Jan 16, 2015
commented on The Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Cases
If they rule against us on the marriage question, then the answer to your question will partially hinge on how they rule on the recognition question. Right now, heterosexual marriages are accepted across state lines. There's a little thing called the "full faith and credit clause" that requires it. It would take quite a dance to say that states can pick and choose among the marriages they will choose to recognize.
If they invalidate it in states where marriage equality has come by judicial decision, then another fascinating issue will be what to do about all the people who got married. How could a court unwind a marriage that was legal at the time it was performed? Bottom line, wow.
May 21, 2014
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.
Mar 28, 2014
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.
Mar 27, 2014
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.