Archive for November, 2008

Thanksgiving — 27 November 2008

As time goes by, I have become less and less enthusiastic about holidays.  Most of them were conceived with the best of intentions.  In the end, I feel almost like most of them are lies to ourselves.  Alternatively, most of the holidays have been co-opted by large corporations looking to take advantage of the citizenry. […]

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State Sponsored Murder

In the news this week is the story that Washington State is going to execute one of the eight people sitting on it’s Death Row.  The focus of this is 55-year-old Darold Ray Stenson, who was convicted of aggravated murder for the 1993 shooting deaths of his wife and a business partner in Clallam County.  […]

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A Gun to Protect Our Family

I have often openly wondered why we allow people to have guns.  In the hands of some people, they are a tool and a source of protection.  Or a source of sport and entertainment.  Or the object of hobbyists who collect them.  Or, as has been widely reported, a way to eliminate random family members. […]

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The Real Mission of the Border Patrol

Thanks to a recent Seattle P-I article, we now have some facts and figures on the roadblocks being set up by the US Border Patrol on Washington State highways and at ferry terminals.  From the beginning, the justification made by the Border Patrol for using this technique of stopping everyone to make them prove their […]

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Transit Planning and My Lifespan

I have reached a point in my life where I am starting to subtract my age from my expected lifespan.  It’s not that I feel so old.  It is more that it is striking me just how far technology has come in the first 46 years of my life.  Then I look like a kid […]

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The Future of Washington State Ferries

I have been a user and a fan of the Washington State Ferries my entire life.  Over the years, I have used them for transportation around Washington, as a Commuter, and at the beginning and ending of vacations.  It all has depended upon what part of Cascadia I have been living in at any given […]

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Veterans Day

Today is November 11, which makes today Veterans Day in the US and Remembrance Day in Canada.  Both holidays celebrate the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I at 11:00AM on 11 November 1918. The original observation of Armistice Day in the US was to honor the veterans who died during that war.  […]

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Putting Us To Work in a Recession

Our Democratic leaders are starting to lead and get us on the right track toward improving the economy.  In the process, they will put many of us back to work and help to solve the problem of replacing our crumbling infrastructure, all at the same time. At least this is getting started in Oregon, as […]

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Small Business and the Recession

I recently received an unsolicited message.  I will share it with you, and my comments will appear below: Dear Fellow Business Owners: As a business owner who employs 120 people, we have resigned ourselves to the fact that Barack Obama will be our next president, and that our taxes and fees will go up in […]

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Questions on Gay Marriage

In the United States, our citizens pride themselves on the constitutional rights that they enjoy.  We hold up the Bill of Rights as a symbol of how people everywhere should live.  We are colloquially known as “The Land of the Free”.  We “hold these rights to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”  We […]

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