Hurrahs and Harangues
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Recently I wrote a column in which I raved about things I thought praiseworthy and ranted about annoyances and misdeeds. I offered Cascadia Weekly readers an opportunity to join in, and here’s a sampling of what I received.
RANT: People who don’t clean up after their dogs. How many tons of dog crap wash into Puget Sound each year? It’s enough to put one off eating oysters. I regularly walk around Lake Padden with my dog, who I faithfully clean up after. People swim and eat fish out of that lake. The ones who especially baffle me are dog owners who do bag their dog’s crap and leave the bag by the trail like their mother is coming along to clean up after them.
RAVE: Valery and all the other parks people who do their best to clean up after the idiots. —Terry Zeri, Bellingham
RANT: Is there anyone on the alleged Planning Commission and Permitting cabal who has a drop of historic preservation? The soulless stuff that’s going up especially in the older parts of Bellingham is just shocking, especially the Forest Street Big Box.
RAVE: The Padden Creek Daylighting project for habitat restoration. I still smile and marvel at it. —Barbara Clarke, Bellingham
RANT: To our Congress: Stop the madness! Settle on Standard Time or Daylight Savings Time and quit flopping back and forth, irritating and confusing your already irate citizenry.
RAVE: Thanks to the legislators of Washington and California who are following the states of Arizona, Hawaii, and most of Indiana in their refusal to get caught up in the yearly time flip-flop. —Sandy Lane, Anacortes
RANT: Shame on the Leopold for casting out residents with only three months’ notice during the holidays! Some of the seniors were leased apartments, and paid a “one-time-only” $2,000 processing fee as late as last fall with no refunds. A disgraceful end! —Bonnie Goss, Bellingham
RANT: An article appeared in the Bellingham Herald on March 17 regarding legislation in the Washington State Senate to ban plastic bags. One of the 14 “no” votes was our own Doug Ericksen. He was quoted as saying, “This is a socialist method….Little things like this is the indicator that we are trying to micromanage the economy.” Not only is Mr. Ericksen an “environmentalist,” but he’s also now an economist and an expert on socialism. Of course, he offers no acknowledgement that the buildup of plastic bags is a problem, much less his plan to address the situation. —Barry Meyers, Bellingham
RANT: Proponents of the TransMountain Pipeline who have admitted they understand the dire ramifications for orcas but want to proceed anyway. Someone should sound air horns next to their heads each time a vessel passes through orca habitat.
RAVE: Many thanks to the fine folks who shared their knowledge during WWU’s fall quarter Huxley Speakers Series on the health and well-being of the Salish Sea. They are among the frontline of scientists and citizens working for vibrant marine life in our little corner of the world. —Darrel Weiss, Alabama Hill
RANT: To the Bellingham Herald: stop putting the obituaries in the sports section. Dying is not a sport. —S. Zelda, Whatcom County
RANTS: (1) Cigarette butts are the greatest source of ocean pollution, surpassing even plastic straws. Every street, parking lot and park is littered with them. (2) That lever on the left side of the steering wheel that goes up and down is called a turn signal. Use it when changing lanes!
RAVE: Markis Dee and JC Mansfield, who helped find and transport homeless people to shelter in Bellingham during the weeks of freezing weather in February and March. So many people were escorted to shelter by the HomesNow vans and volunteers. —Thomas Gilmore, Bellingham
It’s me again—Mr. Cranky. Many thanks to those readers who submitted their rants and raves, and apologies to those I wasn’t able to include. Let me close with one more Rant/Rave of my own.
RANT: To the City of Bellingham for passing up a chance in 2016 to buy the land above the Post Point heron colony, which would have offered protection for the herons. To make matters worse, the city has now issued a Critical Areas permit to a developer whose proposed project would intrude well into the buffer zone protecting the colony.
RAVE: To local activist Jamie K. Donaldson and others who have filed an appeal, hoping to stop this irresponsible scheme. We have plenty of high-end homes in Bellingham, but only one heron colony.