Sir or Ma'am,
In reference to your blog of 18 September regarding the military fly-overs, we had night training of airborne troops parachuting onto our training areas.
They are training so they can maintain proficiency in their combat skills. At any moment we could be called upon to perform our duties anywhere in the world. We are already performing these tasks in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We are doing this training to also provide a free society the continued freedom to write these blogs and chatter amonsgt yourselves about how annoying the noise of freedom is.
V/R Dan Williams
"No Soldier in active service entangles himself in everyday affairs so he may please his commanding officer." Paul circa 66 A.D.
The Olympian calls for the city to actually listen to what the public has to say about developing the property on the western shore of East Bay Drive.
The Olympian reports that there will be some significant increases in parking fines south of the capitol campus, and no more warnings.
Does anyone know which station has the cheapest gas in Olympia? If we can track prices at various locations, I'll post them here so everyone can benefit.
Maybe someday we can get off the stuff.
[update 9/20/05] Rob points out in the comments that CITGO is the distributor for Petróleos de Venezuela. Rob suggests that maybe price should not be the ultimate factor in determining where to buy gas. Where are the CITGO stations? And how does CITGO compare in price?
What's valid I-D?
Photo identification, voter registration card, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student I-D, tribal I-D, or other government document that includes your name and address.
The locale for this event was Schmidt Mansion, which is a lovely place on its own. But things were looking especially beautiful this evening for this fund-raiser for GRuB. Click here for a short slideshow of pictures from the evening.
Anyone know what's up with this?
- Late night military psysops in Olympia? What is the military doing that it doesn't want us to know about? ~Taryn
- I witnessed this 'up close'. They were flying the jet right over my place only a few hundred feet over the ground, I wouldn't say it was any more then 500 or 600 feet up. And it WAS a military cargo plane. It was flying circular patterns that went right over Ft. Lewis. In the distance over FL was at least one helicopter, I could hear it and see a search light in the sky. Due to the distance, it was a couple miles away, it could have been two or more but it was hard to say for sure. The cargo plane was flying right to where the helicopters were. I could see it well enough from the street lights to tell it was a four engine cargo plane, and it was the military green color. It wasn't one of the really huge one's I see flying into McChord, but it was substantial, possibly a troop carrier.
- Tuesday night I just laid in bed listening to and being annoyed by all the loud obviously low-flying jets passing overhead ... over and over. Thursday night, after enduring it for a while, around 11pm I went out to my front yard on Central St NE and, facing south, I saw 2 huge jets flying shockingly low, heading north almost directly over Central St. Just south of the intersection near my house (San Fransisco St) the 2 jets banked sharply - in "formation" to the east. I watched them disappear over what I assumed to be the Ft. Lewis area. Eventually, one of them circled back on almost the exact same route.
From the Olympian:
Because Tuesday is election day, the council will meet Monday in council chambers at City Hall, 900 Plum St. Meetings are broadcast on TCTV's Channel 3. For more information, call 360-753-8447.
This week's agenda includes:
- A 5:30 p.m. land use committee meeting on South Capitol Neighborhood parking and the downtown Business Improvement District.
- A 7 p.m. business meeting with a public hearing on comprehensive plan amendments.
The Olympian comes out strongly in favor of a Business Improvement District (BID) for downtown Olympia. Business owners would be taxed between $300 and $750 per year, totaling $130k annually:
That money would be spent to promote downtown as a shopping destination and for other improvements such as graffiti removal or hanging flower baskets, more benches or construction of a parking garage.
If I owned a business downtown, I wouldn't want to contribute to the BID either. Ooops. Looks like payment would be manditory:
Now comes word that about 60 downtown business owners have signed a petition opposing the formation of the district. Opponents say they would prefer a voluntary assessment. They also object to the fact that, under the existing plan, businesses that refuse to pay the annual assessment would be turned over to a collection agency.Hmmm. This doesn't sound like it will encourage many new small businesses to start up in downtown Olympia. On the contrary, it sounds like one more burden that would prevent businesses (especially small ones) from even considering the idea.
Voluntary assessments are a problem because they would not provide a reliable revenue source. Secondly, it's important that all businesses unite in the quest to revitalize the downtown core. It's a shared responsibility, and that means businesses should share in the investment.
As for the collection agency, it's appropriate to draw parallels to the neighborhood association again. Residents who don't pay their homeowners' assessment can have liens placed on their property. The business assessment is a tax, and owners have an obligation to pay it like any other tax.