Odds and ends and leftovers

July 29th, 2016 by Ken

Thurston County’s efforts to wring more money out of the taxpayers manifests itself this time around with a $20 fee for renewing your vehicle license.   The commission will create a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) and all those within the district will pay the new fee.   As required by law, the commission must spell out just how the money will be used.   It will be the responsibility of the taxpayer to make certain the money is spent as stated.   Currently Olympia has a TBD and levies a vehicle tab tax.   Tumwater also has one and opted to get Tumwater taxpayer approval for a sales tax increase.   Lacey will attempt to join the other governments in creating and funding a TBD when it goes to the voters next year.

Every since Bloodworks took over Puget Sound Blood Center in collecting donated blood, those of us who had been regular donors have been inundated with phone calls and mail urging us to give blood.   The requests came so often that I finally asked to be taken over their list of donors.   It became nothing more than junk mail and solicitation phone calls.   I still give blood, but I think I’m off the call list.   Oh for the good old days when the American Red Cross used to run blood collection here.

The Lacey City Council is still waiting for a response from Thurston County over its failure to include public opinion in its recently completed plastic bag ban survey.   Despite the best efforts of Lenny Greenstein, Lacey’s representative on the Solid Waster Advisory board, the county approved the survey – minus a public opinion poll.   The Lacey council had always said it wanted citizens in Lacey surveyed over the ban – – and county staff went ahead and paid for the poll – – without the public section included.   Talk about arrogance of county staff.

The City of Lacey’s million dollar purchase of a new facility to house a Lacey Museum will be among the subjects discussed, when the Lacey City Council holds a work session on the future of the facility and the museum.   That council work session is set for August 4.

I’ve had the unfortunate need to venture into downtown Olympia on more than one occasion recently, and I can’t help but notice the growth in housing units going up in different locations.   Good for the City of Olympia.   Lets hope that it will go a long ways towards getting people to live in the downtown area – – and  then caring enough to get rid of the undesirable elements which  cause Olympia so much pain – – and money.

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I’m a pessimistic optimist

July 28th, 2016 by Ken

I’ve been watching both the Republican and Democratic conventions.   The first thing that pops up is the tone of each.   The Democratic convention has, for the most part, been optimistic.   President Obama detailed everything he had done to help make this a better country and speaker after speaker (when they weren’t castigating Donald Trump) talked with great optimism about what Hillary Clinton would do for all the disenfranchised groups which comprise the Democratic party.

The Republicans on the other hand were the party of pessimism.  The country’s gone to hell and only Donald Trump can bring it back to its glory days.  Crime, corrupt politicians and terrorist threats emanated from every pore of every speech.  And Hillary Clinton would just make things worse.

It appears that Americans live in two different worlds – – depending on which group you belong to.

I hang out with friends who are pessimists.  They agree that the world has gone to hell – – but they go even further.   Several of them are conspiracy theorists.   They believe that some world cataclysm is about to happen.  They’re not quite sure what it will be.   If could be government declaring martial law.  It could be the big banks taking control of our monetary system.

They think that big pharmacy is about to unleash a new plague on the country and the only drug that can cure it, is one they own.   Sometimes they think a small cabal of men in Europe are plotting to take control of the world.

When all of that fails, these pessimists of mine –  these conspiracy theorists, blame aliens (from out of this world) or the wrath of a supreme being.

They’re lucky in a way.   Being a pessimist is easy.  Everything that happens is out of your control and you can’t do anything about it.   All you can do is protect yourself and your family.

Being a pessimist is easy.  Being an optimist is hard.

An optimist has to look at the big picture.   He doesn’t ignore the problems of the world.   he has to help come up with a solution to the problem – – and that’s difficult.

An optimist may not always believe that things will get better – – but he believes that people are resilient and can overcome or adapt.

An optimist knows that the human animal is an adaptable creature.   Over the centuries of this country, we’ve been forced to adapt to changing times –  several times in the past.

It’s hard to be an optimist because you have to come up with solutions to our problems.

It’s easy to be a pessimist because everything is out of your control.   All you have to do is take care of yourself.

Sometimes its tempting to be a pessimist.

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The Great American Vegetarian Stew

July 26th, 2016 by Ken

The United States of America used to be the great”Melting Pot” where everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin or religion, merged together to form the great American mosaic.  Not anymore.

