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Posted on July 16 at 8:46 a.m.
The public bidding process is governed by state code. You can't throw emotions into it and be upset when outside firms underbid locals, so long as they dotted their i's and crossed their t's so to speak on the bid. You can establish bid criteria in the first place whereby factors such as quality of work, experience, are rated and points given in addition to bid amount, but if you do a straight low bid, you cannot then go and say a local firm should be awarded the bid because they are local after the fact.
On Snazzy New Sidewalks Will Link to Downtown
Posted on November 21 at 3:18 p.m.
AShaw and Luis, do you realize that had Luis met an American and moved to the US to be with him, he would be granted NO immigration rights even if they became domestic partners, while a straight American could marry whomever they please from wherever they please and that person would be granted residency and eventually citizenship by virtue of their marriage. Redefining a word? No, equal civil rights.
Posted on November 21 at 8:56 a.m.
"We are willing to spend millions of dollars and years of research to accomplish something that is done for free naturally by hetero couples?" jasonmcd101, your statements once again show you're the one who has been in the closet for a few if not several years. Infertility services are routinely used by men and women, straight and gay, with millions being poured into the economy and research as you suggested. A bad thing? One could argue we'd be better off if people didn't cling to their genes and took on adoptions instead, but I suppose the research that goes into creating babies overlaps into gene research in general.What's that I hear, .....your train being derailed? See ya :)
Posted on November 20 at 1:40 p.m.
jasonmcd101, you have posted some 10 responses on various 8 related chats here all focused on a single issue, the ability to procreate a being with genetic ties to both parents. My friend, modern science has caught up with you in some regards, as people are able to utilize donor egg or sperm from family members providing the DNA match you require, and we are merely scientific seconds away from being able to pull sufficient information from one's own DNA to allow at least 2 women of the same sex to reproduce and 2 men to be able to pass there gene's on to their offspring. What shall you say then? Are you all of a sudden going to raise that bar? Wait, wait, let's hear it, tell us all that babies from artificial insemination or other scientifically assisted methods don't count. What a silly, silly basis for an argument for straight only marriage in modern society. Have you no idea how many of the straight union babies out there exist only because of modern medicine?
Posted on November 19 at 9:56 a.m.
PangZhu, first off, you may not have noticed, but gay people are chock full of kids these days. Despite our proclivity for partners of the same sex, we find ways to have babies so you'd be surprised how propogated the Island Gay would be. And second, here's one right we don't have under the state's domestic partnership arrangement- the right to wake up each day without fear that another ballot proposition may work its way down the pike asking this question again. So long as it is presumably "separate but equal", which it isn't, it's up for debate. As much as I don't care to tread on any religious boundaries, unless you backed marriage out of the definition altogether and called all of them civil unions, we now have to lump them all into one category and call it marriage.
Posted on November 18 at 2:36 p.m.
Thank you Starshine for your wonderful insight! I'm curious if anyone has (or would admit to having) prop 8 voter's remorse? It's too bad we didn't take a stronger stance before the vote, I get the feeling people didn't give a yes vote much thought.
Posted on November 18 at 2:31 p.m.
voting to limit the rights of gay couples to less than that of straight couples=anti-gay. end of discussion.
On Why Prop. 8 Won
Posted on November 13 at 7:56 p.m.
I see no problem focusing our money on the efforts of people who aren't out to destroy us. On that note, the CEO of Select Staffing, Paul Sorenson, Pres David Sorensen and COO Mark McComb donated a whopping $25,000 total. David Payne, pres of Muzicraft donated $9,550. Scott Haskins Pres of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL) gave $5,000. That last one is a shock; pres of an art restoration firm? That's some seriously expensive hatred of the very people who created a lot of the artwork you lovingly restore. Shame on you!
Posted on August 26 at 8:59 p.m.
A Shaw, better ask your kids for some sex ed,...even straights engage in what you deem an unhealthy, ungodly style of doing the deed. Welcome to the 21st century!
Posted on August 6 at 1:08 p.m.
"You have the freedom to do what you want in the privacy of your own home and we don't understand why you must push your sexual pleasure preferences in our face in public". sa1, is your marriage, assuming you're married or hope to be one day, considered a "sexual pleasure preference"? The financial, legal relationship between you and your spouse, also a "sexual pleasure preference"? Ability to make decisions for your children, medical decisions for your significant other if it came to it, and security you share as a result of your legal ties, a "sexual pleasure preference"? That first kiss you shared with someone special, is that something way too dirty to talk about in public or in front of the kids? Why should any human being deem another's experiences less important, and to be kept to themselves? It's really interesting how gay people relaying their experiences in a forum where one can choose to or choose not to read them is "oversharing", while conservatives expressing bigoted opinions whenever and wherever they please is called freedom of speech. You better take a good look around, the "we" you're proudly speaking on behalf of is slowly but surely becoming a much smaller crowd :)
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