Lacey makes right decision to join plastic bag ban

The OlympianFebruary 24, 2014 

A slight 4-3 majority of Lacey City Council members made the right decision in voting to join Tumwater, Olympia and unincorporated Thurston County in banning single-use grocery bags.

AP PHOTO/ANDY WONG

YAY: LACEY CITY COUNCIL

A slight 4-3 majority of Lacey City Council members made the right decision in voting to join Tumwater, Olympia and unincorporated Thurston County in banning single-use grocery bags. With Lacey on board, the jurisdictions can launch a much simpler public awareness campaign before the bans go into effect July 1.

The bag ban is one more step toward removing plastic bits from making their way into our oceans and clogging our landfills through improper disposal. We hope the county’s smaller cities will eventually join the ban.

YAY: QUIXOTE VILLAGE

The New York Times featured Olympia’s 30-unit micro-housing community Thursday on the front page of its Home & Garden section, with a larger display of photos on an inside page. The Times suggests the development is a model for other communities to follow and praises local organizers and state lawmakers who played key roles in its development. Once again, Olympia is on the cutting edge. This national recognition is much deserved.

BOO: WHISTLE-BLOWING

The Fish Brewing Co. in downtown Olympia now owns the old Olympia Brewery whistle. For decades, Olympia and Tumwater residents could set their watches by the sound of that whistle at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

But the Fish Brewers blow it at 5-ish — sometimes at 5:05 or 5:10, and sometimes they seem to forget to blow it at all. Occasionally they blow it twice; other times it blows for an unsteady minute or more. Do it right, guys: That whistle is a tradition, not a toy.

BOO: LOSING A BOOKSTORE

Olympia is blessed with several independent bookstores in its downtown core. All offer a variety of new and used books, although each has its own distinct personality and niches. We’re sad the city is losing one of its most unique booksellers: Whodunit Books. For 14 years, Linda Dewberry has catered exclusively to lovers of the mystery genre. No romantic puffery on her shelves.

In an age of big-box stores and digital devices, it’s still a pleasant experience to browse a store in search of that special tome.

BOO: MEDICATED PENGUINS

Giving the term “climate change” a whole new meaning, animal caretakers at a British zoo have dispensed antidepressants to a colony of South American penguins. Zookeepers say the medication will help the penguins cope with torrential rains drenching the nation. Shouldn’t they just be happy not to be standing around idle on a sheet of ice?

But, seriously, what does this say about humans who expect other species to adapt to climates where they don’t belong?

HMM: SENDING SIGNALS

According to new research, sporting an iPhone (or showing off a Harvard diploma) sends the same signal to a potential mate as the colorful tail of a peacock. Curious. We wonder if peacocks also suffer from dropped calls — er, tails.

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