treardon 6 months ago on Gun background check law raises museum concerns

This is the typical result of over-regulation: the government unintentionally makes many things to be technically criminal, but then says to those who might break the law, "Don't worry, we won't prosecute". Nonsense. Why make otherwise innocent people and institutions criminals needlessly? A better way is to write the law to actually function as intended. That is clearly not the case with I-594. Simply a poorly written law, it should never have been passed as-is. It should be repealed.

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treardon 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Human CO2 emissions are insignificant

So now the "scientific vote" is valid because the government is voting in favor? And that is evidence of impartial validity? Really?

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treardon 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Human CO2 emissions are insignificant

I would like to add a couple of points:

  1. Anyone who understands the scientific method knows that "settled science" does not exist. Every theory that is confirmed by the method can be contradicted by better theories.
  2. "97% of all climate scientists agree..." is not true. There has been no such survey. The 97% number is the percent of published pieces on one side or the other, as surveyed a couple of years ago, but that is clearly not a survey of scientists. Especially in this political environment, "denyers" in the scientific community must keep a very low profile or lose funding.
  3. As I think was mentioned in a previous article in UB, whether 97% of scientists agree or not is moot: true science does not depend on opinion and is not a popularity contest. One person with a new theory well demonstrated (e.g, Einstien) can re-write what is understood about any topic. No doubt that climate change is a popular position, but that does not make it more proven.
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treardon 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Tourist dies after being struck in crosswalk at Palouse, Main streets

I have been commuting by sneakers to work for about 3 years now, and many times have nearly been hit on the crosswalk between Super 1 and Jefferson Park. Drivers turning left onto 9th tend to focus on cars coming out of Super 1 rather that who is between the white lines. Fortunately, I have been nimble enough to leap out of the way.... so far.

Perhaps that was the problem in the incident at Main/Palouse- the driver simply didn't scan the crosswalk before turning.

It seems something should be done to increase crosswalk awareness on the part of Walla Walla motorists. Old dogs need to learn new tricks, or more pedestrians will get hurt.

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treardon 1 year, 8 months ago on Spending and spending makes things worse

Downhillracer- "The current administration is actually reducing the deficit... " Question is, relative to what? The following are the annual budget deficits: 2005: $318BB 2006: $248BB 2007: $161BB 2008: $459BB 2009: $1,413BB 2010: $1,294BB 2011: $1,300 BB 2012: $1,087BB

So you are correct, the deficit is cooling down relative to the President's first year, when he pushed to spend huge bucks on "stimulus". But Obama deficits are still muliple times the deficits of all previous administrations, even if they are going down.

But don't tell me- ".. it's Bush's fault...". Riiiiiight.

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treardon 1 year, 10 months ago on FAA should allow electronic-device use on airplanes

Good start to the discussion. Those familiar with airplane guidance and communication technology, cellphone and wireless network technology already know that there is no way for tangible interference to occur. Now, all Delta flights in the US offer wireless internet service. So, with VOIP technology, I have used the telephone during a number of flights. And I recently flew on Egypt Air, where a cell phone "tower" signal was on board- I was texting my daughter in Spokane while flying 30,000 feet over the Mediterranean.

Anyone who claims there is an issue, or even that they are "not sure" are either not fully informed, or have a hidden agenda.

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treardon 2 years, 1 month ago on Higher-capacity magazines gave time to killer

Sounds like Mr. McFarland is giving up on prevention of Newtown-type incidents, instead focusing on reduction of casualties. As if 20 casualties would be a great deal better than 25. Seems to me that prevention should rather be the focus. Just one death is horrific- and clip size has nothing to do with that.

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treardon 2 years, 1 month ago on Tea Party Patriots to hold 'Tax Day Rally'

Interesting, PeggyJoy. Labeling, name-calling and gneralized accusations might not be your most effective means of rebuttal. Might want to try some sound reason, logic and facts.

I must say I identify with what I see to be the main purpose of the Tea Party- to object to spending more of our money on stuff that is far beyond the constitutional duties of our government. That's it, nothing more.

The rest seems like so much noise.

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