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I would agree with Squid. This type of political diatribe that pass’s the responsibility to everyone else in a effort to reduce military spending is a irresponsible ask by our City Council. Just like the Postal Service asking to reduce the number of post offices and employees in a effort to balance the massive debt they carry and the congress members tell the post office they can not reduce employees or buildings in their districts and or states, yet they must find ways to cut costs else where.

August 21 2014 Mayor & Others Ask Public to Lobby Against JBLM Cuts

Isn’t reduced military spending supposed to be the goal?  Assuming that’s so (and I would argue strongly that it is) shouldn’t we be willing to shoulder our fair share of some of the negative results that come from policies that make the country as a whole stronger?

August 21 2014 Mayor & Others Ask Public to Lobby Against JBLM Cuts

That will be really nice for the area. One observation on the design though; are two little changing room/toilets really sufficient?

August 20 2014 Peoples Community Center Pool is Getting a Makeover

More homeless and mentally ill services clustered near down town. That’s too bad, I mean, I understand that there is a need but couldn’t it go a little further North, or South? Or West, or North East? (The East side already has plenty.)

August 20 2014 MDC Celebrates Opening of Randall Townsend Apartments

Great….more bums

August 20 2014 MDC Celebrates Opening of Randall Townsend Apartments

Good news! That is going to be wonderful.
Hmm, natatorium is definitely a new word for me as well.

August 20 2014 Peoples Community Center Pool is Getting a Makeover

This information should be on a public facing page so that residents can see if the pothole has already been reported.  Potholes the City has been made aware of are a “known hazard” and the City owns liability for damages to vehicles that are caused by these potholes.  It makes it pretty easy to recover when the City admits knowledge of an existing pothole, but the problem is that the City is not always forthcoming with info that they were notified of an existing pothole or other hazard.

August 20 2014 Tacoma - Now There's an App for That

Bottom line, 5000sf is a totally doable building footprint for wood-frame construction. Myth busted.

Local economics are different reason than 5000 sf is too small of building footprint for multistory.

August 19 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

Suddenly a hot topic?

Violent crime is down.  I see no justification for paramilitary gear.  The idea that they’d show off their gear in show ‘n’ tell fashion (and to impressionable kids) is frightening.  If you’re impressed by this and playing soldier in our city is an enticing incentive… you are not the type of person that should be on the force.

Abhorrent.

August 19 2014 SWAT Presence at McKinley Hill Street Fair Draws Mixed Reactions

Whatever happened to Officer Friendly?

August 19 2014 SWAT Presence at McKinley Hill Street Fair Draws Mixed Reactions

Horrible timing.  There are certainly better ways for police to build a productive relationship with the community than showing off their paramilitary wares right after those over-the-top enforcement tools have been abused elsewhere.  But then I don’t even like military parades downtown.  I’m all for community appreciation of those who serve in the military and the police force (which are or should be totally different forms of service), but let’s celebrate the people and the service, not the

August 19 2014 SWAT Presence at McKinley Hill Street Fair Draws Mixed Reactions

Tacoma can’t even take care of Tacoma citizens and neighborhoods, why would it want to acquire more responsibility.  If Tacoma absorbs Ruston, it will be the beginning of their decline.

August 19 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

Effectively they have their own government and changed from Town to City in 2012 I think.  I don’t understand how they have the tax base to even exist.

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

Wait.  Ruston is a city?  Who knew?!

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

Most moderate apartment buildings max out at five stories.  That is, a few stories of concrete construction topped with stick construction.  Above five stories, there is a whole different construction methodology that jacks up costs significantly and you then need a lot of height and therefore rents to make up for the costs to build.

What I am saying is that, basically, there’s an economic reason why the 5000 square food lot is slated to be only one floor.

August 18 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

660-990 square feet on 12th and Pike in downtown Seattle for $1800 to $2700 in rent.  How is this, in any way, comparable to the Tacoma market?  Of course that would work in Tacoma if they could get those rents for apartments with no views.  They can’t.  But guess what?  The building costs to build this building are identical besides the dirt.

