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September 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM
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 under current law. Such an area might be found in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but the effects of a few boats in the middle of that body of water would pale in comparison to Victoria’s daily dumping of millions of gallons of raw sewage into it every day.
When beaches near Seattle are closed due to foul water, the cause is usually attributed to storm runoff through inadequate land-based systems, not a small boat miles away.
Regulations should be needed and meaningful; his suggestion fails this test.
James AuBuchon, Sammamish
September 10, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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 state law requires those who operate motorized watercraft with than 15 horsepower or greater to carry a Washington Boaters Education Card.
As a veteran boater, there is nothing worse in boating than the danger to other boats by novices — this is why the law was established!
The article misleads novices, and makes it seem like anyone can run a boat. This is not the way to promote safe boating.
Thomas Stoebe, Redmond
August 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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 would feature many skills and cultural traditions of our citizens, the genius of technological innovators and the purity of our water.
Louise Stonington, Seattle
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