Odds and ends

March 16th, 2018 by Ken

TCOMM911  – better known 911, is looking to replace its out-dated communications system.  911 has been around since 1978.  It provides emergency communications to fire, police and medic units around the county.  Now, the organization is looking at replacing its outdated radio system, last up-graded in 1999.  It operates on an out-modded VHF frequency which can’t be upgraded anymore.  It also operates on technology that doesn’t match up with newer systems in use in the county. The system is looking at several funding sources including going to the voters for a bond issue sometime in the near future.

Concerned about the public records act  the City of Lacey is looking at putting some restrictions on social media use by members of the Lacey City Council.  Some council members have been posting city-oriented activities on their private Facebook page thus bringing in the public records act.   Council members are being asked not to use their personal social accounts for city business.  The city is creating a Lacey Facebook page for use by council members if they feel the need to post activities that may be considered city business.

The Thurston EDC  has released its annual Thurston Economic Vitality Index which spells out how our local communities are doing in regard to  economic growth.  One aspect of the report shows that since the 2008 recession, the local gross regional product has increased 53 percent.  The county’s growth rate is exceeding 5 percent annually.  Thurston County has emerged from being a government town.  The private sector now generates 63 percent of the total countywide wages.  Contact the EDC for the complete report.

Three years ago voters in Lacey approved a $110 million dollar bond issue to improve North Thurston school facilities, including providing money to upgrade safety at our local schools.  Next week, I’m taking a tour of the schools to see how that money has been used to insure that children attending our schools are safer than before.

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Lacey looks at future parks use

March 12th, 2018 by Ken

What does the future hold for Lacey parks?   The city may go to the voters in the future for the establishment of a Metropolitan Parks District.  To that end, it is conducting a $20,000 study to ascertain what people like about the current parks and discover what they would like to see in the future.

The city has also set aside $60,000 for a study to determine what a new enclosed sports facility would cost and how it could be funded.  That study may be undertaken later this year.

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Evergreen cancels Dorm project

March 1st, 2018 by Ken

The Evergreen State College’s Board of Trustees cancelled a planned $45 million bond issue to build a new dorm for students on the college’s campus.

At the request of its bonding company, the trustees determined that insufficient revenue would be produced to pay off the bonds, citing a decrease in college enrollment.

The new dorm would have replaced several dorms built when the college opened to students in 1971.

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February 28th, 2018 by Ken

We all knew it would happen.  The agreement by the Washington State Legislature to meet the State Supreme Court’s ruling on fully funding education – has drawn the ire of local school superintendents  In an editorial recently all three local school superintendents have cried that state funding will significantly curtail their abilities to determine priorities for their respective districts.   The new law limits the amount of local levy money each can ask from local voters and also spells out just what they can spend that local money on.  Anybody with any brains at all could have told these superintendents that once the state funds education – they make the rules and local control goes out the windows.

Speaking of education.   I agree with the common wisdom that declaring a school a “Gun Free Zone” only makes it a soft target. Three years ago, voters in the Lacey area approved more than a $100 million in new construction funds for schools.  Some of that money was to be used to make schools safer.  It would be nice to know if that happened.  All schools should have bullet-proof windows to the outside, and all classrooms should have interior locks so teachers can lock the doors to their classrooms.

Word has it that the California Democratic Party has refused to endorse incumbent US Senator Diane Feinstein for re-election.   It’s not because the senator is 84.   It’s because she’s not liberal enough even for California.  It’s similar to what the local Democratic Party did to Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby and Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder recently.  The far left is cleaning house and getting rid of those who don’t toe the new party line.

The City of Lacey is getting serious about constructing the College Street and 22nd Avenue roundabout.  Actual work should start on the roundabout very soon.  I’m still of the opinion that the roundabout is not needed, but I’m not in any position to change anyone’s mind.  I also think that the city and the school district doesn’t have any idea how disruptive the actual construction will be.  I hope I’m wrong.   I hope they have planned for the problems the construction will create and have a plan in hand to soften the blow.

“The Olympian’s” move to downtown Olympia is just the next step in the eventual demise of the printed edition of  “The Olympian”.  Those with more knowledge than I, think the printed edition of the newspaper will be gone by 2020 (that’s three years).  The on-line edition will continue.  If any printed edition is forthcoming it will be as a sub-set and folded into “The (Tacoma) News Tribune.

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What do we do about guns?

