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Chiropractors Offering Unproven Laser Treatment For Food Allergies

A good report. But I’m disappointed you felt compelled to “turn to” another chiropractor when the chiropractor in question declined to be interviewed. The statement from the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners seemed sufficient if you felt it necessary to “balance” the accusations against the Escondido chiropractor in question.

Years ago I heard a speech from a chiropractor who disdained any modern, western medicine, saying his practice would keep anyone healthy without drugs. When asked what he’d do were his child bitten by a rabid dog, he responded, “nothing” – his child would be healthy enough for his immune system to repel the rabies.

This chiropractor died from complications of diabetes about 15 years later.

This really is a story about separating the quacks from the caring and helpful, regardless of their credentials.

July 10, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

La Jolla Landmark May Have To Move As Postal Service Downsizes

Is this another example of those who want to cut government and taxes complaining when doing so directly affects them?

March 29, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Housing Shortage In San Diego's Future

A disappointing report, Tom.

Forgive me if I missed an earlier interview with someone representing the “anti-sprawl folks” you mention. If I didn't, I hope you’ll soon give them equal airtime to refute this one-sided real estate industry view.

A more thorough, fair report also would have asked about the complicity of the real estate industry in the housing collapse. That industry never showed concern over shoddy loans, shoddy construction, sprawl and unbridled price increases which made real ownership unsustainable. Real estate agents were quite happy looking the other way while taking their commissions.

If the real estate industry had had their way, San Diego would now resemble Riverside County or Las Vegas.

January 4, 2012 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KPBS Strengthens News Service

As a frequent listener to public radio, I recall a “Talk of the Nation” program just after Neal Conan became host. He briefly interviewed the person who wrote the theme to the program. I recall the musician saying he took into account Neal’s voice when writing, saying he thought it was important that the timbre of the music match his voice.

Even earlier, I recall hearing Terry Gross talk about the variations that the Microscopic Septet came up with when they devised their theme for "Fresh Air."

I also remember Maureen Cavanaugh talking with Gilbert Castellanos about the then, new them to “These Days” and how he tried to incorporate various ethnic sounds into the theme.

Maybe I missed it, but I’m anxiously awaiting hearing the background of the cacophony which is now the KPBS Midday Edition theme. I think you could have done better.

June 3, 2011 at 12:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KPBS Strengthens News Service

I generally tune to KCRW during my after 6 p.m. evening drive home (KCRW airs ATC until 7, and Warren Olney until 8.) so I'm generally pleased with this change to all news.

However, there's WAY too much BBC on your new schedule. What happened to NPR's Talk of the Nation and Science Friday? I'd much rather hear these programs than the BBC, which has tended to repeat their programs throughout the day (I've heard the same weekend BBC program on KPBS both at 5 a.m. and then again in the afternoon.)

And as with your current schedule, airing the BBC Newshour early Saturday afternoons is another tune-out. The BBC Newshour isn't a Saturday afternoon program. I'd suggest swapping Rick Steves to the earlier Saturday afternoon line-up.

May 11, 2011 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Finishing Route-52 Started A Traffic Jam

"...go back to their old ways" seems to be already happening. Traffic on Mission Gorge and Mast is increasing again after falling dramatically following the opening of the new segment. Some people at the grand-opening ceremonies several weeks ago were already predicting the bottleneck.

Plus, afternoon traffic on eastbound SR-52 is worsening daily, now often backing-up to SR-163 from SR-125 - over 6 miles.

So, yes, I guess CALTRAN's just "kind of expects" immediate obsolescence.

(Thanks for the report, Tom!)

April 15, 2011 at 4:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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I recall an early morning pledge drive in the early '90's where about a half-dozen volunteers hand wrote each pledge as the phones rang in the narrow hallway outside the old KPBS radio studios.

The morning was special because Terry Gross was due to arrive to be interviewed by Dan Irwin on “These Days.” Volunteers and staff alike were excited. All eyes were focused on the main outside entrance at the end of the hallway, some of us expecting this NPR icon to be accompanied by an entourage and possibly even sirens escorting a motorcade.

A few minutes before nine, as we were all anxiously watching the doorway, someone tapped me on the shoulder from behind. As I turned around, I saw a petite woman dressed in nondescript jeans and blouse. As soon as she spoke, saying she was lost and looking for KPBS, I realized who it was.

After I gushed some complements, we talked briefly. I recall she asked me some questions about KPBS and my volunteer activities before heading into the studio for the program.

I still tell people that I was interviewed by Terry Gross.

July 6, 2010 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )