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Repeal of citizens initiative on fast track
February 07, 2013
On the one hand we have a Congress and Governor who approve of $30 million to study the reasons for decline of the King Salmon, which I don't object. If it takes $30 million to get some "proof" to understand the variety of ways humans have hurt the salmons life process, it's ok with me. Who knows, it might even result in some positive changes, especially if it doesn't rub up against opposition from some big money interests. And just maybe our local fisherman can increase their catch and provide more for their families.
But now we face a repeal of citizens initiative that appears on the fast track of approval by the Governor to change the discharge of affluent in our waters, which may (and probably does) have a negative influence on our fish and other living things. I have read and heard the argument that the proposed loosening would only bring Cruise Ship discharges in balance with what we currently allow within our coastal communities. Is this a standard to be proud of? Not in my mind. I lived north of town in a home (with a approved septic system that had a old septic tank with no drain field and ran directly into Refuse Cove. If we have the technology to make life safer for all living things, shouldn't we embrace it. The Cruise Ship Industry has been living with the tightening of standards since passage of the citizens initiative, so why change it now? I don't think relaxing this standard is a hallmark we should embrace as a standard for the Cruise Ship Industry or as a positive reflection of the democratic process. After all, we have already dealt with this issue in 2006.
I am not an anti-cruise ship advocate and realize the importance of the monies that are brought into my community. All I am advocating for is not changing the rules regarding affluent for the Cruise Ship Industry. Is it possible for the money interests and politicians to think beyond the fear of their next board meeting or voting cycle?
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Received February 06, 2013
- Published February 07, 2013
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