Monday, April 30, 2012

Those Romans Were Such Environmentalists!

I wonder if former EPA official Al Armendariz ever lived in Washington State? He might be a villain to some, but for others, he's probably a role model who would fit in around here. In any event, he was forced to resign over his statements regarding enforcement. When the enforcement code is cited, we usually don't think of Mark 15:13-15 or the practices of Roman conquest in Turkey.

Eerily, Al Armendariz's comments bear a strong resemblance to some made in our County, especially in the way he justifies his harsh enforcement stance because of limited manpower. According to Armendariz,

"And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not complying with the law," he said." Find people who are not complying with the law and you hit them as hard as you can and make examples of them."

At least Armendariz was directing his comments towards companies instead of hapless homeowners. Maybe it should be a reminder to all of us that there are bigger environmental issues out there to deal with.

Mark 15:13-15
13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.
14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder,
     “Crucify him!”
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus
     flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Not very civil, wouldn't you say?


  1. He might consider submitting his resume to Whatcom County PDS. He would fit right in in the natural resources ( critical areas )section with no acculturation at all.

    Of course, there's no room, and the people already there are hanging on for dear life.

  2. Professor ChaosMay 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Whatcom County is advertising for a planner-manager right now, with an application deadline of May 7. Is that FAR enough away?

  3. You know it gets pretty frustrating trying to control non law abiding citizens. But you were born to control! It just makes sense you'd want to smother law abiding citizens with nonsensical laws and then control those citizens. It sure makes your job more manageable and rewarding!