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Posted on May 28 at 2:04 p.m.

Holly, why do you think bicyclists don't pay taxes? Not only do most of us also drive (and thus pay gas taxes), but we have jobs--pay income taxes, and I for one voted for measure D, which goes much more to YOUR roads than MY bike lanes. Which are of course for ALL of us.

You had bad experiences with a couple of cyclists on the sidewalk. How many times have car drivers cut me off (as a pedestrian as much as as a cyclist) by crossing the sidewalk exiting parking lots, turning right on red across a crosswalk, etc. Did calling in a license plate ever deter them? Not hardly.

I think registering and license plates would be a great idea, but suspect that the difficulty of keeping them secure and the costs of maintaining/enforcing such a system (compared to the cost of a bicycle) are prohibitive.

Relax, live and let live, don't let a few bad eggs spoil a whole movement!

On Student-Led Pedal Power

Posted on March 30 at 10:30 a.m.

I love Starshine's columns--she has a gift with words that can make me laugh out loud.

On Mommy Porn

Posted on February 12 at 12:49 p.m.

2x4 says
"And frankly I'm not buying the Mental Disorder crap! Clearly the guy is nuts, I mean, don't you have be to go and firebomb any place, especially a cop house??? Yes, it's clear this guy is a full bubble off center, but so what? he is still a menace to society and has no business walking free."

There are lots of people out here with Serious Mental Illnesses who are dealing with them successfully most of the time, and who are making great contributions to society. One slip-up in their support system and they can do some pretty whacky things. Does that mean they need to be isolated from society in a prison? Or in an institution with completely non- or dysfunctional SMI compatriots?
I think not--what a waste of great potential. But of course you may disagree.
Discrimination? Two very similar individuals, one who has a solid support system (including daddy's wallet, as some commenters have put it), the other who has nothing--as a judge I'd be more likely to release the first one, fair or not. Wouldn't it be nice if we as a society could provide for all equally, without regard to income?

On Isla Vista Firebomber Released Bail-Free

Posted on January 2 at 2:10 p.m.

What kind of antisemitic bullcrap is this, contactjohn? Your timeline website is a good example of conspiracy theorist fantasies like Glenn Beck's, connecting anything to anything and getting many of the facts twisted or wrong.
The Rothschilds may not be worth defending, but neither are any of the other corporate kleptocrat families, Carnegies, Rockefellers, Duponts, Roosevelts, Koches, etc.

Great article though, really makes the way money works crystal clear.

On What Is Money?

Posted on August 5 at 10:59 a.m.

Right on! As long as the wealthy can siphon off wealth without contributing their proportionate share to our education and physical infrastructure, this state (and the US) is on its way down the tube.

On A Distressing Question

Posted on July 13 at 1:47 p.m.

Great idea for a new column!
Maybe include photos next time? Web space is cheap...

On Working Bicycles

Posted on June 29 at 4:52 p.m.

What's with the aggressive reactions by those first few commenters? Why don't you at least look at the book first before shooting from the hip.

On Are Yoga and Pilates Bad for You?

Posted on April 15 at 2:20 p.m.

Nice one, Richard_S. One might also suggest that teens learn the basics of safe text, like not doing it while driving, and encasing it in a prophylactic rubber sheath to keep stray light pixels from escaping in public spaces, like the ones that annoyed Starshine at the theater. I do like dad's suggestion of abstinence in the presence of other human beings though.

On Text Offender

Posted on March 2 at 3:19 p.m.

Beautifully written reminiscence!

On Life in Libya, Pre-Gaddafi

Posted on February 16 at 11:09 a.m.

edhat has pictures of this one (UCSB) and the one at Trinity episcopal:

On Labyrinth of Inspiration

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