Sep 18, 2013 sam2300 commented on Destroying a Neighborhood?.
It’s so easy to take potshots at someone who is against a bike lane and Ms. Minard has done a wonderful job in making the concerns of people who live along Roosevelt Way look foolish. Bravo! By doing so, however, she has missed an opportunity to elevate the discussion of what is being done to Seattle neighborhoods.

For the record, the residents of Roosevelt Way are not against bike lanes. Not even this particular bike lane. What they’re concerned about is what the addition of a bike lane will mean to this particular stretch of roadway.

What Ms. Minard didn’t tell you in this article is that SDOT’s own findings showed that the heaviest traffic along this stretch of roadway is southbound in the mornings. Yet, their plan – in addition to adding a bike lane – takes away a southbound lane in the mornings, something the three Metro lines that this stretch of road supports depend on to make their established scheduled stops. What this will mean is backed-up traffic, slower commutes, and increased pollution, something we should all agree is not in the best interests of the city. (Also, one point of correction, the side of the street that is losing its parking and a lane of traffic is the same side of the street, not opposite sides of the street, as the article states.)

What Ms. Minard also didn’t tell you is that when the photographer who came to shoot our neighborhood saw this stretch of road, she exclaimed, “This is too narrow for a bike lane!” and when she saw the busses that now have to be within inches of the curb, she proclaimed it “scary.” Ms. Minard chose not to visit our neighborhood before writing her story.

What she also didn’t tell you is that there already exist beautiful bike lanes just five blocks away on Fifth Avenue. With the Sharrow lanes on 75th, bikers have a clear, uninterrupted shot to travel north. What she didn’t tell you is that this proposal does nothing to help bikers traveling south, which is the vast majority of bike traffic on this stretch of road.

What she also didn’t mention is that recent studies have shown that bike lanes do very little to increase biker safety http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Study…, a fact the Cascade Bicycle Club concedes. Safety is what SDOT claims is their reason for this addition.

We put Ms. Minard in touch with numerous stories from many residents, all of which she chose to ignore. It is disappointing Ms. Minard chose to publish SDOT’s talking points verbatim without telling the other side of the story.

Again, we do not oppose bike lanes. What we oppose is pandering to the few (and it is questionable whether these changes benefit anyone at all) at the expense of the many, which includes the hundreds of pedestrians who walk this stretch of road every day.
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Jan 2, 2013 sam2300 commented on Five Things You Should Know Before You Travel to Peru.
Actually, guinea pig is quite tasty.
Nov 13, 2012 sam2300 commented on Who Do You Want to Run for Mayor?.
ABM - anybody but McGinn. Actually, perhaps Greg Nickels will run again. I'm on board with that!
Nov 5, 2012 sam2300 commented on Which Style of Gay Marriage Ad Is More Effective?.
Unfortunately, studies tell us that fear-mongering works. I've been disappointed that, in these final days, not only have I not seen as many "Approve 74" ads, but the ones they're showing aren't disputing the lies. And I think that hurts the cause.
Oct 10, 2012 sam2300 commented on Slog Poll: Pumpkin Seeds Are a Triumph of Fall.
And, there actually are quite high in protein. http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articl…
Aug 2, 2012 sam2300 commented on Stupid Question of the Day.
Actually, I don't find that to be a stupid question at all. Don't prisons have schedules where inmates are only allowed to use the phone at certain times? Actually, I think someone in prison would have one of the tightest schedules of all!
Apr 30, 2012 sam2300 commented on All Religion Is Bullshit.
I find it sad that I actually have to point this out, but there exist religions that don't have sacred texts. What you SEEM to be saying is that all "holy texts" are bullshit. That may be true. But there exists religions that look at what is common among all religions and examines it in a analytical way. There are religions that don't believe in a Supreme Being that exists outside of humanity and judges us from afar. While I actually agree with the sentiment expressed, to paint all religions with this broad brushstroke does both religion and your argument disservice.
Mar 30, 2012 sam2300 commented on The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality.
It is very discouraging to hear someone who spent two years researching this to still trot out the idea that the men of Sodom wanted to have sex with Lot's visitors. In earlier translations of the Bible, the verse is actually "And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them." Read that again. That we may KNOW them. The whole homosexual bent is based on the phrase "to know" -- or "ya,da'" as it is written in Hebrew. Ya,da is a Hebrew verb which is commonly translated as "know." Its meaning is ambiguous. It appears 943 times elsewhere in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Usually it means "to know a fact." In only about a dozen of these cases does it refers to sexual activity; in these instances, the sexual meaning is always obvious. The text generally talks about a man "knowing" a woman and of her conceiving a child as a result of the "knowing." In all instances, such references involve heterosexual relationships. In Genesis 19:5, the meaning of "ya,da" is ambiguous at best. Given that the usual meaning of the word is nonsexual, it stretches credibility to immediately assume that the meaning was sexual. So to hear the mistranslation being repeated here is very depressing.
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Feb 10, 2012 sam2300 commented on George Will Put's One Foot in the Realm of Making Sense.
You mean "... 'Puts' (no apostrophe) One Foot..."???
Feb 7, 2012 sam2300 commented on Which Kind of Bus Person Are You?.
There ARE two kinds of people who ride the bus. Those who, when a bus is nearing their stop, get up and stand near the exit doors to facilitate and quick off-boarding. These people are nice. Then there are those who wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before getting up off their lazy asses to saunter to the exit doors, often while there are people waiting outside to board the bus, but are being prohibited from doing so, because there's a lazy SOB taking his/her time to walk up to the front door and exit. These people are assholes.