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Every once in a while, an election comes along that decides not just the next four years but the next 20. When it comes to transportation, 2008 will be one of those years.
I noticed it last week. Premium gas at $4.09 at a Chevron station in the Overlake area.
Think globally, act locally, as the saying goes. All over the country, one thing is becoming clear: Local governments — cities and counties — are emerging as the leaders in the struggle to reduce our carbon footprint and fight global climate change.
The King County Charter is currently open for a review that occurs once every 10 years. The Charter Review Commission has been gathering information and deliberating, and will soon forward amendments they endorse to the County Council. The Council will consider those recommendations, then decide which amendments will be placed on the ballot this fall. The voters will have the final say.
By JOHN CARLSON
The high-altitude thinkers we invited to project technology trends earlier this year concurred on one key insight we all should note:
For County Executive Ron Sims and County Council chair Julia Patterson. The two high-ranking politicians came up with a plan to finally do something about the county’s animal shelters by proceeding in an innovative way. They each dismissed their staffs from a meeting and sat down face-to-face to hash the problems out. The result: a solution.
With the costs of real estate development increasing daily, building housing affordable to the full range of income levels seems like an impossible task. Sympathetic housing developers understand the need for affordability, asserting that they would happily build lower-cost units “if only it would pencil.”
It’s expected that transportation will be the biggest local issue in the 2008 elections. Most people aren’t happy. But instead of trying to find scapegoats, let’s review some history to see why we’re paying higher transportation taxes for longer commutes.
The Democratic way
People who live around here pretty much have given up exploring the galaxies with a tiny telescope in the backyard. Clouds and rain doom most efforts.
The countdown has started for hands-free calling here in our state. It can’t come soon enough.
OK, you decide. Last week President Bush, in a long speech commemorating the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding, made the following statements to the Israeli Knesset (their equivalent of our Congress).
It’s the Memorial Day weekend - and you know what that means.
Thousands of mortar boards will be tossed into the air across Washington this June; a time-honored sign that our high school seniors have finally graduated.
A recent study underscores the fact that good health isn’t just a matter of personal choice for Americans.
Fishing opportunities in Northwest waters have just about disappeared. It’s a situation that has strained relations between Indians and non-Indians – the state, local governments, environmental organizations, businesses and even fishermen. It’s also a condition we can improve, if we follow the truth, and that truth goes right to habitat.
Our search for a new columnist has attracted several applicants, all of whom have provided interesting points of view. We still have a bit to go before we pick a replacement for Ken Schram, who decided to step away from his weekly column.
He lied to us.