February 18th, 2018 by Ken

There is an estimated 300 million guns in the United States with a population of 350 million.  We have a mental health crisis and a 24-hour media looking for something to report on.

What do we do about guns?

Tell me – – what do we do about guns?

Do we ban all private ownership of guns like some Northern European countries?  This is the way kings used to assure than no one was going to unseat him. Do we keep them locked up in “gun clubs” and for use only by members of the clubs?   It works in England to keep guns out of the hands of private citizens, but it doesn’t stop mass killings Do we have universal registration where every gun, everywhere in the United States must be accounted for?  I don’t think the bad guys will look to kindly on registering their guns.

What do we want to do about guns?

Let’s start at the beginning.   There are too many guns in the United States.  How do we reduce the number of guns?   We could ban certain types of guns – like assault rifles for example.  We only have 5 million of them in the United States and I’m sure that the owners would be willing to turn them in.

Do we ban semi-automatic rifle and pistols?  Most of the rifles and guns in the United States are semi-automatic.  We’ve already banned automatic weapons.   It’s illegal to buy or sell them.

Do we institute a universal registration system where anyone who has ever been convicted of a crime (including domestic violence) be forbidden from ever again owning a gun?  If we do a mandatory registration – who will comply – – not the bad guys?

Do we throw everyone who refuses to register sales or purchases of guns in jail?   We’d have lots of jail cells filled.

The United States has had a 250 year love affair with guns.  We are one of the few countries in the world whose constitution allows citizens the right to “keep and bear” arms.  We weren’t going to let any king or dictator take over without a fight.

There are a few things we can do.  We can make certain that semi-automatic weapons cannot be turned into automatic weapons.  We can update our registration system and make it more usable by all law enforcement agencies.  Other than that, our options are limited – without a severe push back from legal gun owners.

What’s the answer to mass shootings, where the purpose is to get attention by someone with mental problems who wants exposure for his problem.

Decades ago, this country instituted a program which gave the mentally ill the same rights as all other citizens.  It closed the mental institutions and turned the mentally ill out to be cared for by family and local communities.  No one wants to go back to the “old” days of mental institutions  – but we do need more help for those with mental health problems.

Then, we come to the old bugaboo – our national media.   Mass shootings are legitimate news stories.  The national media has a right, and should cover the shootings.  But – the problem is the depth, degree and time spent on the story.   Our recent shooting has been covered for five days, from every angle, from every perspective.  Time has been spent on the shooter, why he did what he did, who helped him or knew about his intended action and what happens to him now.

That’s just what he wanted.  He wanted his name out.  He wanted to draw attention to his mental health problems.  He wanted people to give him some attention.   There are other men out there – –  right now – -watching the newscast for hours upon hours – and scheming how to draw attention to their own problems.

The media is complicit in any future mass shootings.   My suggestion.   Report the shooting. Get the police report.  Talk about the impact the shooting have made on the community – – and give the shooter no attention outside of being caught and being charged and tried.

If necessary, laws should be passed to limit the amount of coverage given to any mass shootings.   Many of the recent mass shooters have been excited by previous mass shootings.   Five days of 24-hour coverage is too much attention on one mentally ill individual.

What about guns?

Common sense should prevail.   Pass laws restricting types of weapons if you must.   Require universal registration of all guns at your peril.

You could eventually remove 250 million guns from this country and you would still have 50 million guns available for anyone who wants one.

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Military to use Satsop as training ground

February 17th, 2018 by Ken

The US military has applied for permission to use the Satsop Business Park in Grays Harbor County as a training ground for its troops stationed at JBLM.   Following a period of review, the military will use the property to supplement the urban training it currently does at JBLM.

According to the military, “The Satsop Business Park offers a unique training setting that is not replicable  at any military facility.”

A draft EIS is available which shows no significant impact by the use.

Costs, time and duration are not currently available at this time.

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Lacey Council balks at muzzle

February 16th, 2018 by Ken

Members of the Lacey City Council resisted efforts on behalf of the city to refrain from talking about city actions on their individual Facebook pages and other social media outlets.

At a recent work session, councilmembers recognized the problems associated with talking about city issues on their individual Facebook pages, but balked at some of the suggestions city staff had made.   These included not referencing anything to do with the city.  City staff wanted councilmembers to use a new City of Lacey Facebook page for all their posts.

City staff were concerned that some of the councilmembers had been making comments on city issues on their Facebook pages.  That’s something staff thought might violate several state statutes including the Open Public Records Act where social comments might be public records.

