JMarc - you may perceive that you are safer on the sidewalks than riding with traffic, but that isn't accurate. Statistically, it's meaningfully safer for cyclists to ride on the roads, than on sidewalks. (Obviously a bike lane is an added bonus!)
On the sidewalk, you are dealing with traffic that is both faster and slower than you are. More importantly, motorists - including the ones who are distracting themselves with texing, calling, eating, etc. - are NOT expecting you there. You put yourself at risk at every intersection, curb cut, etc., from cars approaching from both directions.
Perceptions can deceive. Obviously there are other cyclists who feel they are safer when riding against traffic... they are endangering themselves and everybody else!
Check out that bicyclesafe website - it has explanations with illustrations. Very informative.
Find out at http://www.bicyclesafe.com/ why sidewalk riding and curb hugging are more dangerous than cycling on the road as part of traffic.
I can agree with this article wholeheartedly. I myself do not drive, but I do ride my bike a lot. I tend to stay on the sidewalks as much as possible, mostly for my fear of cars. There has been a substantial increase, I've noticed, in the amount of motorists talking or texting on their phones while driving. If you are a cyclist riding in the middle of the road, you are just asking to get run over. My only issue becomes when the law tells me I can not ride on the sidewalks. While cyclists can be inconsiderate riding in the roads, motorists can also be inconsiderate by riding in bike lanes, not stopping completely at stop signs, and not watching for cyclists even when they ARE in the right place. I ride my bike on the sidewalk to avoid such confrontations, and I can see that a lot of motorists are thankful that I choose to ride off of the street rather than on it. This way, they dont have to worry so much about checking their mirrors every two seconds for me, which they would have to do if I was in the street, or even in the bike lane.
Conservative Revisionism strikes again. No matter what Mr. Chamberlin and Mr. Labrador think, the reason the US Senate was formed, was to counter the "mob rule" of the House of Representatives. They were given longer terms, 6 versus 2 years. The senate was to a "deliberative body". They were also given equal representation so that small states would have an equal voice against the states with larger populations. "States rights" did not reallty enter into the discussions until the issue of slavery. "States rights" code words for conservatives to rally against the percieved injustices of federal power. "States Rights", used for years to justify Jim Crow laws, and other methods of racism. No matter how you color it, a repeal of the 17th admendment would hand the power over to a small group of people to ensure that THIER voices and desires would be taken care of rather than a majority of citizens. While the framers did indeed provide us with a great document in the constitution, it's beginning is by no means the final document. It was intended to be modified as times changed. Conservatives yearn for a return to the good old days, to simpler times, well those days are long gone and stripping Americans the right to vote will not fix the problem.
Since long before the Tea Party started up the Idaho Republican Party has trying to close the republican primary to registered voters only so that they could choose the candidate going forward into the general election as in "the days of back rooms filled with cigar smoke where the good old boys at the state legislature picked one of their best buds" in much the same way that happened in Utah where the Tea Party took over the closed system there and purged that rascally liberal Sen. Bennett from the general election in spite of the fact that he probably would have won in an open election.
"You become bold, young karcreat2, when your masters are not watching you."
A Master is ALWAYS watching, setting traps, young Padawan...
As the student learns, the Master baits....;)
"Though the force is found in you, it is dark, confused, and murky"
You seek to turn me to the Dark Side...happen, it shall not.
FEAR, I sense in you.
Fear is the path to anger...anger is the road to hate...and hate is the offramp to pain...:)
You become bold, young karcreat2, when your masters are not watching you. Though the force is found in you, it is dark, confused, and murky. . .
Dick Cheney proclaimed himself "the Darth Vader" back in 2006.
Our current Prez is getting MILLIONS of Americans health care, he works tirelessly to BENEFIT us all...yeah, he sure is 'Darth Vader', right? (insert HUGE eye roll here)...
Nothing like a twisted, ass backwards Conservative 'take' on reality for a good laugh, right?
Came across a far more accurate 'Star Wars' political analogy that truthful depicts the current Presidents as being on the POSITIVE side of The Force and the GOP on the Dark Side...
"According to my Star Wars interpretation of the latest poll results, we live on Tatooine. "
According to my interpretation of a credible analogy, your attempt at using 'Star Wars' to make some childish Neo Con 'point' carries enough merit to earn you a trip...
To a galaxy far, far away.
