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Posted on December 12 at 10:35 a.m.
"Its about time that the Channel Islands should be opened up to the public ..."-- thomas592003
I too, am indignant about the Channel Islands being closed to the public :)
On Debate Over Fate of Channel Islands
Posted on December 12 at 12:26 a.m.
I found this lecture Steves did on his visit to Iran very interesting:
Steves makes no apologies about his personal interpretations & impressions. He offers his insights straight up yet thoughtfully. I find his reflections completely refreshing.
On Interview: Rick Steves
Posted on December 11 at 9:26 a.m.
Great info. It never occurred to me to take palm dates on a hiking trip. Also didn't know palms are technically "big grass":
On Flying Disc Ranch
Posted on December 9 at 9:22 a.m.
I think the Forest Service takes too much heat for things that really should be blamed on Congress. I browsed some papers that came up by Googling "Forest Service Federal Funding". It seems the FS budgeting process is so heavily politicized that it hamstrings their land management responsibilities. The Adventure Pass issue is really a symptom of a problem, not the problem itself.
One small example I found ... the FS used to be able to generate operational revenue for itself through the harvesting of timber. But conservative interests (not conservation interests) forced legislation that now requires the FS to use private interests to do the harvesting ... and take the profits.
This isn't to say there hasn't been any mis-management at the district level, but why assume that's so when you haven't looked at the big picture?
On Los Padres Forest Proposes Changes in Recreation Fees
Posted on December 6 at 12:44 p.m.
Having just come back from my annual physical exam ....
The insurance market is complex with costs a function of many variables. I suspect there are more than a few older folks commenting here who have individual (as opposed to group) plans.
I need to do more research, but it appears one reason many plans are being cancelled is because they don't provide minimum levels of coverage. For example, plans that don't cover preventative care. And we all know taking advantage of preventative care leads to healthier lives and lower medical costs down the road.
Based on this, a rough analogy might be .. pay a lower price per month to lease a car that runs half the time (and you have to foot the repair bills) or pay more for a car that runs better (and you have to foot the cost of oil changes, etc.):
Insurance is by definition a shared risk pool. Actuaries within the insurance companies have been free to set their prices based on that concept, or not. Fairly or unfairly. With the AHCA, a goal is to make those decisions more "fair". For example, insurance companies are now required to rebate customers when less than ~80% of premiums go towards coverage. Do you really want 40% of your premiums to pay for marketing and executive compensation, as they did in the past?
Food for thought.
On Affordable Care Act Responsibilities for the Individual
Posted on December 6 at 9:34 a.m.
My employer-provided group insurance went up ~15% with few coverage changes, but that's pretty much par for the course.
Posted on December 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Darn, missed the chance for a cool time exposure photo.
On Rocket Launch Scheduled for Thursday Night
Posted on December 3 at 10:58 a.m.
Great idea. Hundreds of bikes are abandoned in IV each year ... do they still do the bike auction on unclaimed bikes? Maybe Bici Centro can tap into that?
On What a Difference a Bike Makes
Posted on December 3 at 10:52 a.m.
Canada will get back at us when the arctic circle melts and they become rich from oil.
Canadian dental jewelry sales will then soar and the hordes will swoop south to steal our women.
On Yo, Canada!
Posted on December 1 at 1:11 p.m.
At over 500 pages, the draft plan is more than a casual read.
However, I saved a copy because it looks like a great source of info for planning a future visit.
I'd vote for any plan that strikes a balance between mitigating previous adverse impacts, preserving the "untrammeled" nature of the islands, protecting wildlife habitats, setting aside some wilderness areas, and increasing educational opportunities especially for school kids.
Access seems OK (available, but low key) and I'd hate to more islands becoming another ferry destination for hordes of people. Expanding the mainland visitor centers sounds like a good idea.
On Future of the Channel Islands
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