Most of the Lacey councilmembers understood the problem, but weren’t ready to give up all of the freedom of full expression.  They instructed staff to come back with policies that would accomplish the goal of protecting the city while at the same time allowing them some freedom of expression on social media.

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Lacey council decides annexation of Thompson Place and Tanglewilde can wait

February 10th, 2018 by Ken

Tanglewilde and Thompson Place will remain in the county and will not be annexed into the City of Lacey anytime soon.

That decision was made this past week when the Lacey City Council and its planning commission held a day-long retreat to look at the subject of annexation.

The primary reason not to look at annexing those 1960-70 era housing developments was – – cost.  A recent study found that costs associated with the annexation would cost the city $1.9 million upfront and up to $3.7 million annually.  Those costs include hiring 14 additional police officers and 4 more city workers to meet the needs of the residents.

The city is looking at changing its annexation policy to make it easier to bring in new development in the future including requiring developers to annex into the city before the city will extend water and sewer service.   Currently the city requires them to agree to annexation sometime in the future.

There is also a bill making its way through the state legislature which will make it easier to annex islands of land within city boundaries such as the Capitol City Golf course area.

The Tanglewilde and Thompson Place area encompasses 1109 acres of land with a population of 6850.  It’s 91 percent residential with an assessed valuation of $525 million.   There are 110 businesses on 70 business lots which did $60 million in taxable sales last year.

The area is part of the Urban Growth Area (UGA) of the City of Lacey and is scheduled to be annexed into the city at some later date in the future according to state law.  That future annexation seems a little further away today.

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Evergreen to manage old State Capitol Museum

February 8th, 2018 by Ken

The Lord Mansion, better known as the State Capitol Museum, will shortly come under the control of The Evergreen State College.

While the actual use of the building is still up-in-the-air, many ideas have been floated.  The college could move it’s Master of Public Administration to the facility.   It could move some college staff.  It has floated the idea of a small art museum or a home for visiting lectures.

For the most part, the mansion (or museum) could operate as the “front door” for the college in the Olympia community, offering many services including rental of the Coach House for meetings or parties.

Evergreen will take over the building when the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

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The land of equality?

February 4th, 2018 by Ken

Recent efforts to draw attention to the inequities in American life are just a continuation of centuries of effort.

America has never been a country of equals.

We’ve had rich and we’ve had poor; and we have had since the country was first settled.

When our founding fathers said “All men are created equal” they really meant all men are created equal under the law.  Not that everyone is equal in standing or financial status.

Sometime in the last 50 years or so, someone has gotten the idea that everyone in American should be equal.  That no one should stand out above anyone else when it comes to financial standing.

And further, that it is government’s responsibility to see that everyone is equal – particularly when it comes to money.  The concept of a minimum wage is a perfect example.  It’s gotten even stronger since the failure of Communism has been forgotten.

The one percent has claimed a majority of wealth in this country and always has.  You can look at names like Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford and a handful of others as an example.  Recent wealth is now in hands of others with common names as well.

So – what is causing this latest outburst over wealth inequity?

Middle class wages are slowly disappearing as good paying jobs have migrated overseas.   Large multi-national corporations are making money and moving that wealth overseas to take advantage of tax shelters.   Recent efforts by the Trump administration has helped in bringing some of that money back home – but there’s a long way to go.

And, finally, the climate of this country has changed.  When once government was seen as a necessary evil – it’s now looked to as being the solution to inequitable distribution of wealth.   In other words – take from the rich and give to the poor. – the tenants of socialism.

The United States has never been a country where wealth was equally distributed – and it’s never been the land of financial equality.  The more government tries to redistribute wealth – the more it will face retribution from the voters.  Just ask Trump supporters.

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Free speech isn’t free

January 27th, 2018 by Ken

There is a cost to free speech.   Just ask the City of Olympia.

Following a protest at the Port of Olympia, the city racked up more than $43,000 in costs to clear protesters from port property.  Now the city is looking at the port to help pay some of those costs.

It has been accepted as a fact of life in the United States that people are free to peaceably assemble.  To petition the  government for a redress of grievances,.  To make their views known to the people in power.

However, it was always assumed that such protest would not harm others.  One persons protest is another persons right.

I’ll leave the city and the port to work out that part.

The port was engaged in legal business.   The protesters were gathered to stop that legal business.  It was the port’s right to do business and it was the duty of the policing powers of the city to remove the protesters.

