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in Drought Diaries: 1909 Edges Out 2014 for Driest First Trimester
Big Daddy is correct, but it will never happen.
in Fatal Crashes in Tom Green County Up 66 Percent Since 2010, TxDOT Numbers Show
Blaming the oilfield for all the wrecks is as dumbas you could get. Have you ever thought that maybe a ton of people are deciding to quit being patient and are trying to pass these trucks wrecklessly! I was driving on 2288 the other day and people were so impatient behind this one car they were passing 6-7 cars at a time! One truck almost caused a head on collision and ran this lady off the road. My dad works for TXDOT and he is part of the driving while distracted campaign. People are becoming more and more distracted by their stupid phones and IPads and Tablets that they are paying less to surroundings around them! People are to busy sending a stupid text or taking a selfie and posting i ton facebook that they are causing wrecks and distractiosn to other drivers! QUIT BLAMING THE OILFIELD when in reality it is the day and age of technology and keeping your head down then picking it up and paying attention to the road!
in TDS' CEO Wants Trash RFPs Revealed to Citizens
Joe, stay on this. The stench is not from the trash in the truck.
in Chick-fil-A Waiting on Permit for New San Angelo Store
Only way to get a better piece of chicken is to be a rooster(:
This would be a great time for COSA to be cleaning and digging out the lake while it is low. Just like they should be eradicating brush and foliage over at twin buttes and north lake.
As someone already stated the fact is more vehicles on the road than used to be and most of drivers are self distracted.
I was behind a suv on Chadbourne st. today and it appeared they were drunk and when I mustered the nerve to get beside to find out, the woman driving was eating a big ole burger with one big ole hand. Yikes!! Watch out motorcyclists, they always say I never saw him.
Wow they keep building more chicken shacks in Angelo and we might get to be the chicken capital of Texas. Heck we are already one up, we have a bunch of chicken poops running our city. (: I must admit I do like Chic Le Fay as my children called it when they were little.
in Police Seek Tips on Suspect Who Fled Traffic Stop Saturday
Did anyone think to ask Lydia, who was in her car possibly with a gun? Don't the law call that deception or something? I bet she told law she is scared the anonymous passenger will get her if she tattles.):
in Free STD Testing to be Offered in Two Clinics Next Friday and Saturday
I would like to state that If the individuals are 18 and under I think it's the responsibility of the clinic to have the teen call their parents. Maybe talk to the parents first on how
to take the situation and dealing with it. If they are older than 18 than
there is no need to call the parents. I would also like them to have a
program that would help those with STD's how to cope with this reality
along with their social life. A bit like how PositiveSingles.com does. It's
easy to be discriminated.
in The Synthetic Killer Called K2
I cited several societal problems which contribute to juvenile delinquency: lax parenting, little to no consequences for poor choices, the emulation and glorification of criminal lifestyles -- these problems play into the influences of wayward kids as well as substance abuse. There are no simple solutions to these issues, as there is more red tape to prove you're worthy of store credit than becoming a parent. We're left with a surplus of neglected youth whose parents have dropped the ball (for one reason or another) and then, surprise -- it's up to the rest of the community to give a damn.
It begins with parents, due to the fact that THEY initially present their product (children) to the world who mirror their values. These values are the determining factors in how these children relate to society and the dilemmas they'll eventually face among it. When parenting fails, the issues crossover into the community. If you've turned out a young adult with no respect for authority or concept of "right" and "wrong", this person ultimately becomes EVERYONE'S problem.
You cited "mistakes". Mistakes (IMO) are things like knocking over a glass of water or overheating leftovers -- NOT intentionally consuming harmful substances or partaking in criminal activity. Unless the offending party is mentally deficient or under duress, I'm really not interested in the common pity parties which enable reoffenders or lament the loss of self destructive people. Coddling criminals and people with no regard for others may be the popular, bleeding heart stance to take, but does so at the expense of the community. Seeing as how I AM part of the community, allowing "mistakes" to run rampant and crap up my living space isn't in my best interest.
The hypothetical "what if it were your kid" can sometimes get people to flip-flop around their argument, however I'd never assume that someone should be immune from consequences or judgement simply because they had my last name.
The concluding paragraph in your post is probably most concerning, as you've equated one's abstinence from drug use and criminal activity with being a "saint" or having a "perfect upbringing" -- and selling crack, simply because it's the thing to do? Knowing right from wrong has nothing to do with luck or what neighborhood you come from. Drugs abuse and criminal activity isn't some inevitable happenstance like bad weather. One has to actively pursue these lifestyles.
Possible solutions? Holding people accountable for their actions is a great start. No more of this "too young, too poor, too impressionable" to know better. We all KNOW that ingesting harmful substances and engaging in unlawful activity is wrong and we should hold ourselves to higher standards than those of a 3 month old puppy. Neglectful parents should have their children permanently removed, habitual/dangerous criminals should be locked away indefinitely. Set clear standards, establish guidelines and enact painful consequences. This IS what works because it IS proactive rather than reactionary.
Take action... Whether or not this is the cause of any or ALL of them... this is a good starting point:
I see so many people driving with the phone stuck on their ear, or texting! I see from the young to the soccer moms all doing it!
Also, I think a lot of people just don't realize how easy your steering gets off on the slightest touch of the wheel. You know all the way up to the early 80's, you could almost turn the wheel halfway and nothing would happen, but sneeze while driving now and you are in the other lane!
This article, nor are the comments from sources, giving me the impression the blame for the increase in accidents is the oilfield industry. What it is saying is that increased oilfield traffic and increased population (from oilfield industry-related people moving into the area to work) has caused an increase of traffic which has made driving safely and defensively an even higher priority than it ever was. It just makes sense...more vehicles on the road, more chances for crashes.
What happens in a lot of instances is it is NOT the fault of an oilfield industry worker actually performing his duties while on the job, but the impatience of the drivers in passenger vehicles. It was also pointed out in this story that the responsible companies are not the problem, and there are plenty of responsible companies.
But to say the oilfield industry increase has not affected this is just silly. Before the shale boom, there was less traffic. If you spend any time at all on the highways in west Texas, you can't deny that. I started noticing it a little over a year ago.
It is wonderful to live in a country where freedom allows us to have the ability to express
our beliefs and opinions regardless of how controversial. Today it seems however that having
a different opinion or belief should not be allowed. I have heard the term (social engineering) used
as an acceptable approach to make everyone think the same and view right and wrong the same.
Social Engineering?? A rose by any other name is still fascism. Be careful what you fight for.
My freedom should only extend as far as the other individuals begin. I may not approve of what
a restaurant supports and may not frequent the same however I do not condemn those that do.
in American Eagle Flight 2511 Performs "NASCAR" Landing Due to Inflight Emergency
Unless there is something different about a Regional Jet compared to a private aircraft, landing with no flaps requires a shallower decent, not steeper. If approaching an airport at too high of an altitude, one would apply more flaps to increase drag (slow down the plane) and increase lift (allow the plane to stay in the air at lower speeds). So, I expect that they came in low and at a much higher speed (maybe 30% faster... it would be around 20% faster in a single engine private plane). There is no ability to compensate for coming in too high because normally the pilot would increase flaps to drop altitude faster.
Just my take. Any jet pilots see this differently?
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