According to speakers at the Democratic National Convention, the United States is now separated into many different vegetables coming together to make a stew.   In that stew we have whites, blacks, Hispanics, women, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays and straights, all coming together to make the Great American Vegetarian Stew.  Oh – it’s vegetarian alright – – there’s no meat in it.   Men are left out.

Here are some observations on the Democratic Convention – so far.  Michelle Obama gave the best speech of any speaker at either the Republican or Democratic convention.   I don’t know if she wrote it – I doubt it – but her delivery was spot on

Bernie Sanders supporters found out that the system is rigged, with members of the convention staff actually working for Hillary Clinton and even feeding CNN questions to ask Bernie – particularly about his religion.

But that shouldn’t have come as any surprise.   The Clintons have always operated under their own rules.   Be it real estate deals, cattle futures, bimbo eruptions, travelgate, contributions to their foundation or 20,000 missing emails – – the system is always rigged in their favor.   At least in the Obama White House there wasn’t a single whiff of scandal.   I’m not sure we can say that about the Clinton White House – past or future.

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I’m giving Zita the benefit of the doubt

July 25th, 2016 by Ken

I’m not certain what the purpose was of Olympia Port Commissioner E.J. Zita calling for a public meeting on military shipments at the Port of Olympia.

I hope the move on her part was designed to educate and inform – – her stated goals.  I hope it wasn’t to gather resistance to the shipment as many suspect.

Military shipments at the port have been few, but the last one drew protesters and gave Olympia a black eye.  Zita said her meeting was to bring the sides together and try to stop any future protests.   I hope that was her reasoning.   The military is an important part of our community.    Anti-military protests do nothing but cast Olympia in a bad light and do nothing to achieve any stated goals.

I have two thoughts.    The Port of Olympia should change its name.   That would separate the port from the city.

Then, respond to the city’s on-line poll and tell them what you think.

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Lacey history – this week 2006

July 25th, 2016 by Ken

The city’s efforts to make Sixth Avenue Lacey’s new Main Street, took a hit this week when city officials threw in the towel in its efforts to realign the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Sleater Kinney.    The proposal was to create a park on which a belltower would be located.

But, a federal judge ruled the city’s efforts to condemn the needed property was illegal, which meant the city would not be able to purchase the needed property.  Owners of the property at the corner refused to sell.

That decision also doomed the city’s efforts to use belltowers around the city to create a new image for Lacey.

 

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Republican speakers got one thing right

July 20th, 2016 by Ken

Watching hours of the Republican National Convention on C-Span, a common theme emerges.   No – not Hillary Clinton – – although that is amusing.

What jumps out at me is the attack on the mainstream media.  Speaker after speaker, particularly on Wednesday, jumped on the East Coast media for being biased.   And, they are right.

There’s no doubt, after watching reading and listening to the mainstream media covering Donald Trump – – that they don’t like him – they think he’ll be bad for the country – and he’s an egomaniac with no platform except promoting himself.   Granted – there is some of that.   But Trump has been rebuilding the Republican party and throwing to the curb all of the old Republicans.

The mainstream media (or as some call it the geriatric media) is lost.

Over decades of reading, watching and listening to the mainstream media  – – one thing is clear.   Most of them are liberal and most of them support Democrats.   Many of them try and maintain some semblance of neutrality, but are often unable to keep up the facade.  Others don’t even try to hide their disdain for conservative ideas.

So, as you watch what’s left of the Republican convention – notice the bias.   And, as you watch the Democratic convention next week – – notice the lovefest.

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Two simple solutions to the school funding problem

July 20th, 2016 by Ken

While the legislature frets over “fully funding basic education” and the state supreme court holds a rolled up newspaper over their heads – –   I’ve come up with two simple solutions to the problem.

I suspect that these aren’t new and that others have thought of them before – – but as far as I know, they came off the top of my head.

First:   Simply redefine basic education.   Several years ago, a legislative task force, issued a report in which it defined basic education.  If the legislature can define basic education, it can simply redefine basic education.

Second:  Eliminate all local levies and have the state take over that responsibility.

Of course both courses of action are fraught with political danger.   The Washington Education Association and its minions will never allow basic education to be redefined.   They played a major role in the last definition and came out smelling more money and more power.   They won’t give that up easily.