The City of Olympia had the police powers and the duty to keep legal business moving and operating.

Therefore it seems to me, that the cost of providing police service should be born by the taxpayers of Olympia.

The cost of free speech in this case is a little more than $43,000.

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Government is the real problem in dealing with housing issues

January 21st, 2018 by Ken

At last count there were 32 non-profit organizations in Thurston County that deal with homeless issues in some way or another.

Now, the City of Olympia wants to increase its sales tax to raise an estimated $2.3 million dollars a year to add to the monies already being spent to help solve the homelessness problem.   That will tie the city as the highest sales tax in the county, along with the City of Lacey.

With so many organizations working on the issue of homelessness it would seem we should know what the problem is.  Why do we have so many homeless in the county?

Half of the homeless have drug or alcohol issues.  Until we can get a handle on those individual problems, we’ll never be able to find them permanent housing.  They will always need temporary shelter.

The other half of the homeless population are what are call “temporary” homeless.   These are people who are unable to afford the cost of housing through job loss, domestic abuse, family problems and a host of other personal issues.

The question becomes – why is the cost of housing so high?  The answer is government rules and regulations.

Land use regulations have restricted the amount of land available for housing.  Regulations on what the house must contain adds to the cost.   It’s estimated that every new house constructed in Thurston County has an additional cost added to it by government rules and regulations of nearly $40,000.

In addition,  over the past several decades, government has seen the destruction of sub-standard housing units which once housed those with low incomes.

As government rules and regulations impact the employment market with high minimum wage, guaranteed health care and dozens of other workplace requirement, businesses are turning to technology to help lower costs of labor.  This reduces the number of jobs available.

If you want to know the real culprits in our current homeless problem, just point the finger at government.


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Lacey will always be automobile centered

January 9th, 2018 by Ken

I’ve been a strong advocate for years of keeping bicycles and cars off the same streets.

Recently I was stopped at a red light waiting to make a right turn.   Just as I started to make the turn, two bicyclists came up beside me on the right hand side and went straight ahead when the light changed.

They were in a designated bike lane, but they had come up beside me with no warning and went straight ahead even as my turn signal was blinking.   I almost turned into them and if I had, they would have been seriously hurt.  It was only through luck – – their luck – – that I caught a glimpse of them and was able to stop.

I’m not sure who was right.  They were to the right of me, but I was at the light first.

The problem is that cars and bicycles don’t belong together on the same streets.

In Seattle they are solving the problem by removing cars from city streets.   In Olympia the answer seems to be to build more bike lanes.   The city has invested millions of dollars to make the streets more bicycle friendly – – but even avid bike riders still say that Olympia has a long way to go to make the streets safe for them to ride.

Lacey has often been called the worse city in the county in which to walk or bike.   They say that Lacey’s high speeds on city streets are dangerous to bikers and walkers.  They bemoan the lack of separated bike lanes, lack of sidewalks in many neighborhoods and an indifference to pedestrians and bike riders.

They’re right.  Lacey was built as an automobile city.   I happen to think the speed limits are too low.  Many streets in the city had 40 mph limits, but the speed has been reduced to 35 mph.   City streets were not made for bike riders, but for drivers of automobiles.

As far as indifference to bike riders go – – I think the problem is lack of education on the part of both bikers and drivers.  Drivers should know the rules of the road regarding bicycles and bike riders should obey all of the rules of the road.

Lacey is not, and probably never will be a pedestrian city.

But, as the city grows and matures, sections of the city will become more people friendly, more walkable and more gentle.  However, the main thoroughfares will continue to be automobile oriented.

Seattle can ban cars; Olympia can make it more difficult and more expensive to drive cars; but Lacey is – and will always be – an automobile centered community.

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Feminist coalition alive and winning

January 5th, 2018 by Ken

If a bomb had fallen on the Lacey City Council chambers Thursday evening, the liberal feminist movement in Thurston County would have been set back five years.

Many of the major players in the movement were on hand to see the installation of one of their own to the Lacey City Council.   Carolyn Cox was taking her seat as the newest member of the Lacey council and several of the top leaders of the feminist movement were on hand to cheer her victory.

It was one of the smaller victories for the liberal feminist coalition in its 30 year history – but one with major significance to the future of many local elected officials facing the voters later this fall.

In 1986, I wrote my master thesis for the The Evergreen State College’s masters in public administration program.  It was entitled “Power and Influence in Thurston County.”  One of its major findings was the creation of a coalition made up of local feminists and male liberal community leaders.

