Steve has become my favorite member of the city council; I'm glad someone is paying attention and asking questions about this and other pressing issues. If only someone would have done the same for Grant, but we're probably too far along in that debacle to do anything about it. Grant is congested, an eyesore, and crumbling to pieces, but the work proposed (and already underway, in places) there is similarly massive and overengineered, with too little consideration for anything but automobile traffic flow. On top of that, it will remain a dilapidated mess, and an embarrassment--on par with or worse than Speedway in the 1970s--for close to a decade while the construction works its way along the corridor.
That is a ridiculously cute dog. If I didn't have 2 already...
Walmart's genius move was to beat into everyone's heads that their prices are the lowest. Seemingly everything written about them, be it positive or negative, mentions that they have low, low prices--it's simply taken as fact. That's why people who are morally, ethically, or fashionably opposed to the company shop there anyway. The thinking goes: if they shut down stores to stop unions, if they pay their employees so poorly they have to be on food stamps and AHCCCS, if they squeeze profit margins on suppliers to the breaking point, if they wring huge tax breaks out of municipalities, if they kill off smaller competitors in each town they expand into, then that MUST mean they have the best prices!
Walmart has mastered marketing to the point that the message that drives their business is self-perpetuating, because it comes from fans and critics alike. They're not insanely profitable because their prices are the lowest, they're insanely profitable because people think they're the lowest.
In short: ARGH
I finally tried Hub for the first time over the weekend. The service was fine, the beers good, and the ice cream quite tasty, but many of the entrees were too salty--particularly the vegetarian ones. The vegetable pot pie, in particular, managed to be both bland (it was mostly potatoes, cream, and pie crust) and too salty. I'll be back for more ice cream, but I probably won't stay for a meal again until they revise their menu.
Sell your car, surrender your driver license in exchange for a state ID, and get a bike, Ron, and I'll strongly consider voting for you.
Nothing is gained by bicyclists stopping at most stop signs, because they are already traveling slower and have less restricted vision and hearing than automobile drivers. It is much easier to judge an intersection on a bike, and the time and energy penalty that results from repeated unnecessary stopping discourages cycling on the safer side streets where this law would be most applicable.
Some of the rules of the road make absolutely no sense for bicycles, and this is one of them. I hope this is remedied in the near future.
Walkup needs to cut back on his medication, and Antenori needs to up his.
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