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Posted on October 8 at 12:03 a.m.
Crisis counselors are available, at no charge, at the national hotline: 1-800-784-2433. Just fyi for anyone who might be drawn to this article due to themselves feeling low. (((hugs)))
On Man Jumps from Cold Spring Bridge
Posted on August 11 at 9:38 p.m.
Would I pay more in taxes? Of course I would. You get what you pay for in this world. I'm tired of people saying we just have to live without vital services and/or borrow and spend, to waste money on interest as well as to pass our bills on to the next generation. We got lucky with Jesusita. Do you feel lucky? Are we going to send the tea partiers out to fire; maybe they can pour their teacups over it? ;) I only wish that the magic fairy would come along and wave a wand and fight fires without costing us anything, but if anyone starts talking about that we know it's not tea they're drinking ! Someone please take the red pencil out of Arnie's hand and fund that DC-10. Or anything else our firefighters need. I trust their judgement over a bunch of politicians'.
On La Brea Fire Tops 20,000 acres, Jumps Sierra Madre Ridge
Posted on August 10 at 11:21 p.m.
It's Just. So. Dry. Do we need desal plants and planes to drop water on it once in awhile then? :) I hope we are not in a climate change pattern, but we could be.
On La Brea Fire Doubles in Size Overnight
Posted on May 30 at 8:11 p.m.
A very vocal and angry group of voters are opposed to any kind of tax increase, for any length of time. But the state has borrowed all that it can borrow, too much in fact, and it's time to start paying it back. And the economic downturn means the state has less revenue than it needs.
I voted against the propositions because they were badly written. But I'm willing to pay a little bit more in taxes if it means we don't kill people who will die without the services they are receiving from the state, if it means we don't throw away federal matching funds that pay for most of the cost of certain programs, and if it means we don't do stupid things like closing the parks which generate more economically than they cost.
I personally am sick of penny-wise pound-foolish choices which are made to appease that group of people who can't handle the concept of our generation paying our own way.
Send petty criminals home with ankle bracelets instead of providing them with three hots and a cot. Stop paying for health care for legislators; they need to know what the health care market they have helped to shape is really like. But don't expect that we can get out of the hole we are in without a dime more in taxes. We need some spending cuts, some new user fees, some taxes. Suck it up already!
And if our current crop of politicians can't balance the budget w/out killing anybody or making cuts that cost more in the long run than they save, we need a volunteer legislature that meets online. I would volunteer and I'm sure there are other sane people who would also. There's some cost savings for you.
Bitter partisan politics are getting us deeper and deeper into an economic morass where the more is slashed, the more the economy contracts, the less revenue the state receives, so more is slashed...somebody with a brain needs to get on tv with some charts which explain our hamstrung budgetary process and have the cajones to call a constitutional convention to make fixes and tell political extremists that their time has past. We are in quicksand if we try to do the job with nothing but spending cuts.
If you use public goods or services of any kind, and believe me, you do, get over the idea that lowering taxes somehow magically still pays for the things we need without borrowing ourselves into a hole. This was voodoo economics and it didn't work. Since it makes no sense, it's not surprising. We are all going to have to pay a little because we ran up debt at the state level, and all of that K-12 we pay for is pretty useless if no one can grasp the simple math behind this. When you borrow, you have to pay back. The virulently anti-tax crowd is either deluded or horribly irresponsible and should not reap political rewards for such behavior.
On Governor Considers Closing 220 State Parks to Save Money
Posted on May 7 at 3:28 a.m.
I think you are right and I am very sorry for your loss.
On Contract Glitch Blocks Air Tanker Drops
Posted on May 6 at 6:10 p.m.
PS I think we should contact Lois Capps and express our concern about #(%@% like this. Is there no federal statute that allows for seizure of resources in a declared emergency?
Posted on May 6 at 6:01 p.m.
Those who want to want to keep government small and cheap have to accept that then there will not be the resources we have come to count on. The state faced a massive deficit this year and a stubborn minority refused to consider any taxes, even in the face of so much money lost by the huge budget delay itself. You can't rag on government spending and then get angry when they cut costs and aren't there for you.
Of course there are reallocations many of us would like to see. The prison lobby has caused problems and I also wonder if we should be paying for health insurance for elected officials given that many of us are under and underinsured. Those who love the medical insurance "free market" so much should be brought closer to it.
"The government" is not your enemy in a democracy. YOU are the government. What we need are things like a more informed and active citizenry and campaign finance reform.
And I'm all for sending nonviolent offenders home with ankle bracelets instead of paying for them to have 3 hots and a cot and health care.
As for this stupidity: we need some sort of legal protection so that those who need to act in an emergency can do so. Not having every single resource available at once to fight these dangerous wildfires is sickening.
I'm also very upset about the recent court decision that puts good samaritans in legal jeopardy if they try to help accident victims.
Praying for my hometown right now.
Posted on November 8 at 12:48 a.m.
I would like to see some funds (yes I believe actual money should be spent; Scrooges try not to pass out from shock please) on suicide prevention in our community, such as more publicity for local resources for treatment of depression. Many people know they are depressed but can't even imagine how to scrape up the money to see a psychiatrist, and most of the local ones aren't accepting new patients anyway.
On Another Cold Spring Bridge Suicide
Posted on September 22 at 1:50 p.m.
Scientific advances are happening so quickly that we cannot possibly predict what future generations of Americans might need some oil for. It sure would be nice to leave them some and not burn every drop in a way that will do nothing to help our economy overall and could easily end up doing harm to it, as well as to the planet that is at present our only habitat. It's the greenhouse effect, stupid. And neoconservative borrow-and-spend has racked up a truly nasty present we are handing to our children and grandchildren in the form of the national debt ( http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/ ); do we have to also strip them of what is left of every natural resource? We already may easily go down as the most selfish, short-term-thinking-only generation in history.
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