Comments by billd

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Posted on April 18 at 10:58 p.m.

I think all trail users, mountain bikers included, should be respectful of others and use the trails in such a way that their actions don't negatively affect others.

That said I ask you. who does a great deal of the trail work around here?.....stuff the forest service no longer has the staff or budget to do.

If it wasn't for Mtn bike activism, in the form of trail maintenance, many of our trails might be overgrown, debris strewn and impassable.

On San Marcos Preserve Land Management Plan Finalized

Posted on April 14 at 7:36 a.m.

Then from that same point of view anyone with a negative impact from the vaccine could sue those who are trying to compel others to get vaccinated thru the threat of legal action.

Plus, if your kid is vaccinated and you're so sure they work what are you worried about.

On Vaccination Considerations

Posted on April 13 at 9:53 p.m.

I am not convinced the benefits of vaccinating outweigh the risks. Are you a parent yourself? What is acceptable risk when it comes to your children? Is the risk of death, disability, mood disorders worth the benefit of a chance of protection against a disease that isn't usually fatal (Measles, flu). Most of us know the study on autism and vaccines was flawed. What about people's very real concerns about the additives and adjuncts used in vaccines? Are we to trust a for profit corporation that formaldehyde and other substances are safe to inject into our children. Do we really understand the effect these substances are having on developing immune systems.

Why do many health care providers (myself included) choose to either not vaccinate or selectively vaccinate their own children? It's not because we are uniformed or ignorant of the consequences. Are we to turn a blind eye to the enormous amount of anecdotal evidence of the negative side effects of the current regime of recommended vaccinations?

At the end of the day both sides are going to say they are being forced into situations that could harm their children, making this an extremely volatile topic. As a parent I feel it is absolutely prudent to look beyond the information being provided to me by those who stand to make a profit off of my decision. I am fairly certain that when others do this they will at the very least have reason to question the safety and effectiveness of current vaccination recommendations.

On Vaccination Considerations

Posted on December 7 at 10:25 a.m.

The Adventure Pass sham has been unenforceable since it started. Just ignore the signs and drive through. They may bark a lot about you needing one but there is no bite. If they want to leave a ticket on your window just thank them for the scrap paper.

You should not have to have money to enjoy the outdoors.

On Los Padres Forest Proposes Changes in Recreation Fees

Posted on November 14 at 5:29 p.m.

Anyone wonder why flu shot usage is low among health care workers?

Maybe because these people know the risk vs reward ratio of flu shots.

As a healthcare worker myself I would not even consider putting the crap they preserve these shots with into my body.

To bad for those at Cottage.........either support the pharmaceutical companies agenda or wear a scarlet (letter) mask.

On Cottage Employees Required to Get Flu Shot or Wear Mask for Five Months

Posted on October 24 at 2:50 p.m.

Bernard I would be interested to hear your opinion on bicycles and our local trails specifically.

On Dear Sierra Club Members

Posted on October 10 at 7:39 a.m.

Since when is $150-200 a night affordable camping?

Why not expand the campground? Just what this town needs another boutique camping experience......pretty soon only the rich will be able to go to the beach.

On Affordable Lodging at Jalama Beach?

Posted on October 3 at 2:27 p.m.

Mr. Locke maybe you should also read green eggs and ham...or maybe just eat some green eggs and save us all the headache of listening to your tea party psyco-babble.

This law was passed, upheld by the supreme court, and is now the law of the land. That's how things are done in this country. What is there for the Democrats to negotiate?

Ted Cruz and his tea party wacko's are masters at framing the debate to suit their purpose. Luckily most people are aware of their tactics and don't buy the BS. It's ok though, the longer this craziness goes on the more people realize just how out of touch these guys are. Good luck with re-election tea party, you guys are digging your own graves.

On The Cornered Canine

Posted on September 23 at 8:39 p.m.

Please enlighten me Mr. Clausen. I don't really like what cars have done to our society but I doubt their going away anytime soon.

I've never heard anyone pushing for more bike infrastructure saying cars should be banned. As for the Utopian society, I'm a realist, I'm sure you'll be able to drive your car for many decades to come.

You pro car guys just like to scream "the sky is falling" and whine about how everyone is trying to take away your cars.

If you think building a few protected bike paths is a "utopian society" then maybe your the one that needs to think things through a bit more.

On Bike Commute Numbers Spike

Posted on September 23 at 7:52 a.m.

I don't think anyone ever suggested we take away your cars Holly. You could probably just drive where you want. Why does better infrastructure for cyclists always have to mean no cars in the drivers mind.

Maybe you could even do the rest of society a favor and carpool or take public transit. With more focus on alternative transportation maybe the bus would be practical.

On Bike Commute Numbers Spike

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