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Winter storm expected to continue through today

I have to agree. If it had been raining like this for a couple of weeks, then we'd have something to write Koalabear2525 about. And yeah, folks, slow foodeling down: If you have no love for your fellow man, woman or child, than at least slow down so you yourself can survive the winter.  (Dec 19, 2010 | post #5)

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Local youth advocate wins national 'Unsung Hero' award

Oh? And are you one of the janitors? Or perhaps a clerk typist at DHHS? You want to speak for the DHHS; then you have to provide your bona fides. Who are you? The subject of this article’s name is Rochelle Trochtenberg. Why don’t you wait to do your character assassinations for more appropriate occasions? This article is about a life well lived despite adversity. You might want to take a clue off of that.  (Dec 19, 2010 | post #3)

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My Word: Rail sounds cool, but could be a financial disaster

Huh? I lived in Petaluma, which is in Sonoma County. And if I had voted on this measure (which was after my time) I would have been very annoyed with their changing the plan after I had agreed to it as a voter. I did not mention Mike Arnold (the author of the piece in question) because I did not bring him into the discussion to begin with. I don't know who he is. I was commenting on the article as provided by another poster. And I did say, "Assuming the information provided in the Opinion Piece "P" cited is accurate." I have not, nor do I endorse the article (which was the Press Democrat's equivalent of a My Word piece). What are you on about? Of all things I have said on this subject in this thread, why pick this out of all things?  (Dec 15, 2010 | post #70)

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My Word: Rail sounds cool, but could be a financial disaster

I dunno.... If I were still living in Petaluma, I'd be extremely annoyed (assuming the information provided in the Opinion Piece "P" cited is accurate). There is a limit to patience; I smell lawsuits, especially from Marin County.  (Dec 15, 2010 | post #59)

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City investing alleged Brown Act violation by council; qu...

I don't agree (at least with the balderdash part). Essentially, the City Council appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to negotiate on behalf of the City Council to retain the City Manager. That, to my mind, is a major policy action. Perhaps the vagaries of the Brown Act are beyond me, but it seems a rather substantial move by the City Council. For that matter, to have one council member (Madsen) just to decide on his own to negotiate for the city seems a bit over reaching. To have a council member (or two) speak for the city should require official endorsement by the city (otherwise it wouldn’t really be a negotiation, would it?), which is a major policy move that should meet with advance public scrutiny. That is essentially what the Brown Act is about; the public having the ability to know in advance what its representatives are doing and to be able to speak to their representatives actions. As to whether Mr. Tyson should remain City Manager, that is a separate issue. What we are talking about here is a possible violation of an important procedure that makes government open to its citizens. Remember the phrase, "Under the table deals."  (Dec 15, 2010 | post #3)

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My Word: Rail sounds cool, but could be a financial disaster

Must have happened since I left (2007). Good.  (Dec 14, 2010 | post #53)

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My Word: Rail sounds cool, but could be a financial disaster

Cpetersen: I didn't say it would be free. It will still cost, and it will still require political will (which I don't see at the moment). I'm just spit balling one solution to cover the problem we are discussing here. An asphalt "cap" will prevent erosion and preserve the bed. The constant traffic will prevent any accumulation of leaves and branches. There will have to be maintenance, but probably less so that for an automobile road (but, I admit, that is a guess). The bottom line, in my view, is this: We can argue and debate until the last trumpet calls us all to Heaven; but there the roadbed will sit, quietly deteriorating until it won't be of much use for anyone.  (Dec 14, 2010 | post #47)

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My Word: Rail sounds cool, but could be a financial disaster

In the north San Francisco Bay Area (Marin, Sonoma Counties) they've not been able to make a go of light passenger rail despite a whole lot more public interest than they have around here. I agree it would be a good idea; I just don't see the Scotia to Blue Lake light rail happening. The second thing to consider is again, the state of the rails. I'm not sure if they are now even adequate for freight use. As for passenger use, that's a much higher standard and I'm sure it would take a lot of work and money to make that happen. Truly I am sympathetic with the pro-railroad crowd. It is a better way to move people and cargo over land than what we have now. Europe as a whole was wise not to let their rail systems go the way of the American railroads. But the reality on the ground is the railroads (especially the local roads) are in such a state, they would need to be rebuilt from the ground up to be usable. I just don't see the political will to make it happen.  (Dec 14, 2010 | post #41)

