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Grateful to Godsey and McAlpin
The Vashon Island Chorale expresses its gratitude to Janet McAlpin and David Godsey for their vision and generosity to performing arts groups and our community.
The chorale is very excited about the possibility of holding future concerts in a space actually designed for musical performances by many singers accompanied by a large orchestra and with capacity audiences.
We will be watching the development of Janet and Davids dream building with great anticipation.
Jo Ann Bardeen, President, Vashon Island Chorale
Vashon is now a walking town
Thank you, Bill and Susan Tobin, for reminding us of our earlier community planning. I remember the discussion and the process. I also remember many discussions about how to make Vashon more of a walking town. Did we need more centralized parking? Better sidewalks? I dont remember the specific outcomes of those discussions, but you know what? Vashon has become a very walkable town!
Barb and I moved into town center last summer, and we are the envy of our friends. Everyone wants to move uptown for the convenience. I can well imagine housing values here skyrocketing in the next decade.
Also in last weeks Beachcomber Melinda Sontgerath reported that the economic vitality on Vashon is stronger than any time in the past 30 years. Island businesses did unusually well over the holidays, compared to the national averages. Could this be because we are now a friendly, accessible walking town? I think so.
I love walking around town, seeing people and, yes, buying things. On days that I dont drive to work, I rarely drive. Its enough easier to spend my money here that Im not motivated to shop on my way home from work on the mainland. Certainly that helps support the local economy.
As Bill and Susan noted, this makes the town greener, too. Its such a simple, easy way to burn less gas (and save money).
I dont know much of the specifics of the K2 plan, but Ive been watching with interest. Certainly the property deserves a rezone. We dont really want to limit the place to only industry unless there are some clean industries that would do well there. I dont know if that option has been explored.
However, I dont think we would benefit from making it into a second town center. It would be essentially a remote shopping center. I know, its not very remote, but as Bill and Susan pointed out, the people who walk around town now would drive or ride to K2. Thats not a development we really want to encourage.
At a time when many jurisdictions are trying to reduce their carbon footprints, it would be a shame for Vashon to make decisions that would increase ours.
Voter fraud gave election to Bush
I want to thank the Vashon Film Society and curator Peter Ray for bringing the documentary Hacking Democracy to the Vashon Theatre.
Hacking Democracy proved, indisputably, there was voter fraud in 2004 and Diebold machines could be hacked. More importantly, a member of John Kerrys own legal team states Kerry knew the machines were hacked and still conceded the election. When I saw this interview and follow-up footage of Kerry conceding, it turned my stomach. Left fighting the battle by taking it to the courts in Ohio was heres the clincher the Green Party.
This raises the issue as to the blame for Bushs victory that has been laid at the feet of Greens by our fellow Vashon progressives. Im convinced the spin-doctors within the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) did this to keep their groupies in line. Could they let the truth come out that Kerry won and the Democrats did nothing to challenge the results? In the 2000 election, Gore also conceded. It was the U.S. Supreme Court, not the Green Party, that gave the victory to George Bush. Obviously, there is a history, long before this newest Congress, of the Democrats avoiding confrontation with the Republicans and over as important an issue as how every vote should count. The truth is now out.
The DLC has done everything within its power to destroy the Green Party and has done a good job. Unless we recover members lost since the 2000 and 2004 presidential races, we may be finished as a third party. Even now, you will hear Vashon progressives bad-mouthing Cynthia McKinney or Ralph Nader. This cannot be taken lightly as we are the only peace party and possible opposition party to confront the one-party, corporate-owned system we now have.
Before you get duped into voting for a Democrat by buying the what about the Supreme Court or what if the Republican wins argument, please come talk to me first.
The Middle East
Imagine Vashon as the Gaza Strip
The Gaza Strip is the size of Vashon Island. Imagine 1.2 million people living here instead of 10,000. Imagine being restrained from leaving the Island for any reason: jobs, medical emergency, or family needs, by a powerful military force. Imagine that the powerful military force will not let food, fuel or medical supplies onto the island. Imagine, also, that out of frustration and desperation, some among us build hand-made rockets and fire them into West Seattle killing a few people, and in retaliation bombs are dropped on the population of Vashon, killing and wounding hundreds of innocents. Imagine that the rest of the world knows and does nothing. It happened once in the Warsaw Ghetto.