February 02, 2005
City of Olympia Joins Nuke Debate
The city of Olympia, Washington last night passed a resolution in support of a nuclear weapon-free world by 2020. But it wasn't enough for one local resident, who urged the city to declare itself a nuclear-free zone, as well. Otherwise, he argued, Olympia could find itself occupied by a nuclear facility, just as neighboring, slow-on-the-draw Tumwater was subjected to a Wal-Mart.
The no-nukes resolution keeps intact Olympia's cutting edge status in municipal governance. The city has previously passed resolutions regarding ethical footwear and humane balloons; and one urging the federal government to exercise "utmost care and good judgement" regarding Iraq. Last spring, the city held a public hearing on a contemplated resolution regarding whether a visit to town by the namesake, nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Olympia, would pose a "potential danger" to the populace. The resolution was scrubbed and so was the visit.
In passing the no-nukes advisory measure, Olympia joins the distinguished ranks of 57 other burgs; including Northwest centers of enlightenment such as Eugene, Ashland, Portland and Seattle.
A city staff anlaysis noted that one "con" of not passing the resolution was that "Olympia may not have a voice in the nuclear proliferation debate."
Too bad their tiny voice is lost in the wilderness. If only they had this first.
Posted by Matt Rosenberg at February 02, 2005
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1. What do these people do all the time...sit around and swap ignorance? I don't know anyone who could even pretend to be this stupid!!
This idea started on the planet of Berkeley.
It actually came up in Washington State a couple years ago in The People's Socialist Republic of Port Townsend (aka Berkeley-NORTH).
While the town is going broke, the PT City Council numbed themselves with global and interplanetary issues like this.
In PT, this followed there efforts to:
1) Start reading poems to start Council meetings instead of the Pledge of Allegiance.
2) Try to get the rest of the Council to issue a proclamation apologizing to Japan because we dropped the bombs in 1945.
3) Chase away any new viable business and turn the clock back to around 1910.
4) Everyone should eat out of their damn YARD!
Unbelievable stuff!! The list goes on.
Oh, the latest today is in the P-I (Page B-3).
They are trying to stop Hollywood Video.
So brace yourself Olympia!! Watch what is next!!!
Look at the City of Berkeley website and minutes from Council meetings. You can't make up stuff this funny!
Believe me when I say Olympia breeds stupidity. Unfortunately I live here, hopefully not for long. I get to see stupidity on a daily basis. I work next to the Port of Olympia and was able to witness first hand the pukes from Evergreen dressed like terrorists protesting military vessels using the port.
This fool with the comment comparing the current nuclear situation to the walmart situation in Tumwater has already had his way with me. While attending a bike club, before one ride Terry Zander and about ten other riders were huddled around while Terry went off on Bush. I told him I like Bush. Thats it, I swear I barely escaped a lynching.
This Terry Zander is the same individual who sneaks into the local republican party chapter meetings and tries to disrupt them. One meeting he received enough fuel to call the FBI. Someone in the meeting said the best thing for Olympia is for someone to bomb Evergreen. The man is nuts.
4. It's a good thing they're concentrating on Important Stuff, instead of silly things like tightening up election law to prevent fraud, etc. and becoming more business-friendly so that more companies will want to bring new jobs to the area.
5. Good grief! They sound like a condo association board. Do any of 'em have real jobs?
6. Thanks for the explanation...I think.
I live in unincorporated olympia. I notice that my business usuary tax is cheaper than the poor down towners. I can only say I live in constant fear of the Olympia land grab when they run me off my 5 acres to save the salamanders from my yellow lab.
They are already adding a "flush tax" to Henderson inlet homeowners so the million dollar water front homes can have tax funded dye tests on their septic systems. These same beach front owners are the same guys who lease the shell fish rights out to the shell fish farmers who lobbied the environmentalists into ramming this down property owners throats. PT Barnum would be proud.
8. One wonders what they were thinking. The part that is most disturbing is that they would not want the Olympia to visit its namesake city. I canít fathom what they think this achieves.
Downtown Olympia is a joke. I drive down there every day for work. There is no parking, the city council had the grand idea of promoting downtown Olympia as a place to live, so all the business parking spots on the street are taken up by the residents.
Downtown Olympia also has a great selection of tatoo parlors, and piercing booth businesses. Just the kind of place you want to take your family for a stroll. Based on Olympias business occupation fees and taxes these are the only business that will step foot in Olympia.
Also let me tell you about the assinine parks utility tax that passed last September. We are all taxed an extra 5.00 a month on our utility bills for parks and sidewalks. Have you been to Olympia, they don't even take care of the sidewalks they have and they want more. They already have parks everywhere.
The city loves there greeners, but an actual home owning, tax paying, working adult citizen the might as well say f*** you.
"City of Olympia Joins Nuke Debate"
I know a guy, he works as a courier carrying time-dated "Nuclear Medicine" to various hospitals and clinics in the area (not in Wa State thgough); would this kind of lfe-saving material also be 'banned' under this kind of nutty proposal?
Singed _Jim from FR
To paraphrase the Simpsons, their Utopia sounds more like a Fruitopia.
I think they have the attitude that concerns about maintaining the local economy and sustaining quality of life are too mundane, too bourgeois for them to contemplate.
So, I guess my question is, who keeps electing these elitist mouth-breathers?
You want to know who keeps electing them, Mr. Kurlander?
It's the state employees who live in Olympia.
There has never been a better argument for cutting the size of government than the electorate of Olympia.
13. Everyone boycott Olympia!! Don't spend a nickel in thier city, and make sure everyone why!!!