Energy legislation must be improved
Never has there been a more urgent or profitable time to reduce our country’s dependence on fossil fuel.
A potentially landmark piece of legislation was introduced in Congress recently. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 will create millions of jobs for American workers and, if passed, will save consumers and businesses hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs and make our country energy independent.
Although this bill is a step in the right direction, as presently written, there are still areas that need further improvements to meet science-based goals to combat the dangerous threat of global climate change in the immediate future.
We must also protect workers in older industries that are reliant on carbon-based energy, and provide assistance and tools necessary to make the transition to a clean energy economy. I ask Congress, including 3rd District Rep. Brian Baird, to continue to work to strengthen these provisions before it is voted on.
In these times of economic uncertainty, our state and our nation cannot afford to do nothing.
Puget Sound belongs to everyone
I was glad to see that The Olympian gave Paul Taylor a chance to address the smear against him from Eld Inlet waterfront owners.
I attended the Black Hills Audubon dinner this spring and was appalled at the vitriol and charges spouted off by some people against Paul Taylor. The comments were outrageous with all sorts of unproven statements.
Taylor’s chief “crime,” it seems, was to let a duck hunter use a boat ramp.
If the Eld owners care so much for scoters (their reason for wanting a hunting ban), I sure hope that every single one of the owners has a new septic tank and has removed 100 percent of the concrete bulkheads from their shorelines.
I also hope they never, ever use pesticides or fertilizers and never, ever leave dog stool out where it can be washed down to contaminate Puget Sound. These are the things that will help all Puget Sound wildlife.
Puget Sound belongs to everyone. Trying to accommodate everyone’s priorities is extremely challenging, but it starts with personal respect and personal responsibility.
The duck hunters certainly should have been much more careful with their shell trash. The property owners, however, need to stop their nasty vilification of others who have a different but still valid set of values. Just because you are blessed with a waterfront picture window doesn’t mean you own the Sound.
Sign is on private property
I write regarding the letter “Signs at roundabout distract drivers.”
We agree the plethora of signs at the roundabout at Marvin Road and Pacific Avenue are a hazard. These are mainly real estate and garage/yard sale signs. We suspect the letter writers have used one or both sometime in their lives.
However, the inclusion of our locker beef sign is misleading as it is more than a quarter mile from the roundabout and located on our farm which has been in the family for five generations – not on state right-of-way!
If the letter writers find our sign distracting, maybe a better option would be to take the bus. If people find the sign distracting the neighborly thing to do would be to call the number on the sign – although this has never happened in the past 25-plus years.
Just clarifying the facts.
PAUL AND MARGO THOMSEN