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October 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm in reply to: End School Mask Mandate (and unmask the poor kids outside!) #1019545
You’re not wrong about outdoor, fresh air transmission risk being low. I don’t make my kids wear masks at the playground unless there are a lot of other kids there and it’s harder to maintain distance. But as for ending it indoors, I don’t think that can happen for a while. Masks really do a great job keeping transmission rates low, there are several studies that confirm this. Britain ended their masks mandates in schools and their rates rose and and are staying high. I particularly disagree with ending mask mandates by the new year. I don’t think young children are going to be vaccinated at any where near the rates of adults, and the dry air and staying indoors of winter means more transmission. Let’s revisit indoor masking next spring.
I’ve heard the new Highland Park Corner Store is going to offer breakfast burritos if they haven’t already. Corner of Highland Park Way and 9th Ave.May 4, 2020 at 11:19 pm in reply to: Seeking carpenter to make a couple of wooden boxes #977480October 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm in reply to: Teal Pumpkin Project: how many trick-or-treaters to expect? #961590
I’m in Highland Park on a street with sidewalks and street lights. We get between 30-60 kids depending on the weather. I’ve had a teal pumpkin and put ourselves on the map every year, and I think we only have had one kid in all the years we’ve done it.
Aha! There it is. Took a second comment to get there, but what are people actually objecting to when against ADU/DADUs? Parking. It’s always parking. The god-given right to park a car on the street near your house. Nothing else is more sacred.
I’ve written service animal policies for businesses in the City of Seattle. Important notes: 1) there is no official training or certification for service animals. Yes they can be highly trained, but there are no regulations or licenses required by any government entity.
2) Federal ADA differentiates service animals as being ONLY dogs and miniature horses. It defers to local jurisdictions who may widen that scope.
3) Seattle and King County also allow any other animal to be a “service animal”, cats, iguanas, you name it. They aren’t the only entity to be that broad.
4) You can ask the person what is the animal trained to do. You can’t ask them what their disability is, but that does kind of answer the question.
5) You can throw an animal out if they poop, pee, cause a disturbance.
6) Yes people take advantage of this all the time and call their comfort animal or pet a service animal.July 22, 2018 at 5:08 pm in reply to: Is There A Place in W.Seattle for Quiet Contemplation/Prayer? #923248
The Fauntleroy Church, being tied with the YMCA, is usually open. I have peeked in the chapel on more than one occasion. It’s a beautiful chapel. There is usually office staff during the day as well, so you could ask.
Roy/Leroy: if that’s the same man who I’ve seen on Delridge a lot lately, then yes I’ve seen him several times a week, by Findlay and the convenience store. Regarding Marie and her pressing needs…I didn’t read the thread you’re referring to, but we have to be careful not to decide what someone’s pressing needs are for them. It’s possible she was asked what she needed, and that’s what she asked for. Luggage. It’s possible she had been offered services and other things that someone else thought she needed, and she turned it down. I remember overhearing a conversation in a Y locker room over a decade ago. A woman was telling her friend why she chose to sleep outside rather than go to a shelter.She’d had things stolen at shelters, she’d contracted scabies, she couldn’t sleep because people would fight late at night. I remember thinking, man I would rather sleep outside like I’m camping than deal with all that too. Anyway my point is–we can give people the help they ask for, which might not be what we think they need.
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Oh my gosh, 20 mph on the Alki trail? I never go more than 7, if that. If I need to go that fast I’m on the road. I agree that drivers are jerks and want us off the road, but pedestrians always have the right of way. We must always slow for them. Having grown up in So Cal, I think of Alki as the closest thing we have to a boardwalk. Boardwalks are for cruising. Having cycled a lot in the Netherlands, I know what a dedicated bike path looks like, and Alki is not it. You can find some protected bike lanes in other parts of Seattle (not in West Seattle , grr) that are obviously bike lanes. Mixed use means mixed use. Also, the Myrtle Edwards trail is also flat and along the water. It’s also mixed use.
We’re not saying “we cannot at all address issues with bicyclists until all bad drivers are dealt with”, we’re saying that bicycles and cars are NOT equally dangerous, by a long shot, and that with our limited resources for police and bureaucratic enforcement, going after cyclists isn’t justified. There’s not good reason to do so. The code of conduct for drivers should NOT be equal to cyclists because they aren’t equally dangerous, at all. It’s a false equivalency. Of course cyclists shouldn’t be jerks, but jerk drivers are capable of far worse damages. By a lot. It’s not the same.