I wrote at the time, that the coalition wasn’t active in all elections, but when it was, it was effective at getting like-minded people (mainly) women elected to local office.

We need only look at our state representatives for the 22nd district, the three women who ran Thurston County government for nearly a decade, and the current make-up of the Olympia City Commission to see its power.

One area which had escaped the coalition’s power was Lacey City government.  So, the election of Carolyn Cox was an indication that the liberal feminist coalition can reach down anywhere in the urban area of Thurston County, including the more moderate City of Lacey.

If they can win a seat in Lacey, they can win a seat anywhere in the county.   That’s why they were all gathered Thursday evening to celebrate their latest victory and what it means for the future.

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Society’s forgotten minority – – boys

January 1st, 2018 by Ken

With school starting again after the Winter vacation – I find myself back on one of my favorite subjects – the mistreatment of boys in our educational system.

Through a number of recent social changes, our boys are left behind by the current educational system.  Our schools are run by women for the benefit of girls.  Boys are forced to conform to a system that rewards traditional female behavior and punishes boys for traditional male behavior.

Boys get lower grades in school than do girl.   Boys drop out of high school in greater numbers than do girls.   And girls go on to higher education in greater numbers than do boys.  More than 65 percent of all college students are girls and in some career paths such as medicine and law, girls far out-number boys.

More than 20 percent of boys, with only a high school diploma, have no full time employment.

Our national media concentrates its attention on the number of girls now taking science and math, but the plight of our boys is diminished or down-played for the sake of some national movement.

Our schools need to become more boy friendly.   They need to give boys more space and time to be boys.   They need to understand that drugging boys to behave in class is detrimental to those boys in the long term. (Nearly 90 percent of children on behavior changing drugs are boys.)

Our educational system must do a better job of encouraging men to teach in the elementary schools.  Some 45 percent of all boys in school have no father in the home.  Male role models for boys is very important at the elementary level.

And, our national media can start presenting fathers in more positive roles on TV and movies – – instead of making dad the fool or the foil for aggressive domineering women.

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What’s ahead in 2018

December 27th, 2017 by Ken

Democrats will continue efforts to impeach President Donald Trump this coming year, knowing that an impeachment effort fits well with their constituencies.  Trump will continue to rail against the media and rattle swords in the international arena.  This is all set in stone.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones is at RECORD highs; unemployment is at RECORD lows; the number of people working is at RECORD highs; housing starts are at a RECORD height not seen since the beginning of the century; people have more disposable income than in the last 20 years – – and all the media can talk about is the fact that Big Business gets a tax break  that brought it down from RECORD highs in the world economy, which stifled business expansion and forced many to flee to countries with lower tax rates.

After the closure of I-5 because of the Amtrak derailment, the state will begin to pay more attention to traffic problems.   It won’t do much good, since most of the money will go to mass transit in its various forms.  Whether or not the freeway closes down completely in the future is not in my hands, but any legislator that doesn’t begin to address the issue, will face growing anger.  A three-day closure was bearable.  A week or more – – and I pity the fool.

Lacey officials will begin to take a serious look at annexation.   Pressure is mounting from several sources for the city to begin annexing areas within its Urban Growth Area. A council retreat is scheduled to address the issue.  In the meantime, the Lacey City Council has become more liberal and will continue to become more Olympia centric, particularly in the area of homeless issues.   Annexation and homelessness are matched in the minds of some.

Thurston County commissioner Bud Blake has a tough re-election battle on his hands.  His more practical view of county issues rankles the radical left community.  Blake will face a well-financed, well- supported candidate from the far left.  First termers are always in danger, but Blake faces very stiff competition.

Those are my views so far on 2018.  They probably aren’t any better than yours.


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Washington leads the way to Republican losses in 2018

December 22nd, 2017 by Ken

The National Democratic party’s efforts to retake the Congressional House of Representative is on solid footing if Washington State is an example.

All 10 House seats in our state are up for election as usual this year and at least two of them will turn from Republican to Democrat when the election is certified in November 2018.

Currently, Washington’s delegation to Congress breaks down as 6 Democrats and 4 Republicans.  Currently it looks like two of those Republican seats will switch to Democrat.

