Jun 4, 2014
commented on How Amazon Buys Seattle's Silence
I agree with highside's comment. Also, I heard a high school teacher on NPR talk about Kindle books vs. regular books. He said, "When I see one of my students sitting under a tree with their Kindle reading Silas Marner that's fine with me.
Apr 24, 2014
commented on Why Raising the Minimum Wage Is Not Enough
"Just raising wages for Seattle isn’t feasible given the regional footprint of our supported-living providers. We would not be able to pay employees working in Seattle $15 and those in Bellevue only $10. We would need to raise wages for all of our employees regardless of where they work.
Providers in King County would need an additional $26 million in annual funding to increase the minimum wage to $15.
If the minimum wage increased to $15 today, my agency alone would immediately need almost $500,000 to cover the increase. That’s money no one is offering — not the state, county or city. Because we’re contracted by the state to provide specific hours of service, we can’t reduce service hours to increase wages."
Apr 21, 2013
commented on City Launches Campaign to "Make Seattle Happy"
C'Mon. You guys are too cynical. I think some folks here need a group hug...
"Life's a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
You'll see it's all a show
Keep 'em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.
And always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the right side of life...
(Come on guys, cheer up!)..."
Apr 24, 2012
commented on Homeless Group Wins Suit to Camp in Westlake Park
There are tons of vacant, usable spaces in the Seattle area, a "plan", or at least a goal, to house homeless offered by city and county officials such as the ten year plan via the one nigh counts, and meanwhile those without a home suffer as we type our snarky little comments here. I give Timothy Harris and the others credit for having the balls to keep this issue alive, to embarrass the City, County, and NIMBY's and to hold them accountable for their actions that seem only to benefit those who have, and inactions that by definition do nothing for those who have not. As current veterans return from the Middle East with PTSD and few job prospects, and other vets from Vietnam to Desert Storm languish on our prosperous Emerald City streets, I suggest that even the most cynical among us show respect to the increasing number of folks who live in cars, camp out temporarily on couches of distant cousins, and those with no other option but to sleep under the long shadows cast by our space needles, musical museums, and other whimsical edifices that give those of us with shelter meaningless pride.
Aug 10, 2011
commented on Activist Accidentally Uncovers Parts of Tunnel Financing Plan
This, on page #41: "For background, Advance Construction is a technique which allows a State to initiate a project using non-federal funds while preserving the eligibility for future federal-aid funds. Under this approach, the AWV Replacement program is authorized by FHWA without the obligation of federal funds and with no commitment by FHWA that funds will be available in the future. WSDOT will use its own funds to pay project costs."
What bunk. A "technique"? They spend big dough on a project before the Feds OK it. Then they say, "We've already invested millions, so unless we move forward, we have just wasted the taxpayer's money."
Jun 1, 2011
commented on Undone Deal
Dominic, There were 29,000 signatures to qualify the referendum and well over 21,000 signatures to qualify the initiative. I would say that almost every one of those 50,000-plus Seattle citizens believed they were signing to put the tunnel option on a ballot for a yes or no vote.
For those people to vote no is, as you say, better than nothing, but this complicated nuance of what they would be voting no on is not what the signers intended. That is where the controversy, and, some would say, the injustice lies.