[ Eli's Hammer ] So Crapo thinks we can't build centrifuges? The Republican's job plan for Europe? We probably NEED to spend about One-Trillion dollars flat to develop a safe method of disposal and retrieval of spent waste. THEN, we own the world's waste and turn it inoo non-weapons grade fuel.
""Yeah Cope, you and your pompas [sic] ilk, and that pony you rode in on."
The fact that this 'brilliant' quote includes a [sic] pretty much says it all, doesn't it?
Ignore the 'morans', Cope...and keep the inspiring, thought provoking columns comin'...
[ Eli's Hammer ] I'm sorta glad Obama did make it as President, though we probably deserve more Bush's--whiners that were have become. Of course we are "terrified" and "Scared" and "frightened"...just like the facio-conservative pontificates tell us we are. The right loves a scared and timid, pablum puking baby to burp--with back handed platitudes and sneering slogans. The Republican wants a "strong-man" government--a "DADDY"...to look out and protect us from
stuff"--and "Oh, never-mind--Daddy will think about which stuff too." Now go have a nice 401 (which we'll loot later--DADDY whispers to mom)...and get some rest. Yeah, few more Republican administrations and we too could be Haiti. A true "Trickle-Down" economy...lotsa " free trade there ya know! "Trade you my 10 year old daughter's ass for a bowl of rice..." Yep, "let the market decide."
Gary L. Bennett:
The comparison you make between Haiti and a neo-fascist (aka conservative) U.S. government is so full of bull dust that if it received an enema, your letter to the editor would disappear completely. My advice? Get a clue about Haitian history, a country where the heads of state, in chronological order, enjoyed the following fates:
died in office
died in office
died in office
died in office
died in office
died in office
full term (During 1st US Occupation)
full term (During 1st US Occupation)
full term (During 1st US Occupation)
full term (During 1st US Occupation until 1934)
died in office
overthrown; in exile 3 of 5 year term
and so on and so forth.
Rachel Dagle - Last Weeks comments "The OnLine Reality" (February 3-9, 2010) talking about your recent visit to San Francisco and discussing the future of print media were great. Print is nice, but the ability to read a news journalist story or opinion and have an immediate discussion attended by thousands around the world is thrilling. For example, I'm pretty active at jwmorris.newsvine.com when I'm on the computer.
Two recent engaging great exapmles for local discussion include sunsetting "agencies that servve local minority populations" and last weeks reprint about cement mines in Oregon with high mercury emmissions. The Oregon article could be John Grisham sequel to "The Appeal" (2008).
I save the Boise Weekly print version for the library visits and bedtime reading - not necessarily in that order. I provided you my reasons why I like the BW in response to your April Fool last year. I can see from the BW Website you are making a strong effort to engage advertisers to support. I think the BW is on the right track. I'll make a better effort to engage in the local discussion.
Keep up the great work!
[ Eli's Hammer ] II KINGS 18:27 Well, Reid is somewhat of a tool for sure. But he's working with the leftovers of the three-trick-pony set of the Democratic Party's--not so distant past. The three crippled Apparitions; one-voice that was dead salmon (hurl), gay rants (yawn) and windmill pipe dreams (???).
That group almost put the Dems back into the kiosk stage--stone kiosk at that. It took the near breakdown of the economic system (but we can always count on the fiscal free booters to rob the coffers in any given two-term Republican adm) to bring the old and now the new warhorses of the Democratic side to bear.
Trouble is they wore themselves out getting there...Obama saved the country, and some Republican breath mint salesman will come in and take the cred as is the standard. One is never left not in awe of the infamous "free-trader." Natley's whore, the 'waitress' and the walrus--great day for bananafish and anon. A "Hearty High-ole-30-silver-away...away rides the Republican carpetbagger with your 401, pension, Medicare and Medicaid, Social (cause that is the root of SOCIAL-ISM) Security, and a bite off the First Amendment. (the rest having been stolen by the Politically Correct set, as a cornerstone to some omnibus hate crime bill) Then enter the Tea Bagger possee. They are fed (well fed from the looks lol) up and they "...aren't gonna take it anymore!!!" A statement which they could use at a gay rights rally. So, where does that leave us...? Oh yeah, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell kissing under a Cherry tree. Enter George Washington: "I cannot tell the truth!" Reid and McConnell look up at the Father of our Country: "Boy-ha-dee Georgie, ain't that the way it do." Just then Rush enters, having finished his day at the EIB Golden Showers: "Here kids, have a Vocodin...I get them from Hannity. He steals them from his gram, and she boinks some doctor in Boca." A few minutes later George speaks to no one in particular: "These pill things are almost as good as the loco weed back in the day...thanks Rush." (wanders off whistling) [RUSH] "Me n' Nancy Pelosi gonna go do the hot tub thing, I think I might get lucky!" You two want to come along for the ride?" [just then a waif bursts into view, A dickensonian [hee-hee] peanut licking ha' penny of a child covered head to toe in Skippy--brandishing a Tech-9--and yelling: "Die mommie, die daddy, die for the Revolution is upon thee." Well, you guessed it. Rush and Reid, and Pelosi, and McConnell swore to never take so many yellow ones again--and to NEVER smoke any more of Georgwe W.'s loco weed.
