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April 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Bicycle Master Plan: Why not license bikes? We already license boats

Jonathan Martin’s reasoning for bicyclists not paying their way makes no sense [“The problem with taxing bicyclists in Seattle,” Opinion Northwest, April 16]. He claims the administrative costs for taxing and /or licensing bikers is too high and hard to enforce. If this were the case, how can we afford the administrative cost of…


Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, boating, James Lowndes

February 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Sewage discharge: Provide more boat pumpout stations

I have, and use, a holding tank on my recreational vessel because it’s the right thing to do and also because I like to jump in for a swim too [“ ‘No discharge zones’ for sewage sought for region’s waterways,” Local News, Feb. 20]. But it’s not easy. Amy Jankowiak of the Department of Ecology’s…


Comments | More in Boating | Topics: boating, Douglas Pratt, Elliott Bay

September 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Keeping Puget Sound clean

Small boats not at fault Peter Goldmark’s highlighting of sewage discharge from recreational boats in Puget Sound misses the mark. [“Guest column: We must keep boat sewage out of Puget Sound,” Opinion, Sept. 18.] There is almost no place in Puget Sound that is the required three miles from shore to allow any such discharge…


Comments | More in Environment, Seattle | Topics: boating, pollution, puget sound

September 10, 2013 at 6:22 AM

Chartering a boat in the San Juan Islands

Promote safe, legal boating The article in Sunday’s NW Traveler on chartering in the San Juan Islands is misleading and dangerous. [“Chartering a boat in the San Juans is easier than you think,” NW Traveler, Sept. 8.] The article indicates that a novice boater can charter and operate a boat. It fails to indicate that the…


Comments | More in Seattle, Transportation | Topics: boating, charter boats, permit

August 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Down year for Seafair

Make it green The spectacle of speedboats producing carbon emissions is not entertainment, but a reminder of the need for greater understanding of global warming. [“Is Seafair sinking? Down year stirs debate,” page one, Aug. 9.] Seafair could hold races and demonstrations for canoes, kites, rowboats and vehicles powered by wind, solar, hydrogen and nonfood biofuels. This…


Comments | More in Environment, Seattle | Topics: boating, environment, Seafair