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Steve, you point out; The column is barely rational. One Sturm sentence acknowledges a grave issue, "the Russian influence in our democracy is an intolerable threat."
Is it not equally intolerable for thugs in the US to hire people to incite violence at another's rally to discredit them and their supporters?
Is it not intolerable for our government to be providing support for Saudi Arabia's bombing of Yemen - refueling thing planes in mid flight essentially committing war crimes.
Is it not intolerable that Emails and evidence reveal that Ghadafi's topple wwe related to the petro-dollar or something like that as opposed to the "public story" that Clinton shared?
Is it not intolerable that a leaked speech, showed Clinton pointing out how she has both a public and private stance. The private one's probably would be classified.
not defending Trump in any way, but many, as NPR had a story on, refuse to listen to thought forms that discredit those they support or ones coming from individuals with whom the disagree on other points as they must be wrong on all counts.
Lock have you looked at how France eats versus the us? Maybe our health/sick care considered outcomes versus costs relate more to the crap we ingest.
If your going to fix this problem you best raze the structure and begin with a new foundation. That foundation being what we put in our bodies. Roundup has been found in mothers milk, setting up the disruption of gut bacteria in the youngest of this countries citizens.
It does have to do with the baseline of future classes. If there were more local births in 2009 than 2012 given similar population fluctuations, then the 2017 k class will be smaller.
the point being, that government might be better with some virtual feedback, in every department. Government should see us as their customers and encourage feedback, and if a virtual forum, then the bad ideas will be called out, by the general public. plowing three times a day is a bad idea, but hitting arteries a couple times in a day would be nice, which probably happens.
I am not complaining at all about the road crews. The main comment was on clearing roads on days after we have had nice weather for a while, which is not now.
by the way their schedule is set and so a third schedule for those days slush develops might be nice. That is the point as it is easier when warm as opposed to cold to remove.
Read Jim's last statement. "CDOT, commercial, and even city plow crews work the problem based on weather. County crews work a "shift" and nobody has really challenged this method as being flawed. It is."
That is the problem, and to not listen and work a shift as the county does, indicates that at the tail wags the dog and the county works when they want and to heck with actually planning as other agencies do for snow.
To never strive to do a better job or ponder that things could be done differently to improve is the problem. We do a good job and to heck with insights from others. I am not complaining about once a day plowing, just that many times it could be timed better especially when I see them plow early and then when the snow is ripe to be plowed, when it is warm and has defrosted a little, it is not done. Constantly thinking of how to improve process' would make government work better.
In today's age affording some mechanism to converse with those in and out of government on what we see done right and wrong, would make the process better. To require utilizing a telephone to put forth input for the process, not allowing discourse to happen discussing a topic and thoughts developing organically - misses the ability of where technology is on how to achieve that.
Shoot the planning department stated to me, after requesting changes happen, well we put it up on our website. Gee, if it was a topic I requested to be reviewed, there ought to be way to ensure that I am told it is being reviewed without me having to go look for it. As opposed to having too much time and writing on here. I have too little time and do not have time to seek out what is happening within the county weekly. The paper affords one to know what is going on and when a topic pops up that I have some thoughts (when I think I know what is going on on topic) I post them.
Creating a virtual democracy would be better, than an insular one, which we have. The fact that I am supposed to call a number to voice my opinion, does not show the county, me or others the level of concern with a topic they are discussing. Most times the county does a great job and there are no complaints.
But the county does not view its constituents as its clients, which we are, paying their wages and pensions, they ought to at least listen as maybe, some good points are made that might improve service and safety for all.
We are just supposed to sit back and assume that everything is done perfectly. I am not complaining, just voicing an opinion on how better results could be brought forth.
Terin this is an example of how a virtual government would be helpful. The county does a good job, but there are instances where it could do better. Plowing the main stems on a weather related schedule is one instance and later in the day on warm ones is another example. Feedback loops, as this could serve as, are very helpful, if they are used.
