Enviro Hey, Joni!
posted by October 16 at 16:37 PMon
I spotted Seattle Times editorial columnist Joni Balter at this afternoon’s dual debate on Sound Transit and Initiative 985, so of course I’m looking forward to seeing what she has to say about the discussion. Given that this is a woman who opposes a city move to recycle kitchen waste, claimed a council resolution supporting local food imposed “militant vegetable growing” and other “enviro-dogma,” has written not one, not two, not three, but four columns opposing the parks and Pike Place Market levies (noting, in every single one, that “everybody loves parks, but…”), and has argued that not only roads but light rail and even buses are “pricing the middle class our of our region,” I’m guessing she’ll be sympathetic to Tim Eyman and Kemper Freeman’s anti-tax, anti-transit messages.
If you’re interested in what I have to say about the debate, it’ll be up tomorrow morning. If you’re wondering why my post is coming so late, it’s because I spent some time after the debate living out Joni Balter’s worst nightmare: I biked to the north end of Capitol Hill to pick up my CSA from Full Circle Farm, which I put into my reusable bag (recycling the box the produce came in) before biking back. And even at this very moment, I’m wearing a Mass Transit Now! sticker.
Amazingly, despite all the eco-dogma I no doubt absorbed this afternoon, I don’t feel nannied, militant, or oppressed. In fact, I feel a hell of a lot less imposed upon than I would if I had to sit in traffic, park, shop, lug a ton of plastic bags back to the car, and sit in traffic again just to get dinner on the table. But to some people, I guess that’s what freedom looks like.