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There absolutely be left turn lanes on Alder, and Main Street too! Having to sit through four light Chanel as I recently did so that one car per light can turn left is ridiculous! During weekdays it is normal to wait for more than one light! Those who have lived here for a while can remember the flashing "No Left Turn" signs that were mounted under the signal light. They were activated during busy times of the day and really helped traffic move along.
....and in related news, drivers in the region and especially the Walla Walla area can expect fuel prices to begin increasing immediatly in preparation for the planned lock closures.......
This kind of news seems to be all it takes for that to happen!
Property taxes are interesting. I find it interesting that a person with a pile of money can avoid contributing to the property tax pot by moving into the Affinity complex behind the Plaza Safeway. The owners of that $9,000,000 property pay exactly $00.00 property tax. Figure that one out! I would like a break like that on the 3K+ in taxes I pay on my $230,000 property! Take into consideration all of the Housing Authority and BMAC properties, along with government, church owned and other exempt properties (including many, but not all of Whitman College's holdings and there are not many of us left to pay the bills.
Sorry, but I am not interested in feeding the tax pig any more than I am.
"We have to pass the bill so that we know what is in it!"
There should have been a third choice of "Who cares?" The people who use it are going to continue legal or not, and if the legal sources are too expensive, they will go back to their old sources. Legalization is not likely to cause non users to start. Experiment maybe, but more? Probably not.
As I recall, Mr. Dumont stated in an earlier UB article, that no matter the increased tax to build a new water park of any kind a general fund subsidy would be required to operate it. At least long term.
So...... What general fund expense are you willing to give up to get a pool or water park? Cops, fire, streets, library, parks? Pick one!
So is it not true that in those countries where higher education is free for the asking that income tax rates are 60% or so? And if so, is that not a burden on the entire society and therefore dragging down all instead of just those who elect to go to college? I know of a great many people with high school educations who entered the trades and made a much better living than many of those who went the extra four or more years of higher education.
9000cfs? At the time I write this, Mill Creek is under 140 CFS, and the Walla walla River is below 1100cfs. 9000 CFS is almost one third of the current flow of the Snake past Anatone right now. What is his plan, to divert the Snake into Walla Walla? This is not thinking outside the box, it is somewhere in hyperspace, especially when there are so many other issues that need to be addressed!
Wow! It happened so fast! I was afraid that the legalization of marijuana would lead to thoughts like this. Hey, Allen! How about applying your time, talents, and engineering skills to fixing a few of the rutted wagon paths people laughingly refer to as "streets" before we start on creating a new Venice or San Antonio. The folks that come to town are not looking for canals, and they really do not like to have the alignment of their Lexus, Mercedes or BMW altered by our potholes and crumbling pavement!
A good place to start would be by electing the ones who will actually show up for the scheduled meetings. Along with that, a discussion should be started regarding term limits. (On a state and national level as well!)
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