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Pierce County: The shame of Pugetopolis?

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Nov. 13, 2009 at 11:32 am |
November 13, 2009 11:56 am

Hey, far be it from us to pick on another blog for running out of ideas at the end of a long week. But have you read Knute Berger’s post today on Crosscut? In a gymnastic leap worthy of Teatro ZinZanni, Mr. Berger bridges the chasm between a slight majority of Pierce County voters rejecting Referendum 71 and a few raising local residents and history buffs objecting to foisting a new name – Salish Sea – on greater Puget Sound and waters north.

Pierce County goes its own way. It was the only county on the eastern shores of Pugetopolis to reject R-71, the gay partners rights referendum. Some say it is due to the large number of military retirees in the county, but it could be a strain of conservatism that can express itself in other ways.

For example, looking through documents provided by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources concerning public feedback on the Salish Sea proposal, a noticeable percentage of Washingtonians opposing the idea or complaining about the process came from Pierce County.

Still, thanks for calling us Pierce County and not our new name: South Pugetopolis.

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