The South Park Bridge is in even worse condition than the Alaskan Way Viaduct and will likely fall down during the next big earthquake, if it doesn't stop working altogether first.

The Page One story in this week's issue says the South Park Bridge gets a "sufficiency rating" of 8 of a possible 100 points, while the viaduct is rated 9 of 100.

Does this make us feel safer when we use either?

A host of top Seattle corporation leaders, including Microsoft's Steve Balmer, Boeing's Alan Mulally and Safeco's Mike McGavick have joined a host of political and business l


A recent flyer came to my attention.

This flyer entitled "Vote for the Women (Just this time)" is an attack on the car dealers of Burien.

Who are these citizens?

Well, I am surprised that the "ladies" agreed to this juvenile effort to discredit the segment of the Burien economy that contributes more in retail sales tax revenue than any other segment of our increasingly vibrant Burien economy.

Attacking car dealers really skirts the issue.


The Friends of Fremont Peak Park will soon enjoy the fruits of their labor when construction begins this spring on a park they have worked to create for more than four years.

It all started with the vision of a man named Jack Tomkinson, a Fremont resident and neighbor to a piece of land in upper Fremont that will be the site of new Fremont Peak Park.

Tomkinson, a development director for the Cascade Bicycle Club, was always aware of the unique property with 180-degree views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

But the privately owned land where three house



Having been a Boeing worker during the prolonged tragic strike of 1948, I remember how it felt to stand around a barrel of burning scrapwood at the Renton plant trying to keep warm, waving a picket sign at passing cars.

Each week I would go to the union hall for my weekly strike benefit. In those days it was only $10. Not much when you have a family of three kids to feed .

We lived in a tiny two-bedroom in McMicken Heights and the rent was only $31 a month.


On behalf of the city of Burien Arts Commission and the Discover Burien Association, it is my pleasure to thank all of the many people who made the Spring Stroll Art Walk so special on May 7.

This was the biggest art walk we have ever presented with over 50 businesses and craft booths, and over 60 artists on board. We were thrilled to have good weather and excellent sales throughout the day. Many thanks and congratulations to all who took part.

Once again, I am grateful to the Times/News for giving us great coverage.


Beginning Oct. 1, King County residents and businesses will be prohibited from disposing of computers, laptops, monitors, television sets and cell phones in the garbage or at transfer stations.

The county's ban on electronics disposal aims to encourage recycling of the valuable materials contained in these products, and to reduce the amount of heavy metals and other hazardous materials in our environment.

Each day in Washington, approximately 1,600 computers become obsolete.


I wish to extend a sincere thanks to the folks who have been working so hard to get things ready to go to Texas to help the victims of Katrina.

Thank you to Mayor Gibb and his wife, Councilman Steven Lamphear, Councilman Jack Block Jr.


A crowd of curious Burien residents turned out for a Sept.



This three-dimensional model view from the southeast of the proposed Burien Town Square shows the library/city hall in the lower right hand corner and the planned residential / retail buildings.

Street lights could go out in Burien next week.

Seattle City Light has told Water District 49 that on Wednesday, Sept. 28, it will pull the plug on street lights within the district unless delinquent payments from the past three years are made by then.

Earlier this summer, City Light notified the water district that unless $100,000 in delinquent charges is paid by Sept. 1, the street lights could go dark.

Water District 49 used to charge its customers for the street lights, then paid City Light.


Members of the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce learned last week that the local business organization may merge soon with the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce.

Business communities in Burien, SeaTac and Tukwila already are represented by the Southwest King County Chamber.

But, Des Moines Chamber president Jane Ipsen stated, "It's all discussion" at this time.