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JoB: If the legislature and Governor had followed through after the voters overwhelmingly voted for $35 tabs, they would have replaced the money that was being used by excessive tab fees FOR THINGS THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH CARS, OR ROADS, OR ANYTHING REMOTELY ASSOCIATED WITH AUTOMOBILE EXPENDITURES with funding from sources appropriate to each item.
But no – our government wanted to make sure we paid a penalty for daring to usurp their unilateral disregard of our wishes, and all they had to do what they always do – what they do best: NOTHING.
If you can tax people one way, you certainly can tax them in another, more appropriate way to the programs you’re trying to fund…if you have the ability to THINK.
Diane: You’re right about the grass-roots effort it took to get the much-needed anti-indoor-smoking law passed, but that was not a petition…it was an Initiative, which is quite different.
Now, you start an Initiative to get a law passed that reverses the SCOTUS’s ruling, at least in WA, and I’m behind *that* 100% all the way.
People complain about Tim Eyman’s *initiative politics* but it’s the only thing that has busted the WA government’s lethargy for more than a decade now, and it has proven to be a far more effective way of enacting the true will of the people than our elected government.
Ain’t that a shame? Without Eyman I’d be paying upwards of $500 yearly for tabs on my 1989 car by now; last time I renewed before that Initiative passed it was $350+.
If only we could enact national Initiatives.
Every corporation will now be making contributions; not that I don’t find the Target contribution any less distasteful, but that’s the way it is.
If you want to make a difference, be bothered to vote. (and to those who already do, kudos)
The makeup of the Supreme Court, which foisted this and other disservices on our nation was determined the day that Bush II was elected for the second time. How anyone with half a brain voted for that murderer is beyond me, but that’s for another discussion.
The point is: vote for candidates who are IN FAVOR OF YOUR CIVIL LIBERTIES instead of toadies of the wealthy and the powerful. But more importantly, take every opportunity to vote AGAINST the people already in power who brought you this, and the weakening of Miranda rights, and the rights of developers over homeowners…and more to come.
But this boycott, like all others before it, is the classic closing of the barn door after the horse has bolted.
Think about it: if only a couple hundred more people had voted for Gore in just Florida, we never would have had to bury the thousands of brave young men and women who have died in the second Vietnam. We would have a Supreme Court that would never have allowed the erosion of personal liberties and blessed the libertinism toward corporations that we are seeing.
Just a couple hundred, out of the millions who didn’t vote but could have.
Boycotts don’t work. Petitions don’t work.
I fully support the cop in this instance. You put hands on a Police Officer and THE LEAST you should get is a punch in the face – white, black, man or woman.
Jason McKissack has to be sitting at home wondering what has to happen for the community to show some solidarity behind our men and women in blue in situations like this one.June 17, 2010 at 2:19 am in reply to: Building the McGinn Legacy ~ One Roadblock at a Time #696775
thansen: You’re more likely to be right than anyone else here.
Mayor Obstructionist will go down in history as our own insignificant little Nero – fiddling away in his bicycle lane while the city loses businesses and jobs at an alarming rate.
You wanted him? You got him, Seattle. Enjoy.
I shop local every bit I can – which is plenty; C&P, Husky, WS Optix, Russell’s, Super Supplements, Easy Street, Thriftway, etc. But I still trek down to Burien for Trader Joe’s non-rBST dairy products (at a fraction of “organics”) and all the other good things they carry.
And even if they never open here I always will.
One does not preclude the other.
That’s interesting. The persons with whom I spoke were very matter-of-fact about the Huling location, like it was well-known among them at least.
Oh, well; we’ll keep watching…and hoping.
I asked Burien store personnel about a WS store just a while ago while I was there, and was told that they are indeed opening a store here.
They were specific in saying that it would be in the main Huling building.
Not an official release, but there it is. Tracy or Chris, if you want the names of the employees with whom I spoke, please message/email me and I’ll be glad to tell you.September 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm in reply to: Anyone missing a gray, female cat with a purple collar and bell? #678199
Christopher, I know what you mean about traveling while being a cat “dad.”
I also have a 10 year-old Orange cat who “suckles” when he feels happy…it’s not common but it signals that this kitty is bonding with you.
Have you considered seeing an Allergist and getting the shots? :-D
Elyce Tajima is another fine Accupuncture practitioner in our community;
She helped me get past a nasty accident in ’04; since then she helped one friend of mine with sciatica, and helped another friend and her husband get pregnant.
The experience some of you had with an uncooperative 911 operator is similar to several experiences I have had within the last year.
In one about 8 months ago I was at Alki Mail when a panel truck sped up that street (can’t remember which one it is), didn’t stop at the stop sign on Admiral, and then proceeded to gun it and go up Admiral at a high rate of speed.
I called 911 and described the situation; I was told by the operator that she wouldn’t dispatch an Officer or even notify the Officers in the area unless I could provide an address for the incident! I explained that since it was a moving vehicle, there was no “address,” although I was now driving on Admiral in the same direction as the truck and could see it in the distance just past California; she was adamant that she WOULD NOT help unless I met her stringent standards. She wouldn’t even take a cross-street in lieu of an address!
Again recently Ipulled into the parking lot of the Safeway on California & Admiral (the last time I’ll go there) and there was a crowd of youngsters just hanging around in the parking lot and drinking.
I went inside and called 911 and I could swear it was the same woman; sure enough, since I wasn’t “the owner” of the Safeway, I couldn’t have her ask an Officer to take a drive through the parking lot – even though my car was out there and exposed to harm or theft if the teens decided to go that route.
She told me to have the Manager at Safeway call it in; I went to the cashier on duty and asked told her the situation and asked her to have her Manager call; a minute later I walked by and she was still stocking shelves. I asked if she had talked to her Manager and she said no, that kind of thing happened all the time and she didn’t think it was warranted. I walked out and won’t be back to that store…but that’s another story.
The point is: Who are 911 Operators to block access to Police services if a citizen says he needs help?