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11 years ago @ Living on Earth - Living on Earth: Prici... · 0 replies · +2 points

You bring up a number of interesting points but I can't evaluate whether you know what you're talking about. Can you provide links to references?

BTW, it doesn't help your position by calling people "liars." Just stick to the facts, science, and engineering and you'll be far more persuasive. I'm looking for the "right" answer in this debate, not name calling.

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Super Walmart At Odds ... · 0 replies · 0 points

Yep, what Will said.

I let me comments go astray into my own rant about socio-economics.

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Super Walmart At Odds ... · 0 replies · 0 points

We can (and must) solve these problems with our feet and wallet. If we stop buying WalMart's (or any company's) sweat-shop-manufactured products (wherever they are made) then WalMart will stop trying to sell them.

But this comes with problems: (1) It's more expensive for us -- but that is the point, in part. If we want manufacturing workers to be paid an honorable wage in honorable working conditions, then we need to be prepared to pay the cost of that. (2) It can be difficult to find honorably-made products. Is the toy I'm buying at Finnywick's made in honorable conditions? I don't know. (3) Our society's pressures are cheaper, cheaper, cheaper and not more honorable, honorable, honorable. It will take a shift in mind-set (and politics) to change our society. (4) Many more problems I can't think of at 7:00 am.

Each of us needs to decide what standard of living (and working) our society should and can support such that EVERYONE in the world can enjoy the same. Ask yourself: are you already above that standard? If so, are you there because you are subsidized by the work of the people living and working below that standard? What are you going to do about it?

Abraham Lincoln said:
"That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, 'You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it.' No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle."
--October 15, 1858 Debate at Alton

Still true today. Still true here.

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Super Walmart At Odds ... · 0 replies · 0 points

I'm not sure anybody here has been disrespectful of you, personally.

But WalMart's impact on small communities is large and -- at best -- mixed positive and negative. Rather than welcoming WalMart's expansion in Fairfield excitedly, we should be quite cautious.

I recommend these two readings:

1. which says, "Studies in Iowa have shown that some small towns lose up to 47 percent of their retail trade after 10 years of Wal-Mart stores nearby."

2. which says, "The introduction of a Wal-Mart supercenter into a county in a relatively rural state such as Mississippi has major repercussions. There are both positive and negative impacts on existing stores in the area where the new supercenter locates. "

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Super Walmart At Odds ... · 0 replies · +4 points

More about Fairfield's Go Green initiative:

12 years ago @ KCRG - Iowa Justices: Same-Se... · 0 replies · +2 points

The citizens DID make that decision: they wrote a Constitution that protects Iowa's citizens equally. Apparently you think gays should be treated as second-class citizens.

12 years ago @ Smart Journalism. Real... - Testing College Applic... · 0 replies · +1 points

Fascinating article. But where are the parents in this? What sort of parents produce the “best and the brightest” children but "with no ethics or common sense or sense of the common good."?

Is it only the educators' responsibility? Perhaps Sternberg will find more fertile soil in the homes of America vs. in the schools.

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Fairfield City Council... · 0 replies · +2 points

Sure, share. Can you do it in this forum?

In answer to your question: YES, emphatically, Fairfield is worth the long-term commitment. In fact, I think Fairfield has the potential to be the model of American living: low-density, sustainable, self-sufficient (not yet, but potential to become), low-crime, mix of rural / urban. Plus small towns give us the opportunity to meaningfully influence local government.

Given my druthers, I'druther stop the long-term commitment to America's big cities.

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Fairfield City Council... · 0 replies · 0 points

Usually, residents prefer having their streets closed because it reduces traffic and makes a nice cul-de-sac. Am I wrong?

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Burlington Avenue Bike... · 1 reply · +1 points

As a motorist, I like the new structure, especially the center turning lane. Turning used to back up traffic behind the turner, causing those behind the turner to try to change lanes to get around. Now the turners are taken out of the flow and the main traffic keeps moving smoothly.

I rarely bike anymore, but I commuted by bike when I was in college. There were no bike lanes and I usually rode on busy streets not unlike Burlington. It was sometimes hazardous. But if I didn't like it I could have always taken to the side streets.

My question then was, and is now: Why put bike lanes on the main streets? Why add more complications to the traffic mix instead of putting the well-marked bike lanes on the less congested alternate routes?