You’ve worked long enough to pay tax bill (almost)

April 15, 2013 

YAY: IT’S TAX DAY!

Or, maybe this is a BOO, depending on your point of view. While we must file our 2012 tax returns today, Tax Freedom Day doesn’t arrive until Thursday. According to the Tax Foundation, the average American must work 108 days this year to pay his or her tax obligation at the federal, state and local levels. After that, the money’s all yours.

YAY: ARTS WALK

It’s spring and that also means Arts Walk and Procession of the Species are right around the corner. First though, the Olympia Downtown Association needs volunteers to shine up the city. You can help at the annual Downtown Clean Up from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Contact odaevent@tss.net for more information.

To add to the Arts Walk fun, Brooks McBeth, the Almost Live guy, and John Keister will bring a comedy show to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts to close out the day’s festivities.

BOO: LEGENDS LOST

The world lost a surprising number of legends last week. Among them were politician Margaret Thatcher, film critic Roger Ebert, comedian Jonathan Winters and one of the original Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello.

Closer to home, we lost Forrest “Frosty” Westering, the 10th winningest coach in college football history, who led his Pacific Lutheran University team to four national championships.

And we also lost Marvel “Marv” Harshman, who coached teams at PLU, Washington State and the University of Washington, and founded the Centralia Hoops Camp for young, aspiring players.

They all affected many lives, in many different ways.

YAY: FARMERS MARKET

Thanks to the Port of Olympia and the city of Olympia, Olympia Farmers Market will have lower rent and maintenance costs. That means it can keep its fees down, enabling small vendors to continue and keeping consumer prices down. It’s a win-win for everyone.

YAY: REP. SAM HUNT

Because of unfortunate language in a bill that will allow limited sampling of microbrews and small wineries at farmers markets around the state, Olympia Farmers Market was left out in the cold. But Rep. Sam Hunt stepped in at the 11th hour with an amendment so South Sounders can partake along with the rest of the state.

BOO: WASTING FOOD

A new study says the world wastes up to half of the food it produces. And it seems almost everyone shares the blame. Inefficient agricultural practices and misused resources combine with overly strict sell-by dates and consumer demand for cosmetically perfect products to destroy about 2 billion tons of food. The study estimated consumers throw out half of the food they buy.

BOO: ADHD INCREASING

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate doctors have diagnosed 20 percent of high school students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But questions are being asked whether modern pressures are causing the condition in today’s youth, or whether doctors are overdiagnosing and prescribing medications. Neither scenario is appealing.

BOO: MISSING THE POINT

Turning an Easter morning egg hunt into a competitive battle, a Seattle mom pushed a kid out of the way so her kid could find more eggs. Two moms started throwing punches and one ended up with a black eye. Good job, moms, teaching children the spirit of Easter.

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