Calzaretta 1 month, 1 week ago on Lynch-led Seahawks take care of Giants

The print story headline used the term "Lynch-mob". How horribly insensitive to the history of African-Americans in this country. The headline was neither clever nor funny.

The U-B owes an apology.

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Calzaretta 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Witnesses say driver hits, then shoots cyclist in Spokane area

How about taking responsibility by NOT shooting at an unarmed cyclist who is biking AWAY from you in the first place.

Wow.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 3 months, 2 weeks ago on West’s appeals court to hear same-sex marriage bans

Excellent post. Thanks for sharing.

And after same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states (which will hopefully be soon), life will go on. It won't be the end of civilization. Families will be stronger. Our country will be stronger by coming even closer to our founding beliefs.

It is time for the Supreme Court to take a case and right a Constitutional wrong.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 5 months, 1 week ago on Washington loses latest bid for No Child waiver

The state has quite a strong evaluation system (it is relatively new, so the jury is still out on its ultimate effectiveness). I see the core issue being more about local control. Do we really want our schools managed from 4000 milea away?

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 5 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Those on bikes must stop at stop signs

Thanks for the comment! Yesterday while riding I saw at least three drivers talking on their phones; one almost hit me when he was making a turn (I was not required to stop at the intersection but was forced to brake and turn sharply to avoid being hit). The driver, of course, didn't stop. I also saw a bike rider looking at her phone as she rode down my street yesterday.

I know this is a lot to be asking, but can't we all just use a little common sense here?

Enjoy your riding!

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Calzaretta 5 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Those on bikes must stop at stop signs

True, bike riders shouldn't do this. But let's look at the real issue: drivers who roll through intersections, texting while driving, talking on the phone, and those who immediately become aggressive behind the wheel. And there is a certain percentage of drivers who just hate cyclists. These people will find any reason to put down cycling and bicyclists. Some have even justified right here on the UB website "clipping" cyclists with their cars (of course they do this without posting their real names).

On any given day in Walla Walla I'd be willing to guess there are hundreds of cars on the road and maybe a few dozen bikes.

Be honest, the greater problem is with poor and dangerous driving.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Health Center names five new board members

Thank you to the new board members for joining, and for the departing board members for your amazing dedication to this vital service.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Tourist dies after being struck in crosswalk at Palouse, Main streets

I understand what you are saying, but that is not the law now. The law gives a bicycle the right to use the lane. Most cyclists take this responsibility seriously. I'm sorry you have encountered rude cyclists. That is no excuse, however, to "clip" or endanger them. I'm sure you are not condoning this dangerous and potentially deadly activity.

Drivers get mad because a rider might slow them down. But think about it; if you need to slow to 10 mph behind a cyclist climbing a hill how much time are you actually losing? A minute or two on your trip? Is it worth endangering or possibly killing someone?

I am an avid touring cyclist. I know that I need to coexist on the roads with cars if I want to safely complete my trip. But I don't go out of my way to antagonize drivers just because I have the right to the road (and I DO have the right to the road).

Look, we all need to take a deep breath and calm down. We CAN all share the road.

Dan Calzaretta

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