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That is a narrow minded comment. Outside the road priest community the negative reaction to the three lane plan was nearly universal. This includes professional drivers.
I am noting my surprise that a decision was based on common sense! Can we start a trend?
Thanks are due to the council members who listened, and then defied the "road priests" to make a reasonable choice.
The rights of the store owner to have a mural actually have nothing to do with the fact that downtown has become a wine entertainment destination. These are two different discussions about the direction of downtown.
I suggest that the "standards" people build on their victory. Wouldn't it be good for tourism if all downtown business employees dressed in period costume, maybe circa 1920? It could eventually expand so that each week of the summer featured a different decade. Of course, to get cooperation there would have to be some enforcement, and probably some fines, for appearing at work out of costume.
Better yet, staff all downtown businesses with song and dance folks, and every 15 minutes break out in a musical number. Great! The Seattle and Portland folks will love it!
There must be someone who uses atmospheric conditions to decide if it is a burn day. That person being human, mistakes will happen. So even though I forgive, that smoke was nasty and irritating, possibly dangerous to some folks.
Burning is cheap and easy for the land manager: it shifts the costs to people with poor breathing capacity. There are ways to manage fields without burning - in Columbia County just up the road th!ere is very little field burning and a whole lot of no-till. As I understand it, there was a champion for no-till in Dayton for years, but there has never been one here.
If we ever get such a champion, people will breathe easier!
90fatboy: retail sales tax has rebounded nearly to 2008 levels, which were the highest ever. See: http://www.wallawallatrends.ewu.edu/graph.cfm?id=19 So things are not really that soft. $2 mil is still a lot of money.
I get the impression that Mr. Gilbert is willing to go right to the edge of what is legal and ethical. He is not above "allowing" or creating just enough ambiguity in agreements to let him plausibly claim innocence, even though his intention all along is to double or triple deal. He is not alone, of course, there is a large club of business people who adhere to this approach. In the end it is about, as Charlie Sheen said: "Winning!"
Name calling, great.
We are oppressed, not by the left or the right, but by the top. The primary role of the media is to create perceptions of separation between us, to distract us from the theft we suffer from above.
Democrats in general are corporate tools, who think the little people deserve a few more crumbs than what the Republicans do. Dems are a little more friendly to women. Other than that, no meaningful differences.
I don't have an answer for it, I don't believe the capacity for cooperation and unity exists in people anymore. I think I'll get drunk and watch the gladiators - I mean SuperBowl.
A new approach to the "Miscellaneous" emergency services! I love it. Little mini-novels to amuse us. Keep 'em coming, you sensational scribes!
Mr. Sterling at least is trying to take a long view, so that is encouraging. I am one who received a "liberal arts" education, and have worked in both the public sector and the private sector, and am currently a union member. Whitman College is a private institution, that competes in a crowded market for tuition dollars. It also competes to retain talent on its faculty. Mansions? Well, not really, but whatever. The truly large luxurious homes around here are occupied by business owners and corporate retirees who have returned here. We may have a couple of "One Percenters" in the valley, but they are certainly not public employee union members or private college faculty.
If you are earning less than the median of around $45,000 a year, the cost of living here makes owning a house over 2,000 square feet difficult. It is a stretch to attribute that to "socialism," however. The Heritage Foundation ranks the U.S. 10th in the world in overall freedom, assessing Rule of Law, Limited Government, Regulatory Efficiency, and Open Markets, (ahead of Sweden...)
Anyway, I wish Mr. Sterling good fortune and good luck taking care of all his relatives who need help.
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