Igor 1 month ago on City attorney: Sheriff did not violate law by leaving car running in parking lot

Perhaps they have an ordinance that makes it unlawful to leave a running motor vehicle unattended on private property. Municipalities are permitted to adopt ordinances that impose more stringent rules than do our state's statutes unless the legislature and evinced an intent to preempt local law.

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Igor 1 month, 1 week ago on Letter - Human CO2 emissions are insignificant

I agree with your last sentence, but before I’m willing to see my tax dollars go for costly bird chopping wind machines and environmentally destructive bird frying solar farms, I’d first like to see some concrete evidence that mankind is in anyway responsible for the warming of the planet over the past 100 years, especially since the warming trend has been nil for the last 15 of those years. Temperature is something that can be measured objectively. Computer models based on theory carry no weight, especially when their predictions have all been thoroughly debunked by thermometers. During the Middle Ages there was a period when the earth was much warmer than it is today and mankind prospered like never then before. People were actually cultivating crops in Greenland. While animal flatulence and forest fires might have contributed to the warming during that period of time, I rather suspect that, instead the warming was due to solar activity or, perhaps, some other natural phenomena such as that mentioned in Mr. Singleton’s email. I’m not suggesting that mankind did not contribute in some small way to the warming trend that preceded the last two decades, but the “Chicken Little – Sky Is Falling” nonsense that’s been promulgated by the far left leaves me cold and downright angry. It’s truly sad that an issue involving our environment and the well being of future generations has been politicized to the extent it has. Here I’m thinking more about the debt that we’re heaping on our children and grandchildren to finance all the Green silliness rather that Al Gore and his Earth in the Balance road show. From my perspective, much of our scientific community has been compromised by the politicization of the all the climate change nonsense. Every time I hear or read the 97% mantra I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Climate change has become the new and latest boogie man of the far left. But then this sort of fear mongering has been going on ever since Rachel’s Silent Spring. I’m from Missouri. Show me!

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Igor 1 month, 1 week ago on Letter - Human CO2 emissions are insignificant

Not all glaciers are shrinking. Some in Washington have been growing, e.g., the Nisqually Glacier. http://iceagenow.info/2014/05/nisqually-glacier-growing-thicker/ The Emmons Glaciers on Mt. Rainier is also growing. Crater Glacier on Mt. Saint Helens is now larger than it was before the 1980 eruption. While the planet has no doubt warmed slightly over the past years, there's no credible evidence that the warming is related to human activity or, even if it were, that it's the least bit harmful.

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Igor 1 month, 1 week ago on Letter - Human CO2 emissions are insignificant

Steve,

Outstanding! Excellent letter! Thanks so much for your efforts to restore sanity on the AGW issue. I've not read near the number of books you have on the topic, but those that I have read, along with numerous articles on the subject, convince me that the whole climate change panic is nothing but a big load of political rubbish.

The real problem is that leftist politicians the world around have seized on the issue as part of their plan to frighten the naïve and the gullible into voting for their side. Just as in the case of the "Republican War on Women," there's no credible evidence to substantiate the claims of the true believers, i.e., the members of "The Church of Global Warming."

But, of course, that will never stop them from pushing their foolish plans for world regulation on the subject of CO2 emissions. The earth has warmed and cooled and warmed and cooled over the eons and the process began way before we started using coal and petroleum to better the lives of mankind.

Now the far left is seeking legislation to regulate our diets. Not just Mayor Bloomberg and his sugary soda ordinance; the far left now want us to stop eating meat because they believe that animal flatulence is contributing to global warming. Yes, cows and pigs do emit gas as part of their digestive process, but I seriously doubt that their flatulence has done much to heat the oceans, where, I understand, all the heat is now hiding. What a joke!

Keep writing your letters Steve. Hopefully they'll cause some to question all the nonsense they've been fed by our leftist media.

P.S. I'm a Nam Vet too. Army Cu Chi 1969.

