By Bob Richardson in Portland, Oregon, "husband and unindicted co-conspirator to regular BlueBlogger Jason Evans."
We've all seen them. We know they exist. We may even be related to some, and some may even be our close friends. Vancouverites of course.
In this case, those Washingtonians who choose to live in Vancouver but shop/work in Portland - they get to avoid Oregon income and property taxes, but reap the benefits of shopping with no sales tax.
And I have no real problem with this. Such an arrangement is quite common, legal, and practical -- if you can stand the commute. If if floats your boat, go for it.
But if you do, please, for goodness sake, DON'T TELL ME HOW TO VOTE.
Today, on Airport Way, which sports many a Washington plate headed to Costco, I saw a pickup truck (I'd say redneck truck, but that would be stereotyping) from Washington driving along with a "Yes on 36" bumper sticker.
The occupants of this truck had obviously seen my "No on 36" as they passed, because they matched speed with me and glared (maybe it was just a strong sneer and not a glare) and then zipped away.
They don't pay taxes here; they don't live here; why should they be weighing in on a hot-button local issue? (If they were stopped, I would have asked, "Why do you want to wreck my marriage?") Of course it is their right to encourage whatever vote they want, but *WHY?*.
Are they afraid us queers will start moving to Vancouver in droves, just for the tax shelter, of course, and wreck the place?
PS... Anyone notice, driving around, that there are MORE "Yes on 36" yard signs out than there are "Bush/Cheney" signs?