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Posted on May 16 at 6:34 p.m.
Better transparency and communication would probably help the hospital's position a lot.
Some of the arguments in the article are downright funny:
- the hospital doesn't regulate the # of flights. So they are supposed to control the serious accidents or illnesses people in the community have?
- night flights. Since they are already controlling the # of accidents and illnesses, I guess they might as well make sure they also happen at a time that's convenient for everyone?
- flights provide no benefit to the residents. Okay, sign a waiver that says if you have an issue that would otherwise require chopper transport, you'll be taken by ambulance. If you die en route, c'est la vie!
- flights could transport the uninsured. Seriously? Someone said that? That has nothing to do with the flights and everything to do with the entire SYSTEM of healthcare. Whether you agree with the reform act or not, this portion of the issue should point out that something needs to change and it has nothing to do with choppers.
Again, maybe some of this would go away with better knowledge for the residents and communication about what the flights are used for and why.
I do not live in that area, and so my only vested interest in this is if I or my loved ones should have a serious issue and need quick transport, I will be eternally grateful if that helo ride saves their life!
On Cottage Hospital ’Copters Still Taking Flak
Posted on May 9 at 9:02 p.m.
I've been in that area many times to hike, ride mountain bikes, and drive down the fire road. The only thing that concerns me is as I'm going down the dirt road away from the range, or coming up it very slowly towards the range, is the shotgun wads and bullet ricochets I hear going over my head! Nothing's ever happened, but it makes me think it could. Suppose a round clipped some foliage and went off course into me?
On Weigh In on Winchester Gun Club
Posted on March 1 at 7:11 p.m.
I'm curious about the Condor Scenic Area on W. Camino Cielo. What does that designation mean? That road is driveable by car now.
On Protecting Los Padres Wilderness — and Dirt Bikes?
Posted on November 24 at 7:43 a.m.
I forgot to add about SYVCC, those interested in the club should contact Dr. J's bike shop on Mission Drive in Solvang.
On What Are You Grateful For?
Posted on November 23 at 8:54 p.m.
Regarding clubs, I just wanted to mention the Santa Ynez Valley Cycling Club (SYVCC). We've been around for awhile and hold established road rides on the weekends as well as during the week events such as indoor training and mountain bike riding. These can range from competitive training to fun rides in and around the Santa Ynez Valley area. There is also a contingent of junior racers in the club.
We encourage any and all to come out and join us! 2012 club membership signups are in process, so come on out.
Posted on November 16 at 6:59 p.m.
I agree. I'm against bags, but we don't need a study to prove they are bad. The data already exists!
On Supes Decline to Help Pay for Plastic Bag Ban Report
Posted on November 16 at 6:21 a.m.
The problem with quoting things is the context is lost. Who funded the studies and therefore could there be any bias? What factors didn't get included (as howgreen mentions above)?
It's easy to call something fact because one or more experts studied it. It still doesn't tell the whole story.
It will be interesting to see if the boats at El Cap leave by the weekend. I still wonder if they've been within about a 1 square mile area for over a month, how could that area not be fished out? What bycatch did they pull in?
I also have to wonder about the scientific info stating that various fish populations haven't declined. Anyone who spends time in/on the local waters would likely disagree. Try finding a big rockfish or male sheephead off the local coast.
BTW Oblio, how's Arrow? ;-)
On Squid Fishing in California
Posted on November 14 at 7:07 p.m.
maybeso, I think 8 may be low and they've been in that same area for a month or more. I'm really concerned about what they are doing to that concentrated area, what the bycatch is, and how many (if any) squid will be left to be part of the local food chain?
If the catch is being exported and feeding some overseas country, then it seems they are possibly raping our local waters without concern (probably zero knowledge of the impact). Scary!
Posted on October 14 at 4:53 p.m.
"Lightweight plastic carry bags for grocery use are a huge leap forward from paper bagging. It eliminates the problem of bacteria build-up. It enables elderly, weak, and partially disabled persons to easily carry food items.Most people reuse the plastic grocery bags with convenient built in carry handles. A large percent of plastic bags are returned to the grocery store recycle bin."
It seems to me like this is just made up, not fact-based. If a large percent are returned for recycling, why are bags one of the single largest pollutants in the environment?
And before you say I'm making it up, do a search for "how many plastic bags are recycled". For example:
1. Very few are recycled (I saw results of 1% to 5.2%, so still hundreds of billions are NOT recycled)2. Recycling them is not economically viable3. Many of the US bags sent for recycling were wastefully transported overseas, where there is now a glut of bags not being recycled.4. Bags in the environment have caused flooding in some areas due to clogging up drains.
As to the people talking about concerns with bacteria and diseases, what the heck are you putting in your shopping bags? Yuck! I bring home groceries, which I'm going to be putting in my mouth for the most part, and then every once in awhile I throw the bags in the wash!
On Carpinteria Bans Bad Bags
Posted on October 14 at 4:34 p.m.
I'm not sure where I stand on the law that's been put in place, but I do think SOMETHING had to change.
But here's something I have not seen the anti-reform people explain:
They rail against the mandate of buying insurance because it is against the constitution and will drive up costs.
But, we are ALREADY paying for the uninsured now! What happens if someone uninsured goes to the ER? Do they get turned away, "sorry, no Blue Cross, go die on someone else's property". They get care and we all pay for it.
So it seems to me the mandate is simply trying to make things cheaper so that the uninsured can pay their own way instead of the rest of us paying for them.
On Give Me Liberty or Give Me ObamaCare!
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