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Re: “Driving with no helmet

The Washington Post claims that as many as 988 million birds die annually in the United States alone running into windows. Sadly your story about that majestic bird and it's tragic end is no isolated incident. Yet not a single word from our government on this feathered carnage, no national guard deployments, not even an attempt to regulate the window glass industry. I cry fowl! It's time to end the genocide.

Helmet Laws and Politics are a complicated story. In 1966 The Federal Highway act mandated that 10% of national funds for maintaining highways was dependent on each state passing laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. In 1974 only two states did not have helmet laws, Illinois and California. Illinois had a court ruling that declared their helmet law an infringement on personal freedoms. At that time Utah's helmet law required a helmet only when you were exceeding 35 miles per hour. Now, if you ask me, it would be very dangerous to put a helmet on while riding should you decide to exceed 35 miles per hour.

California fought the law hard, through governors Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown. Long story short, in 1976 President Ford signed the "Helms Angel Bill" which repealed the national helmet law. Before then end of 1977 more than twenty states repealed their helmet laws.

Ironically in 1992 California implemented a mandatory universal helmet law. While Utah repealed their law in 1977. California allows lane splitting. I love lane splitting and if I had to choose I'd wear a helmet and allow lane splitting.

We have a great country, we a clearly complicated political process. In September I am planning to spend three weeks riding across the country on a motorcycle. As I embark on this journey I now have a few questions to ponder.

1. Never mind my carbon footprint, what is my bird death foot print?
2. Will I possibly kill more birds as I ride.
3. If a bird hits me in the helmet and dies, would I have possibly saved that birds life by not wearing a helmet?
4. Helmet laws state by state are complicated. I have to know the helmet laws for each state I cross into. Do I have to wear a helmet? What stamp of approval does my helmet need to have, from what organization? Can I have speakers in my helmet? in both ears or just one? etc.. etc.. Thank god for the internet.

As a child I once saved a nest of birds from death after their mother died. I cared for them, nursed them and eventually they flew away. Perhaps they have procreated and my bird death foot print is a little less. Regardless my mother was very proud, on the other hand I do eat a lot of chicken.

In conclusion, we can dance around across a few unrelated ideas and topics and attempt to tie them together in the final paragraph. We can call it opinion and creative writing and I'm sure your mother is very proud of the way you rambled to your point, sort of like how my mother was proud of me saving those baby birds. The internet is great for many things, misleading news titles is apparently one of them. Finally..... my point, and this is very important.. You don't drive a motorcycle you "ride a motorcycle" therefore your title should be "Riding with no helmet"

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Posted by Andrew Love on 07/27/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Lies, Lies and More Lies

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Re: “Yesterday

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Posted by Cynthia L. Arnold on 06/09/2016 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Young Guns

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Posted by KarenR.Hansen on 06/08/2016 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Clogged Canyons

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Posted by lataskakleinfield on 05/31/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “My OSH

Hey, this is great! Thanks for the shoutout to my pop, Phil, and the Labrador dogs (either Mr Biko or Lady, depending on the era). Big love.

Posted by lesacooks on 05/03/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Problem Not Solved

Reply to 'Somebody'

Hey man/woman, look for an apartment in an area you can afford. There are rent prices in other neighborhoods outside of Downtown (where you should live!!) for much cheaper. It's ridiculous you're complaining about the "700-900" price tag considering I'm paying $1200 for the same apartment. I'm so tired of people getting a break when I work hard and have to pay much more. Live where you can afford, and downtown should be left for people who can afford the price tag. There are many other neighborhoods you can afford the price tag in, go there!

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Posted by Liverpool Lover on 04/18/2016 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Problem Not Solved

I'm so tired of talks to build more downtown low I come housing! My wife and I don't qualify for low income credits, so we're forced to pay an inflated price and live with degenerates that don't know how to take care of the building. If everyone was paying the same as us, they wouldn't trash it the way they do!

Move the homeless/very low income to other neighborhoods, don't offer more downtown properties for them to live in. If you can't afford to live in the city, move your ass to another neighborhood! Before you comment know that these "low income" rates are far more than 60% of the income a family or individual would make. It's irresponsible and continues the cycle because these tenants cannot afford the lease rates they commit to. If they can afford it, usually there is other income that's not reported and that's not fair to people who work hard to pay and follow the rules.

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Posted by Liverpool Lover on 04/18/2016 at 11:45 PM

Re: “I Got "Berned"

I love the irony. I also love your attitude, Stan. You are a good man.

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Posted by Sheryl Hussein Ginsberg on 04/15/2016 at 5:55 PM

Re: “It's Déjà Vu

Well said, Stan. Put another way. (Shrugging) "What's this I hear about APATHY?"