They also play a role in the elimination of local levies.   Not only do the teacher unions bargain for local monies for teachers, but they also bargain for working conditions and work hours.   Eliminating local levies would take away some of the union’s power.

Legislators from rich school districts (King and Snohomish counties) would fight such state takeover.   Not only because they have rich constituents who are happy to spend more money for education, but also because the union would have them standing on the street corner looking for work at the next election cycle.

The answers to the basic education funding problem are simple.   The political ramifications are complex – and troubling.

Lets not forget that at least four of our state supreme court justices owe their election to the teacher’s union.

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Mother Nature always finds a way

July 19th, 2016 by Ken

When the first Europeans came to North America they were astounded by the magnificent forests and abundant wildlife.

Then, they began to clear the forest and kill the wildlife.  By the beginning of the 20th Century a good portion of the forest had been cleared for farms, homes and cities.   And a good portion of the wildlife had been killed or forced to move to what forest was left.

But, Mother Nature, is a funny beast.  She always has the last word.   As we built homes and cities, we also planted trees and flowers and shrubs and gardens.

And those trees and flowers and shrubs and gardens began attracting wildlife.   All across this country deer – – of all types and sizes – – have moved into the suburbs and made themselves at home.

Northwesterners learn quite quickly that deer are attracted to particular plants and flowers.  We have learned what to plant and what to fence.  Deer don’t like daffodils and those yellow flowers predominate in local gardens.   We also build fences – – deer fences – – but deer have adapted and learn to get over, around or through those fences.

But, it’s not just deer.   Here in Thurston County raccoons are a constant presence.   They live in backyards, eat plants and garbage and whatever food is around.   And, like deer, leave their feces around the yard.   I know, I have a family of raccoons in my back yard.   Their piles of waste are all over the ground.   I’ve seen them in the early morning, drinking from by bird bath.

I also have a possum which lives somewhere.   I see this ugly looking creature in my yard more than I want to.

But, last week, a herd of deer – – more than two but less than five – – found their way into my yard.

I have a five foot fence around my house in downtown Lacey.  But somehow they found their way into my back yard.  By the time I saw them they had eaten my tomato plants, made a meal out of every apple they could reach and even devastated my raspberries.

It just goes to show that no matter what we do to our natural surroundings, Mother Nature always has the last word.

Now, when I can I shoot them?

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Lacey sets a high bar in protecting local history

July 18th, 2016 by Ken

The City of Lacey, it’s administration and staff, should be congratulated for allocating nearly a million dollars to preserve, protect and promote the city’s history.   It was a bold move designed to show that the past is a significant element of this forward-looking city.

For decades, Lacey has been in the forefront of local cities in protecting its history.   It has the only history museum in Thurston County which is opened on a regular and consistent basis.   It has full time staff devoted to preserving the city’s history and it continues to see the past as important to the future.

The fact that the City of Lacey is currently celebrating its 50th birthday as an incorporated city just adds to the significance of the financial investment.

Not all cities deem history as an important function of government.   Many cities have relegated their city’s history to the back porch.   Olympia most immediately comes to mind.   I’ve often wonder why Olympia hasn’t done much to protect its history.  I know the city has a long and fascinating history.   I see it every day when I give my historical tours.   But, as time moves on, those elements which gives the city its rich history, are lost.

The City of Lacey has moved to protect its history for many reasons.   It had an active and involved group of local residents who saw the importance of protecting the history of this relatively new city and they did so by saving the city’s first city hall.   Local service clubs, most significantly, the Sunrise Lions Club and the Lacey Rotary Club used the opportunity to save, move and protect the city hall.   Then they raised the necessary funds to renovate and create the city’s museum.  This set the bar for the city’s involvement in protecting its history.   It allocated funds for a historian to oversee and operate the museum.

But, most recently, during this 50th anniversary celebration, it was city staff and city officials who moved forward with further investment in the city’s history.   Most notably were Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder and Lacey City Manager Scott Spence, with assistance from the city council.

I estimate that only about 20 percent of the people really care about history.   Lacey is fortunate to have many members of that 20 percent in city leadership positions.

Perhaps this movement in using the past to promote the future will catch on.   Perhaps Olympia officials will see the benefit of history and move to protect its own historical items – – most of which have now moved to Tacoma and the Washington State Historical Society.

