Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses:
How important is a proposal to build a new road and bridge across the Wenatchee River?
Very 41 percent
Somewhat 20 percent
Not very 15 percent
Not worth it 23 percent
- Adding an extra lane in each direction on North Wenatchee Avenue and physically eliminating all left turn lanes, while allowing U-turns at each stop light, would virtually eliminate all need for the far more costly new route and bridge plan.
- The wildlife habitat at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers is a very precious resource Wenatchee can be proud of. Why blast a bypass through, and in memory of the lost treasure call it the Confluence Parkway?
- Should have been done 35 years ago. Wenatchee is dragging its feet too long.
- The community leaders were talking about a new bridge across the Columbia about 10 years ago. As I recall, they determined that there was no possible location between the two bridges that would help alleviate the heavy traffic areas — like halfway in between.
Does more need to be done to protect and restore Columbia River salmon?
No, what’s being done now is plenty 47 percent
No, we already do too much 24 percent
Yes, more effort is needed 23 percent
Not sure 6 percent
- For those of you who think we’ve done too much or enough, I must assume that you’re OK with a future without Columbia River salmon or steelhead. Although this year is a record return, that is a post-dam building record. As a World article pointed out, pre-dam returns were in the many millions, while this year the record is 2 million. While the habitat and dam passage issues have worked for many years, the favorable ocean conditions are the source of our relative bounty, and those will change, especially as ocean acidification ramps up. See the recent Seattle Times special series for more on that topic. I urge you to spend a little time educating yourself on the state of our salmon.
- I’ve yet to see any so-called recovery plan that includes Japanese trawlers or sea lions in the Ballard locks. As usual, it’s the family producers- the ones who lack the clout of a Stemilt, who are expected to take it in the shorts when it comes to basic rights to necessary water for prodution. So what are you people going to do when all the food supply is in the control of an OPEC/DeBeer’s style cartel? It’s a notion not nearly so far fetched as it may seem. But rest assured that when our salmon die off for whatever reason(s), federally approved GMO salmon will step in to take their place and Tracy Warner will write an editorial singing their praises.
Are you making any effort to reduce your carbon footprint?
Yes 39 percent
No 54 percent
Not sure what that is 7 percent
- I drive my SUV with the air conditioning on full blast and all the windows wide open to combat global warming. Does that count.
The current poll question:
Should Republicans risk a government shutdown in order to force changes in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare?
Go to wenatcheeworld.com to vote.