August 18 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

I wholeheartedly agree.  Effectively a lawsuit of this size and the legal retainer to even fight it could bring Ruston to its knees. 

I’m all for local control, but at the point where you can no longer deliver essential responsibilities of health, well-being, and safety to your citizens, you shouldn’t be a municipality anymore.  I forsee a similar incident that occurred with the City of Pacific that had its insurance cancelled and on the verge of being unincorporated over 12 million dollars

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

$150 Million divided by Ruston’s population of 767 = $195,000 per resident.  I don’t think they can afford this, or the $50 million they apparently agreed to initially.

If the new residential development adds thousands of wealthy residents and retail to Ruston’s tax base, maybe over a long period of time they can afford this?

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

Let’s all try to think this through. For starters, let’s assume that the City of Ruston can’t easily call a bank or a hard money lender and set up a line of credit. Yet, the City of Ruston has options. The former Ruston Way tunnel may be a potential asset.

When I read that the developer of Point Ruston has moved the site of an economic generator, a multiplex theatre from Ruston to Tacoma, the thought came to mind that maybe Tacoma could also gain by relocating the Ruston Way tunnel to the

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

Another example:
http://www.dunnandhobbes.com/prj_agnes_2.php

5000sf footprint for a 4-story mixed use building. Click on “view floor plans” at the bottom of the page to see how 2 stairs and an elevator still work in multi-story 5,000sf building.

August 18 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

Ruston will make for a nice City of Tacoma neighborhood, and I’m guessing sooner rather than later.

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

Starbucks (and former Primo Grill) building at 6th and Pine. 2 stories. 10,000sf building. +/- 5,000sf footprint. Pedestrian oriented retail. This argument about only really big buildings being economically feasible, the same logic used for The Proctor’s alley air-rights vacation, is kind of absurd. Financing challenges, permitting/soft costs, and a shortage of local, small building tenants, all contribute to the drive towards bigger buildings. But the notion that you can’t build a multi-story

August 18 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

Yikes.  Ruston’s loss is Tacoma’s gain here.

“Apparently the developer has even moved the multiplex theater currently under construction from the Ruston side of the project, to the Tacoma side, to ensure it can open on time.”

If this lawsuit proceeds would Ruston be able to handle the hit or would they be forced into bankruptcy?

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

That’s not back-in angle parking on ‘G’ Street. Better fix that right away!

There’s worse evils than a one-story building… the one-story building in question is entered from the parking lot side rather than the street?! I think that they could forgo the seven-stalls of parking, build a bigger building. Sucks when parking design is the basis for urban design. There’s parking everywhere in this plan, I think they got it covered.

August 18 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

The Stadium District needs more parking in the area around 1st, Tacoma Avenue, 2nd, and G Streets.  Between local apartment-dwellers, small businesses, & Stadium High School kids during the school year, parking is maxed out during much of the business day, even into the evening.  Shake Shake Shake has been an awesome addition to the neighborhood, as has Art House Cafe—but the success of these and other businesses means that convenient, on-street parking is hard to come by many hours of the day.

August 17 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

In theory, you’re right about the one level development needing to be bigger.  However, that space is 5000 square feet and boxed in by three streets and a parking lot that requires width to be usable.  Even if the parking lot were gone, you’re still looking at a lot too small to build anything with much height.  If the building were any taller than a few floors, it triggers stairs, sprinkler room, elevator room, etc.  That cuts at the 5000 square foot footprint and makes retail on street level

August 16 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

Here is the comment I put on the TNT article:
This plan doesn’t sound that great when thinking of development potential for the Stadium District. Sell off a building and some land in a high density zone to let a low density business move in and build a 1 story building on the other half when it was enough land to build a larger building. “Remodel” the Thriftway building, still low-density. So we possibly get 1 mixed-use apartment building in phase 2 out of all of this. I would have liked to see

August 15 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

All of this is great except this bit:

“Documents show the remaining parking lot on that block designated for future development as “new 1 story retail.”