The damage a car can do–to a cyclist, to a pedestrian, to another car, to trees, houses, infrastructure is far greater than a cyclist can do to any of those things. Just look at the viaduct this afternoon. A crash where no one was hurt, effectively grinding the city to a halt. The risk involved with cyclist accidents simply doesn’t warrant the amount of money needed to spend on enforcement and accountability. Risk vs. benefit does not add up.
You’re saying cyclists and drivers should be equally accountable, but they don’t cause equal damage. You’re saying cyclists have an “us vs. them” mentality, and not acknowledging that drivers have an “us vs. them” mentality while driving a 2000+ lb vehicle. You’re saying there’s a cultural attitude that cyclists (definitely the minority) have against drivers (most cyclists are also drivers), but why do you not acknowledge the cultural attitudes of drivers who antagonize cyclists, at the risk of actually hurting them?
As a cyclist and a driver, I see good drivers, terrible drivers, and extremely dangerous drivers. I see good cyclists and rude cyclists, but when cyclists are rude the only person they’re putting in harm’s way is themselves (with some rare exceptions, mostly to pedestrians).
Not to mention that the majority of cyclists are working class, often poor, who would like to drive but can’t afford to. Are you in favor of adding another regulation and fee to the working class and poor?
Again, just straight across, the amount of money a cyclist can do in damage is nowhere near what the cost of regulating cyclists would be. It’s financially irresponsible.
Ok, so yes, Edsane is fine with millions of dollars of government money being spent on small, hard-to-read tags on a bike so he can report them when they take the lane (legally) or do other things that are either illegal or inconveniencing to him. This despite the fact that cyclists causing accidents and injuries is extremely rare. Cyclists being annoying and/or a$$es occurs about as much as drivers doing similar things, though the consequences of a driver in a 2,000 lb vehicle are far worse. And back up to the original poster’s fear of being found at fault in a cyclist/car collision: drivers are very rarely cited for hitting cyclists, even when they are killed. But we should still spend resources on going after the cyclists.
You really want to add another level of government bureaucracy over this? Another government office, more government employees, more paper, more resources, more enforcement for…bicyclists running stop signs and lights? Really?
Do you make similar rants when you see people driving cars who do this kind of stuff? Cause I see people driving cars do this every single day. And they’re in control of thousands of pounds going much faster than a cyclist can go. And you don’t have to worry about hurting a cyclist and getting cited. Drivers are very rarely cited for hitting a cyclist, even if the cyclist is killed.
Yes, it annoys the heck out of me too. I bet the RV will be back as soon as it’s repaired. I’m not sure what the laws are, other than the 72 hour law. So the best we can do is call them in every three days.June 1, 2017 at 9:36 pm in reply to: RANT: Woman Broke Down in the Middle of California Ave, and You HONK at Her? #884602
Something in the air? I was going 30 (the speed limit) on 16th Ave, and someone passed me on that two-lane road. Yesterday I watched a mom and kid start to cross the street at a marked, lighted crosswalk, while THREE cars zoomed past in the opposite lane. A few years ago in Georgetown I was in a similar situation as above, a woman in a car with her hazards on, people honking at her. I pulled over and got out, and with my six-months pregnant self, helped push her to the side of the road (a young man stopped and helped when we were about half-way there). What is it with people?
Lifelover, thank you for helping her and staying with her.
Side note to blbl: I spent some years in Salem. My brother still lives there and every time he tried to bike to work down Lancaster people threw bottles at him, yelled at him to get off the road, off the sidewalk, out of the crosswalk, spit, swore, etc. There’s a reason I moved away. I still hate Salem too.
May 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm in reply to: First time parents – Need recommendation for OB/GYN and Hospital #883604
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Congrats! I gave birth twice at Highline in Burien. It was great! It’s also much closer than Swedish, no traffic problems, and free parking. It’s a smaller hospital so you get better attention. If you’re on Facebook, look up the West Seattle Moms group. Lots and lots of support there!
In related news–have you seen all the kids on my lawn? I tell them to get off it every day, but they always come back! :D :D :D <–Those are laughing faces.
I think vouchers sound great! If I’m already paying $20K/year for my kid to go to Bush school, that means I’ll get voucher from the government (tax payers) to cover $5000 of my costs. Never mind all the other kids who still can’t afford the extra $15K. Discount for me, wahoo!
I think we should extend it to parks too. I’m tired of going to the public park and finding trash, or just trashy people, hanging out there. I’d like my tax money to go to a voucher system instead. I won’t use the public parks, I’ll just take my park voucher to the local country club and put the tax payer’s money there. Let’s privatize libraries, too. Homeless people in the library–ew! Private library with my wealthy friends–yay! Can I use a voucher for my private fire and police departments too? Let’s do sewer systems!December 21, 2016 at 9:07 pm in reply to: Help! Neighbor's mysterious and creepy garage noises. #868913