Wow is really all I can say to this garbage that you're trying to pass off as constructive and objective journalism. First of all, your lack of understanding about the conservative mindset is appalling. The tragedy in Haiti is heartbreaking, but how that is a 'metaphor for an America weakened by conservatives' is beyond me. How exactly did the conservatives weaken America? By supporting capitalism, and putting the power back in the hands of the people and a free market? By promoting individual responsibility rather than socialism? While Norquist's views are slightly radical, I can see where he's coming from. Pardon me, and the increasing number of Americans, who want the government to keep their hands off of our money and our freedom.
Government was not created to serve as a lifeline to those unwilling to get out there, get their hands dirty and work. The govt is there is protect its citizens against foreign and domestic enemies, establish legislation and rule of law, govern for the common good and SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. No government in the history of the world has had the ability to generate wealth, and no government ever will. That power rests in the people, and free enterprise. It sickens me the infringement that has continued under the Obama administration, and it sickens more and more Americans everyday, as the results of the Massachusetts election illustrated. Does our healthcare system need to be reformed? Absolutely, but it's the government run Medicare and Medicaid programs that need it the most. I am self-employed, and pay a nice sum of money for my health insurance, and wouldn't have it any other way. I'm 27 years old, healthy and want to have a choice in what plan I need, my deductible, what standard of care I'd like to receive, the doctors I want to visit. In short, stay out of my file. Start with cutting the fat from the government programs before you come to me. I found it funny in the State of the Union that Obama discussed freezing government spending and eliminating programs that don't work...but not until next year. He hasn't accomplished one goal he set for his administration when he got elected. Instead, he has doomed my children and grandchildren by establishing an unprecedented national deficit that is still soaring. I want nothing to do with any further government infringement if drowning this great country in debt is all they are capable of. And how dare you say the conservatives are less concerned with defense and the security of the American people? Where have you been? John McCain ring a bell? You'll be hard pressed to find many war heroes and military greats on the left side of the fence.
And because you're in Idaho and don't know the first thing about hurricanes or what actually went on down here, stay out of our business. Ray Nagin is one of the most disgusting, crooked, ignorant people on this planet, and because of his incapability of readying his city and taking care of business, he decided to get on his soapbox and blame Bush...real original. Before you criticize, why not take a look at Hurricane Ike, which was the worst hurricane to hit Galveston since the Great Storm of 1900, which wiped Galveston off the map. It may not have put our city underwater for as long, but that is because us Texans don't let the same thing happen twice. We built the seawall...something that is actually functional and protected the city against a category 4 storm surge, which was worse than the storm surge in Katrina. And mind you, the water did put the city underwater as you can see for yourself if you visit downtown and see the 10ft watermarks in all of the buildings. As a Galveston county native, I was so proud of the efforts by Galveston mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and Houston mayor Bill White. They got as many people evacuated as possible, and had the catastrophe relief people ready to go in the aftermath. While the news coverage wasn't as extensive as with Katrina, the damage was unimaginable. And not once, did Lyda or Bill get on their soapbox and blame someone else. Some power and responsibility must lie with the local and state governments. We all dusted ourselves off, rolled up our sleeves and rebuilt. My mother was without power for two weeks, and without asking one neighbor ran a power cord from his house to hers so she could run a fan, and another neighbor came over to help clear out the debris in her yard. It brought tears to my eyes and a gratitude towards God, and my fellow man that I can not put into words. And I must add that FEMA was not near the help they were during Katrina, because there are still so many Katrina refugees tying them up...after four years! My mom is a nurse, and instead of being able to get trailers or other housing arrangements for her patients who lost everything, she had to put them in shelters. Would you want your mother in a shelter? No, but thanks to the inadequacies of FEMA, a government program, we were forced to deal with a lot of the devastation on our own. And getting back to the problems with New Orleans and Louisiana in general, my Grandad is a civil engineer, and lived in New Orleans in the 60s. The levies were dysfunctional then and they're dysfunctional now. I visited New Orleans a few months ago to visit my friend who grew up there. I asked her to take me by the levies as I didn't really understand what they were or how they operated. Just looking at these, even now after they lost so much in the storm, one can hardly expect them to protect that city in another hurricane. They need something better, but their liberal bass-ackwards way of running things in that state is the real thing that could use some change.
