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11:26 AM yesterday RDPence commented on Self-Checkout Machines and American Ideology: Be the Boss of You!.
I don't "choose" self-service checkout lanes, rather I'm forced into them when the store has only one or two staffed lanes open, with lines winding up the store aisles (Safeway).

When self-serve gasoline stations first emerged, they cut the price of gas when we pumped it ourselves, so there's some compensation for the work we do. Alas, not so at the grocery store or Home Depot; we pay the same prices either way.
Dec 15 RDPence commented on What You Need to Know About Police Body Cameras.
"An objecting party could simply decline to continue the conversation." Probably good advice for a citizen who doesn't want to be recorded, but what does that do to crime investigations if that person is a witness?

Body cams could easily morph into one of those "be careful what you wish for" situations.

And remember the enormous difficulties imposed by current disclosure requirements that all this video -- quickly mounting into the millions of hours -- is subject to public disclosure, upon request, even requests for a complete dump of everything. Probably time to revisit the public disclosure laws.
Dec 13 RDPence commented on Here Are the Rules for the SPD Officers Who'll Soon Be Wearing Body Cameras.
There will be witnesses to crime who do not wish to be recorded due to legitimate fear of retaliation. Since we don't want body cams to become a deterrent to crime solving, what's the fix?
Dec 12 RDPence commented on Guest Editorial: We Need to Stop Trying to Rescue This Tunnel Project and Consider Our Options.
I'm delighted to see Cary Moon back in the discussion of this important and troubled project. She's a voice that shouldn't be ignored.
Dec 5 RDPence commented on City Attorney Will Not Press Charges Against Westlake Security Guard Who Pepper Sprayed Raymond Wilford.
I'm beginning to think that ordinary citizens need to wear body cams, so they have a record of what happens when encountering people behaving badly, including people operating under color of authority.
Dec 4 RDPence commented on Public Defender Association Exploring Whether SPD Has Violated Protester Rights.
The problem isn't really with the protesters, it's with the anarchists (so-called) and others who co-opt legit protests and use them as cover for vandalism.

From what I've seen and heard about, SPD has been trying to prevent vandalism and similar mayhem. Leaving legit protesters free to send their message and not have it derailed by a few bad actors.
Nov 20 RDPence commented on If the New Cinerama Can't Save Movie Theaters, Nothing Can.
This 60-something has no interest in the latest special-effects extravaganzas geared for teens and young adults. If that's what the new Cinerama intends to concentrate on, I won't be there very often.

But I did see Lawrence of Arabia there after their last big remodel, and it was great. I hope they do retro filmfests on a regular basis. Amadeus on that sound system would be awesome.
Nov 18 RDPence commented on Guest Editorial: Don't Tell Me Olympia Can't Fund the Smaller Class Sizes Voters Just Demanded.
The author says "The campaign for 1351 did not advocate for a specific approach to raising new revenue, and it won't do that now. It’s up to the legislature to take action."

A mirror image of Tim Eyman and his tax-cutting initiatives ~ reduce taxes but don't tell the voters what services will be taken away. Just leave it up to the Legislature.

Initiative authors, busy on their kitchen tables, are free to write these things any way they want, but they often lead to unsatisfactory outcomes.
Nov 18 RDPence commented on Death to Self-Checkout Machines.
What I resent is being forced to use the self-scan machines because the store has only one or two staffed check-outs during busy hours, and their lines are a mile long (Safeway!)
Nov 17 RDPence commented on Lunchtime!.
I drive by regularly on my journey from Beacon Hill to Costco. Thanks for the tip; I'll definitely be stopping soon!

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