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The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership - 12 country trade agreement written by corporations in secret, with no public input) is for the benefit of corporations but not for the people. It will be brought to a vote in Congress after the elections, at the time when many congresspersons are leaving office and have no need to please their constituents. It is being pushed as a good thing by the administration, polls appear to be in favor at first glance, but if you look further, you'll find that 67 percent of the people either know very little or nothing about it. I have not talked to one person who is for it.
Community Events, October 2016
I don't know many people who are excited to cast their vote for president this year. We are three weeks from the general election and yet nary is there a bumper sticker or yard sign declaring a person's candidate of choice for the Oval Office. I'm not sure I can stomach watching or even listening to one more presidential debate. To all this I say "Bottom's Up!"
The proposed Regional Proposition 1 (ST3) is a $54 Billion tax and spend proposal that would have a long lasting and huge negative impact on the finances of the City of Kirkland and our region. ST3 is way out of the realm of reasonableness. It buys trains for Seattle at 12 times the cost of SR 520 bridge replacement project. For perspective, I have compared the City of Kirkland's current annual budget for transportation to the pro-rated share of East King Subarea's $9.8 billion that would be paid annually by Kirkland residents.
At a recent town hall, the incumbent in the 45th Legislative District, Roger Goodman, laughingly reported that he is "firmly undecided" on the ST3 ballot issue. Challenger Ramiro Valderrama, on the other hand, explained the reasons he opposes ST3, the largest tax increase in the history of the state.
Our earth is covered by 30 percent of forests and if the current deforestation rate continues there will be no more forests within the next 100 years. Current rates at one and a half acres of trees or forest is cut down every second or 20 football fields is cut down every minute.Deforestation accounts for 2,400 yards a minute. Deforestation accounts for 15 percent carbon emission. Deforestation accounts for 12-17 percent of greenhouse emissions. Deforestation accounts for possibly 28,000 species to be extinct in the next quarter century. Deforestation destroys our planet.