There is going to be a streetcar station right smack in the middle of this development.  Our mixed use centers are meant to build denser than that.  There’s the capacity on this site to build more than just a one-story building.  It would be really short-sighted to build such a small building that would become quickly outmoded by the amount

August 15 2014 More Change Coming to the Stadium District

The Prairie line trail cost the city the equivalent of restructuring 1 city block, the rest being grant dollars.  It is a cheap project in the grand scheme of things of beautifying our city and accommodating downtown bike traffic.  Driving a car is as much a choice as riding a bike.

August 14 2014 Stadium in Motion

Great, now they just need an app for Windows Phone. I’m sure that will be coming any day now…

August 14 2014 Tacoma - Now There's an App for That

The app can be found in the android store here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.webqa.tacomawa&hl=en

August 14 2014 Tacoma - Now There's an App for That

Thank you, Matt! Well-said.

August 14 2014 Stadium in Motion

The old method of reporting potholes worked fine. What the city needs to upgrade is its system for fixing them.

August 14 2014 Tacoma - Now There's an App for That

City of Tacoma:  Let’s Talk About Walking

“Did you know you can walk places?
You can even ride a bike if you’d like
of course, you’ll probably drive
because it’s easier.”

August 14 2014 Stadium in Motion

It appears to be ADA compliant.  How fantastic!

August 14 2014 Tacoma - Now There's an App for That

Now we have to see if they have enough people to answer these complaints.  I hope they do as this looks promising and more capable of tracking people in charge of doing their job.

August 13 2014 Tacoma - Now There's an App for That

I just downloaded the app on my Android device - so it turns out it’s not just for Apple users!

August 13 2014 Tacoma - Now There's an App for That

Where is your help in these matters, it is so much easier and cowardly to pursue the things that are simple, rather than tackle the REAL issues that plague this city. Truly pathetic.

Three thoughts:

1. That’s a pretty rash assumption you’re making there. You’re assuming that anyone holding an opinion on this matter is not interested in (or is already) helping with other issues.

2. Shockingly one can have (and express) opinions on more than one issue at a time.

3. If you really believe one

August 13 2014 "In God We Trust?"

The Constitution and Bill of Rights is not a self-existent, unchanging, good that illuminates the world and provides a point of reference by which other things may be understood.

Neither does “God.”

August 13 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Well said - most (not all) cyclists also happen to own a car, and thus pay for tabs too.

August 13 2014 Stadium in Motion

The ridiculously high priced trail you site downtown an anomaly due to location, political tug-o-wars and the players involved.  Not a representative sample to site; more an alarmist’s approach.

August 13 2014 Stadium in Motion

I used to go to the original location on Barbur Blvd in Portland all the time when I worked close by.  This place is a Portland institution - right up there with McMenamins, Burgerville, McCormick & Schmick’s (Jake’s Famous Crawfish).

I can’t wait to get me some banana pancakes - one of my top restaurant dishes I miss from back home.

August 12 2014 Original Pancake House to Open in Former Primo Grill Space

There are also many people whom assume they can’t ride a human powered vehicle like a bicycle because of balance problems,poor physical conditioning or other disability.For those with balance problems there are recumbent trikes,velomobiles or even adult trikes (usually inexpensive).For poor physical conditioning and heart problems electric assisted bikes or electric bike motor kits come into play.One great new hybrid human/electric powered vehicle is the Organic Transit ELF Solar or plug in

August 12 2014 Stadium in Motion

Karen, you are right that there needs to be education around bicycle safety and bicycle rights - for cyclists and car drivers alike. However, cyclists do contribute to maintaining for road infrastructure. In most urban cities, 75% of road improvements are paid for from the general fund (property, sales tax), and Tacoma is no different (22 million budgeted to public works from the general fund in 2013/14). Furthermore, although automobiles contribute and average of 2.5 cents a mile through

August 12 2014 Stadium in Motion

Not at the price of what that trail is costing us downtown.  Biking is a choice, just like driving an electric car.  There are many people that can’t ride a bike.  Don’t drink too much of the kool- Aid there Chris.  I think biking is great, but I am not going to be an elitist about it.  There is plenty of room for people to do both.