Another dumb thing I need to do is test for antibiotics every time I use a batch of milk. On a small scale that costs $8 and takes about 20 minutes to preform. I do not use antibiotics for the most part, and when I do the cows get put elsewhere until the test free of antibiotics. It is a waste of resources, but a requirement of using milk.
logging of all raw materials used in food production, what they are used in, how they are used, cleaning logs, production and distribution logs. That way, if a supplier of mine has a recall, I can recall all of my product that used the input to produce. Or if in routine product testing we find a problem we can log that. Every wheel of cheese is accounted for, if we some how do not account for a wheel of cheese, then the FDA has an issue with it. Production logs, that show how the product was produced, PH levels, when the process starts, stops, when you flip the cheese, when you go out and everywhere you go(just kidding on the last two).
We can either do random testing for Listeria M. and eradicate our pet bacteria (most plants have it living somewhere in it or wait for the FDA to come in find it and do a DNA fingerprint on it, so that if there is a Listeria outbreak in the future they can pin it back on us. Used to be that the average number of cases found in a listeria outbreak were 70 today its about 5 because of better laboratory technologies and the DNA fingerprinting of the bad guys.
Logging of pest traps that are located around the facility and so much more.
We are starting to log temperatures on product when we load it for delivery and when it arrives, put that in a database, so that we show proper handling of food. There is so much to it, but listening to the talk from the woman who had 0 listeria cases in the general public, but opted to throw away a years worth of cheese, because they were doing some things wrong (no controlled entry point and using brushes that were sterilized (not well) to wash the rind on the cheese and the Listeria was up in the pockets where the bristles were. They did extensive teasing to find out where it came from. They found that the employees came to work in clean clothes as directed but then went to pick up the milk from the parlor. While waiting they petted the cat, which appeared clean. That was the vector that the bacteria got into their cheese facility. Once in it hides in every nook and cranny. Being an airborne bad guy, washing your floor with water will send it flying to a new hiding spot. So vigilance in trying to hunt down and kill the stuff is needed. Going around and testing surfaces for it to ensure it is not there, hiring an outside company to audit our process' and procedures and test for it also needs to be done, and when the FDA comes looking we hope that we have not overlooked some hole in a piece of equipment that it is residing in.
But today, in speaking with someone about what we need done on a very part time basis, is going to end up a full time job when all is said and done as weekly inventories of the "cave" will be done to inventory what we have versus what was made and sold to ensure we can provide evidence to the FDA that we do not have stuff going missing. I can tell you for one, that is daunting when you are doing this yourself.
Stan, they do do a pretty good job. Though there are many times when it has not snowed for days, Elk River road warms up later in the day and is slushy, which would be a very good time to clear the road. With the current schedule, it really does not allow that.
A couple years ago the road was down to one lane because of drifting snow at 2 in the afternoon. This past Sunday, the road was approaching that in the afternoon again.
Again the county does a good job most of the time, but there set schedule, really does not allow them the flexibility to plow in the afternoon on roads that are warming, most of the time. I have driven Elk River Road so many times pondering the fact that gee, there is 4+ inches of slush as it has melted and what a nice time to plow it. The 6-3 schedule explains why it never is done as they do it in the morning when it is nice and frozen again. Having plowed the road early, there is no need to return.
Not talking about the majority of county roads, simply the arteries that carry the majority of traffic, those ought to be better cared for than the other roads. Monger lives in Hayden, has CDOT plow his path, on a much different schedule and probably does not get to experience the same conditions as others, living in the Banana belt.
It seems that on non-snow event days, that the road and bridge crew ought to start a little later in the day. This as the snow is getting ripe to be removed from the road about quitting time.
In addition, it seems that the County could purchase a couple of 4X4 trucks for the sheriffs to drive in the winter equipped with plows and plow the main roads as this past Sunday and another one in the recent past, even more so, were coming close to being one lane roads. That is thinking too far outside the box and not within a tightly managed schedule, that while maybe impacting traffic less while the plows are on the streets might just make the roads more hazardous.
If there is not a series of snow events lined up days in a row, that one driver in each district (or if all are able to work - no one sick - that the extra driver work a later shift in order to plow the major roadways later in the day so the snow does not get packed on the road prior to the next mornings "scheduled" plow. Might also try and look at the hourly weather forecast as the snow may arrive at noon and so working from 6-3 really lacks in clearing the roads. But then again that might interfere with a routine for those who, in the winter, should be keeping the roads more passable.
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