It’s first step would be to elect leaders who understand and appreciate the city’s history.   The next step would be to find or construct a building which would hold the city’s archives.   Then, they could ask Tacoma to return all historical items of importance to the City of Olympia.

And, finally, they could look to Lacey for guidance in how to build its own museum.

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You got your ballot – now what?

July 16th, 2016 by Ken

You should have received your Primary Ballot in the mail this past week.   If you haven’t, call the Thurston County Elections Office at  786-5408.

It’s a ballot filled with dozens of names of candidates running for statewide and local elective positions.  I’ve got to confess that even I don’t know all of the people running for office this year.  But I do know most of those seeking local elective office and have interviewed many of them on my Podcast “Coffee With Ken.”

If you know who you’re going to vote for – – do it.  But, if you’re only voting for someone on the basis of party affiliation or on the sound of their name, then you’re a menace to the democratic process.   Here’s what I would suggest you do.   Talk with someone who knows more than you do about politics. Ask for their advice.

Click on the “Coffee With Ken” button at the top of this page.   I’ve interviewed everyone running for county commissioner and many of those running for the legislative seats.   As a last resort, leave that position blank on your ballot.   Please don’t consult your Local Voters’ Pamphlet.   That’s your worse source of non-bias information.  It’s written by the candidates themselves and can’t be trusted.   It’s no better than a piece of campaign trash.

The election isn’t until August 2.  You have two weeks to learn more about the candidates.   Take that time to do so.  Don’t lose your ballot.  Put it some place where you can find it later.   If you’re going to vote, be an educated voter.   Otherwise, throw it in the trash right now.

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Capital Lakefair should call it quits

July 14th, 2016 by Ken

It’s been an Olympia tradition for more than six decades.   The annual Capital Lakefair on the shores of Capital Lake.

Started by downtown Olympia business owners in 1959 as a way to bring people to town during the hot days of summer, the annual celebration has out-lived its usefulness.

Attracting people to downtown businesses has long since disappeared.   Many downtown business owners see Lakefair as a problem that generates nothing for them in terms of income and everything to do with the inconvenience to their regular customers.

For those many years, local non-profits have used Lakefair as a way to raise money for their good activities.   Those actions alone have been touted as a reason for the event to continue.

The biggest problem with Lakefair is the annual carnival, which draws young people to the area.   As pointed out, most of the money taken in by the carnival goes out of town and doesn’t stay in the local community.   And, hundreds of young people milling around the downtown area does little to elicit confidence in the safety and security of other local residents.

I’ve been advocating since Lakefair’s 50th birthday, that the event should call it quits.   Declare an end to this out-dated festival and let others put on the next community event.   We see the Arts Walk and the Procession of the Species as examples of new activities for the 21st Century.

 

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Lacey history – this week 1966

July 12th, 2016 by Ken

Sears opened its new store in South Sound Center three months before the full mall opened for business.  It was the first major retailer to recognize the future of shopping.

For several decades, Sears had been located in downtown Olympia, along with many other major retailers such as Penney’s and Montgomery Wards. Its decision to move to Lacey drove the first nail in the coffin of downtown Olympia business.   Penney’s was to follow a decade a half  later when the new Capital Mall opened on Olympia’s Westside.

Capitol Development the developers of South Sound Center under its president Bob Blume, had landed Sears as its major retail anchor after hard bargaining.   He was forced to give Sears the property on which it and the store’s parking lot sat.   Sears continues to own the property to this day.

 

 

 

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Who’s drawing the line?

July 11th, 2016 by Ken

There’s almost a straight line from San Francisco to Olympia with a stop in Seattle.

Follow my logic on this one.

A $15 minimum wage first rose in the San Francisco area.   Seattle adopted such a wage and Olympia toyed with the idea of doing so as well.   Then San Francisco banned plastic bags.  Seattle followed suit and then Olympia forced all of us residents of Tumwater and Lacey to do so as well.

Now, San Francisco has banned all Styrofoam such as coffee cups, foam coolers, kiddie wadding pools and even those peanuts used in shipping.   It won’t be long before Seattle adopts the same concept and by 2018, I’m certain they will be banned in Olympia.

