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San Diego Refugees, Advocates Call For More Medical Translators

And another thing the critics of such programs forget: This is about help with medical language!

I know plenty of native English speakers who have a hard time following and understanding what doctors are talking about. Your English might be good enough for getting through everyday situations but you might still want somebody more proficient to help you when your health is on the line.

Get it now?

June 11, 2014 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Three-Foot Separation Now Required for Drivers Passing Bicyclists

Yes Mmikey, slow down and stay behind the cyclist until it is safe to pass. That's what the law says.

Just like it was a tractor or street sweeper or some other slower vehicle.

September 24, 2013 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dr. Entomo's Palace Of Exotic Wonders Now Open

Another trippy one that scared the heck out of me when I was young and still gives me the willies:

Phase IV

March 5, 2013 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U-T Owner Manchester Shows Interest In Tribune Company

Great. We just escaped from the U-T to the LA-Times and are enjoying having a real newspaper again. If Mr. Manchester really buys the Tribune Company we'll have to find another paper yet again. Call us old fashioned but we prefer news and information over propaganda and pet stories.

And I'd like to see those circulation numbers for the U-T. I know at least 10 people who have cancelled their subscriptions to the U-T and/or the NCT but have not heard of one who signed up since Mr. Manchester took over.

October 19, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: UT-San Diego Buys NC Times

We too will cancel our UT subscription as soon as we find an alternative.

If delivery times of the LA Times can compete we'll be going that route like others above.

No more money for the SoCal Prawda of Mr. Manchester from us.

September 11, 2012 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Romney Wins Florida Primary, Routing Gingrich

It is ridiculous when these rich people, be it Romney, Gingrich, Obama, you name it, claim to be with the common man in their speeches and public appearances.

Mr. Romney knows as much about the problems of the average citizen as a fish knows about bicycles.

February 1, 2012 at 11:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Californians Still Talking, Texting While Driving

Only 9% ???

Seems to me that they picked the wrong neighborhood. Up here in North County I'd be willing to bet the rate is more like 30%.

I ride my bike almost everywhere and so get a very close look. It's not pretty.

April 21, 2011 at 10:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cardiff Kook Celebrates Van Gogh's Birthday

I ride by the Surfer almost every morning and it has gotten to the point that I am disappointed when he is not decorated or otherwise adorned.

The van Gogh is definitely among the better projects over the years.

April 4, 2011 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Putting ‘Canvass’ Claims To The Test

Maybe it is the antisocial beast in me but I wish all stores had a no solicitor policy and the right to enforce it. When I go shopping (or to a restaurant or some other public place) I reserve the right to not want to talk to anybody, be it girl scouts, canvassers or panhandlers. By setting up stage right by the exit they deny me the option to just walk by without feeling awkward.
If it were up to me there'd be a 100 foot zone around exits where no solicitors are allowed. This has nothing to do with free speech. You can promote your cause, sell your goods or ask for money as long as you leave me my right to ignore you.

March 29, 2011 at 2:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free Trash PickUp Threatened For Thousands of San Diego Residents

I don't object to charging for trash pickup. The money the city spends on the "free" pickup is missing elsewhere so in the long run we pay some other way.

But this may be a good opportunity to set up incentives to reduce trash by creating a tiered fee system based on how much trash you produce.
In my old hometown you paid monthly fees per trash can, more for bigger cans less for smaller ones. When you had extra trash you could buy special bags from the city. Recycling collection was free.

March 2, 2011 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )