a blanket decending over this country.   It’s a blanket of “progressive” ideas which warms and conforts some, and is hot and stiffling to others.

In the last decade, citizens of this country have been burdened or uplifted by these ideas.  These include – – legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, living wage, predictive scheduling, micro-aggression, hurtful speech, anti-police riots,  and dozens of other social and government actions which seem to have decended upon the public all within the last decade.

If you’ve ever slept in the same bed with another person then you’ll understand that not everyone has the same temperature.  Some, need an extra blanket to find the right level of comfort.   Others need fewer covers and even have to kick one off sometimes to feel right.

We all sleep in the same bed, but yet we’re all being covered by the same “progessive” blanket decending upon us.

I reached my level of discomfort with these new “progessive” ideas last week at the Tacoma Group Health facility.  I went to buy a Coke at the snack bar and couldn’t.   Since the beginning of the year, all they could serve were”Diet” sodas.   Even the vending machine was stocked with only “Diet” sodas.  Some “progressive” had determined that regular sugar soda was bad and that “Diet” soda was better.  I absolutely hate “Diet” soda.   The taste is bitter and lingers long on the tounge.   But someone had determined that sugar makes people fat and must be removed from the building – – depite the fact that artifical sweeteners have been getting a reputation as a possible source of cancer.

Isn’t it time to kick off the covers of “progressive”  ideas.   They’re starting to get idiotic.   Oh wait – I can’t use that word –  – it might offend someone.

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Chamber move has implications

September 23rd, 2016 by Ken

The Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce’s move to a new location in “downtown” Lacey has implications that can be of significant value for the future.

The Lacey chamber will soon occuply new quarters near South Puget Sound Community College which is part of the city’s designated Woodland Square area.   The new location is close to the Thurston County Economic Development Council and just a short distance from City Hall.

The move out of Hawks Prairie symbolizes that Hawks Prairie is now a major part of Lacey and no longer needs the reassurance of a physical chamber presence.

Moving away from a major freeway exit may have some impact on the number of visitors and tourists who get information about Lacey, but the city can make that impact insignificant by placing a “Tourist Information” sign on College and Sixth Avenue to direct visitors to the services offered by the chamber.

The closeness of the chamber to the city hall gives the two entities an opportunty to more fully cooperate in promoting Lacey and particularly the Regional Athletic Complex and adjacent sports facilities.

Overall, the move seems to be in the best interests of all parties.

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From a taxi cab driver

September 22nd, 2016 by Ken

I had to go to Charleston, South Carolina last week for a national conference (as a spouse).   I was surprised to see that Alaska ran a non-stop flight out of SeaTac to Charleston every day, and a flight back.   I was pleased to be able to book it since I am a regular Alaska flier.

It wasn’t until I was in Charleston for a few days that I realized why Alaska has such flights.   Boeing has built a new plant in Charleston.  That plant is open and employs about 7000 people, making it the largest employer in the Charleston area, and maybe in the entire state.

In additon to spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new manufacturing facility, Boeing apparently has helped local government expand and enlarge its airport.   Boeing needs to get its new planes to its customers, and needs to have regular flights from SeaTac to bring in needed advice and support.  It has a good working relationship with Alaska.

Our United States Senator Maria Cantwell has supported tax breaks for Boeing to keep much of its manufacturing in Washington.   I suspect that South Carolina’s senators are also looking at what is necessary to keep Boeing functioning in their state.

You can learn a lot by tslking with taxi cab drivers.

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Who are “The Deplorables”

September 15th, 2016 by Ken

Half of Donald Trump’s supporters are racists, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic.   Half.  That’s what Hillary Clinton said the other day.   Which half are you in?   While the Democratic Nominee for president went on to correct herself and said she regreted saying “half” – implying that Trump supporters are all those phobics – she just doesn’t know in what numbers.

She called them “The Deplorables.”

What she really meant was that Trump supporters were not part of the Eastern establishment elite – an employee of local, school, state or federal government – or a student activist in college.   What she really wanted to say, is that the hard-working Americans in the rural areas of our country are ready for their chance to seek the Brass Ring – and the establishment won’t let them.   If you want to stop your opponent from winning – call his supporters racists or sexist.

It’s time for a change in this country.   It’s time to reboot our government.   To do so would take an “outsider”, someone not of those elitist groups I mentioned.

I would have prefered someone from the Middle West, a successful business person.  Someone with credentials as caring and concered about our country.

I’m stuck with Donald Trump.

Trump is an insider’s outsider.   A billionaire from New York City.   His concern for the working poor of this country stops at the gate of his many businesses.   He’s not my idea of a person who will shake up the establishment and create a new climate of hope and aspiration.

But he’s all that we have.

The question on every voter’s mind is this – – should we continue with the same government policies of the past by voting for Hillary Clinton.   Or should we take a chance on an insider outsider who is already making changes  in the way elections are run and who threatens to make even more changes when he’s elected?

I know where I stand.  If you want to know, read the section above called About.


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