August 12 2014 Stadium in Motion

Trillions of public and private dollars have been spent on transportation for cars.  Did you know a single parking space in a structure can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars?  You can build several miles of bike lanes for that one parking space.  Bike lanes tend to be pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things.

August 12 2014 Stadium in Motion

I want to vote for Ben Franklin Transit Citizen Advisory Committee for 2014 Transit Hero !!!!  They are great!!!

August 11 2014 Vote for Your Transit Hero

I’m looking forward to a little more focus on non-car based transportation, taking Tacoma into the future. Hopefully this will be a great way to promote more cycling into downtown, etc.  This program, along with Downtown On the Go.

August 11 2014 Stadium in Motion

...and bike safety.”?  How about bike safety and then maybe bike tabs issued after a bike safety course.  You want cars to share the road? Then share the cost for your very special, expensive lanes.

August 11 2014 Stadium in Motion

August 11, 2014. Detroit Free Press staff writer Robert Allen.
Three suburban teenagers accused of spray-painting downtown Detroit buildings were arraigned today in Wayne County Circuit Court…The three teens are accused of spraying images such as hearts and the words “Welcome to Detroit” on buildings June 22 at Michigan Avenue and Griswold Street… Each of the defendants is charged with one count of malicious destruction of a building $1,000 to $20,000, a felony that carries up to five years

August 11 2014 Join the Conversation on Graffiti at Next Week's Forum

Whatever one wants to call/name the graphic expression accomplished at the Broadway Garages, or call/name whatever the Fab 5 accomplished in a likewise private setting, the consequences of those actions have nothing to do with graffiti, as the term is commonly understood.

It’s important to make a distinction between form and content, and furthermore distinguish the sphere of operations.

August 08 2014 Join the Conversation on Graffiti at Next Week's Forum

If a form of graphic expression defaces public property, say hosing City Hall with Silly String, then the Fab 5 gets a $10.00 commission to hose Starbucks corporate headquarters cubicles with Silly String, could a case be made that the Fab 5 are influencing the culture to a significant degree?

August 07 2014 Join the Conversation on Graffiti at Next Week's Forum

Has permission = art
Does not have permission = vandalism

August 07 2014 Join the Conversation on Graffiti at Next Week's Forum

I agree. I hope they’re able to find another space to replace the garages.

August 07 2014 Join the Conversation on Graffiti at Next Week's Forum

I think a lot of it is content and context. “Tags” are just like dogs marking a fire hydrant - no value there. Graffiti, when done artistically, can be very interesting, but the context has to be right - it should be done somewhere it’s wanted, or at least not unwanted. That’s why it’s such a shame the graffiti garage is closed.

August 07 2014 Join the Conversation on Graffiti at Next Week's Forum

Good!  There’s a lady who keeps putting these big signs up all over town and she needs to be stopped.  Her name is Pam Guinn if anyone from the city is interested in stopping her.

August 01 2014 Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

Alright! I saw the crane there this morning and came here to check if there was any news on it. I was hoping they were taking it down and not just doing some sort of billboard maintenance. I’m glad to see that the trail plans are moving right along.

August 01 2014 Prairie Line Trail Billboard Comes Down

The Feds put this one on the traffic strip with no permit. Been there for 3 years…
 
https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTJax7bzLSjP-RB3DBQJK1XMzsAKI1AzztU_aQxxDuoAp5a3ghK

 

August 01 2014 Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

I’m pretty sure that when potential business start-ups see the abundant and growing drug problems all over downtown - they aren’t going to worry about a yard sale poster….

July 31 2014 Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

How about that salmon bake sign that has been up across Pacific Ave. for the whole month of July?  Yeah, that would make me want to start a business downtown.

July 31 2014 Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

Don’t like visual clutter?  Extend this to political signs.

July 31 2014 Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

But it’s OK to throw orange plastic bags full of advertising all over private properties.  The pusillanimous incumbents in elected and appointed office are afraid that The News Buffoon will no longer carry water for them so the latter practice is allowed by law to continue.

July 31 2014 Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

That is why people should fill out the survey and no longer tolerate our city districts being used as garbage cans.

