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  Initiatives we'd really like to see
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Last EditedRalphie  Nov 07, 2006 07:52am
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Times
News DateTuesday, November 7, 2006 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionVoters today face the usual plethora of initiatives and propositions. Only Seattle Referendum 1 is exceptional, and only because the Voters' Guide description of the city's strip-club regulations has the flavor of soft-core porn.

The progressives, who invented the process, hoped the people's initiative would uplift and inspire; instead, we are stuck in the zero-summing weeds of deciding who gets a tax break or a new civic center. What we need are initiatives with Big Ideas. Here are some suggestions.

Deport Tim Eyman Initiative
This proposal would give Mr. Car Tabs 30 days to leave the state.

One drawback of the measure is that it is probably unconstitutional, but the prospect of forcing Eyman into an Idaho court to ask judges to overturn a popularly approved initiative is too good to pass up.

Rename Washington State Initiative
Let's agree: Our fair state has a boring name. And a hideous flag, what with George's large proboscis figuring so prominently on it. And we're all tired of explaining, "No, I'm from the other Washington."

Changing the state's name will give us new cachet. A lot of candidates come to mind — Cascadia, Tahoma, SeaTacSpokania — but I suggest "Walla Walla," a Native American word meaning "many waters" (though some dissenting linguists insist it means "sweet onions").

We'd keep our current WA postal designation, so we wouldn't have to change our stationery. Plus, "New York, New York" can't hold a candle to "Walla Walla, Walla Walla."
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