Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, August 13, 2007


Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week, but my family and I just returned from our annual pilgrimage to the mountains and water at Wallowa Lake, Oregon.

I'll be catching up on several stories I missed in the days to come.

In her Town Crier column last Wednesday, Queen Nancy's Handmaiden Julia Parker informed us that she is leaving the country for a year and made up a little "To Do" list for her fellow moonbats while she is gone.

One of Parker's "To Dos" read:
Elect more good people to city and county government. That means you at least have to vote. Let's move toward smart growth and sustainable economic development and away from blind development like the "Garagmahal" on the Pullman-Moscow Highway and events like the Moscow Motorcycle Rally. (Whose idea was that anyway?)
Let's start with the "Garagemahal." It's a storage unit. When the zoning was being discussed for the Pullman-Moscow corridor 15 years ago, one of the things that (most) everyone agreed on was that the corridor would be best used for things that didn't easily fit within Moscow or Pullman city limits like storage units and car dealerships.

The Brundtland Commission, set up by the United Nations General Assembly, defined "sustainable development" as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

By that definition, you would be hard-pressed to find a development more "sustainable" than mini-storage units. The units are made of metal. Metal is the most sustainable material in the world, as it can be melted down and reused over and over and over again. The mini-storage units will give off no pollution and use no water. Mini-storage units allow people to reuse goods they have purchased versus tossing their old items into overburdened landfills or buying new things that would further deplete natural resources used to manufacture and transport the items.

For that matter, storage is the exact opposite of "crass consumerism" and the "cheap disposable society" so despised by Ms. Parker. Heck, mini-storage is a socialist's dream. Money changes hands with absolutely nothing being produced.

Furthermore, mini-storage units have no traffic impact. They are "mom and pop" businesses that keep local dollars in the community. Storage units are generally not national chains and therefore maintain our "small town charm." And as not many people other than the owner are employed at the storage unit, I'm sure it pays a living wage with good benefits.

No, Ms. Parker's slam on the "Garagemahal" demonstrates the point that I always make about our local elitists. All the talk about sustainability, smart growth, water, etc. is hogwash. They don't take it seriously so neither do I. Ms. Parker doesn't like the "Garagemahal" presumably because she thinks it is ugly and has a tacky name. Ditto with her comments on the Moscow motorcycle rally.

Here's one more "To Do" for Parker and her fellow snobs who leave the Palouse: Don't bother coming back.


Satanic Mechanic said...

What is wrong with the motorcycle rally? Last time I looked, motorcyclists have a lot of money. Let's see, Moscow and Pullman businesses try to make 12 months of business in 9 months. Over those three dead months when the students are gone, those businesses think of ways to generate money.
A motorcycle rally brings in a lot of tourist dollars which this area's service economy needs. Look at the money Rosalia brings in and the high caliber builders that show up. The Rosalia event is now invitational only. Not all motorcyclists are rebels and rogues. They are professionals who buy high-end market bikes and have disposable income. The city of Dayton Washington, the edge of the universe, has "All-Wheels Weekend", which is a car show that generates a lot income for that backward town.
I would tell Parker to go back to Russia in the old days but I would tell her now to go back to Euro-Socialist-Land with her backward thinking.

April E. Coggins said...

There is nothing wrong with the motorcycle rally. Ms. Parker is a typical leftist thinker. If she doesn't enjoy motorcycles, then no one else should either. If it was a bicycle rally, she would have considered the rally wildly successful. But since it involved yucky motorcycles, it was a disaster that should never be repeated. It's all about Julia.