Ben Tiffany

Ben Tiffany 1 month, 1 week ago on Mountain lion shot after killing dog

What constitutes "human" habitat anyway? Is that an exclusive zone where no other species should be allowed? Are all wild animals "dangerous"? Is Brooklyn considered a "densely populated area"? Should we drive out the squirrels,mice,rabbits,etc. because they are wild? What is your natural habitat,Mark? This seems to be a complicated issue.

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Ben Tiffany 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mountain lion shot after killing dog

I have to agree with Fred here. While it is a tragedy for the Kortas family in the loss of their dog,it would be reckless,inappropriate and just plain wrong to start aggressively hunting mountain lions in and around the community. These lions have been part of this area for far longer than the town has been here,and they have not been a significant problem. The most likely reason that encounters might be increasing is because bikers,hikers,and others are entering into areas that previously saw little human activity. With common sense and caution there is no reason that encounters with these animals cannot continue to be an uncommon occurrence.

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Ben Tiffany 2 months ago on Jim Webster: To be open to change

I'm sure there's a conspiracy of some sort here. Frozen blueberries make a great dessert! Mr.Webster is trying to cast doubt in the minds of unsuspecting dessert seekers! There must be something un-American here.

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Ben Tiffany 2 months, 4 weeks ago on Stories from Scotland: The biggest fans

I went to a Rugby World Cup match in Scotland a number of years ago;same sort of experience as described here. I was amongst the Scottish supporters,and even though it was raining hard and wind blowing near gale force,we had a great time! I heard plenty of things yelled at the referees (especially after we had a few beers),and did not recognize many of them as English as I was used to hearing it,but who cares? The Scots were passionate about their team,and even though they lost to the All Blacks on this occasion,the support never wavered (even if the singing did waver a bit.) One of the best times I've had in my life. Enjoy your time in Scotland,Sophie! You're in a great place.

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Ben Tiffany 3 months ago on Our View: Carry on legacy

I find myself in rare agreement with Mark. The city has no business declaring the downtown to be blighted,when that is clearly not the case. I agree that this is an ethical issue,and it is likely that a more worthy community could use that grant money. The city can find a way to finance these improvements without taking such a step.(Mark is of course,exactly right.)

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Ben Tiffany 5 months, 2 weeks ago on Stories from Scotland: A new adventure

So much to do in Scotland... It may take you awhile,but a trip to the Outer Hebrides should be exciting and memorable. (We got close,but the weather turned against us.) The Borders area near England and the low hills (the fells) south of Glasgow and Edinburgh along the River Clyde are some of my favorite places in the world. If you're a beer drinker,the ales in Scotland (the true ales) are some of the best anywhere. The Scots are lively,friendly and engaging people;I think you will enjoy your time there. (I always do!)

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Ben Tiffany 5 months, 4 weeks ago on Ken Collins: Now is time for peace

Mark, You make some good points here. Keep in mind that we have an embassy in China,a country with similar human rights abuses,and a tendency to make people disappear in the night,never to be heard from again. Our embassy presence there might be seen as sanctioning these actions,but it's doubtful that we will recall our ambassador over the issue.

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Ben Tiffany 6 months ago on Linda Lewis: Bike through chemicals

Stupid mistake by the EPA,but where did all that waste come from in the first place? Perhaps the previous mine owner should have put more attention in cleaning up the mess they created?

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