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December 03, 2013


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Good one, Peter and John K. My wife and I are going to be ordering BB guns from AMAZON and patiently wait for their flying drones to show up. I intend to be a double ACE the first month of operation. A Palin Drone...ha. And yes, I agree we should unleash Alan on the problem.

Q. What do you call an unmanned aircraft controlled by Alaska's former half-governor?

A. A Palin drone.

They will not expect palindromes. Unleash Alan Wald on 'em!

I think global warming is the most important issue, and the US has an ethical and practical impetus to act now. If we act first, others will follow. Same reasoning regarding acting first applies for California.

At this point, the resistance is political. We need ways to flex our muscle!

Wow - Alan has come up with the best Alandrome ever!

"... fracking, strip mining, and genetically modified crops, that don't have a local angle ..."

These and all other environmental issues do have a local angle, for the simple reason that we are a segment of the most privileged consumers. What we say and do about these vital issues matters -- to us, to our communities, and to communities that look to us to lead.

Do you want to eat GMO foods? I know I don't. Strip mining and fracking increase the property values of those areas that don't strip-mine or frack. So yeah -- it's a local angle.

Think globally, act locally.

Pacifica palindrome lovers hope 2014 will raise attention to problems of coastal pollution, calling it...
"A mar on a Pacifica panorama!"

PB: You’re quite right about the technical definition of the term “freeway” when contrasted to the term “parkway.” Yet the proposed Calera Parkway is 152 feet wide, if the Caltrans EIR is correct. That fact leads the reader to believe that today’s “parkway” is tomorrow's freeway, in the same way a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

All of the environmental problems that we face here are global: pollution, habitat loss, invasive species, sea level rise, and extinction threats, to name a few. The reason those problems are important is because they are universal, and when we shine a light on the local aspect, we are able to better understand the emergencies that the world faces. There are other issues, such as fracking, strip mining, and genetically modified crops, that don't have a local angle but nevertheless do affect us and that we need to be informed about as consumers, voters, and citizens of this planet. I am all for expanding the scope of Riptide to include more of those issues, but with the caveat that there are already countless places to turn to learn about them, whereas for Pacifica's environmental news, Riptide is the only game in town, and we mustn't lose sight of its importance for that purpose!

"Jackie Speier's wish/fantasy gratification is a new freeway through everyone's community except her own."

Just to be clear, the proposed Highway 1 widening for Pacifica is not technically a freeway, but it is a widening of the highway to a roadway as wide as a football field is long -- a segment to nowhere.

Speier et al. would never tolerate this wasteful boondoggle spending in their own neighborhood!

But, John, I do remember Riptide being inspired to cover local issues in the beginning, along with other topics like our environment. Way back in 2007 to at least 2010, I overheard people at parties saying,"If you want to know what's going on in Pacifica, log onto Pacifica Riptide. Don't even bother with the paper anymore. And stay away from the nasty people's blog." Of course, by 2011 I was laid up with the dreaded arthritis, so I shied away from parties.

So like it or not, Riptide does have a very strong following as a local news source. And to underline that fact, I've been told, in person, face to face, that several of our local city departments, the county, and even Caltrans monitor our site. Funny that they get paid to monitor us, but we don't get no pennies at all.

I'm under the impression that cause and effect are constantly in play; ergo, Jackie Speier's wish/fantasy gratification is a new freeway through everyone's community except her own. Let's identify the multiple partial probable causes within and without this community that impinge on the continuity of our coastal profile. We don't need an urban freeway right through town, as has been demonstrated for all to see in the context of urban carnage.

Global warming is the biggest story -- part of even something as seemingly small as how many varieties of bees we have on our beaches. I hope this city supports climate change policy reform -- as many other cities have done. Pacifica has signed on to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, but it needs to complete the work by ratifying the Climate Action Plan -- so we can start composting some hay! ;>

Fukushima. There's nothing more immediately imperiling in our near future.

Well, the current starfish die-off is a mystery. Monterery Bay Aquarium is studying it locally, as it is an extreme issue, and because the aquarium uses local seawater, the starfish in the tanks are experiencing the same symptoms and die-off. A culprit hasn't been identified yet. Fukushima isn't ruled out, either, but so far it could be sea temperature rise, among other things. That is a very-close-to-home environmental story.

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