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Igor 1 month, 1 week ago on Letter - Obama’s hypocrisy on corporate patriotism

I could not agree more. Our corporate income taxes are the highest in the world but, as you observe, an even bigger problem is all the needless, oppressive regulation. If we can't turn the train wreck around we'll be a third rate power in less than 20 years. Not a pleasant thought.

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Igor 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Letter - Strong leadership needed to fight jihadists

Thank goodness for Churchill. His predecessor, Chamberlain, best known for his policy of appeasement, gave the Sudetenland to Germany. Now were seeing the same thing in Ukraine. Too many "red lines" crossed and no action.

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Igor 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Turner’s leadership, integrity, honesty questioned

Right on! As usual, we are on the same track. I served in the Nam too, 1969. Lost lots of good friends to snipers and rockets and I will forever hate the Dems for buggin' out and leavin' my li'l gook pals to twist in the wind. Our darkest moment. The whole thing made me wonder, is there a destructive progressive gene? Where everything our government does is wrong? Good on you Nam Vet! I love your thoughtful comments.

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Igor 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Violence stems from brains, not guns

Well told! I've packed since I was a young man because I work in a profession where I get, or used to get, constant death threats.

I once had a guy come to my house at about 0300 hours kicking in my door. I went down in my bathrobe with a baseball bat only to be confronted with a guy with an automatic pistol pointed right at my belly.

I slammed the door and called 911. Fortunately there was a cruiser in my neighborhood and an Officer was there in less than three minutes.

Today I have tasers along with my pistols in my gun safes and can hop to in 30 seconds. No scum bag is ever gonna git the drop on me.

Listen poep0le, there's a reason why the Left wants your guns and it has nothing to do with public safety.

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Igor 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Violence stems from brains, not guns

Nam Vet,

You always hit the nail. The kid from Seattle is a genuine hero. When others were running and hiding he went after the shooter. You can tell just by lookin' at his pic in the Seattle Times he's one tough hombre.

As Jim Baker said, the State of Idaho recently passed a law that allows students enrolled in its colleges and universities to carry concealed weapons on campus if they have a permit to pack.

I guess the Idaho Republicans were worried that they might someday have a mass shooting on one of their state's campuses and wanted their kids to have a fighting chance. The lefties were, predictably, outraged.

While there are obvious downsides to such a law, I believe, on balance, that it's a good law, especially if permitees are properly trained and screened like they are here in Washington.

Read John Lott's More Guns, Less Crime. Lott is an economist with a Ph.D from UCLA and has taught at Yale, the University of Chicago, the Warton School of Business and the University of Maryland. Right now he works for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank which I support with small donations from time-to-time. His book has convinced me beyond any doubt that More Guns = Less Crime.

There's a reason why the left wants our guns and it has nothing to do with public safety. I always enjoy your thoughtful comments.

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Igor 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Turner’s leadership, integrity, honesty questioned

Good Letter Jerry! Though I've never met Sheriff Turner, my impression is that he's an extremely poor manager. Anyone that has his Department in constant turmoil from almost the beginning of his tenure does not deserve reelection. You can't run a department the way he has with all the continual strife and discord.

He's overspent his budget and has cost the County an ungodly amount of money defending all the administrative complaints lodged by his underlings. Moreover, he doesn't seem to be able to get along with the County Commissioners either. They've called him out on numerous occasions, even to the point of calling him a liar.

Part of being a good leader and being a good Department Head is instilling confidence and respect in your subordinates. Instead, by all indications, he has ripped his Department apart.

Murders are up, crime is up, and it doesn't seem that he has done much of anything to halt the escalation. And he was supposed to the "expert" in combating gang violence? Not from what I've seen.

Also, Jerry, I rise to your defense on the DUI. DUI is not a crime of moral turpitude and when you served as Judge, you were probably the best District Court Judge our County has ever had.

Good on you, Jerry, for your letter, and I hope that the voters will heed your pleas and listen. Can't fight crime with a law enforcement agency in turmoil. As one who served, if you don't have trust in your Commander, then the unit can't function. A good commander knows how to unify his troops.

Turner needs to go back to L.A.

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