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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More