The Schrammie: We spent $27,000 on this?

The Schrammie: We spent $27,000 on this? »Play Video
It's said that music hath charms to soothe a savage beast.

Okay, but what exactly does that mean to the owner of the beast who is supposed to pick up the poop?

With that question on the table, I'd like to ask Ted Sturdevant - Director of the State Department of Ecology - to quit trying to snap his fingers inside a plastic bag, and come on down.

Tidy Ted's agency put up $27,000 of taxpayer money to pay for a music video that reminds people that scooping dog poop is a way to improve the water quality of streams that flow into Puget Sound.

That's $27,000 to impress upon people that carrying baggies to put Fido's feces into proper containers is a way to save the earth.

Let's recognize that $27,000 in the grand scope of the state's economic sheet is but a drop in the proverbial budget bucket.

But at a time when programs and services are being cut and eliminated; at a time when the suffering of the sick, underprivileged and desperate becomes nothing more than a fiscal notation, every penny counts.

And $27,000 is a lot of pennies

Tidy Ted Sturdevant doesn't seem to grasp that reality.

And because of that, i'd like Tidy Ted to take a bow, because this "Schrammie" is for you.


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