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My Word: Rail sounds cool, but could be a financial disaster

Sorry to break in on the conversation, but suddenly I have the urge to offer my two cents worth: I lived in the Santa Rosa area for a number of years. There used to be a spur rail line running from Santa Rosa to Sebastopol that had not been used for decades. What they did with it was basically pour asphalt over the rail bed and got an instant bike trail. I imagine the process was relatively cheap, since all the engineering was done over a century ago; just remove rails, apply asphalt and you’re done. There was even a bridge all ready there. I like my walks to be a bit more solitary, so I didn't go often. But despite the fact that the trail went almost nowhere (it stopped abruptly at the Santa Rosa city limit) it was well used. Now let's look at our situation for the rail bed between Eureka and Arcata (and points beyond, perhaps): While we are debating railroad versus trail versus let it rot... well, it rots. In some places you have trees growing near or on the rail bed itself. That destroys the integrity of the roadbed, which means you won't be able to run trains on it until expensive repairs are made. Now, the neat thing about an asphalt bike trail on the rail bed is that it preserves the rail bed from erosion and trees taking over. It keeps it in use for the public, and if on some really off chance the railroad is revived, the asphalt can be relatively easily removed and the rails replaced. So, as far as this discussion is concerned, it seems to me a bike trail (used by everyone, not just bicyclists) would preserve the rail bed, get bicyclists off the freeway (which is a huge bonus right there) and get cars off the freeway. So, what will it be? Bet on the forlorn hope of the railroad's return? Use the rail bed for a trail and preserve the rail bed? Or let it rot as it is? Yes, the bike trail will not pay for itself. But then again, I've not seen the freeway pay for itself either.  (Dec 14, 2010 | post #38)

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Still no ID on alleged Benbow carjacker; shooting victim ...

Uh... no. A CCW does not give the holder of the permit carte blanche to blaze away every time he or she is in an emotionally stressful situation. I’m sure there is someone here who can quote chapter and verse. The standard is the same as for police officers; use of deadly force is permitted if there is a reasonable fear of serious harm to self or others (admittedly the wording of the law is a tad bit more complex). Thus, if the guy is stealing or has stolen your car and is speeding away, you DO NOT have the right to blaze away at him. If the same person has your car and is trying to run you down, or makes clear the intention to run you down, then you most certainly have the right to protect yourself. The issue here is if the fellow who did the shooting feared for his life and safety, or if he did the shooting to prevent someone stealing his stuff.  (Dec 12, 2010 | post #25)

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My Word: Rail sounds cool, but could be a financial disaster

I can't speak to the author's other claims. I can only add that highways and freeways also do not pay for themselves, but we seem to have no problem with justifying our building them. Such projects have larger societal costs and benefits beyond their price tags. And a question: Does the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system pay for itself out of the fare box or is it subsidized?  (Dec 11, 2010 | post #5)

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Police: Man shot near Benbow

You would then be committing at least manslaughter, if not second-degree murder. The fact that you shot the man to ensure maximum suffering and then left him to die would definitely not be in your favor during sentencing. You would spend a good portion of the remainder of you life in jail. And when you were released, you would be one of those evil ex-cons you folks hate and love to chatter about so much. I'd rethink that strategy if I were you.  (Dec 8, 2010 | post #13)

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Police: Man shot near Benbow

Well, this really isn't a news story; it's a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release. The Times Standard has come to rely more and more on press releases from police departments since the newspaper doesn’t have the manpower to cover police beats anymore. The Times Standard just does a little light editing and then prints them. Yes, there are many unanswered questions. And really folks, you are coming up with judgments on the case based on one person's story. You don't know if the person is lying or telling the truth. Perhaps the shooter is a hero... perhaps he isn't. We don't know yet.  (Dec 8, 2010 | post #11)

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HSU nursing program once again in peril: Eight months aft...

It's not just you and yours; it's been especially nasty here for the past four or five days. I'm not sure what it is, but everybody is just dripping poison. Sorry to see you get in the middle of it. However, it was good that you decided to provide your bona fides for us. In any debate or discussion, it's good to know where someone who claims authority of knowledge comes by it. Good luck in your nursing career, I hope it works out well for you.  (Dec 6, 2010 | post #36)

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Mayors to meet on Coastal Commission seat; governor's req...

Nothing, really. I just like rooting for the home team.  (Dec 6, 2010 | post #22)

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