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Share The Road, It's Bike To Work Day

I motorcycle and don't bike. I tried it once and it was too intimidating. To make Bicycling safer their needs to be significant progress on all fronts!:
Driver awareness
Cyclist awareness
Infrastructure that doesn't put motorists and cyclists into difficult, dangerous situations.

Many Cyclist don't know that they are bound by the same rules that cars are.
Many Drivers have no idea that the bike lane is not an additional car lane.
Road Engineers seem bent on putting cyclists and drivers into impossible situations.

We definitely need a county-wide bike boulevard!!!! One, north to south and two, east to west minimum.

May 20, 2010 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prospects For College Grads Entering The Workforce

The San Diego region is a leading producer and researcher in Robotics yet the SD Community Colleges not only have next to nothing offered to train HS grads to work in the field as technicians but baulk at fielding classes that teach technical expertise in computer networking, automation, robotics because their's a higher cost for those classes than traditional education classes.

Traditionally Community Colleges have three roles to fill, 2 yr College, Vocational School, Personal Growth but they seen myopically focused on only the 2 yr College.

May 14, 2010 at 9:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Taxes And Tea Parties In S.D.

Tea Party, like Ross Perot supporters are WASP, technocrats, with asberger syndrome (common among engineers), that live disenfranchised lives.

They will never form a cohesive group. They will be easily manipulated. And if society doesn't start addressing all the various forms and causes of autism this group will grow.

Just listen to their platform. Its more imaginary/reactionary than substantial.

April 16, 2010 at 9:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Impact Of "Living Wage" On San Diego?

Ever hear of Deja Vu? This was all discussed ad infinitum ad nauseam when the US minumum wage and each increase was voted in. The facts are that most of the cases of both sides are partial true but most of the doom and gloom never occurs. Minimum wage was going to drive business out of the US and run up the cost of living. It had negligible effect because it just doesn't affect that much of the GNP. Labor union wages and other factors far out weigh minumum and living wage programs. These discussion alway degrade into hollow predictions based on assumed data and miss the human element. People, in general, will always strive to better their station in life by advancing in their careers or getting training or education and starting new careers. Conservative gloom and doom hasn't been realized in the Bailout, Minimum wage or Living wage historically.

April 14, 2010 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Schools Face More Cuts

I competed in forensic speech against California Community Colleges in 1979 while going to OCC, in Michigan. Their teams were huge and very good. Then they passed Prop 13. It's been down hill ever since. Prob 13 needs to be adjusted, at least for cost of living, with protections for people on fixed incomes. We can't keep funding education with proportionally, diminishing funds.

March 15, 2010 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Who Owns Your Genes?

Bad Precedent - The courts should never have allowed patents to be applied to natural compounds. Patents are appropriate for natural compound sources, refinement processes and synthetic derivatives but not the naturally occurring coumpounds themselves. It would be like patenting a naturally occurring apple variety or corn variety. Lets charge everyone for breathing because someone owns the patent for oxygen!

This precedence needs to be corrected and soon because the ramifications are that once the genetically derived pharmaceuticals market really gets rolling it's going to become a major problem. No one has the right to patent or own the sole rigthts to anything that can be found in nature and used without modification. It's the synthesizing or the refinement processes that are created by the owner that the rights of ownership should be applied to.

If two companies or individuals find the same compound and unique ways to bring it to market then they both ought to be able to do so and their means to bring that compound to market should be protected. Thus you have competition and the product will be priced fairly and competitively. Not like the unbelievable price gouging the pharmaceuticals practice today. If anyone doubts the price gouging just go to another country and buy the same product and check the price. In a global economy how do we justify not permitting imported pharmaceuticals? Just because the proponents for these patents talk in a soothing voice and have a PhD doesn't make the argument one iota more valid.

July 29, 2009 at 10:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )