Jun 21, 2013
commented on Who’s the Boss?
you must be young....
Mary Martin was an actress best known for playing Peter Pan in theater and in movies/TV. This candidate is a namesake of that long dead actress. Larry Hagman, another dead actor, was in fact her son.
Nov 21, 2012
commented on I, Anonymous
Is the author of this week's rant trying to channel Charles Mudede's old police blotter reports?
Nov 9, 2012
commented on Coal Piles Taller than the Columbia Tower and Wider than Downtown
We cannot force the railroad to build the overpasses. I have heard various figures, but they can only pay not more than 5% to 10% of a rail crossing improvment, the rest has to come from somehwere else. Some sort of federal law protecting interstate rail traffic from long long ago applies here
It is, however, possible to try and say that the company building the port, SSA Marine, could be forced to mitigate the costs of such overpasses rather then the railroad (which would be 100s of millions throughout the whole state, as this impacts more than just Seattle).
However, SSA Marine will be arguing hard that they should only have to mitigate costs that are related to the buildign site at Cherry Point in Whatcom county, not anything beyond.
Go to the scoping meeting and ask for the cost of the overpasses to be mitigated!
(it would be my hope that this sort of mitigation of cost would be adked of SSMA Marine and Peabody Coal as a condition of bulding the port, and that this would make the prouject too expensive for them to actually follow through and do. Then we would not have coal ports or coal trains!)