Such ideas don’t emerge from the wind.   They follow a trend.   People move and bring their ideas with them.   That’s the case here.   We are being inundated with Californians.   They are moving from their former paradise to the Northwest in numbers not seen since the 1980’s.  Forced out of Eden by droughts, high taxes and undesirables –  they find their new heaven in Washington and Oregon.

It’s estimated than as many as 10,000 Californians move to the Northwest every month.   They settle in Seattle driven by the high tech jobs available.   They eventually make their way south across the river where they find cheaper land for their houses and a cheaper cost of living.  Of course, they bring their ideas with them.   They want to make this a paradise like it used to be in California.

And thus, the line is drawn.

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Violence against police has many parents

July 8th, 2016 by Ken

It was inevitable that eventually, attacks on police officers would happen.

For more than a year, our television news has been filled with pictures after picture of police officers shooting and killing black men – – many of them unarmed.   Demonstrations against the police actions were often emotional, and it seemed that nothing was being done to stop what many consider an act of war on black men by law enforcement.

The causes for these recent actions on both sides are many and varied.

After 9-11, police forces around the country began acting as military units occupying a foreign country.   While those of us in predominately white communities often accept such action, it isn’t true in minority and black communities.

Our common culture is filled with images of angry black men, particularly in rap music videos.   Our mass media, television and movies, show black men as members of gangs, dealing drugs, carrying weapons and threatening community values.

Combine those images, with a militarized police force, video cameras everywhere, a twinge of racism, a desire to stop the violence  and you have all the elements of a black vs police confrontation.

Violence against police officers is never right – period.   We rely on the thin blue line to protect us from the worst of our society.    But the thin blue line no longer exists.  It’s now a thick black line with military weapons holding us hostage to the worse fears the mind can comprehend.

Police officers need to look into their own minds and determine why they find black men threatening – and why they feel they need to draw their weapon.   I was taught that when you draw your gun – you should do so only when you plan to fire.  There must be another way for police to respond to a situation without drawing their weapon.

But, violence against police officers is never right.   We depend too much on them for our own protection.

I don’t have the answers.   I know the first step is to remain calm and talk.  I know that police officers need to have more compassion and less fear.   I know the media needs to stop inciting violence by continuing to show confrontation videos time, after time, after endless time – just to fill the time.

Other than that, I don’t have the answers.

I hope somebody does.

 

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Where’s our priorities?

July 6th, 2016 by Ken

The new Washington State Patrol head quarters building is rising on Capitol Way.  When finished, this building will house the state patrol and all of its staff and top brass.

The cost – – around $700 million.

Meanwhile, state patrol troopers complain about pay and point to the fact that they are compensated below their compatriots in our major cities.   And, state patrol chief John Batiste says that he is having trouble filling the ranks as  senior patrol officers retire.

It seems to me that $700 million dollars will pay for a lot of new officers.

Somehow we have misplaced priorities of government.    Is a new office building a priority over public safety?

And, don’t tell me salaries of state patrol officers and a new state office building are from different funding sources.   Government transfers monies between funds all of the time.

But – at least half of the line troopers will receive new uniforms.

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Some observations

July 5th, 2016 by Ken

During the Fourth of July holiday, I participated in several pledges of allegiances to the flag of the United States.   I suspect that such a pledge is not only unusual but probably unique among the countries of the world.  We pledge allegiance to the flag.   We don’t pledge allegiance to the president – we don’t pledge allegiance to a political party – we don’t pledge allegiance to a particular ideology. The flag is a symbol of our form of government and thus we pledge allegiance to a democratic republicanism.

The recent ruling by the Washington State Court of Appeals that cities must make roadways safe for bicyclists is just the latest battle between the 98 percent of us who drive automobiles and the two percent who ride bicycles.   I firmly believe that bicycles and cars don’t belong on the same roads.  I fully understand the legal ramifications – but bike riders are at a severe disadvantage in any type of accident with an automobile.  Even if they are firmly in the right – – the injuries they suffer are far in excess of what the driver of the car would experience.   If bike riders must persist in using roads designed for cars, then they should be prepared for the inevitable.  I would rather spend millions of dollars to build separate bike trails that remove bike riders far away from cars.

