This may not come as a shock. More than three-fourths of Americans tell the Gallup Poll that the way politics works in Washington is causing “serious harm” to the country. A whopping 77 percent of Americans gave that response to the survey, which was taken in mid-December in mid-wrangling over the fiscal cliff. Only 19 percent thought the effects weren’t serious. “A little more surprising, perhaps,” Gallup noted, is that 52 percent of respondents voiced optimism that Washington politics will improve in the next decade.
The West Coast had better watch it — this winter, more debris washed away from Japan by 2011’s earthquake and tsunami is expected to drift ashore. Everything from small fishing boats, huge docks and tractors to water bottles and fishing rods already have made shore in beaches and coves in Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington. Just one of the unexpected but significant results of a natural disaster.