Catalina Vel-DuRay
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Beacon Hill Housewife and municipal career gal Born and raised in the rolling hills of… more »

Catalina Vel-DuRay is finally back up north.
4:30 PM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Voices from the Seattle March for Science Protest.
I would have loved to have been there also, but I was down in Las Vegas. Mr. Vel-DuRay and I decided to finally make an honest woman out of me after all of these years.
Apr 22 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on On the Blabbermouth Podcast: A Liberal Awakening in Kansas and a World of Hurt.
Sorry dears, but you completely missed the boat on the airline discussion. Most of the people in first class are there because of loyalty points. It has almost nothing to do with "class".

If you want to go after people because of class, go after the uber wealthy who never go near a commercial carrier.
Apr 22 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The Morning News: Mayor Murray All of a Sudden Wants to Tax the Rich, Boeing Killing Good Jobs to Keep Shareholders Happy.
I grew up in Iowa. Iowa has a low sales tax, low property taxes, and an Income Tax. You file your Iowa taxes, and deduct it from your federal tax. It's simple, easy, and better than our stupid way of estimating sales tax here. But the idiot fringe in our state will always want to continue to subsidize the wealthy because they are afraid of an income tax.
Apr 17 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Mike McGinn Is Running for Mayor Again.
I voted for McGinn both times. At first, he was something of a disappointment. The whole Strategic Advisor witch hunter was stupid. (SA's are the employees the city can work like private sector employees, but he was too scared to go up against the unions). With time, he showed himself to be a fast learner and a very competent mayor.

But yes, that slogan is stupid.
Apr 13 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Seattle Times Editorial Board to Ed Murray: Drop Out Before Nikkita Oliver Ends Up Mayor.
5th Columnist dear, I'm sorry to hear you don't like what I had to say, but I'm glad you have a new cliche you can trot out.

And perhaps if you read what I wrote, instead of being a bit fragile yourself, you would see that I'm not necessarily opposed to Ms. Oliver. I'm just stating a bit of reality, at least as I see it. I'm sorry if that hurts your feelings
Apr 12 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on King County Executive Dow Constantine's Proposed Arts Tax Is Dead For Now.
But Comte dear, here's the thing: Taking kids on a field trip to see the opera or a museum is one thing. Having art and music education in schools is quite another. The grown-up groups can take care of themselves - that's why they always have executives and rich people on their boards, and why they all have millions to spend on "world class" nonsense - but we let the kids down.

What we need is art and music instruction that is integrated into the school curriculum from Kindergarten on, and taught by instructors who are there everyday. I've think we've really fallen down on that, and overloaded on the stuff that gets commissioned or produced because they have to spend some money.
Apr 12 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Seattle Times Editorial Board to Ed Murray: Drop Out Before Nikkita Oliver Ends Up Mayor.
No one who wouldn't vote for Murray because of a sex scandal is going to vote for a candidate who says we don't need a police department. And the Times would certainly never endorse her.

If we had an opposition party in Seattle (instead of the WA GOP, which is all "Hee-Haw", all the time) there would be a danger, but no one in their right mind wants to be publicly associated with the Republicans in the city of Seattle.

Unless someone pops up in the next few days, we've got more Mayor Murray.
Apr 11 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on King County Executive Dow Constantine's Proposed Arts Tax Is Dead For Now.
Comte dear, of course you are correct, but the County has something similar. The King County 4culture page says "Using percent for art funds from County construction projects, artwork is commissioned to tell the story of place, create engaging public spaces, and bring forward important issues of ecology, site use and history"

And maybe it's time to scrap it and start over. Public art programs help existing artists, but do nothing for aspiring artists. Maybe it's time to turn that upside down.
Apr 11 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on King County Executive Dow Constantine's Proposed Arts Tax Is Dead For Now.
Why don't we just direct the 1% for public art fund towards arts education?
Apr 11 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on UPDATE: Teacher, 8-Year-Old Student Killed in San Bernardino Elementary School Shooting.
One can't go to pieces at the news of every every shooting in Chicago. We'd all be in a constant state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper.