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Donald Trump has repeatedly used the phrase "locker room talk" to dismiss the braggadocio boasts of sexual assault that recently surfaced from a session he taped for Access Hollywood. He's even taken to waving a sweaty towel over his head at his latest rallies in what I can only assume is some perverted nod to this old boy's club excuse and a dog whistle to his supporters that such talk will be just fine as part of a Trump administration.
Community Events, October 2016
I agree wholeheartedly that "Columbus Day" should be retired, and a day instead set aside to honor and remember the indigenous people of this continent. And yes, our teaching of history must be as unbiased and as accurate as possible.
Every four years my Green Party friends calculate that Washington is a "safe" state for getting Democrats elected, so they can vote their values without concern. I don't buy that. Our State Senate is Republican-controlled because two legislators changed parties in a power grab. Washington is especially not a "Democrat safe" state this year when the stakes are so high and an October surprise could radically alter the outcome.
On behalf of the Vashon Park District, I want to thank Jim Plihal for raising his thoughtful concerns in the Oct. 5 Beachcomber in feeling that the district's community survey is too expensive and unnecessary ("Park district survey is too expensive, unnecessary," Oct. 5). It is, indeed, expensive, but the survey is most definitely necessary. The survey will serve as the starting point for the district's long-term strategic plan that will guide the district's planning for the next six years. It is the district's intent that the community guides this process, as our parks are your parks. Too, grant agencies require documentation of public involvement used to develop the plan. Surveys provide documentation of opinions on need, public demand for additional facilities, willingness to pay and participation rates.
After reading The Beachcomber article in the Sept. 14 issue about the Vashon Park District (VPD) survey, I find it pathetic, maddening and also very ironic that VPD chose to have an online survey created for a cost of $30,000 ("Islanders urged to take park district survey to gather community input," Sept. 14). Hasn't anyone at VPD heard of cheap online survey services like Survey Monkey?