Rich Woodruff

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Posted by Dadio on 04/01/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Clogged Canyons

The skiing is good, but why are we as taxpayers forced to pay for better transportation scenarios? Why not have the users alter their driving habits or pay? Why not let the traffic self regulate? After a Utes game Foothill blvd is packed, after a Jazz game downtown is packed.... A Friday commute from downtown to 215 is a bear... but we as drivers work around it, we expect it. Parking is disallowed in prime times on the busy streets so why not follow suit in Little Cottonwood?
Why not put programs in place to have less vehicles?
1. Disallow parking street side on Highway 210. (This is dangerous, and is not allowed in other parts of the canyon, nor should it be allowed in the areas by the resorts) Less cars in the canyon = Less traffic.
2. Charge for access to the canyon, like Mill Creek.
3. Make the resorts put in more canyon parking if they need more skiers to buy the lift passes.
4. Make the resorts put in more off site / down town parking, carpool / uber hubs and or provide shuttle busses.

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Posted by Bus Driver on 03/03/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Clogged Canyons

We should only be concerned with the wide open slopes that can hold more capacity? We should only be concerned with the one percent that has the time and money to ski on a regular basis? We should be padding the pockets of the resorts and catering to the skiers? Why does Utah promote so much tourism? Why are the politicians all funded by either the energy industry or the resort industry? Does it matter about the 1 million soon to be 1.5 million might need a drink of clean water at the end of the day? Maybe instead of flying executives and politicians around to look at trains, UTA should figure out some logistics, Wasatch Front wide, that make sense then maybe more people would use public transit. Last, wake up Utah, vote for someone that cares about you and your community, not the greedy SOBs that are running the show now!

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Posted by Karen S McCoy on 03/03/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Clogged Canyons

Excellent article. The watershed canyons of the Wasatch need care and protecting or we will lose our use of them and our resources will become spoiled. There's no harm in taking a bus or carpooling up there and if we don't change the summers will be just like this. Stay on it City Weekly.

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Posted by hikerskier on 03/03/2016 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Refugee Clout

I like it, Jim!
Nice, original, and sensible.
And I'm a pacifist. :-)

Tom Huckin

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Posted by Tom Huckin on 02/02/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Not Feeling It

Me being man of age, I have a hard time even understanding what most Emoji mean. My nieces and nephews reply with text constantly with Emoji and when I reply back with an Emoji (the grinning smile) one in particular, they respond with "why the nervous grin/smile"? My intention of replying with the grinning smiling, was to express I was happy for just having receiving a text from them as well as showing my pretty whites. Therefore my confusion with the whole Emoji expressions. I get it, but still believe that the Emoji do take away our sense of communication. I am a personal individual, especially in a working environment and or in my personal relationship.Given technology these days it is becoming a form of communication and our growing culture. So being a military Veteran of the United States Navy, I will learn to accept and adapt to Emoji in my life :)

Posted by John Luque on 01/31/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Peace on Earth

Thank the lord
We can have a great leader come forward
LONG LIVE TRUMP

Posted by Dean Micheal Halladay on 12/09/2015 at 6:56 PM

Re: “You're on Your Own

I moved to SLC in July and within 4 weeks was 1) physically assaulted on the street by a total stranger and 2) had the house I was housesitting burgled. In both instances I had interaction with the perp and either called 911 or flagged down a cop immediately. Honestly, they had no desire to get the bad guy. All they wanted to do was to take the report. No effort or thought at all about actually catching the bad guy, who was almost certainly still within blocks of the scene of the crime. I thought crime in DC was bad and part of the reason I moved to SLC!

Posted by SLCnewbie on 11/28/2015 at 6:21 AM

Re: “You're on Your Own

I have to agree with guybrodudeman. Bad reporting. Based purely on experience. One experience. That doesn't actually prove anything. If you really want to show crime is on the rise and we're short on cops cite some credible sources other than your one personal experience.

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Posted by Laura Jeffs on 11/20/2015 at 9:21 PM

Re: “A Matter of Source

Man, you're just kind of a whiner, aren't ya?

Posted by Guybrodudeman on 11/20/2015 at 2:19 PM

Re: “You're on Your Own

I get that your incident sucked, but when you don't cite any statistics, you can't just say crime is skyrocketing because you got unlucky with dispatch on perhaps a busy day.

Secondly, using said data, it's easy to see that auto thefts are about on average per 1000 residents as compared to the past decade or more (http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Salt-Lake-City-Utah.html).

Thirdly, it is well known that crime-committers from the west side come over to the east side (especially near the avenues and university) -- so before you start blaming dispatch for having life or death scenarios to deal with, maybe your friends should start by not leaving valuables visible in their cars.

Fourthly, you assume these auto thefts are likely armed and dangerous, and then get your son in the car with you to go find them? Why are you so mad at the dispatch for messing up and/or being crazy busy and understaffed, when you're gladly willing to put your son in harm's way to save some electronics and a car (which had insurance on it, I presume?!)? Get a grip and talk to your local politicians/representatives about getting more dispatchers... don't use city weekly as an overly-dramatic venting platform for your irrational, data-lacking assumptions and your irresponsible behaviors.

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Posted by Guybrodudeman on 11/20/2015 at 2:13 PM

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