commented on Westlake Cycletrack NIMBYs: Save Our Endangered Parking Spots!
Okay. I'll speak up here. There does need to be a dedicated cycle track. However, those of us who use the parking (early morning rowers, for instance) need to have as much parking as possible, and reasonable ingress/egress to get to that parking. And we need to be able to get our shells from the boathouse to the trailer.
Speed limits, that cyclists actually observed, would also be helpful, so that speeders wouldn't surprise me as I am trying to slowly and carefully back into a parking space. Yes, I know cyclists feel it is their constitutional right to goo whatever speed they wish, but no traffic in that mixed use area should be above 15MPH. Even in the cycle track.
I know compromise is a dirty word all around these days, but this fan-of-cyclists-but-still-a-vehicular-commuter believes in it whole-heartedly.
commented on Watch the Mudslide Area Change Over the Last 10 Years, as Reconstructed by Google Earth
Wow, Peter Goldman is most definitely on a mission (which the Stranger is certainly helping him to fulfill) to link this terrible tragedy to timber harvest.
The first story based on Peter's comments was in the Wednesday Stranger, right? And now this one today. Let's all take guesses on when Peter will next send out an enticing little tidbit that the Stranger will dutifully report on. I'm guessing Tuesday. On Monday, there's too much news from the weekend to rehash. Any other eager guessers out there who would like to try to predict Peter's next, inevitable move and the Stranger's eager lede?
Perhaps we should also guess on the "authority" Peter will point to. The first story relied on his own words of wisdom. Today we have a weird and anonymous YouTube. So I'm guessing a series of tweets in the next installment.
commented on Is There a Connection Between the Mudslide and Our State's Historical Mishmash of Logging Regulations?
Peter Goldman is certainly working to use this tragedy to his political advantage, which is not unexpected. I suggest that before leaping to to the conclusion that Peter would like you to reach (logging is the problem here) that readers listen to Dr. Dan Miller's comments from last night's Rachel Maddow show, who makes it clear that while it is possible that timber harvest may have had an impact, that impact would be minor. The primary causes would be the river's erosion of the "toe" of the slide area, stream flows in the area, etc.
Nov 6, 2013
commented on Is There a Human Rights Problem with the New Districts Map?
I wish every state would pass laws/initiatives/whatever, that compel districts to be created with an emphasis on geographic contiguity. That's why I love this map. If it means that my district elects someone more conservative than my preference, fine. People who preferred city-wide elections because it allows the more libel folks to drown out conservative voices are exactly like the gerrymanderers who gave us the current composition of the U.S. House.
Nov 7, 2012
commented on NOM's Sad Silver Lining
Were those two republicans ones who supported marriage equality in New York? Those republicans had been targeted by NOM and its allies for defeat.