For once, I won’t be wordy and nerdy. I have three last thoughts to share.
1. Thank you for reading my words. That is the most valuable gift you can give to any writer.
2. Please support local journalism, especially local journalism reporting on local government. It’s our government, and if we want to hold it accountable to us then we need to know what it is (and isn’t) doing. Good, professional reporting costs money to produce, and we need to be prepared to pay for it.
3. You can disagree with someone and still be respectful. Civil servants and journalists in Seattle work very hard, and often for lousy compensation. You can make your disagreements with them known and still respect the job they are trying to do — and that they are doing it with the full intent to make things better. If we want a city and a society where we aren’t constantly at each other’s throats, then we individually must choose to stop being shitty to other people. It doesn’t start with that other guy, it starts with us. I will admit to being a flawed human who doesn’t always meet this standard, but I get up every morning and resolve to do better. I encourage you to do the same.
Though I don’t know what my future holds, I know I’m not done with writing. You can follow me at https://zoonerd.com (just don’t expect me to write about city politics there).
May the year 2022 and beyond bring you all health, happiness, prosperity, and wisdom.