The San Diego Association of Governments would like to focus on mass transit over expanding road and highway systems. Last week we asked readers: Will San Diegans ever give up cars and embrace public transit and the increased taxes needed to build it?Public won’t back a partial solutionWill the public buy the next good idea to solve traffic woes? No, they won’t, nor should they until someone can lay out a viable transit network, one that connects people and takes them from where they are to where they need to be in a convenient, reliable and affordable way. Statistically, and through, ahem, observation, it is painfully apparent that the automobile is the dominant means of movement and will be for some time to come. This is, after all, Southern California.So, with that question answered, how do we get from here to there? Honestly, if we go back to the 1970s, we can see where we went wrong. We didn’t make a full commitment to a transit future, and we didn’t even … [Read more...] about Your Say: Transit’s future in San Diego County
We need to rein in the internet data baronsWhat should parents/schools/elected leaders do about their children being exposed to despicable viewpoints online? What realistically can we do? I don’t think there’s much hope for parents and schools solving this problem. Sure, we can limit access, and governments like China can firewall. But until an alternative exists, these solutions are just about as effective as thinking building a wall will stop the flow of drugs.Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have already gone past the point of no return regarding their ability to reign in messages of hate and violence. Want proof? One need to look no further than the 26,000 unresolved consumer complaints about Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission or the misogynist harassment on Twitter last month directed at the scientist who helped take the first picture of a black hole. An inability to distinguish between incitement and dissent is baked into their corporate culture. … [Read more...] about Your Say: What can be done about anti-social social media?
Ending this ‘sport’ is the only real solutionThe Union-Tribune asks if it is time to end or alter horse racing, suggesting that this “sport” can perhaps be cleaned up, as racing officials have recently opined, so as to become a safe enterprise for horses. But to accomplish that would require the elimination of greed, cruelty, stupidity and callous disregard for animal welfare — all of which are prominently on display in racing.Horse racing is, of course, not a sport at all. It is a gambling operation with the animals bearing the mortal risks. And it is no mystery why horses “break down.” Equine veterinarians explain that catastrophic injuries are preventable but inevitable when the industry demands ever more speed in younger horses whose bones are not fully developed, whose minor injuries are masked with drugs to keep the animal performing and who are often viciously whipped. This is not how anyone treats an animal loved and valued beyond its … [Read more...] about Your Say: What is the fate of the sport of horse racing?
President Trump being persecuted One definition of persecution is “the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another individual or group.” Certainly, we can all agree that no American should suffer under persecution, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs. Yet there is one individual in America today who is suffering from the most vile and concentrated persecution of anyone in this nation’s history, certainly since the abolition of slavery, solely on the basis of political beliefs.It is ironic that the person suffering from such persecution is the president of the United States. Before you scoff at the notion, consider this: President Donald J. Trump has been under assault – “systematic mistreatment” — at the hands of 90 percent of the media, at the hands of unprincipled and unscrupulous members of the Department of Justice and FBI, and by virtually every Democratic member of Congress, led by members such … [Read more...] about Your Say
PUBLISHED: 16:35 18 February 2019 Thomas Chapman Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is asking the public for their views on its performance. Picture: Nick Butcher Archant © 2018 A fire service is asking the public for their views on its performance in areas including shift patterns and emergency response time. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is asking the public for their views on its performance. Picture: Nick ButcherSuffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is looking for feedback on how it manages the risks it faces across the county, from its collision response record to specialist rescue capabilities.Information gathered from the eight-week consultation will be fed into an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for three years until 2022, shaping how the brigade provides its services. As part of this year’s statutory survey, SFRS is particularly seeking views on: • Automatic fire alarms and unwanted fire signalsSuffolk Fire and Rescue … [Read more...] about Have your say on the future of the county’s fire service