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Archives: June 2007

June
28th

First Night: Think pirates

Alicia Lawver gets a double-header today. She’s part of the crew reviving First Night, downtown Tacoma’s New Year’s Eve festival, from near-extinction. I asked her for a First Night update.



Mini-editorial: First Night has been a great, family-friendly public event for people who want to get festive without getting boozy. Volunteers put in a lot of work planning it and raising funds so others can enjoy it. If you can give a few bucks or more, please chip in.


First Night news …

We have officially paid our

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June
28th

Dissing Dicksburg

Bremerton’s population fell 3.9 percent from 2000 to 2007, according the new population stats I posted on the blog below. (today’s news article here). Which prompted me to remark that this was surely a sign of a “distressed town. Tacoman Alicia Lawver, a big First Night booster and gardening advocate, rises to defend Bremerton’s honor.

Why I’m writing is actually to “temper” your mention that the negative population rate in Bremerton is a sign of a distressed town.

A side note/disclaimer as to why I’m pontificating on this topic … in addition to having a penchant for being an optimist, so might have slightly rosy glasses on, I also had the honor of spending a few months working as the Kitsap Sun’s asst. local news editor last fall and actually peeked into the topic of the population dip (only peeked, as it was a “need it today” story, but it was interesting to get folks’ feedback):

There have been definite ups and downs largely due to the fact that Bremerton is highly affected by the naval presence that flows in and out of that area — more so than Snohomish and Pierce counties, according to a spokesman at the Puget Sound Regional Council.

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June
28th

Free book for the asking

A couple weeks ago I put up for grabs here a review copy of a new sex-and-divorce book by UW sociologist Pepper Schwartz. A reader from Auburn snagged it.


Here’s another that came in the mail. Sorry, no sex in this one. it’s “Federal Preemption: States’ Powers, National Interests,” edited by Richard A. Epstein and Michael S. Greve.


If you want to study it, or just need a bedtime sleeping aid, email me at david.seago@thenewstribune.com. I’ll mail it or deliver it.


Update:Book’s gone – to a reader in Tacoma.

June
28th

Is Fircrest a Martian heaven?

Fircrest is known far and wide as a speed trap, but we express sympathy and solidarity with it in an editorial today.


Every time I drive through the town, I wonder if it’s heaven. I don’t mean the real heaven, but the paradise Ray Bradbury described in his great science fiction story, “Mars is Heaven.”


Plot: Spaceship from Earth lands on Mars. Crew looks out and is startled to see the quintessential American small town – populated by their own dead parents, brothers, sisters, friends.

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June
28th

Growth by the numbers

Here at the opinionaters blog, we love to share. So here, fresh from the computer of TNT political editor Hunter George, are the latest state stats on city and county population. Sorry for the sloppy formatting, but hey, I’ve got work to do.


The growth numbers that stand out at first glance are in Bonney Lake, DuPont, Fife and overall for Pierce County. Serious growth there. And that negative rate in Bremerton is a sign of a distressed town.


City 2000 2007 Change

Algona 2,460 2,725 10.8%

Auburn 43,047 50,470 17.2%

Black

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June
27th

Thursday editorials

Washington’s U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks can’t dish out the pork like House barons of old, but his first Interior Appropriations spending bill shows he can do much to help national parks and the environment.


We haven’t figured out exactly why Fircrest seems to be the only place in the universe where where the actual speed limits exactly match the numbers on the signs. But nobody has a right to complain. We all drive constantly calculating how fast we can really go without getting nailed. Would everybody be happier if the de facto speed limits – the "cushion" – were

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June
27th

Bimbo’s revisited

I got a note from local gastronome Craig Miller, whom I did a story on eons ago when I was a feature writer. (Something on game cookery, as I recall.)


Miller – who has a food-and-wine blog worth checking out – says this about himself:


“Mostly I think of myself as a modern-day renaissance man. I do what I can to protect places in the city that need a voice, like Wapato Lake and park. My dad and I walk there most mornings. It is a wonderful oasis in the city. My greatgrandfather provided the land for the

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