The Eighth  Congressional District was represented by Republican Dave Reichert, a loved and respected former sheriff.   He is stepping down and his position will be open.  Democrats fought hard to take that seat but Reichert’s popularity always thwarted those efforts.  Dino Rossi has announced that he will seek that seat as a Republican, but he doesn’t have support in this purple district rapidly turning blue.  Democrats will take that seat in 2018.

The Third Congressional District is represented by  Republican Jamie Herrera Beutler.  Her gender and Hispanic background has always come through for her in previous contests.  But her district, adjacent to Portland, has become bluer and bluer.  The campaign against her has already started and radio spots are tying her to Donald Trump.  She will have a difficult time hanging on to this Republican seat.

Nationally Democrats need only pick up 23 seats nationwide to take control of the House of Representatives.  They should pick up two of those needed seats in Washington state.  Picking up 21 more across the country shouldn’t be that hard.

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Nisqually a sticking point for the state

December 19th, 2017 by Ken

The Amtrak derailment is the perfect example of how vulnerable to disruption the economy of Washington has become.

The death and injuries is a tragedy, but it signals to state officials  how delicate the transportation system of our state has become.   Yesterday I drove over the Marvin Road bridge and took a look at the freeway below.   There wasn’t a single vehicle on the freeway going south and very few traveling north.   I wanted to walk down and stand in the middle of the road and contemplate the whole idea.

For years I’ve been talking about the vulnerability of Interstate Five.   If something were to happen to the Nisqually River bridges, the economy of the Seattle metro area would be severely impacted.   No where else on the entire I-5 system is there such a concern.   For most of its length, Old 99 runs parallel to I-5 – providing an alternative.   The exception is at the Nisqually River basin.   There, I-5 and 99 meet.

It happens in other areas of the state, but alternative means exist.  At the Nisqually River there is no  significant alternative.

The original plans for the Interstate Highway system through Western Washington, called for I-5 to branch off at Yelm and cross the Nisqually River near Puyallup.  Powers in the state house forced I-5 to go through Olympia – thus creating the situation we have today.

Terrorists need only blow up the bridges and the economy of the state would suffer.   The Amtrak derailment and the chaos it created in our transportation system was just a warning.   A better alternative method of crossing the river should be under consideration before the whole mess comes down.

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20 or more shades of Gray

December 9th, 2017 by Ken

They say it’s a land without shadows – a place of perpetual gray.  Where the oceans and trees, the mountains and seas – merge in a monochrome haze.

But it’s not a land without color, as those who live here will say.  It’s full of spectacular auras, and 20 or more shades of Gray.

There’s the color that comes in the morning, when the sun peaks under the gray.  That turns the mountain tops yellow and puts a pink tint on the bay.

There’s the light that comes in the evening, as the sun dies slowly away.  That illuminates all of the colors, of the 20 or more shades of Gray.

There’s the gray mist that nests at the tree top that hides the green tips of the firs.  And transforms the gray that surrounds them into a green misty gray blur.

Or the black clouds that hit in the winter, when the storms come in off the waves.  Whose twisting cauldron of colors, merge the 20 or more shades of Gray.

There’s the blue grays that softens in daytime, as the sun burns down through the clouds.  Creating a few rays of sunshine  – to nourish the welcoming crowds.

It may be a land without shadows as many who live here will say.  But its truly a place filled with colors and 20 or more shades of Gray.

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A museum for Olympia?

December 5th, 2017 by Ken

That’s a question that has many Olympia historians wishing for a solution.

Where to build a new Olympia city museum.   I have a suggestion.   Bear with me for a while.

KGY Radio has a lease with the Port of Olympia for property on the sound.  The owners of the station own the building.  The Port owns the property.   The station’s lease with the port expires in 2019.  The station has an option for five additional years and another five years after that.

But, the station, which was built in 1960, no longer meets the need of the station owners.  It has none of the infrastructure that a modern radio station needs.

The Port of Olympia should buy the building.  It stands over the salt water of Budd Inlet and is grandfathered in.   The state will not allow any more construction over salt water.   Whoever owns the radio station building will be able to renovate or remodeled the existing structure.

The building which houses the radio station is located on one of the most beautiful views of Budd Inlet.  It would be the perfect location for a museum.   It could house a nautical theme, a radio theme and/or a downtown Olympia theme.   The Port of Olympia could partner with the City of Olympia, buy the building and create a museum which would become a tourist attraction.

Cruise ships will begin calling at the Port of Olympia next year.   A museum as close as the station would be a walkable advantage with a built in clientele.

And, it will extend out over the water – – a major asset in itself.

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