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Posted on May 8 at 8:40 a.m.
Having an elected sheriff is an anachronism, an antiquated, Old-West notion that needs to go. As others have pointed out, cities run very well with chiefs appointed by city councils. Sheriff not performing? You don't have to wait until the next election cycle if he/she is appointed. And - independently elected sheriffs complicate the running of county government with their own agendas and rogue political support groups created by "Citizens Sheriff Academies", preventing a better balancing of services - especially in times of fiscal stress. Elected sheriffs are a pain-in-the-ass of county governments, and it's time to get rid of the archaic idea that they need to be elected.
On Sergeant Sandra Brown Looks to Unseat Sheriff Bill Brown
Posted on April 5 at 8:58 a.m.
One would hope that "chilldrin..." and "topcat" would be shamed into an apology... Thanks for the additional post, Chester.
On Judge Sides with Costner
Posted on April 5 at 6:56 a.m.
While I agree that neighbors should be neighborly, no one has a "right" to a view at the expense of trees. If that were the case, there wouldn't be many trees left at this point. Blocking views with structures is another matter. It's amusing how some like "childrin..." and "topcat" somehow know the mind and intent of Costner whom they automatically judge as being guilty of boorish Hollywoodish behavior. Love the alternative movie titles, though... How about this one: "An Imperfect World"? Or maybe, "Message in a Battle"...
Posted on March 15 at 1:17 p.m.
Sausage raises a good point about referring to pH increases/decreases in percentages, and that acidification worsens as pH decreases. The writer should have used "acidification" rather than "pH." But sausage is confused about how percentage of change of a 0-14 pH scale is calculated; it's obviously not a linear relationship. Perhaps someone who remembers the math better than I can educate us.
On Ocean Acidification Eats Oysters
Posted on March 15 at 9:20 a.m.
Thanks to the Independent for being one of the leading journalistic lights shining on the various facets of global climate change. Unfortunately, the deniers will just use this as another "lie by scientists paid to lie," since they refuse to understand the basic sciences of chemistry and physics. We have to hope that no decently educated person can be a denier, as we also have to hope that educators are doing a better job at producing well- educated students. Climate deniers are joining the creationists, "rape-isn't-that-bad" idiot politicians, and trickle-down economists, as the clowns of progressive society...
Posted on March 15 at 9:06 a.m.
Meanwhile, the rodent queen at the Snooze Press is uncontrite and unapologetic about being wrong (again).
On The Scourge Is Scrubbed
Posted on January 31 at 6:47 a.m.
Steve Szalay has been hanging around local (mostly county) government for 40 years, profiting handsomely from his executive salaries. And he still doesn't get what constitutes "government purpose" if his interpretation is that a service like parking must be used exclusively for public employees. Excuse me? Would he say the same thing about sewer and streets? "Government purpose" is anything that serves a wide public benefit that citizens agree to fund. And his rejection of the city's contention that privatizing the parking lots would make them unaffordable to many is ludicrous - who does he think would buy the lots except someone certain they would profit from their unregulated operation. What a disappointment Szalay is, but congratulations to the SB contingency, Williams and Jackson for prevailing against a completely ridiculous threat to local government by out-of-touch state employees.
On A Big ‘Whew!’
Posted on January 11 at 4:32 a.m.
It would be nice if Mr. Adam could experience an epiphany with that "different perspective" of the dais, but it's most likely temporary. But, gotta hope for the best. (And, like the Mel Brooks song, "Prepare for the worst"?)
On Up 'n' Adam
Posted on January 11 at 4:20 a.m.
Thanks, Matt. Good show. Lesson from your story: don't let that drink go undrunk. We all probably share missed opportunities of serendipitous friendships, and we're poorer for them. But it was great that you experienced the brief time with Huell that you did. He was our Tennessee version of Charlie Kuralt - showing us the better angels of our nature.
On Huell Howser: 1945-2013
Posted on January 11 at 4:06 a.m.
Yeah, Nick - those stupid-looking helmets don't work! Except when they do. Enough testing the limits of your mortality, already. Hang around for awhile. For some silly reason, we need you. Or, in this case, should we say "stick around"? (I'll bet it was a friggin' Eucalyptus branch...)
On How Now, Bow-Wow?
Revealing the direct connection between the history of U.S. intervention ... Read More
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