When state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, spoke on the UW Seattle campus last winter, he told the audience that in order to get attention, an issue had to be framed in the context of job creation. Such is the unfortunate state of our political discourse, and this tactic is being used in the debate over…More
In their guest column, Mary Jane Nielsen and Lisa Reimers concluded that they had not decided if the Pebble Mine proposal should go forward or not, but they opposed Environmental Protection Agency restrictions that could block or limit the massive gold and copper mine’s development [“Wait for the facts on Pebble Mine,” Opinion,…More
Shoichi Itoh’s guest column in The Seattle Times was interesting, but only lightly touched, if that, on some very important points [“The importance of Asia in the coal-export debate,” Opinion, Oct. 6]. First, U.S. investment firms are recommending against investing in companies that export coal. China is moving much more aggressively than the U.S….More
The people of Victoria, B.C., apparently are special [“Victoria’s sewage does not pollute Washington shores,” Opinion, July 25]. They get to do what most First World cities do not — discharge raw sewage, in this case into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It never ceases to amaze me that when somebody just doesn’t…More
Lynda Mapes gives a thorough assessment of proposed new water-quality thresholds [“Getting tougher on water pollution standards … but will the water really be cleaner?” Local News, July 7]. Contamination measured in the fish we eat turns out to be the canary in this political coal mine. More fish in our diet contributes unhealthful…More
The Methow Valley is nothing less than a national treasure [“Canadian company hopes to find copper in Methow Valley,” Local News, July 5]. I have hunted, fished, camped and hiked up and down the beautiful valley for almost 70 years and know it well. If you have never been there, put a visit…More
A recent Seattle Times editorial stated that U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers does not represent the opinions and wishes of the people of Washington state [“Cathy McMorris Rodgers needs to take a stand for Ex-Im Bank,” Opinion, June 24], and this has surely been verified by her guest column in The Seattle Times…More
Little has been said about the other people who are directly affected because they consume the fish and shellfish harvested from the state’s waters. Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans (AAPI) account for 10 percent of the state’s population and projections to 2030 predict that percentage will not decrease. This is the only state with AAPI…More
Our oceans are incredible sources of food and wonderment, and connect us all worldwide. I’m writing in response to the article “Obama Announces Plan for Oceans,” [Nation & World, June 17] which is about the creation of the world’s largest ocean reserve. The article states the Obama administration is carrying out steps to protect…More
A decades-long effort to build a plant to treat Greater Victoria’s sewage is now blocked by a local-government zoning squabble. On Sunday, The Seattle Times editorial board published an editorial, “Victoria sewage creates new stink,” that has created quite a stink of its own among our friendly neighbors to the north. The Times’ editorial was picked up by Victoria’s Times Colonist, and the issue was covered Wednesday on KING5 news. Gov. Jay Inslee has also sent a letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark stating “concern by the lack of progress,” stressing the effect of untreated wastewater on Washington state.
Since publication of the editorial, I’ve received more than a dozen letters in response from B.C. residents, all taking issue with the editorial. They write, among other points, that current waste dumping in the Strait of Juan de Fuca has negligible impact, and the reason for opposition to the proposed plant is more due to a different type of waste: wasteful spending.
Read the best responses below, and send your opinions on the issue to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sewage treatment coming
Washington State residents can rest assured that Greater Victoria will have sewage treatment in the near future [”Victoria sewage creates new stink,” Opinion, June 8].
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have requirements in place that must be met. The province has approved a liquid-waste management plan for the region, which includes the construction of a sewage-treatment plant for Greater Victoria, and federal regulations mandate there must be sewage treatment by 2020.
I fully expect the region to meet both their provincial and federal obligations — and that proper sewage treatment will be in place.
Mary Polak, minister of environment, province of British Columbia
Seattle in no place to discuss Victoria’s issues
For a Seattle newspaper to call the Strait of Juan de Fuca “our waters” seems arrogant — let’s hear from places close to it, such as Friday Harbor and Port Angeles. And what does King Country have to do with the subject? Last I heard, Skagit and Whatcom counties were close to the strait, not King nor Snohomish counties.
The Times’ editorial is ignorant of technical factors and of a real debate about how to organize treatment of sewage, including environmental costs of moving sludge around, distributed treatment versus centralized, advancing technology, removal of heavy metals, and (mis-) management of the project.
Yes, the NIMBY factor is also a big factor, as it probably often is in Seattle. So, no surprise that Esquimalt didn’t want the plant.
Speaking of managing overblown inappropriate projects, how’s Seattle’s Big Dig going?
Keith Sketchley, Saanich B.C.