No Legislative speeding around here

OlympianSeptember 23, 2013 

Yay: Local officers

Hats off to the Thurston County Sheriff and the Olympia Police Department for not treating state legislators different from anyone else. The Washington State Patrol follows a reading of state law that allows lawmakers to speed based on the archaic notion that delaying them might somehow slow down the wheels of state government. As if they could turn any slower. It’s a silly law.

Boo: Dirty Dave Wilson

W e'll miss David Wilson, the original owner of Dirty Dave's pizza on Martin Way in Olympia. As one of the few longtime owner-operated, non-franchise restaurants in the area, Wilson's unique brand of hospitality and favorite foods will be missed. God speed.

Boo: Domestic violence

October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the statistics are frightening. Domestic violence impacts one in four women. It not only affects families, it often tears them apart. Everyone can help by learning the signs of abuse and knowing about the many Thurston County resources available to people. People can also donate to SafePlace, the South Sound's longest-serving domestic violence advocacy group, which is running a capital campaign.

Yay: Fall Arts Walk

Downtown Olympia is just 10 days away from the Autumn version of Arts Walk. The event draws thousands of people to celebrate our downtown core and the many artists who make up the creative fabric of our community. Works of art will be showcased at 93 different businesses, including a variety of live performances. Twenty-nine art pieces will be featured in this year’s annual Art Auction fundraiser at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

Boo: Ray Dolby

Millions of audiophiles and moviegoers should be saddened by the death of the man responsible for eliminating audio hiss from recorded music and enhancing the surround sound experience in theaters, and now at home. Ray Dolby and the systems that bear his name forever changed the way we listen to music.

Yay: Updated voter roles

Secretary of State Kim Wyman – our former Thurston County Auditor – was part of a work group funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts in 2009 to find improvements to voter registration. Now Washington is one of seven states leading the nation in a process to update its voter registration roles. The SOS office is updating 53,000 voter records, and mailing registration information to another 140,000 potentially state but unregistered voters residents. Those records were identified by the new Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a nonprofit governed and managed by the seven founding states, that cross-references voter data from all participating states.

Boo: Robert Taylor

W e can thank Robert Taylor, inventor, entrepreneur and original purveyor of soap in a bottle for changed restrooms and bathrooms. A superior alternative to messy powders and bars of soap, soap in a bottle made public restrooms neater and reduced the spread of disease through more effective hand washing. Also more convenient for washing out the mouths of naughty children.

YAY: Funding Education

S cores of education supporters turned out for last week’s breakfast fundraiser for the Olympia School District Education Foundation. A similar event benefiting the North Thurston School District takes place at noon on Oct. 8 at the Worthington Center. Money was raised for the OSD, but it was Evergreen President Les Purse who stole the show singing his school’s fight song about geoducks (the school’s mascot) and the motto of “letting it all hang out.”

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