I'm not a big fan of chain store type restaurant bars, but I can't help but appreciate Old Chicago downtown and the staff.
The food is good, the happy hour adequate, and the wait staff the best. One evening I sat at the bar and watched in awe as two bartenders kept up with about ten or twelve servers and a totally packed bar - I mean a standing room only type atmosphere. It was impressive. For any of you that have hustled drinks, you know what I'm talkin' 'bout.
On the flip side of that, when it's a little slower, they'll shoot the breeze with the patrons, something that is sorely lacking in American bars.
It's also good people watchin' to sit at the tables near the window.
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On a positive note, being a inconsiderate moron behind the wheel is still completely legal.
No one put a gun to your head and forced you to volunteer for this.
I too am a bike commuter, and along with my wife, we pound out thousands of miles along Boise roads and the Green Belt. We would loved to have put our names in the hat for this bike but we didn't. You know why? BECAUSE WE KNEW WE COULDN'T LIVE BY THE RULES OF THE CONTEST!
You committed to not using a vehicle for a year and you failed...miserably.
If you cannot live by the rules, then don't enter the contest. I applaud your contributions to the biking community but it doesn't negate the fact you broke the rules.
I totally agree. As a white guy married to a woman of color, I've seen how differently she gets treated than I. And I don't think we are the exception. A couple we know are mixed race and they have a similar opinion.
It's not so much an overt or blatant prejudice but, well, just a difference in the way they are treated. I think it has to do with how homogeneous Idaho is. We don't get that much interaction with people outside our culture so anyone that looks different gets treated differently. I'm not saying this happens 100% if the time, but enough to be noticeable.
BTW BW, a story you ran some years ago was laughable. It was a photographer who 'celebrated Boise's diversity' by cherry-picking visitors to the Farmer's Market and photographing them. It was like he went down a checklist of minorities...black person - check, Hispanic - got it, guy with tats and dreads - done, Asian....
Running a story on Boise's diversity was disingenuous but made for some good laughs.
The death penalty is not a deterrent to crime. The United States is the only developed country with a death penalty still in place, yet we have a much higher crime rate than all the others that did away with it.
By keeping the death penalty we put ourselves in the same company as Iran, Pakistan, China, and Saudi Arabia. Not good company.
Most people on death row are the poor. They couldn't afford a lawyer and had to rely on a court-appointed lawyer. If you think lawyers don't make a difference just look at the O.J. trial. You can definitely buy your freedom.
With the advances in DNA testing many on death row have been proven innocent and released. Sadly, there are cases of innocent men being put to death for crimes they didn't commit. Watch the PBS show Frontline on Jan 4 about a father put to death for the deaths of his children.
Bottom line, the death penalty isn't a deterrent, it's expensive, it's meted out unfairly on the poor, and worst of all it's murder of the innocent by the state with our tax dollars.
Serious!? Slow down until the oncoming traffic passes and then pass the cyclist.
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