Quick Bits

The City of Lacey has hired a new Parks and Recreation Director.  Her name is Jennifer Burbidge.  She will start on October 17.  Burbridge will replace former director Lori Flemm who retired from that job in July.   Most recently, Burbidge was the Southwest Quadrant Supervisor for Metro Parks in Tacoma.  In her new job, she will manage a department of 1,200 acres of park land, with a budget of $2.6 million dollars.  She will also be responsible for the Lacey Community Center, the Lacey Historical Museum and the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC).

The Thurston County Auditors Office has mailed out Voter Pamphlets to 117,000 households in Thurston County.  Partnering with the Washington Secretary of States Office, the pamphlet will cover federal and state as well as local offices.  Ballots will follow on October 19.   If you don’t receive a Voters Pamphlet or a ballot contact the auditor’s office.   Voters in Olympia will receive information on the city income tax measure with their ballots.

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About Ken Balsley

For more than 20 years I was a Democratic Precinct Committeeman. One day I looked up from trying to make a living and saw that my party had deserted me. I was standing in the middle and my party was heading towards the left. I took a look at the Republican party and found that it was too far to the right. What could I do? I was stuck in the middle.
Since that time my political bent has stabilized. It contains some elements of the old Democratic party. It contains some elements of populism and it contains some elements of libertarianism. When it comes to national defense it can also contain some elements of nationalism.
My political philosophy can be sumed up with the comment “I’m against the Big Five.” The Big Five are Big Business, Big Labor, Big Media, Big Religion and Big Government. As long as these five bigs are in relative strength against each other, then everything is generally alright with the country. But when one of them gains too much power and begins to overwhelm the others, then we have problems.
My goal is to point out when one or the other of the big five has increased its power and explain how that affects those of us just trying to eke out a living.
I have a secondary goal. I also like to educate and inform, particularly as it relates to the history of our community.

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