Post-Thanksgiving editorial leftovers

The News TribuneNovember 29, 2013 

Runoff from heavy downpours overwhelmed drainage systems associated with Tacoma’s Stadium Way street project.

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Many of those fortunate souls who have today off will probably be munching on turkey sandwiches and surplus pumpkin pie as they watch the Apple Cup on TV.

We have leftovers, too – issues that get tossed around a bit but never quite develop into full-blown commentary. At best, they’re worth a few sentences. Like the rolls on the counter, they’ll go stale if left out too long.

So here goes:

 • The City of Tacoma renovates Stadium Way for $10 million and only plans for 25-year storms? Now it’s looking at spending 20 percent more to deal with unexpected flooding issues.

The region has been experiencing “100-year” weather events at fairly regular intervals in recent years. Couldn’t the city split the difference and plan for 50-year storms?

 • We’re thrilled that Pierce County has reached a property agreement that will fill a gap in the Foothills Trail between South Prairie and Buckley. But $1.05 million for a 40-foot-wide strip of land through what is, essentially, a trailer park? That’s some pricey real estate. Holding out apparently paid off for the property owner.

 • A man charged with damaging 89 vehicles in Puyallup by smashing windows and mirrors has a novel excuse: He told police it was “a good stress reliever,” according to court documents.

Here are some other ways to relieve stress: picking up trash doing community service, playing cards in jail and working to pay for the damage. He may get a chance to try some of those.

 • Obama flies into Puget Sound earlier this week, spots Mount Rainier and says, “Wow.” He may be president, but he’s also another poor soul deprived of real Northwestern grandeur.

 • Pat McCarthy’s veto of the County Council’s pot enterprise ban? How could the council resist the likes of Herban Myth, Monkey Brain Extract, Hempalayas, Land of Lizards, Strange Days, Divine Inhalation and Happy Daze? We presume they’ve all passed the criminal background check.

 • Today – Black Friday – used to be the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, so named because it was the day many stores crossed over from red ink to black. Now that so many big retailers were open on Thanksgiving, does it need a new name?

How about Leftovers Day, when we’re buying the picked-over remnants of the new Thanksgiving shopping binge?

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