dogman12 1 week, 1 day ago on Letter - Slow down, think and just drive

Right on. If you speed across town, tailgating and jetting from light to light, you "save" maybe 2 minutes. Really?

Selfish is exactly the word for it.

Tailgating is an odd mental phenomenon in the person doing it, if you think about it. It is a selfish demand expressed through their vehicle's proximity to the one in front. I get the message, but I disagree and I slow down and remain calm. I actually get a kick out of it.

I recently drove to and around Seattle. To be immersed in that hyper-urgency driving was draining. It happens here, but believe me, it is way worse elsewhere.

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dogman12 1 month, 1 week ago on Op-Ed - WW City Council should reduce homelessness, not criminalize it

Three straight years of record corporate profits, 91% of which are going to stock buy-backs and executive perks. The so-called "job creators" are failing our country and our people.

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dogman12 1 month, 1 week ago on Op-Ed - WW City Council should reduce homelessness, not criminalize it

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for this issue. It is not even clear that there is only one issue. Ask 10 people what the issue is, and you will probably get 10 different answers. Not all downtown loiterers are homeless, some just like the rowdy crowd.

Is the goal to minimize annoying tourists? To minimize public displays of anti-social behavior? To rehabilitate broken people? To minimize actual crimes against persons and property? To allow the compassionate to increase their odds of entering heaven? To minimize reminders of how we have failed?

Is the goal to reform society and the economy so that we generate fewer losers?

The City Council members have a daunting task in articulating what the appropriate goal is for City government, using our tax dollars. There will be costs to any approach, (including doing nothing) : the question is what will we get back for our spending?

I suggest that the costs of off-street day shelter and physical services (hot and cold running water...) NOT be paid with tax dollars, but with charity dollars. We are already deep into spending tax dollars on "soft services" like counseling, treatment, food, and law enforcement.

In the end, if a person is incapable of cooperating with the volunteers and professionals offering services and insists on "stinking up" our public spaces and viewscape, we can spend money incarcerating them, or spend money shipping them somewhere else. Or, tolerate their presence.

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dogman12 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Funding for Plaza Way roundabout in transportation bill

All the business driveways on both sides of Plaza Way south of the intersection need to be redirected for this to work.

And see that gap behind the Spa? Take a right lane of the highway off into that for cars looking to park at Plaza or go south or east. Reduce volume in the intersection. No Exit from Starbucks to Plaza Way, take them back into that same gap.

Just sayin'.

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dogman12 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ducky Derby waddles out of water

Mill Creek has been flowing at about 50 cubic feet per second (CFS) AFTER the City takes its water out upstream. This week's average water use by all city customers: 12.35 million gallons per day. This equals 19.3 CFS, which is about 28% of the flow.

The median flow for this time of year based on 77 years of records is about 120 CFS. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=14013000

These conditions are very likely to continue for a while, maybe years.

Users of city water should voluntarily conserve as much as possible. There are tips on the City's website: http://www.wallawallawa.gov/depts/publicworks/water/conservation

You can do it now because you are intelligent and aware. Or, you can do it later under mandatory regulations. (See: California) Your choice.

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dogman12 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Approaches to global warming worth debating

Yes, the MSR nukes could be really important.

Batteries have reached a cost of $200/kwh 5 years earlier than expected, and the Tesla/Panasonic factory promises to drive that down to $150 or less. (that makes the replacement for my 16kwh car batt only $2,400, and thus significantly less than the gasoline it replaced.)

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dogman12 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Letter - Approaches to global warming worth debating

Oh lord. I was afraid that "spontaneous generation of more oil " thing would come up.

Been hitting the absinthe again?

And somehow I don't think that "reducing poverty" and "saving the birds" are really concerns for you, just cynical bait to lure the liberals you love to hate so much.

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dogman12 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Letter - Approaches to global warming worth debating

Fossil fuels are finite. In order to keep a lifestyle above peasant level we need megajoules of energy. Put those two together and you must conclude that efficiency, renewables, and new generation small nuclear is the package we eventually need.

In 20 years? 100? No difference really in the long sweep of human development. Let's get on with it at a rate of change and investment we can afford. The faster we do it, the more petroleum will remain for producing durable goods. Burning it is stupid.

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