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Weekend editorials: HOT lanes won’t be cheap

Post by David Seago on Dec. 14, 2007 at 1:56 pm with No Comments »
December 14, 2007 1:56 pm


Long lines for mobile spay-neuter clinic in Parkland demonstrate the demand for free or low-cost spay-neuter services in Pierce County. But funding for the clinic will run out soon. If at all possible, the project’s backers, including the City of Tacoma and the county, should keep the mobile clinic going. Reducing the number of unwanted animals saves money in the long run.


A lot of readers probably got sticker shock when they saw our story reporting that tolls on the experimental HOT lanes on SR 167 in South King County could go as high $9 at peak times. Get used to it: congestion pricing and tolls are going to be an increasing part of life in the Puget Sound region.

Tacoma Public Works’ new Urban Waters building doesn’t need to be platinum; ratepayers would probably settle for silver or bronze. The city’s quest for a "Platinum" green-building rating is too costly.


The Interior Department’s plans to require permits and fees for commercial and news photography in natiional parks and on other federal lands is another example of the Bush administration’s efforts to control news. Unless it’s for "breaking news," even newspaper photographers shooting routine photos or for investigative work would have to obtain permits. Scrap this absurdity.

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