July 31 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Aside from your commentary and mine on this topic about what is good for the culture, every other commentator claimed that the way things are is the way that things ought to be—the situation as it stands, cultural pluralism with its variations of truth, ought to be sustained and equated with a proper, correct, and viable way to think and act.

That relativistic view, championing unlimited personal preference and cultural differences, sounds all nice and fluffy, but it’s just bad thinking.

July 31 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Ok, this thing is a done deal, moving on, now, can we get the same amount of energy that was put into this to clean up or city.  Start by filling out the survey pertaining to codes, save the poetry for later thackerspeed.

July 30 2014 "In God We Trust?"

I assume you’re referring to the pdf referenced and linked in the “red ink” paragraph.

http://www.exit133.com/docs/Title02-Minimum_Building_Code.pdf

July 30 2014 Minimum Building Code Changes

It would be helpful if you posted their draft/redline of the impacted codes for folks to read, or point us to where on the cities extensive web site it can be found.  The 10 survey questions are a nice attempt to get input - the rubber meets the road in the proposed or draft language changes, however.

July 30 2014 Minimum Building Code Changes

#10:  Yes, the city should keep Clear Channel accountable for it’s properties and code violations.

July 30 2014 Minimum Building Code Changes

I just created my login for this site. I wrote the above. Since I’m on a FB sabbatical (http://99daysoffreedom.com/cheryl-k), please feel free to share my comment with any social network you like.

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Well said!

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

I spoke at tonight’s council meeting, where the resolution was adopted 4-3. For the life of me, I don’t understand why the council would take up so much valuable time and heap so much controversy upon itself over a non-issue. There is no mandate to put a plaque of any kind in the council chambers, and since the wording is drawing so much debate, why even do it in the first place? Are the bare walls hindering the business of the council in some way? Is the council unable to address some of the

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Or an absolute windbag.

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

I’ve been commenting on this blog since May, 2008.  I’ve sold cars in Tacoma since 2009. I’ve owned and operated a communications business in Tacoma since 1990. Whether any of that kind of action is useful or not is a relative question. So there are some things that are relative.

Just the same, there are some things that are absolute. For example, an absolute fool.

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

There’s always room for one more to help pick weeds.

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

You’ll note that I said “needlessly” exclusionary. If the council is voting on whether to, for example, ban marijuana businesses, then yes, that necessitates picking one side or the other and excluding the losing side. But the issue of whether to post a plaque saying “In God We Trust” is entirely superfluous. It does not address any issue/problem occurring in Pierce County that requires action. Therefore, posting this plaque extracts a cost (excluding people) without resulting in a

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Every time the council votes on something it excludes entire groups of people that are opposed to whatever it is they voted on.  Why is this so different to you that it makes you want to take the time to voice your opinion in writing in this blog compared to other more pressing issues?

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

During the month of August we’ll be picking up weeds, cleaning up graffiti and collecting used needles and disposing of them in accordance with health department guidance.  We will also be picking up after the business owners that use our district as a dumping ground.  I suggest you try it sometime, it might actually give some meaning to the nonsense you just wrote.  In the process, it may actually also make you USEFUL.  Know your audience when you write.

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

This proposal is needlessly exclusionary. “In God WE trust.” What about Pierce County citizens who do not trust in god? By posting such a plaque, the council is saying to those citizens, “You are not one of us. You are not included in ‘we.’” Why? What is the purpose of casting non-believers (and cynics, for that matter) as outsiders? Councilmembers can easily trust in god without the presence of a plaque, so this lopsided proposal would have the downside of alienating people without

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

You know I learned from reading all this that I could downsize my garbage can to save a couple bucks.  Just called Solid Waste Management to do that.  The 2 week service is fine for me obviously since I’m not throwing away 65 gallons of waste every 2 weeks.  I don’t understand what the big deal is, if you need to throw something away the dump is open but I think this definitely incentivizes people to recycle more.

