YAY: Cross-base road
Construction of the new cross-base connector road that will allow personnel to travel from McChord Field to Fort Lewis is underway. By the end of January, more than 500 cross-base trips per day will travel this new road rather than I-5. That should relieve some congestion from the choke points on the freeway along Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It’s good news for commuters, and for those who have to travel from one end of the base to the other.
BOO: No body cams
No doubt the racial issues giving rise to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, go deeper than the police shooting of an unarmed black man. But if Officer Darren Brown had been wearing a body camera, as is required in other police departments, everyone would know the truth about what happened as he approached 18-year-old Michael Brown. Body cameras can’t eliminate racism, but they can provide hard evidence and eliminate speculation.
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YAY: Sculpt a winner
Citizens have just a few more days to pick their favorite among the 13 sculptures displayed along Percival Landing. The deadline for ballots, which must be submitted in person at The Olympia Center, is Aug. 31. The City of Olympia will purchase the winning sculpture for its permanent collection.
YAY: Stocking for school
Summer is almost over, and that means South Sound families are getting ready for the start of another school year. And that presents a burden for low-income families and the estimated 1,584 homeless students in Thurston County schools. Organizations like City Gates Ministries and the Little Red Schoolhouse are helping. They provide backpacks with school supplies, clothing and other basic items. You can help, too, by making a donation.
BOO: Ebola orphans
More than 1,000 people have died from the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, and thousands more are sick. The disease has decimated families, leaving orphaned children without food or care. The children may also be infected making it difficult to safely care for them. It’s another dimension of this human tragedy.
BOO: Music haters
A California nursing home booted out a 97-year-old man because he refused to stop playing his ukulele. The man said management had suppressed his musical talents.
NOTED: 3 key dates
Saturday, Aug. 23, was the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, which marks the 1791 uprising in Haiti that lead to the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Tomorrow, Aug. 26, is Woman’s Equality Day, celebrating the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote in 1920. On Thursday, Aug. 28, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his memorable “I have a dream” speech in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
YAY: Ripe tomatoes
Corn isn’t the only thing ripening early this year. It’s a banner year for ripe tomatoes of every possible variety, and there is truly nothing better than a fat red juicy tomato that’s still warm from the sun. Eat well, be healthy.