Forget advertisements on school buses
Senate Bill 6466 would allow advertising on and in school buses.
I say “No!”
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Parents, do you want your little children riding on what looks like a circus wagon?
We’ve all seen some of the Intercity Transit buses. One wrapped in a dollar sign, one of the Red Wing Casino. I firmly believe the school buses should remain all yellow.
You have all heard of the salesman with his foot in the door. Once we allow ads on the school buses, all businesses will demand their space — Dirty Dave’s, Pints & Quarts, Fatso’s, advertisers of adult play toys. You name them.
I would not want my children subjected to riding a mobile billboard.
Let us hear from dad and mom. Is this a good idea?
How about this: Change the bill to read: Senate and House to furnish own pencils, pens, notepads and stamps until we see better times. Put that up for me to vote on.
And while I am at it, I again ask the counties and state to work from a budget. If you don’t have the money, don’t go in debt and then ask us taxpayers to help pay the bill.
I live on retirement pay and have priorities. If I want something bad enough, I go without something else until I can afford it. No charge cards, no interest, nothing I need help paying.
Again, write and tell the Legislature to dump Senate Bill 6466.
Threats force people to hunker down
My husband and I were just getting ready to sign a contract with a small, local builder to make some revisions to our house. But the moment we realized the governor and Legislature were serious about state worker furloughs, we put the brakes on.
The minute you hear that you’re probably going to get a 5 percent pay cut, your first instinct is to stop spending money and hunker down. Losing our business will probably result in at least a 5 percent pay cut for the builder who would have had our business, and who knows what other local businesses will be impacted.
So I’m wondering if the governor and Legislature have really thought this through. Is the relatively small amount of money the furloughs are going to save really worth the further damage it will certainly do to our state economy?
Meaningful change comes hard
A recent letter to the editor mentioned light rail to move people around the Olympia area.
Suggestions such as this are an indication of the huge disconnect in this community about the mix of focused dense housing and employment it takes to support rail.
Our current low density city center destinations can’t even begin to maximize use of the transit service we already have, let alone contemplate rail service. City studies done several years ago showed that at least 2,500 more housing units would be needed in downtown Olympia to maximize use of the existing 15-minute transit service.
If these were built in five-story projects with parking built into the buildings, 20 whole blocks of downtown land would be needed.
There also appears to be a lack of knowledge — or memory — about the concerted effort the city has put into attracting housing in downtown over the last 10 years — without any significant success to date. This doesn’t bode well for any serious local efforts to address climate change, either.
Talk is easy. Real meaningful changes are harder than anything we have attempted to do yet in our local plans.
So, once again, our progressive community appears to be headed for a period of development as usual with almost all new housing built where total car dependence will result — contributing nothing to reduce the vehicle miles traveled and CO2 emission reductions the state, the city and its citizens purport to want.
Lawmakers should butt out
It’s very interesting that two state legislators wish to stop local cities from charging a $100 fine for people running red lights.
I moved here from California, where running red lights is almost a sport. It is prudent there to wait an extra few seconds, look both ways and make sure some scofflaw won’t T-bone you when you proceed into the intersection on a green light.
Running a red light can result in grave injury or death.
Running a red light is not a minor offense given the degree of damage should a collision occur.
In my opinion, red light cameras are necessary and helpful in deterring those who feel a red light is only a suggestion to stop. As for how hefty the fine should be, that determination should fall to the city, not the state Legislature.
If either of these men had a family member hurt or killed by a red light scofflaw, they would not be writing this kind of law.
Instead of trying to run every city with a red light camera, they should be looking for ways to mend the budget mess. Maybe if they succeeded in that, every city would not have to levy such a high fine on this driving infraction.
Obama tackles tough issues
During the last administration a lot of subjects were not brought to light — subjects like health care and the banking industry. Now we have a president that is doing something about it.
My question is, “Why the wait?” If we knew in the past that these two areas, for example, were going to be an issue, then why didn’t the federal government do something about it?
Its time to get the job done.
William Wise II