Incredible! And not in a good way, either. Or should I say ways...
Clallam County, aka Drunken Sailor County, has committed $1,000,000 to the Port's highly, highly suspect composites recycling center. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained," slurred sloshed King Jim McEntire. "We've got to take prudent, intelligent risks and manage them."
King Jim apparently forgets that, as mighty as he currently is, he does not, in fact, have the ability to manage Port projects and/or property. He also clearly forgets, as he always does, that he is not, in fact, prudent and/or intelligent.
Continuing with their drunken spending spree, the County has also committed to giving the City $285,952 for their pretty-but-pointless waterfront improvement project. (Or, the Primo Construction employment project if you like...) Now having fallen off the wagon and gone off his meds, former fiscal conservative Mike Chapman said of the waterfront project: "This is definitely drawing people to the waterfront."
Yeah, sure, Mike. Maybe because a few hardy souls want to watch the streets being paved with gold bought with their tax dollars. But look at the conditions of the streets and roads they have to take to get down to the waterfront. Look at the lack of greenery and amenities and anything else that would make the City of Port Angeles really worth looking at more than once. Oh, but oops! I forgot. Everything looks great with beer goggles on.
So the County is spending your tax dollars and their own reserves with abandon. As in, abandon all hope ye who enter here.
Meanwhile, across town, land rapist and all around thug Dan Morrison is going to be fined the paltry sum of $14,000 for intentionally and knowingly destroying nearly an acre and a half of wetlands. The fine started up at $177,000, and has been whittled down to this pittance.
What lessons can we learn from this? Well, for one, the rule of law in Clallam County is weak, so weak. It is apparently better to ask for forgiveness (and a tiny fine) rather than permission. This also allows you to laugh in the face of authority, something a goon like Morrison undoubtedly enjoys. Finally, it's better to spend big on stupid than it is to penalize someone for breaking the law.
If, like me, you think that this fine is a slap in the face to pretty much everything decent, please do feel free to contact EPA Enforcement Coordinator Chan Pongkhamsing directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps you will join me in telling him that the only thing he is "coordinating" is Dan Morrison's continued disregard for the environment and the law.
Dan Morrison: Land Rapist, Lawbreaker
and All Around Idiot