It is more than that.  Failing pavement an other infrastructure and

July 29 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

You know I learned from reading all this that I could downsize my garbage can to save a couple bucks.  Just called Solid Waste Management to do that.  The 2 week service is fine for me obviously since I’m not throwing away 65 gallons of waste every 2 weeks.  I don’t understand what the big deal is, if you need to throw something away the dump is open but I think this definitely incentivizes people to recycle more.

July 29 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

Actually, I have a better idea: I’ll demonstrate another possible type of commentary. Let me demonstrate taking the side of the ‘can’t-live-without-my-weekly-pickup’ people, as an example. Keep in mind this kind of discourse could be applied to lots of other Exit133 posts:

“I am unsatisfied with the every-other-week schedule. I can’t imagine we are actually saving money. I do not believe that emissions are really reduced by that much, compared to all the other types of emissions we produce. 

July 29 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

I’m also happy with the every other week pickup. Works fine for us.

Hey Tacoma, you know what we need? A blog that posts a statement or question, and then the purpose, see, would be for half or more of the commentary to consist of a whole lot of negativity and government-hating remarks, most of which would not be immediately related to the original statement or question.  The main goal would be, of course, to not propose any solutions to any of the complaints aired, but just a forum to kind

July 29 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

“...tackle the REAL issues that plague this city.”—Sid

The realm of opinion by which most people define reality and make judgments and decide actions is a REAL issue, and a worthy target of philosophical inquiry.

The central issue of this debate is the nature of authority.

Let’s consider the testimony posted so far by the secular humanists—a political faction that is opposed to God and hostile to Christianity. No evidence has been put forth that proves the Christian worldview is

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Incredible that you are all up in arms over this, yet you continue to let our city council destroy this city with the poor decisions they make that ACTUALLY have an effect on the people that live here.  This is utter nonsense and all of you should be petitioning for so many other things that can help our city.  Who gives a rats butt about this when you have crack heads and heroin addicts shooting up in our neighborhoods and meth heads pimping young girls in our alleyways.    Where is your help

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

The service is pickup of trash and that pickup is half as frequent.  Ergo the service has been cut in half.  I suppose you could try to make the case that if there were some way for them to preventing your toilet from flushing until you had made two deposits that since the waste is eventually removed from your toilet bowl the service has not been cut, which simply isn’t the case.  I, for one, don’t like two weeks of diapers sitting around before being hauled to the dump. 

If LeMay were able

July 28 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

Everyone either got a replacement container double their original size or a second container of what they already had. So they did not cut the service in half while keeping the same price. There is no reason why your original garbage amount is now insufficient with the larger or additional can.

July 28 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

Amazing But True! Secular Humanism is a religion.

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

“Only a christian deals in absolutes.”—Brad Tankersley

Is that true? Are all mathematicians Christians?

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

If you’re interested, we’re going to be presenting an open letter to the county at tomorrow’s meeting.  I would suggest writing directly to your councilmember as well, as they have been making a big deal about not hearing from locals.

http://humanistsofwashington.org/open-letter-to-pierce-county-council/

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

This is the comment Margi Nowak sent to the Council, and gave me permission to repost broadly:

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The national “In God We Trust” organization may sound innocuous or even appealing to many people, but here is why it worries me deeply.

Looking at their website (http://www.ingodwetrustusa.org) one finds such sentiments as these:

“While the Obama Administration continues its quest to drive anything even remotely reli­gious out of American public life, In God We Trust is

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

For those who can attend tomorrow’s full-council meeting, the Pierce County Council meets Tuesdays at 3pm on the 100th floor of the County-City building; 930 Tacoma Ave. S. room 1045, Tacoma.

For those who cannot attend the full council meeting tomorrow, you can submit comments to them via the Contact Council form here - http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/FormCenter/County-Council-19/Pierce-County-CouncilContact-Us-212 - be sure to reference Resolution No. R2014-80.

Forewarning - CM McCune tends to

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

This is being pushed by the In God We Trust organization, who wants it in EVERY public place/space.

