Why I Like Mike…….

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Why would I like to see Mike McGinn as Seattle’s next mayor?  A lot of it has to do with his three pronged, people-centric agenda.

First, there is the emphasis on education and holding the city accountable for the state of Seattle’s schools.  If Seattle wants to be a world class city, then it needs to take a hands-on approach to education.  It’s just that simple.  Our schools are the city’s unofficial R&D department and talent incubator.  People will move to be part of a great school, and they will leave to escape a poor one.

Second, McGinn wants to provide a citywide, high speed fiber optic network to every citizen.  Not only will this upgrade help the city to continue to attract and attain its knowledge workers, but it will allow those without access an opportunity to develop their digital talents as well.  The internet is no longer a nicety.  It is where a large portion of Seattleites work, play, and collaborate–continuing to treat this vital piece of infrastructure as trivial is a big mistake.

Lastly, by focusing on local transportation solutions, McGinn goes a long way toward solving one of the biggest problems facing our city.  Instead of worrying about how to move more cars, a people-centric plan works to move more people.  Getting people out of their cars and onto bikes, side-walks, and buses is good for our neighbourhoods, local businesses–and goes a long way toward reducing Seattle’s greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Since I have always been a person who is drawn to the big picture, to me, Mike McGinn seems like the only candidate who really gets it.

Unpossible…….

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I would just like to say that I have great appreciation for the press, for the media, as I read all of them today, looking for clues as to the sudden resignation of Governor Sarah Palin.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch…….

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

(Click on image to enlarge.  Graphic by metrobest)

Hmm, what do you know?

Plastic bags do have a negative impact on the environment, and maybe, just maybe, charging people 20 cents to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags isn’t such a hair-brained scheme after all.

So, do you want to make a difference?  Join The Seattle Green Bag Campaign and together we can take the first steps in addressing The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Hurray!

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O.K., California didn’t get its waiver in the first 100 days of the Obama administration, but I’m still extremely pleased with this development.  From the New York Times:

President Obama announced tough new nationwide rules for automobile emissions and mileage standards on Tuesday, embracing standards that California has sought to enact for years over the objections of the auto industry and the Bush administration.