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Posted on June 13 at 12:36 p.m.

My prayers go out to the family. It is they who have to pick up the pieces and move forward after this terrible tragedy.

On County, Sheriff’s Department Sued for Wrong-Way-Driving Death

Posted on June 3 at 6:56 p.m.

WARNING Possible Troll---> Do people really still believe their vote counts? I mean didn't Gore vs Bush prove that it's no longer the case? When votes don't matter and it goes in front of a judicial committee anyway then what does it matter about the electoral college? IMHO we need a new system that isn't as corrupt as this one has turned out to be. ESC, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Ctrl X....something.... it's time to make some radical changes because this government isn't working.

On Elect President by Popular Vote

Posted on June 2 at 5:44 p.m.

EZK- I'm sure we are all aware that the driver is supposed to pay attention to the road but does that mean that the passengers do too? What about the other people in the vehicle? Don't they get to look out the window and admire the scenery?

On Suicide Barrier Gets Green Light

Posted on June 1 at 3:03 p.m.

Why not make everyone walk around in a plastic bubble to protect us from everything? I'm not advocating suicide by any means but this will only change the location people go to jump. It won't stop them from doing it.

On Suicide Barrier Gets Green Light

Posted on May 27 at 9:28 a.m.

Having had Lyme's Disease a few years ago I've tried to keep up to date on new studies. When I was diagnosed I had circular rashes all over my body, a fever and migraine type headaches. I never saw the one that got me nor did I get a "bullseye" in just one spot. It was a series of red circles ranging in size from 4-8inch in diameter. I was treated with Antibiotics for a full 30days but started feeling 90% better after 48 hrs. I have since been symptom free for the last 3 years, and I'm told by a doctor friend (someone I trust completely) that treatments only lasting 2 weeks are just as effective if you have caught it early enough.

One study I found last year (and I wish I could post the link here but I can't find it again) showed that the disease can be transmitted in as little as 30min but is rare, however the thinking that it takes up to 24hrs has been proven incorrect.

I have worked in the medical field several different times throughout my life and can attest to the severity of MRSA or Staff infections and their resistance to current antibiotics so I can understand the desire not to 'over medicate' and possibly increase these superbugs. IMHO each case is different and treatment should be tailored to each individual's circumstances instead of just a blanket treatment plan.

On Lyme Disease

Posted on May 23 at 3:11 p.m.

Unfortunately this article just points out another example as the 'Decline of the Western Civilization' moves on.

On County Deep-Sixes Funding for 75 Nonprofit Programs

Posted on May 19 at 2:42 p.m.

Hang onto your hats folks! Its only going to get worse. Here is what I predict: 2% increase in homelessness over the next year, 5% for the year after, and an increase of 50% within the next 7 years compared to this years local estimation. The reason? Jobs, but you want to spend "$150,000" per new officer in SB. Multiply that by how many officers people are asking for; an increase from the current 121 to 2001 standards of 150 officers, total? $4,350,000 more dollars that could be better spent creating jobs. Or heck, you might be better off giving every homeless $3000, that would certainly feed them for a year and they wouldn't be reaching across railings for food. (approx: 1150 homeless as per article) but I doubt it.

I love this idea of building something in the desert, oh boy, ship all the homeless off to an internment camp where they can get the help they need. Absolutely, why deal with the problem here when you can ship it out to the desert where it's out of sight and out of mind. No problems here in SB, see, we're so friendly and welcoming. Just be sure if you visit your wearing the correct fashions and don't even think about trying to travel the country like; Thoreau, Emerson, or John Muir. Because if you do you might get hassled and fined or.....arrested.

On Homeless Crime Wave: Perception or Reality?

Posted on May 18 at 11:40 a.m.

I'm sorry but I don't agree that there is "plenty for them to do" if they are able bodied. I'm able bodied, I'm educated, intelligent (well I think so), able to follow directions, don't do drugs, and not an alcoholic. Yet I found myself, broke, homeless and jobless due to circumstances, some within my control and some outside of my control. Unless you are in the situation yourself it is very hard to conceptualize just how hard it is to get out of the trap once your in it. Try applying for a job without having an address and see how many return phone calls you get. Answer: none

I agree and understand that there is a population out there that does not want to better themselves or through mental or physical limitations can't. I don't have the answer. I wish I did, but being self-righteous about it and wanting to treat these people as 'pariah' just so the 'gentry' can feel good about themselves when they walk down State St. is wrong. That I know.

On How to Deal with It

Posted on May 18 at 11:40 a.m.

I'm sorry but I don't agree that there is "plenty for them to do" if they are able bodied. I'm able bodied, I'm educated, intelligent (well I think so), able to follow directions, don't do drugs, and not an alcoholic. Yet I found myself, broke, homeless and jobless due to circumstances, some within my control and some outside of my control. Unless you are in the situation yourself it is very hard to conceptualize just how hard it is to get out of the trap once your in it. Try applying for a job without having an address and see how many return phone calls you get. Answer: none

I agree and understand that there is a population out there that does not want to better themselves or through mental or physical limitations can't. I don't have the answer. I wish I did, but being self-righteous about it and wanting to treat these people as 'pariah' just so the 'gentry' can feel good about themselves when they walk down State St. is wrong. That I know.

On How to Deal with It

Posted on May 17 at 3:44 p.m.

I'm curious to know what you think of the homeless who go through the trash and recycle? I'm downtown almost everyday and yes, I see the panhandlers, but these "Packs of Intoxicated people" has me a little baffled.

Just what are you as an individual doing to help, aside from just spewing your dislike for these people? Do you donate your time? Or perhaps you've asked if any of these people could work for you? Have you offered them a job? A place to stay? Maybe training so that they could find a job? If you think finding a job is easy think again. Over 450 applicants just for a job at McDonalds, and every place you apply wants an address. What are they going to put on their application?

It makes me sick that people who are comfortable, have a job, have a place to get out of the weather and off the street think of those who don't. Get down off your pedestal and get dirty, get involved if it bothers you so much.

On How to Deal with It

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