Category: Washington

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Seattle Traffic

Danny Westneat has noticed that traffic in Seattle appears to be getting worse: People who study the psychology of commuting theorize that once daily travel times reach an upper limit, people start to break. Other than a few hardy super-commuters, most people will move, change jobs or begin loudly agitating for political change rather than keep up with the self-torture. Is Seattle about to break? Feels like it. If so, would we finally try to do something about the traffic? Surely no one is surprised. The good news will be if, yes, people are about to break and start moving...

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Requiescat In Pace ~ Seattle PI: 1843-2009

Today marks the end of the Seattle PI‘s print edition: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the region’s pioneer newspaper and the city’s oldest continually operating business, a newspaper that both shaped and was shaped by the community it covered, prints its last edition Tuesday — nearly a century and a half after its forebear first rolled off a hand-cranked Ramage press promising to be “the best and cheapest promulgator of all sorts of useful information.” The above linkis to the PI’s new online offering. Here is a message from the PI staff and some readers: We switched from the Seattle Times to...

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Washington’s New Cell Phone Law

Washington’s new cell phone law makes it illegal to use a hand-held phone. Right-Mind says: Yesterday, #1 son was hit on his bicycle in Moscow by a driver who was talking on his cell phone (#1 son is fine; but the bike needed to go into the shop). Personally, I think this is great news. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a near-accident because of people talking-and-driving. Unfortunately, the new law does nothing to stop people from talking-and-driving. It will, though, make it harder for you to determine whether someone’s poor driving is due to talking on...

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gregoire Implies She Has No Responsibility

A so-called rainy day fund might be a good idea. However, governor gregoire should not be pretending that she does not have a role in overspending: “We’re got to have a savings account,” shielded from easy spending by lawmakers or vulnerable to the initiative process, the governor said at a news conference last week. The democratic team of gregoire and legislature seemed perfectly comfortable dramatically raising state spending levels during the last legislative session. If she were serious about “enforcing discipline” and smoothing out peaks and valleys she would have worked with the legislature to minimize increases in spending, if...

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Build It Privately or Let the Sonics Go At the End of Their Lease

Steve Kelley is back to wanting to subsidize the Sonic’s owners and players. OK, I understand. He has never been opposed to using tax payer money to line Clay Bennett’s pockets; to help pay the dramatically excessive player salaries. Some comments on a few of Steve’s thoughts: These robber barons want to move the team, period. Nothing new here. The rest of us knew this from the day the sale was announced. And this detailed relocation plan is a sobering call to arms for Seattle’s mayor and city council, for the governor and the state Legislature. And a call for...