Where’s the roundabout on College Street and 22nd Avenue?   The City of Lacey has developed a College Street Improvement plan which calls for widening College Street, adding designated left turn lanes, and constructing at least two new roundabouts.  The first phase of the plan calls for construction of a roundabout on College and 22nd.   Land has been purchased and money has been set aside for the construction.   Construction was originally planned to start in 2013, then 2014, then 2015 and then sometime this summer.   Nothing.   The original delay was blamed on the death of the city attorney who was engaged in land acquisition for the roundabout.   That was more than three years ago.  As I understand it – the city needs a few more feet of property to be able to build the roundabout and hasn’t been able to acquire it.   (I can’t think of anything that will screw up traffic in Lacey more than the construction of a roundabout on the city’s busiest street.)

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Lacey kicks off 50th birthday celebration.

July 1st, 2016 by Ken

This Sunday, July 3, the City of Lacey will begin a year-long celebration of its 50th year of being an incorporated city.  The first event will be an enhanced Third of July Fireworks show in partnership with the Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held at Rainier Vista Park on Ruddell Road and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the fireworks starting at 10 p.m.   Vendors, entertainers and activities for the children will be available.   Parking is extremely limited and attendees are encouraged to park elsewhere and take a short walk to the park.

While this is a kickoff for the city’s birthday, it is also the 50th anniversary of the first Third of July fireworks originally held at South Sound Center.  For the last few years the event has been co-sponsored by the City of Lacey and the Lacey South Sound Chamber.

This is just the first of a year long celebration which will include an enhanced Christmas Tree Lighting, Open House and Lighted Parade on December 5 – – the actual birthday of the city.  A mayor’s gala and the 2017 fireworks will fill out the birthday bash.

Many other community events are partnering with the city birthday celebration including the BBQ Festival later this month and the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival.

If you’re interested in tying your event to the city’s birthday contact Mary Coppin at the City of Lacey.     If you’re interested in more information on the fireworks or other city activities, go the the city’s web page.

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Keeping the spirit alive

June 29th, 2016 by Ken

As we near the Fourth of July holiday period it feels good to know that at least one community in our area is keeping the Fourth of July spirit alive.   Thanks goodness that Tumwater still allows private use of fireworks, as our founders intended.   Of course, Tumwater is America’s First Community in Washington state.

The Tumwater Fourth of July parade and fireworks has become a community icon and thousands of Tumwater residents, as well as those from other cities, gather to celebrate American Independence.

Thanks go as well to those on the Thurston County Commission who also allowed county residents to continue to celebrate the holiday in their own way.   Restrictions during a major drought makes for a good compromise, although I would have preferred their be no restrictions other than that set by the federal government.

When it comes to the Fourth of July celebration, the cities of Lacey and Olympia have opted to control all private use of  fireworks under the guise of protecting the public welfare.   Those who have lost the spirit can always find an excuse to deprive the rest of us of our patriotism.

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Democrats won’t be fooled again

June 28th, 2016 by Ken

Local liberal Democratic blogger Emmett O’Connell has been reviewing the results of the 2014 Thurston County Commission election and has found that Bud Blake won votes in liberal precincts because he called himself an Independent.

O’Connell contends that enough Democrats were fooled by that label, that they voted for Blake because he represented change.   O’Connell says they didn’t know that Independent was a stalking label for Republicans.

While he didn’t say so in his findings, it can be assumed that because John Snaza ran as an Independent for Thurston County Sheriff, that his label translated into votes for Blake.

O’Connell says now that Blake has been exposed as a Republican – – and that two other candidates running for county commission as Independent – – are merely Republicans using the Independent label as a cover.

He says that Democrats won’t be fooled again.

(O’Connell’s blog Olympia Time can be accessed on line.)

 

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Lacey History – this week 1977

June 27th, 2016 by Ken

St. Martin’s College has agreed to sell five acres of land to the City of Lacey for the purpose of constructing a new city hall and police station complex.   Earlier in the year, the college had agreed to lease the property to the city, but has reversed itself and is now willing to sell the land which sits at Sixth Avenue and College Street.   No purchase price has been announced.

The city has awarded a contract for the widening of Sleater Kinney  to five lanes.   The estimated cost is $237,000.   The city is uncertain when construction will start since it depends on federal funding.

The North Thurston School Board has agreed to place a $7.2 million bond issue before voters in the fall.   The money would be used to modernize North Thurston High School and Timberline High School, and set aside money for the construction of a vocational skills center.   Money would also be spent to build a sports complex on land located on North Thurston/Chinook property.

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