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Apr 21 cressona commented on Ed Murray Supports a City Income Tax and He’d Really Like You to Think It Was His Idea (It Wasn't).
I'm just commenting here to commend DOUG.'s straight-faced, cold-blooded takedown @4.
Apr 17 cressona commented on Mike McGinn Is Running for Mayor Again.
In all seriousness, if we're going to recycle past mayors, I'd love to see a Greg Nickels restoration. And I wasn't happy with Nickels when he was mayor with his undermining the monorail project. Now that the monorail is dead and something vastly better in Sound Transit 3 has taken its place, that's all water under the bridge for me. While his two successors both have some street cred (forgive the pun) as urbanists, Nickels has struck me as someone who gets it better than either of them. My assessment may be wrong.

Oh, and like Catalina @12, I voted for McGinn both times, even though my second vote was scarcely enthusiastic and even though I eventually came to be glad I didn't get my way that second time around. I think Murray's done a solid job as mayor.
Apr 17 cressona commented on Mike McGinn Is Running for Mayor Again.
Not a fan of "Keep Seattle." In keeping with a McGinn message, I'd go for "Make Seattle Seattle Again."

Or how about "A New McGinning"? OK, that's maybe more for the first McGinn go-round.
Apr 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: Please Read This. I Promise It's Not All Mayoral Mole News..
foobarbaz @15, excellent point... if we were valuing all cars as if they were 2014 Audi A4s.

This goes back to my lament @7. I know you're just another anonymous Internet commenter, just like me, but have you ever considered giving up the intellectual dishonesty? What are you afraid of? You might even find it liberating.
Apr 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: Please Read This. I Promise It's Not All Mayoral Mole News..
Good explanation @6. The cars whose values are being inflated the most are the newer and pricier cars. The only shame for the transit opponents is that this is the one tax they can't call regressive. Or in this Trumpian post-fact era, maybe can still throw that word out there.
Apr 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: Please Read This. I Promise It's Not All Mayoral Mole News..
Oh, and just to clarify my comment @5, of course for some cars, the car-tab valuations are inflated. And apparently that leads the valuations across the board to be inflated.

But then let's at least be intellectually honest about this. If this were an agency Republicans supported, they wouldn't be using a mistaken tax formula as an excuse to be slashing the agency's revenue. Unfortunately, this is the state of our American democracy--that some constituencies support (nay, demand) intellectual dishonesty from their politicians so long as it benefits them and gores somebody the enemy ox.
Apr 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: Please Read This. I Promise It's Not All Mayoral Mole News..
@1 Phoebe, I realize you don't particularly care for paying taxes for the common good or trivial little things like the future economic viability of this region, but apparently these voters you do claim to care so much about didn't have a problem with the not-so-secret car-tab formula Olympia gave Sound Transit when they voted yes on ST3, not to mention the previous Sound Transit measures.

Oh, and if you're going to try to manufacture a scandal about supposed inflated car-tab formulas, next time try doing it during the campaign.

P.S. Forgive me if I'm mischaracterizing your views. Consider us even then.
Apr 4 cressona commented on The Morning News: Seattle's Traffic Is So Bad, It Has Finally Broken the Mind of Its Favorite Weatherperson, Cliff Mass.
Chiming in here belatedly to say that, whatever doubts we may have had about Cliff Mass, dilettante transportation planner, have fully been dispelled by Mr. Mass's weighing in @44. Apparently, Mr. Mass is not a PR expert either, as in, he's not familiar with the PR adage, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

Just this one sentence here: "Grid locked traffic is bad for the environment, emitting more carbon into the atmosphere and creating air pollution." These are the words of someone who has never given any serious thought to transportation issues and has no idea what they're talking about. Either that or these are the words of someone who has given serious thought to these issues but has instead decided to disingenuously demagogue them.

Oh, and instead of being distracted by Charles Mudede's supposed bias against him, let me refer to the commenters at Seattle Transit Blog, most of whom were similarly puzzled by Cliff Mass's blog post.
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Apr 3 cressona commented on The Morning News: Seattle's Traffic Is So Bad, It Has Finally Broken the Mind of Its Favorite Weatherperson, Cliff Mass.
Glad to see both Fnarf and Lord Basil resurfacing. Yes, Lord Basil too. And I'm convinced Lord Basil is intended as satire.
Apr 3 cressona commented on The Morning News: Seattle's Traffic Is So Bad, It Has Finally Broken the Mind of Its Favorite Weatherperson, Cliff Mass.
Apparently, Cliff Mass's solution to Seattle's traffic problems is... wait for it... more traffic.

I can't wait for this meteorologist's uncanny insights on...
Homelessness.
International trade.
The Seahawks' roster decisions.

Perhaps he could put on something like a TED Talk at Town Hall. Or maybe Mass is just setting the stage to do a two-minute random-observations segment on KNKX, a la Andy Rooney.