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502 passed, get over it. If the majority of W2 voters came up on the short end on the vote for Governor, what do you propose, we just ignore Olympia until our guy gets in? This sounds about as loony as the guy who claims the 3 million who didn't vote would have voted against 502 so it should be deemed null and void.
Incredible, and people think the politicians are sending our Country into a cesspool. I suppose you buy into the Colts paying a New England ball boy $2 mill to alter the footballs.
That ridiculous 'burden to the taxpayer' argument has been used for far too long to keep helmet laws in place, and it has no merit. Truth be actually told, helmet use over 13 MPH has been proven to be more life/health threatening to an individual. This alone would call for a law for bicycle helmet use, yet there is none. You can ride from WA to Sturgis SD and as soon as you hit the Idaho border, you can drop your skid lid until you come back into WA. So ID, MT, WY, and SD taxpayer's must be wallowing in debt and forming lynch mobs to chase the biker trash to WA.
Yes, a bit of this is sarcastic, but for far too long those with little to know true knowledge of helmet use, helmet protections, etc. have been the most vocal, and one of the first arguments is the 'burden on society' diatribe.
For a time WA didn't have a helmet law, then in 1990 the Legislature decided that head injuries were the leading cause of death and disability of the citizens of our state and this they needed to regulate certain activities. This the exact wording of the decision to reinstate the helmet law, and notice the plural of the word activity, as in more than one. Yet, there is but one activity in WA that is regulated with a helmet law, motorcycle riding.
I could go on and on, I was a member of RIDER of WA for years and studied helmets and helmet laws in depth and have been riding for 40+ years.
I truly wish before people commented on subjects they are limited to in depth knowledge of, they would consider how stupid their snide, baseless remarks sound.
That seems to be the way, in Spokane they're planning on changing a large section of Monroe from 4 lanes with a center turn, to a two lane with center. There's also an STA bus route, and in the morning and afternoon traffic is three to four blocks long during the rush hours. This is all in the sake of safety because the tweaker pedestrians cross in middles of blocks, not bothering to look and/or wait for traffic to pass, and get run over.
Hopefully we can raise as much stink over this moronic roundabout as was done when they were planning on turning Rose from 4 to 2 lanes that the fools who came up with this idea will toss it like they did the Rose St. idea. What kind of fool puts a roundabout (or two) at the bottom of a highway exit ramp? Oh yeah, some of the same that have come up with this ridiculous plan.
That's interesting, when I followed that link it was a story about a politician's husband who may end up a billionaire. I fail to see the link as to how being a politician for 20 years leads to coming out a billionaire, unless when you get elected your given a spouse as part of the package.
Focusing on the letter at hand, I couldn't agree more with Mr. Kiefel, in fact my mother was just telling me about going to pickup a prescription for my sister that was going to cost $300. Mom's 88, my sister has Downs and is 55, both on Social Security and mom's retirement. Even making a decent living, the price of many medications is ridiculous, and since seniors are the ones who need the most and thus they get hit the hardest, I wholeheartedly agree.
Please don't open that can of worms, unless a letter is about party politics, I fail to understand why folks have to bring that into the conversation. You can't even read the posts about the recent playoff games without somebody bringing politics, and it seems solely to insult and demean.
It's a shame elections aren't usually something voters truly put a lot of thought to who they cast their votes for. While there are many who do so, the majority vote strictly by Party line, and we get the same old results.
It's also a shame many get their information from the biased news outlets, and more so of a shame those that buy into the slanted version these outlets offer.
I happen to have a very good friend who is a Bio Med Tech and a Vet. I'll check with him and see if he can check into this matter. Instead of this continual bad mouthing of the VA a simple call to notice like this can possibly get a fix for this issue. I've been using the VA since 1977 in Walla Walla and Spokane, and this garbage of slamming the VA because of some issues thousands of miles away is wrong.
No place is perfect, but for a place that offers us Vets free medical care, unless you have insurance, and you can still go there, they just bill your insurance, is such a crock. Here in Spokane they see tens of thousands of Vets and because a small handful have some gripes a local Spokesman reporter has been slamming them. I would say with those odds the story is very clear as to the excellence of the VA here, and I know personally that both here and Spokane are excellent facilities with people who truly offer excellent medical care; and it's FREE! If you don't like it, go to General or Providence, problem solved!
As a Veteran I think this whole hand shaking and thanking someone for their service is way overblown, you have no idea of the character of many of these people nor the character of their service, but I do, I served with too many that would be the very last I would thank or call a hero. I am getting everything I was promised by the Recruiter.
Your take on the initiative results is astounding to say the least. I'm trying to find in the voting rules and regulation where votes from non voters can be tallied to either side of an initiative or candidate, but can't seem to find anything that addresses this scenario. In my own mind I can't understand how someone would have the audacity to claim that voters who didn't cast a ballot would have voted, and especially how each and every vote would or should be claimed as a vote for their side.
The so called silent majority you claim was just that; silent. They chose not to cast a vote and therefor their vote has absolutely nothing to do with the results. I believe it's time to realize that by the very nature of being put on the ballot, marijuana is not the dangerous drug as it has been claimed in the past. Forget the Cheech and Chong movies, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, etc., and all the claims by Law Enforcement and the Medical field and their claims, as the greater percentage of these opinions are not based in factual experience, it's more hearsay than you will ever imagine.
You would be very surprised to know just how many CEO's, Presidents, Law Enforcement folks, and many other fields and positions of great importance have been smoking pot all this time. Because of the continued castigation of marijuana use many of these folks remain silent so as to protect their images, employment, but shake their heads silently in dismay as those of you who have little to know actual experience or knowledge of pot continue on in your attempts to usurp the wishes of those who voted and did so in favor of legalization.
Hang on to your crying towel, we've gone from two to four states that have legalized pot, and their will be many more to follow in the coming years. As has been stated by many, pot use and it's effects are so much less destructive, dangerous, and a risk to health than booze has ever been or ever will be. This is as ridiculous as those who claim they smoked it once and got so messed up they never touched it again. A little factoid about pot; there's a very small percentage of people who ever get high the first time, it for some reason you won't normally get high from pot until the second or third time you smoke. So toss those stories you've heard over the years by those who've pretended to have expertise, they lied, and there have been many lies told over the years. Pot being listed as a more dangerous drug than Heroin or Cocaine, if you can't understand how false that narrative is there a line of folks waiting to sell you Ocean front property in Arizona.
Exactly the point I was going to throw in, and the fact that engineers and architects truly don't always design things to work well, they design to use space. Roundabouts are traffic 'calming' devices and are great in some neighborhood areas, like in Seattle as they are implemented. To incorporate them at highway entrance/exit ramps, or at a very busy highway intersection is ludicrous and a slap in the face to motorists that use that intersection daily, sometimes several times daily.
While there's always some bad apples, Chief Fulton was very good about cleaning that up and Walla Walla has been blessed to have a PD that keeps the City safe without bloodshed. Spokane (where I live now) is a bit different, but a much larger city and where we see most of the incidents in the news, the same holds true. Walla Walla, the town so nice...
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