Browsing All posts tagged under »Ken Balsley«

Comment: Support public power or shut up

May 2, 2012


As Thurston Public Power Initiative organizers continue to gather signatures, Puget Sound Energy is stepping up its efforts to defeat the proposal. Ken Balsley recently posted a story about a company executive who argued at a Rotary Club meeting that purchasing PSE’s local assets could reach nearly $1 billion. Going on the ballot too quickly? This […]

Olympian publisher should resign from center board

April 15, 2012


I did a double take when I read that Olympian Publisher George Le Masurier serves as the board chair of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. This was disclosed at the top of a Feb. 5 opinion piece by Le Masurier titled, “Investment in performing arts center is money wisely spent.” In that essay Le Masurier […]

Ken Balsley is taking comments!

April 3, 2012


Ken Balsley says that normally he “doesn’t allow comments on any posting” on his website. However, today he posted two comments. And promises more as he gets them. I’m not sure how you give him a comment except by subscribing to his newsletter. Or — as he recommends — starting your own web page. But […]

Olympia Schools: Try a little responsiveness

April 1, 2012


I can’t find Olympia Power & Light’s March 21 editorial on its website. That’s too bad because it’s a good one. In “Make a Habit of Listening to the Public,” the Olympia City Council is quite rightly lauded for helping to resolve a conflict on the Westside regarding a Boys & Girls Club proposed for the […]

BRIEFLY: Sustainability, the green cocoon and Balsley’s dilemma

March 9, 2012


A REAL SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT? Those saddened by the apparent greenwashing of the county’s Sustainable Thurston initiative may be heartened to know that the the Alliance for Community Transition is sponsoring a Sustainability Summit April 14. The event will be keynoted by anti-globalization author David Korten. Of course, the Sustainability Summit could end up suffering from […]

LOCAL BRIEFS: Charter, public power and neighborhood revolt?

January 13, 2012


ANOTHER CHARTER MOVEMENT? – Ken Balsley’s Ken’s Corner & The Real News reports that County Commissioner Sandra Romero said she “may support a plan for a new county charter depending on what’s in it.” I haven’t heard the KGY interview Balsley conducted with Romero so don’t know if she was merely responding to a query or will champion the passage […]

Debriefing on the Buxbaum smear and ‘newsworthiness’

November 24, 2011


Olympia Power & Light’s Nov. 16 issue helped lift a news media blackout on the smear campaign against mayoral candidate Stephen Buxbaum. It was fitting that the paper’s co-publisher Matthew Green did so with a passionately personal editorial that spoke directly to those who might know the perpetrators — and can help hold them accountable. (No […]


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