Fare is fair

Won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise: Riders on Washington State Ferries are likely to see fare increases and other changes in the fare structure as the state looks for ways to pay for the replacement of its aging fleet of ferries. One proposal would charge vehicles based on length (above).

Other money-raising proposals under consideration: a $5 surcharge for seating in the non-hammer dulcimer section; setting up a water-balloon catapult and charging $10 a balloon for passengers who want to take aim at pleasure boaters; $25 rides behind the ferry in an inner tube.

Electric Avenue: The first of as many as 2,000 charging stations intended for electric vehicles along the I-5 corridor in Washington were installed last week at a parking lot for Qwest Field in Seattle (Page B2).

It’s good news for owners of electric cars, but we see conflicts arising during Seahawk and Sounder games when tailgating sports fans start looking for somewhere to plug in their electric beer coolers.

Say “Uncle”: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Crackers, says he intends to hold up President Barack Obama’s nomination of a Boeing board member as commerce secretary until Obama tells the world that Boeing “is an ethical company”.

Adding “pretty please with sugar on top” is completely optional.

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