KIRO video - http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/pierce-co-councilman-wants-god-we-trust-displayed-/ngpTL/to/vCkhwz/

MyNorthwest.com Radio Segment - http://mynorthwest.com/11/2574731/Tom-Tangney-Pierce-County-Council-resolution-to-display-In-God-We-Trust-irrelevant-and-political

KING 5 News video - http://www.king5.com/news/local/In-God-We-Trust-display-considered-in-Pierce-County-268829651.html

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

As for who is, or isn’t doing the work they were elected to do, and instead spending time on the issue of displaying the “In God We Trust” motto on the Council Chambers walls—while being paid $110,000 a year plus mega benefits:

Note the year each Councilmember was elected (E), taking into account they were not seated (S) until the follow January:

McDonald (R) - 2008E/2009S & 2012E/2013S (currently serving her 2nd & final term,  while running for Congress)
Flemming (R) - 2010E/2011S
Roach (R)

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Please! Religion and the belief in deities have changed countless times over the centuries to adapt to changes in society.  If you think the most recent manifestation of god, within the minds of its followers, hasn’t changed in even the last 25 years you don’t know much about religion. Religion and the belief of deities is in constant flux.  As for “good” that is yet another idea that changes with society. At the onset of our nation it was “good” to own slaves and treat wives as second class

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

The facts are there, developers are voluntarily putting this conduit in the ground.  Get with the times gramps, people are making sound investments in EV conduit because it is the future.  I don’t make necessary sacrifices to build sidwalk but the City does require businesses and developers to build it if they want to do business in the city.  Sheesh, you’re clueless, none of your hyper-conservative libertarian ethic actually makes sense in the real world.  Ayn Rand would drive an EV car, you

July 28 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

That third grader would fail microeconomics.  While it is true that subsidies help fuel demand amoung complimentary vehicles, prices have fallen substantially from intial EV offerings, well below the subsidies offered thus proving demand exists with or without the subsidies.  Also, car companies have been producing these cars before the legislation was in place to offer the subsidies.

July 28 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

Perhaps you would be able to save even more if the service were opened up to competition.  Maybe trash pickup every three weeks suits your lifestyle better than every other week service.  Weekly service suites me better and I would like that option and am willing to pay for it.  As things stand today it is a one size fits all service that does not please many customers.  What I said is that it is not a win-win for many residents and the solution to that is simple: Throw the door open to

July 28 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

“Obviously car companies are building them if there is demand.”

A third grader could figure out that car companies would not be building there were not huge subsidies underwriting the cost of producing them.  The only “demand” for them is created by subsidies.

July 28 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

The Constitution and Bill of Rights is not a self-existent, unchanging, good that illuminates the world and provides a point of reference by which other things may be understood.

Plato is rolling over in his grave.

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

I do not support it, I wrote my objections to the online comments at the proposal’s website:

Written in opposition to the Pierce County Council Resolution R2014-80

Hello Sirs and Madams,

I oppose this proposed resolution on a few grounds.
First, the ultimate authority of law in the United States is our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The erecting of a display quoting a national motto detracts from that ultimate authority.
Second, by sponsoring this resolution Councilmember Jim McCune is

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"
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Abundance Dinner and Auction October 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
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Transportation Forum: Transportation Is a Life Determinant October 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Historical Society Firefighters’ Open House October 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm Edit
PCCDR 20th Anniversary and Conflict Resolution Day October 16, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
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Tea Ceremony - India October 4, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Candlelight Tour October 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
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Try Transit Month 2014 October 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Sunday Parkways: Downtown to Defiance September 28, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
Point Defiance Fall Flower & Garden Festival September 27, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Shrek The Musical September 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
Race & Pedagogy National Conference September 25, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
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Book talk and signing with Dean Owen September 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Early Learning Symposium September 23, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
Bike to Work Week 2014 September 22, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Pioneer Days Festival September 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
South Sound AIDS Walk September 20, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
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2014 Tacoma Open September 19, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Historical Society’s Man Behind the Totem September 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo September 17, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Kidical Mass: South Tacoma School Ride September 14, 2014 at 10:30 am Edit
You Go Girl Half Marathon & 10K September 14, 2014 at 8:30 am Edit
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Free Adjustments with Defiance Bicycles August 23, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
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Be Our Guest - Tacoma Hotel August 8, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
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