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Ken Cinema Closing As A Landmark Theatre

I mostly agree with PDSD here, there is certainly no room to subsidize a sports arena if we can't do the same for other entertainment venues.
How much of any of it we need to pay for with tax money is still an interesting topic, but we should not treat sports teams preferentially.

April 17, 2014 at 3:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego County's Homeless Population Drops 4 Percent

What is the normal variation in the count? The article points out how prone the figure is to sample error so I'm not certain that a single digit percentage change in either direction has any meaning.

April 17, 2014 at 1:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Tea Party Activitists Set To Rally On Tax Day

PDSD "THAT should tell you enough about these types."

I'd ask you to reconsider that statement. As an example if I were to state in reference to a contemporary news story that ‘obviously LGBT liberals are treasonous anarchists because they appointed a traitor convicted of espionage as their parade marshal’ you would be right to accuse me of overgeneralizing.

To clarify, I am not making that statement, only using it as an example of the error involved in confusing the odd actions of some members of a group with the group in general.

April 15, 2014 at 1:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Tea Party Activitists Set To Rally On Tax Day

MA, I don't know what a teebircher is but the people I know who advocate for smaller government, some of whom affiliate with the Tea Party, do not support subsidies in most cases. If people want to drink beer then they can pay for beer. It is not the government's job to provide for individuals.

JM I don't think there should be an 'other way around' either. Set the rules so they are equal for everyone. It is no more the government's job to motivate an individual than it is to feed him or make sure he has beer.

Work smart and pay your own way. Leave those who decline to do so to lie in the bed they make.

April 15, 2014 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Closing San Diego Unified's Student-Teacher Diversity Gap

The comparison of student ethnicity to teacher ethnicity is odd; I'd be interested in seeing the statistics from the other direction. What percentage of CA teachers, by subject, belong to different ethnic groups? Are there a significant portion of minority science teachers who cannot find a teaching position? How does the compare to the statistic for white science teachers?

Complaining that half the patients in the hospital are male but 75% of the nurses are women (or whatever the number is) probably does not point to discriminatory hiring practices against male nurses but rather a (relative) lack of interest in nursing careers among males.

April 15, 2014 at 8:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Tea Party Activitists Set To Rally On Tax Day

They want to keep what they earn, not give money to the rich. Our money does not belong to the government but rather to ourselves.

Why is it that if gay persons or persons of any particular skin hue want the government to treat them the same as everybody else we all (rightly) rally to their defense but if the most successful segment of our society does that we get people complaining about how greedy they are asking for equal treatment?

April 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

No Plans To Charge San Diego Family For Sea Rescue Of Baby

SDR "There isn't really a price you can put on someones life."

I don't think that's entirely true. One can place a value on one’s own life in the form of insurance. One may value one's own life cheaply and behave recklessly. We can even place an upper bound on the value of an individual life by summing net assets and maximum future earnings.
There may be no emotional measurement, but that does not imply that a monetary value cannot be established.

April 13, 2014 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

No Plans To Charge San Diego Family For Sea Rescue Of Baby

MA, I can (and do) speak for myself. Kindly refrain for misrepresenting my statements.

You can also stop trolling with the extra z's any time you want to engage in a mature discussion.

April 10, 2014 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

No Plans To Charge San Diego Family For Sea Rescue Of Baby

SDR21 "Are we as a nation going to stop helping those truly in need."

At some point I think we have to. |Need| >> |Resources| In fact, there are doubtlessly people in the world truly in need right now to whom we are providing no help. You point out above some of those conditions.
This incident may not fall over the line but, as attested to by the public backlash; we are becoming less tolerant of self-inflicted problems draining the group's resources.

April 10, 2014 at 7:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ex-Mayor Filner Completes 90 Days Of House Arrest

PDSD "We have the new mayor engaged in back-room deals with the Chargers"
This is bad, I agree

"the city tried to pull a fast one by proposing deleting all city emails within 1 year"
Did this come from the mayor’s office? I'm not sure but I think we already agreed on a reasonable policy in another thread.

"the balboa park centennial is now basically a cake, balloon, and bo-bo the clown affair with millions of tax payer money squandered'
I find it tough to pin this on the new mayors. Wasn't most of the squandering done before he got there? What am I missing?

"the city council put forth ridiculous medical marijuana regulations that disenfranchise patients in the entire urban core of the city."
Sure but isn't the city council separate from the mayor? Who exactly do you see as being to blame here?

I’m not rooting for or against this guy (though I was rooting against Alvarez), but it seems like you are trying to lay things on his doorstep that don’t really belong there.

April 9, 2014 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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