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FERGUSON: Help bend the arc of justice

Re: “Conflicting witnesses on Ferguson, race in America” (editorial, 11-26).

Noting that what happened and is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, is “too ambiguous” to bear the weight of a “racial narrative” is insufficient. The prosecutor was out to protect the police in the grand jury proceedings, as legal experts have noted.

The cross-examination of Darren Wilson was merely pro forma, for instance, whereas others were grilled. The aim was to keep the facts “ambiguous.”

We can know that Missouri and other states have perpetuated white supremacist law enforcement and justice systems, from the days of Dred Scott until now,

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HOLIDAY: None of us is truly ‘indigenous’

Seattle’s self-proclaimed “Indigenous Peoples Day” to coincide with Columbus Day, does little more than create a “dueling holidays scenario.”

Also, who does it refer to? The dictionary says “indigenous” means “originating or occurring naturally in a particular place.” There are no such people in this country. The earliest humans immigrated from Asia thousands of years ago.

So all of us descended from immigrant ancestors. Some may have seniority because their ancestors immigrated earlier, but they are not “indigenous.” The proposed holiday is misguided and should be scrapped.


BICYCLES: Bike tax could fund special lanes

The City of Seattle is considering the construction of two-lane bicycle lanes. Local merchants are in opposition as it will remove needed parking for their business patrons.

I have a different take. Considering the cost of bicycle lanes and the source of funding for these lanes (motor vehicle fund), perhaps a new approach should be taken so these high-cost, limited-use lanes are at least partially funded by the users.

As bicycles do not consume taxable fuel, a statewide license tax on every bike would at least partially put this mode of transportation in the same position as other types of

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MAY DAY: Seattle is Disneyland for progressives

Right on queue, Seattle’s May Day march devolved into street theater as ninja hipsters grabbed their iPhone5’s, Guy Fawkes masks, black flags and Nike sneakers and descended on downtown to flip off anybody who asked them to articulate the reasons behind their “anti-capitalist” march against the Man.

Do the irony-challenged realize they are protesting on a safe little bubble of a progressive theme park? Seattle is a sanctuary city that celebrates a statue of Lenin, has a socialist-driven city hall pushing for a $15 per hour minimum wage and has relentlessly driven cars out of the city by replacing roads

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TACOMA: City Council cowardly on coal

While nearly all city councils along the proposed route of the coal trains (the routes and impacts of which are presently being evaluated in scoping and evaluative meetings of citizens) have opposed these environmental and global menaces with a resounding and unanimous “No,” the Tacoma City Council has simply avoided the subject and turned its attention to street maintenance and other trivia.

More than three months ago, Seattle’s mayor – joined by dozens of community groups – declared “No Coal Trains.” In Tacoma, there was not a whisper of this major event. In my mind this amounts to willful avoidance,

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TACOMA: Get on board and ban plastic bags

With Thurston County’s and Tumwater’s recent approvals of a plastic bag ban, the number of communities in our area that have started to recognize the environmental dangers of these unnecessary items continues to grow.

Mukilteo, Issaquah, Port Townsend, Edmonds, Seattle and Bellingham have all taken a stand on this issue and have made the decision to get rid of plastic grocery bags within their borders. The Olympia City Council will be considering the issue as well.

Bags are recycled at a rate of less than 5 percent nationwide. It costs more to recycle them than it is worth, which means

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HOCKEY: Tacoma Dome needs another hockey team

The NHL may be coming to Seattle soon. Tacoma should also have a team. We older Tacoma hockey fans remember having the Sabercats in the Tacoma dome. The team did well, but the struggling startup league folded.

Getting an NHL team could be difficult, but why not give it a shot? If that fails, note that each NHL team has two minor league teams. Maybe we could get a minor league team from Seattle having a team.

Are there any Sabercat fans left out there who want hockey back in Tacoma? Let’s go for it!


NHL: Hockey expansion is a real possibility

Ninety-six years ago, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup, and it would be good if the centennial season of 2016-17 could be celebrated with the return of a new team to a new stadium in Seattle.

One option whereby this could happen is by moving an existing franchise to Seattle, but the planned NHL realignment, with two teams shifting to the Eastern Conference, and only Winnipeg shifting from East to West, will leave the West with only 14 teams, seven in each of two divisions.

So, unlike the case of the NBA,

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