Opinion

Will Logan be made the scapegoat?

IS LOGAN IN TROUBLE? — Many of the people keeping a watchful eye on the governor’s election say Dean Logan will rue the day he took the job of director of King County elections. He was already doing nicely as the state elections supervisor, having gone there from his position as Kitsap County clerk, when King County wooed him away with a $30,000 raise in pay. But the flub in the election may have ruined his reputation for good.

Few accuse him of outright corruption, but many toss the word incompetent around, since there have been so many mistakes, and the buck should stop on his desk. He is fuming about it, I hear. I also hear that when he was first hired, the whole point was for him to straighten out the mess that is King County elections, and he hasn’t been able to do that yet. His biggest problem, I’m told, is the civil service laws preventing him from getting rid of the bad apples.

BAINBRIDGE DANGER — What with all its other troubles, it’s surprising to me that Bainbridge Island hasn’t lost a few of its citizens on its downtown main street.

The stores and businesses are all crowded together so it gives the impression of just one long street, and there is parallel parking from one end to the other on both sides.

I guess they call that parallel parking.

There are four crosswalks for the busy people traffic, but about half the pedestrians just cross anywhere. I don’t mind that because the ones jaywalking usually stop before looking both ways as they prepare to step out from between two cars. The ones who scare the daylights out of me are the ones using the crosswalks.

They are inclined to plunge into the street without stopping and looking because, I figure, they know they have the right of way and you’re the one whose responsibility it is to avoid knocking them down.

A couple of crosswalks, however, begin and end in shrubbery so it’s sometimes difficult to see the walkers until they get out in the street.

I drive this street at least three days a week and, yes, I am creeping along but I still often have to suddenly stop as a pedestrian pops out of the shrubbery, usually moving fast. What I am fearful of is someone being startled, due to inattention, falling and cracking their skull on the pavement.

I don’t know any solution. I’m sure the the police don’t want to be writing jay walking tickets and the jay walkers aren’t the problem anyway. It’s the ones obeying the law by using the crosswalk but failing to take proper precautions.

GREGOIRE FEATHERING HER NEST — Have you noticed how busy Gov. Christine Gregoire is these days, traveling the state on a “healing” tour, proposing new laws, hiring people, testifying at committee meetings? The whole idea is for her to get so far into the job of governor that the judges will say it’s an impossibility to go back to Square One.

It affects too many people. It’s like being told to bake a cake for an occasion, then having that switched to a pie when you’ve got most of the cake ingredients mixed. Now that she’s deputized her husband to be her advisor on veterans affairs. I’m waiting to see if he’ll get an office, salary, staff and budget. Maybe not at first, but later on when he reports back on how much work he has.

RAIN’S GOOD FOR SOMETHING — I was glad to see the new law about collecting rain water in barrels isn’t intended as a moneymaker, just a convenience. When I was a kid living in the south, we collected rain water all the time in barrels placed at the corner of the house. We used it to wash our hair and clothes. The water we got from wells was hard and you could barely whip up any suds whereas rain water was soft and did wonders for your hair.

ROLE MODELS? — When 33 of Port Townsend High School’s teachers called in sick to protest the replacement of a coach, I wonder what kind of example they thought that set for students to whom they are supposed to be role models?

Lying’s OK when it’s for a good cause?

Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, WA, 98340.

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