While I consider myself a conservative, I am more fiscal conservative than religiously conservative. That's right...I am pro-choice, pro stem cell research, and wouldn't be opposed to throwing birth control off parade floats if it would keep our population and the amount of money we spend on government programs in check from all of these unwanted pregnancies. With that said however, I am a very spiritual person and attribute every blessing in life to God, and believe this country is a nation under God. I don't like the separation of church and state, and hate that my kids won't be praying in the morning before school like I did. Believing in a higher power gives you hope and holds you accountable. Men are flawed, and I take great solace in knowing there is someone that is flawless running things, if you will.
Just because we're not all tree-hugging hippies does not mean we want to take a blow torch to the environment. How dare you even accuse every conservative of such things? Do you think the democrats have the environments best interests in mind? I think they exploit for their platforms, e.g. Al Gore and global warming. I assume you're also against increasing exploration for renewable fuels then as well? Obama masquerades as a cheerleader for it, but then taxes and regulates the profit out of the companies trying to accomplish this. As I said earlier, the role of government is to protect its people from foreign enemies. While Saudi Arabia is an 'ally', I don't like the idea of obtaining oil from a country that funds terrorism organizations. We have enough natural gas, and oil in our own borders to take care of ourselves, and it's under our own control. Who wouldn't want that? Obama, and the people standing with him putting legislation in the way.
"Conservative economic policies are leading to the same levels of unemployment now seen in Haiti. Enthralled of authoritarian personalities, conservatives want forceful leaders like Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, who give them simpleminded slogans while looting the country." 'Conservative economic policies' and 'unemployment' should never be in the same sentence, unless you are praising such policies for lessening unemployment. As I have said, conservatives are in favor of capitalism and place the power of generating jobs and ultimately wealth with the people, which lessens unemployment in the long run. Sorry, another journalism fail on your part.
In conclusion, please do your research before writing anything like this again. People making uninformed decisions is one of the main issues this country is currently facing right now. If people hadn't been so charmed by Obama and his eloquent line of BS, we wouldn't be in the situation we are now.
[Eli's Hammer [ II KINGS 18:27 ]
They are--by the Internet Standard--truely "Teabaggers." They hump the face of their opposition as is fitting the term.
(A feat which is hard to do when wrapped in that much Aluminum foil--I might add.)
So many issues, where to begin? Well, I'll start by saying I'm a Veteran and was career military. Guess that pretty much gives folks an idea where I stand on our great Nation.
Mr Temple; you make several valid points regarding the upcoming trials for the Guantanamo "detainees". Had the War Criminal in Chief, commonly known as George W Bush, not violated just about every international law known regarding the treatment of prisoners captured during armed conflict, we would not be faced with the issue of trying these people in civil court.
He declared the US Constitution a "piece of paper", denied the detainees POW status, tortured them in direct violation of US law and International law, just to name a few.
I could on and on, but to sum it up, we have no choice but to move forward with the trials and at taxpayers expense. Someone has to clean up the mess Bush left behind.
Dan Wiedeback; I also agree with you, the Tea Party should be called by its proper name. I do however wonder where the Tea Party was when President Bush tossed aside the Constitution with his Patriot Act? Where were they when he gave tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of Americans.
I think if you pull up a roster of the leadership of the Tea Party and do some research on them, you'll find few if any make less than 250k per year.
I agree with the idea of the Tea Party. I just dislike it being led by Carpet Baggers masquerading as concerned average Americans.
"A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'" (Author unknown)
Whoa! Using the term "tea baggers" is no where near comparable to using hate speech like "Fags". Shame on you!
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