Nov 5, 2014
commented on GOP Victories: One Chart to Explain Them All
Right - it's not on the young people, it's the fault of Democrats.
How about a lead that says "If young people don't start participating in the democratic process, we - but mostly they - are doomed."
Aug 6, 2014
commented on What Last Night's Primary Results Say About Seattle Voters, Parks, Jess Spear, and Olympia
RE: the senate and legislature, two points.
One, the statewide turnout was abysmal - from what I saw on the Sec of State's page, looks like less than 25% statewide. A get out the vote effort could make the difference. (I can always hope and dream.)
Two, perhaps the Dem's strategy should change from focusing time and money during elections to instead focusing time and money during legislative session. Make life miserable for incumbents, ala Rodney Tom.
Jul 14, 2014
commented on The Monday Morning News
@ 7 - Yes! Thank you. It is amazing how most people are ignorant of the proper anatomical terms for female genitalia. And it's confusing when people talk about - for example - taking pictures or molds! of their vaginas - How's that done?
People: the external is vulva; the internal canal is vagina. You're welcome.
(Yet most people know very well the difference between scrotum and penis.)
Jul 9, 2014
commented on Governor Inslee Tries to Have It Both Ways On Protecting Washingtonians From Cancer, Pleases No One
You know - if one more journalist prints the Boeing crap quotes - i.e., "detrimental to jobs and the economy" - without pressing for some real information to back that claim up they need to go back to journalism internships. Yes it's scaremongering - and no one seems to be insisting on getting any source material from the mongerers - which chemical, which standard is it that they can't address? Where's the report, independent analysis etc? Boeing claims repeatedly that the sky is falling - yet those claims, to my knowledge, have never been documented.
Jun 16, 2014
commented on Why Does It Cost so Much to Attend Public Colleges in Washington State?
Isn't the protocol to cite the news source in the body of the post - in this case the Seattle Times' Katherine Long?
I know Eli linked to the article, but if I recall, the Stranger has got pretty huffy in the past when the Times hasn't appropriately cited the Stranger as the news source . . .
Jun 15, 2014
commented on The Sunday Morning News
RE: Jorge Carrasco's salary.
A petition to deny him a salary that is competitive in the region is stupid. Be careful what you ask for because if you don't pay the industry standard, you won't get a qualified person. And if you don't get a qualified person, then the reliability of your electric system becomes questionable. And, there is nothing more critical to the region's economy, health and safety than reliable electricity. And believe me, working for the City and its process is no piece of cake - probably deserving of hazard pay.
And don't think the salary issue isn't serious; A few years ago, Chuck Clarke told the council he wanted a bigger salary more in keeping with his level of responsibility for running one of the biggest businesses in the City - Seattle Public Utilities. The Council said no and he walked. And the City is left with a mediocre - at best - director. (Where the personnel hemorrhaging continues.)
Why do people think it's OK to pay the public sector substantially below the market rate? I don't get it. More than the CEO's of Amazon, Costco, Whole Foods, REI, etc, our daily lives and our economy rely on the people who work for the City and county doing their jobs well. They are responsible for streets, public health, electricity, sewer, building code safety, drinking water, etc, etc. Believe me, you need well qualified people in those jobs more than you need highly qualified people at Starbucks.
That said, I don't know that the retroactive salary pay raise for Carrasco makes sense . . .
May 30, 2014
commented on Bartender Crush: Carlee at Bait Shop
Awww . . . isn't that cute? She wants a Hummer to show everybody that she's different, that she really doesn't care about burning fossil fuels unnecessarily or about the damage her vehicle will do to another vehicle. It's just so sweet that she wants to have a vehicle in Seattle that takes more than her share of the road and parking and that screams Fuck You!
Of course you have a crush on her.