Recently, The Olympian’s editorial board published an editorial "Jettison proposed ordinance," opposing the community values ordinance proposed by ReclaimDemocracy.org's Olympia chapter. The editorial is inaccurate and one sided; not surprising given it was written without input from Reclaim Democracy, yet repeatedly quotes local Chamber of Commerce representatives that oppose the ordinance.
The editorial asserts the community values ordinance is supported only by 15 super-vocal people. Not true. Had the board inquired, it would know the ordinance concept is supported by the Green Party of South Puget Sound, the Thurston County chapter of Amnesty International and 200 local citizens.
You can read about it here.
The striking thing about the data is that, with the exception of the Nisqually Delta, there is little public access to Puget Sound in our area (shown here in green).
The Olympian has two articles containing questions from the public for city council candidates. The first has questions from the Olympian's reader forum; the second has questions from a public meeting held on Sunday (9/11).
In reading the first batch or responses, I have the impression that people, including the candidates, have a distorted perception of downtown:
Jim Bremner: “What are you going to do about the panhandlers, the squalor and the general deterioration in downtown Olympia?
The Herald examines interesting mascot names that are allowed by the NCAA. Evergreen rates #3:
With the start of college football and the NCAA's recent ban on Native American mascots, the subject of college nicknames comes up. Here is a look at some of the best college nicknames the NCAA will allow.
- Wonder Boys. Have no fear, Arkansas Tech University's men's team is here. The women's nickname is the Golden Suns, a little better than Wonder Boy.
- Boll Weevils/Cotton Blossoms. I don't know where the University of Arkansas-Monticello got these nicknames, but they decided to choose two nicknames - one for the men (Boll Weevils) and one for the women (Cotton Blossoms) - that would not be easy to dress up as.
- Geoducks. Somehow I don't think a large clam is the best mascot, but Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., does. This would be another hard costume to make.
- Railsplitters. Try being a cheerleader for Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. Go Railsplitters! Go Railsplitters! Go!
- Banana Slugs. Yes, this is actually the University of California-Santa Cruz's nickname. Now, I wonder how they thought up that one.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports on an interesting mix of tradition and technology:
The Mayan god Maxim, who some believe grants wishes in exchange for tobacco and rum, has a home in Olympia.
While the most famous home of the wooden idol is located in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, Tim Hilliard has a Maxim shrine in his home.
On his Web site, timshome.com/Maxim, Hilliard, 50, solicits e-mail wishes in any language for the miniature MaxÃmon he bought in Guatemala.
He turns the computer screen toward Maxim and lights a candle. “He’s all-seeing, so I figure I don’t have to read him the e-mails,
Someone to build something somewhere near East Bay waterfront, says the Olympian:
At one point, Commissioner Bob Van Schoorl quipped: "Maybe we should build City Hall on top of the sports and events center."
Luke Carpenter, Bainbridge Island Fire Department operations chief, remembers well the encounter he had at the island's roundabout a few months ago.I guess Olympia and Lacey were proactive about getting the word out:
With his emergency vehicle's sirens blasting, Carpenter was headed south on Madison Avenue toward High School Road. Meanwhile, a woman traveling east on High School Road approached the roundabout and arrived at the same time as Carpenter.
The woman looked at him, entered the circle and stopped before the next exit, causing Carpenter to consider whether to stop himself or climb the inside curb.
Some cities launch education campaigns to help drivers figure out how to use roundabouts. Lacey and Olympia created such a program after they began building roundabouts and saw the confusion some drivers were having. Lacey's Web site links to "Driving Modern Roundabouts," a 10-minute video produced by the two cities and the Washington Department of Transportation.
Olympia: the source for all good things:
Ladyfest Ottawa began in 2002 after some local gals were inspired by the original Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington. Each year they keep getting bigger and better.
Harlequin created a mission from the beginning to generate high-quality productions of new works, neglected works of merit and unconventional treatments of classics.