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Re Holly Gove on internet privacy, who is trying to console us because nothing has changed. She states: "The bill that was recently signed into law prevented overreaching rules from taking effect and creating a disjointed and unclear privacy regime on the Internet. Nothing has changed in the way your online privacy is protected. The rules Walden voted to roll back...." She seems to have missed the point that regulations and rules are written based on laws that have been passed, and have a delayed effective date for implementation to allow time for putting compliance into action. The regulations were written to update and further protect us based on a law passed by Congress, so though technically 'nothing has changed', the fact is that the recent administration's action put a full stop to highly anticipated new privacy protections. Saying that 'nothing has changed' as a good thing would be comparable to an administration pulling newly written regulations for, say, requiring seat belt use in cars, before they take effect, and everyone saying it was okay because so far we had not used seat belts so our safety has not been affected.
Re "empty gesture": I see the bag ban as one small step to take in a complicated far ranging issue, rather than an empty gesture. I have been using my own bags for over 20 years now. If I assume the average per-family rate of 6 plastic bags a week (this is just for groceries), then my use of my own bags has kept over 6000 plastic bags out of the system. And that does not include other shopping I do with those bags.
Most recent figures show just under 126 million households in the USA; multiply that by 300 plastic bags per year and you see this is not a small thing. Or, assuming approximately 3000 households in Hood River alone, you see the numbers start adding up (or multiplying) pretty quickly.
RE; Why Laws? There ARE laws. And illegal immigrants do not get in line before disabled vets, etc. for federal benefits. Here is an article for you from the National Immigration Law Center that might help your understanding of how this works: https://www.nilc.org/issues/economic-support/overview-immeligfedprograms/. There are some benefits, which benefit public health or address emergency situations, for which illegal immigrants (actually, the term is "non-qualified persons" because the restrictions do not apply only to those here illegally), and in states that have passed law affording more state-funded services to the undocumented or their families.
RE: people freaking out about paying a nickel for a bag - If I am in line and hear someone complaining, I will use the suggested ploy of handing them a bunch of nickels rather than directly calling them out on being rude. To date I have not seen that happen, though I have seen a few people headed out the door with a cart full of loose items - apparently preferring the inconvenience to paying maybe a quarter for bags.
Kathy Schwartz - Walden is holding a town hall here in Hood River on April 8th, 4:30 pm at Hood River Middle School on May Street. I know he has a few others that day too but did not keep the complete list. Watch for announcements in the local paper, possibly just a few days beforehand as he does not always give a lot of notice. You can also follow him on FB to get notices.
David Bohlmann - Perhaps if POTUS45 were not governing by Tweet and were to recognize that context matters, and would take time to explain said context, there would be fewer "hysterical" reactions. And no fair deciding what the context is going to be based on reaction to the Tweet that comes out before it is explained.
RE No Outrage? School district policy is that nonresident students may have to pay tuition to attend a district school in certain instances, not to mention the right to accept or decline requests for such transfer - which also has to be approved by the district resided in. And district policy is that the district has the authority to determine whether the school has room to accept transfers and which school students are assigned to. The availability of free public schooling to residents within a district does not give any family the right to select which school the child attends. No, there is no need for outrage; the free public education is funded by local and state taxes paid by residents in the district. If this is a veiled appeal for the public school voucher system, it does not fly with me.
To Alan Winans: The demonstrations are not creating the split in America, it has been there a long long time; one could argue that the USA was founded on splitting off from the ruling government, and from the days of the Constitutional conventions there have been widely divergent views of how to accomplish national goals. Some administrations have been more tumultuous than others.
I would also point out that for the past 8 years, and still counting, President Obama was and is blamed by the Republicans for every single thing that happened in the world during those years, before then and now that he is out of office. It is POTUS45's and the Republicans' turn to shoulder that burden. He won the election and vowed to unite the country, and look how well that is going so far. Perhaps if he were not setting an example of attention-seeking radical statements and behavior, the other side would not have to resort to the same to be heard too. He and the Republican Congress do not have an overwhelming mandate and they need to remain or be made aware of that fact. We shall persist in making that happen.
If I had known this was happening here I would have been there too. Respectful, peaceful event and balanced reporting. Thank you!
Regarding Measure 97: I encourage everyone to read the actual measure, either online or in the voters' guide, to see what it actually says. The voters' guide also has extensive comments on both sides of the issue - read those as well and take into consideration who is saying what about it. Maybe talk to someone you know and trust who has spent some time studying the issue. Then make up your mind. Do not rely simply on the TV ads and other sound-bites as your only source of information.
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