Archive for May, 2008

The Scarves We Wear

Why do so many of my blog entries start out with “Oh, gee, what now?” even if I don’t actually say so. Here’s another one: This week, a supposed blogger mentioned that an ad in a recent campaign by Dunkin Donuts was evidence that they supported terrorism in the Middle East. How would they do […]

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Primary Election Day In Oregon

This is a reminder to blog readers in Oregon that they need to get their ballot to an official ballot drop location by 8:oo pm today, Tuesday, May 20. It is too late to put them in the mail. They need to be received at any county elections office by today. Postmarks don’t count. If […]

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It is Everyone’s Fault but My Own

If you haven’t been paying attention to the story of the trials and tribulations of Washington State Ferries, you have missed a true-to-life soap opera with quite a cast of characters. Sunday’s Seattle Times published an article outlining the story of how the city of Port Townsend has fared through a crisis within the ferry […]

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Retirement Used for WSF’s Steel-Electric Ferries

As highlighted in a news article today, the window for a possible return of Washington State Ferries’ 80-year-old Steel-Electric class vessels has come to a close. A Certificate of Inspection, in effect the US Coast Guard’s permission for a passenger vessel to operate, has expired. The washington Legislature has mandated the sale of these ferries […]

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Gay Marriage — and Other Issues

We have reports today that the California Supreme Court has overturned a voter-enacted law that prohibits marriage between persons of the same gender in that state. While I certainly congratulate the people who want to get married in their new-found ability to do so, I believe that this issue tells us so much more about […]

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Vote NO on Oregon Ballot Measure 53

The State of Oregon has three ballot measures in the current election which are constitutional amendments and are billed as “housekeeping” measures. I am usually hesitant to amend our constitution without a very good reason, and I am usually suspicious of anything that is supposed to be a “correction” of a previous problem. This is […]

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Clinton or Obama for Cascadia

Well, the time has come. Upon my desk, as I type this, is my Oregon vote-by-mail ballot that I have to return to my county election office by 8:00 pm on Tuesday the 20th. I have looked over many of the statewide candidates and the ballot measures. Many of those choices become obvious to me, […]

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Living and Dying in the US

Recently, I posted a couple of articles on the subject of US law enforcement agents stopping people on the ferry dock to check out whether they might be terrorists. Or perhaps they might be undocumented foreigners that we might find while looking for terrorists. In any case, I thought that it might be unwise for […]

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Public vs. Private Special Transit

In general, it seems like it would not be fair for public agency to be competing against private business. The Federal Transit Administration, a division of the US Department of Transportation, recently set new rules to avoid such a situation from occurring. In this case, however, this may have been done without thinking through all […]

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Why Don’t We Care Abot Hurricane Victims?

We live in a society where we value the lives of some people over the lives of others. What gives us this right to play God? I try to keep this blog local, but sometimes we need to get involved outside the confines of our own safe little homeland. Think back a few years when […]

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