Save the Boulevard Road Project!
We all know Boulevard Road needs help. Traffic is terrible; there are no sidewalks, and just try turning left onto Boulevard at 8:00 AM. Now imagine 3,000 new homes nearby, with two cars each, driving every day. Boulevard Road needs improvement now.
You may have participated in the recent meetings about Boulevard Road. Based on public input, the city council approved a plan for improvements. Unfortunately, like everything in life, that plan needs money. Right now, the city council is considering how to pay for Boulevard Road, and how it ranks as a funding priority against other projects.
Some people are pressuring the city to spend its scarce money on other projects first, especially the widening of Harrison Avenue/Mud Bay Road. If that happens, there will probably be no money for Boulevard Road for many years.
If you want to see the Boulevard Road project happen soon, now is the time for the Olympia City Council to hear from you. The council will decide its funding priorities on July 11th. It is critical that we let them know how we feel before this date.
There are many ways to tell the city you want the Boulevard Road project to be built as soon as possible:
· Email the entire city council at: email@example.com
· Write them at: Olympia City Council, PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967
· Call and leave a message anytime at: 360.753.8569
Or come to public comment at the July 11 council meeting at 7:00 PM. You are allowed three minutes to speak to the council at this time. (No public hearing is scheduled at this meeting, so your comments would be made during the period called Public Communications.) Council meetings are held at Council Chambers at Olympia City Hall, 900 Plum St. SE
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From Plan B site: Chris Baldwin, local Olympian cartoonist and Plan-B sympathizer, has generously drawn this comic in honor of this effort. Please feel free to print it out and make fliers, handbills and giant POSTERS! We hope to have t-shirts available with this graphic soon.
Click on image to view comic.
The Olympia Choral Society will be sponsoring Olympia Sings! again this year in July. Last year we had over 100 participants on each of the 3 nights and all agreed we needed to do it again this year. For any newcomers, here's the deal: you pay $5 (except students), bring music or borrow (please bring them if you have them, we may run out), come in and join a community of singers who just want to make beautiful music for one night! As always, goodies will be provided during break. The sessions last about 2 hours in length (7-9pm) and are all held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Rd SE, Olympia (next door to the Boulevard Nursery). Feel free to bring a friend who sings if you like. Listeners are welcome, and free, but this is not a concert.
Here is the schedule:
Tuesday, July 11 at 7pm- Mozart's Requiem
Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm- Early Music (Susan Bloomingfield from St. John's Episcopal Church will lead this session)
Tuesday, July 25 at 7pm- Brahms' Requiem
If you have any questions, please email OCS at OCSociety@msn.com
Hope to see you there!
From the Tacoma News Tribune:
The report quotes Scott Barfield, a Defense Department investigator based at Fort Lewis, saying, "Recruiters are knowingly allowing neo-Nazis and white supremacists to join the armed forces, and commanders don't remove them from the military even after we positively identify them as extremists or gang members."
Barfield said Army recruiters struggled last year to meet goals. "They don't want to make a big deal again about neo-Nazis in the military," he said, "because then parents who are already worried about their kids signing up and dying in Iraq are going to be even more reluctant about their kids enlisting if they feel they'll be exposed to gangs and white supremacists."
It seems to me that one implication of this situation is that we can look forward to having more neo-Nazis in Thurston County, given the proximity of Ft. Lewis.
We were brainstorming last night (while on caiman duty) about how to counteract this trend in the military. Anybody have any ideas? We're going to have to face it one way or the other (through offering education and opportunity one the hand, or more Nazis on the other). Here are some ideas we bounced around: