Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

What’s your problem, driver?

EDITOR:

I’ve lived along Highway 49 near Gold Hill Road since 1985 and have witnessed many bizarre driving behaviors along this route.

Within a 1/4-mile radius of my property, I’ve witnessed drunk drivers, tweaked drivers, insane drivers, under-aged drivers, over-aged drivers, selfish and impatient drivers, hit-and-run drivers, fleeing-from-the-law drivers, car-sick drivers, a have-to-stop-and-poop-in-my-yard driver, completely lost drivers, a just-hit-a-deer-and-now-it’s-in-my-trunk-and-I’m-out-of-gas driver, throw-your-beer-cans-and-tobacco-butts-out-the-window drivers, and four now deceased drivers.

Lately, these occurrences are more frequent and more damaging. If we are studying human behavior and sociology, we should study driving habits. This country is deteriorating from within. Our driving habits are a direct reflection of that.

Don’t be part of the problem. If you really want to save the planet, live and drive with respect for yourself and those around you. It just may be that simple.

DAVE MORRISON
Placerville

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Discussion | 24 comments

  • Phil VeerkampNovember 14, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Frightening. Steven Kingish. Thanks Dave. I'll be taking Cold Springs or Lotus Rd.

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  • cookie65November 15, 2013 - 5:55 am

    You offered an epiphany for studying human behavior and sociology thru driving habits. It would also be useful for studying the ongoing decline in the nations IQ and problem solving skills.

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  • Modern ManNovember 15, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    Cookie65-The Flynn effect clearly shows that IQ's have been steadily rising an average of 7 points per decade since the 1930's. The fact is it is very likely that your grand children have a 30% higher IQ score than you.

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  • cookie65November 16, 2013 - 8:22 am

    Modern Man, you should do some more research on the Flynn effect. It show nothing of the kind. It takes test results, which have changed due to multiple factors, including the tests themselves, the practice of teaching to the tests, the lowering of standards based on all kinds of political correctness and assumes they reflect a rise in IQ's. The facts are not in evidence to support such an conclusion. I will site your willingness to believe Flynn's conclusions without question as evidence that IQ's are not rising. http://majorityrights.com/weblog/comments/a_possible_explanation_for_the_flynn_effect

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  • Alex NettoNovember 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    Study the body waxing bears!! Lol or "men" . In side joke only me and modern man get probably. I think my iq just went down again...... " my eye brows ain't plucked there's a gun in my truck oh thank heaven I'm still a guy"!!!!

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  • cookie65November 16, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Modern Man, the Flynn effect "clearly shows" nothing of the kind. I can site for you nothing but confusion over Flynn's claims and conclusions. The facts are not in evidence to support the notion that IQ's are steadily increasing across the spectrum. The mechanics of test taking have changed due to early conditioning, the tests themselves have changed to accommodate modern political motivations. Test scoring has changed to allow for so called equality in educational opportunity. The standards to enroll in higher education have been lowered considerably over the last 4 decades. It isn't difficult to find sources critical of Flynn's hypothesis. I gigantic red flag to the claim of higher IQ's is the unwillingness of the majority to question what they are told to believe. I will use your willingness to believe Flynn's conclusions without question as example number 1. http://www.halfsigma.com/2008/11/flynn-effect-nonsense.html -- http://majorityrights.com/weblog/comments/a_possible_explanation_for_the_flynn_effect

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  • cookie65November 16, 2013 - 8:23 am

    http://www.halfsigma.com/2008/11/flynn-effect-nonsense.html

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  • cookie65November 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

    The Flynn effect. The lack of relationship between test taking and actual Intelligence. In other words, I can train my Labrador to fetch, sit, laydown and lots of other things but that doesn't mean that she more intelligent than Lab's 30 years ago. http://www.thephora.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-33851.html

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  • NancyNovember 16, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Drivers: Please slow down when wild life is present. Give them the right-of-way and do not run over them.

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  • rodNovember 16, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    MM: IQ testing has, and will change, therefore testing has associative present tense relevance only. In a perfect world where IQ was say... measured by a static never changing parameter, like an Egyptian clay tablet test then it may have future value. Since heredity and nutritional quality in early brain development determine IQ, future IQs will be effectively diminishing as a whole in the US, the result of progressive breeding within the welfare state. That part of society breeding at faster rates and unfortunately having lower IQs are being artificially propelled to dominant population levels by welfare ideology, especially in the US. The 'state of nature' model for humans, based on Darwin's "the fittest survive" principle... means intelligence (IQ) must enter the reproductive equation at some point. After all, who won the Neanderthal / H sapien survival wars in Europe? Survivors, on a level playing field, will be the ones reproducing ever smarter generations. Only China has effected nutritional quality for infants in a most basic way.. the law of one child per couple helps insure quality nutrition for China's future, their children. And China doesn't have welfare... its a family affair... or a gulag. So... how IS 'liberalism' working out for us... really?

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  • rodNovember 16, 2013 - 6:40 pm

    Anyone know how to kill the commercials (column on the right)covering the 'comments'?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 16, 2013 - 6:51 pm

    Rod, here's a pain-in-the-a$$ work around. To read a comment cut at paste into notebook or word pad or some such

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  • MorrisNovember 16, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    Rod, have you tried the mobile version? Kind of a pain-in-ass small screen (not to mention thumb typing everything) but at least the ads are not covering the comments. (Using iOS, at least). It can be a bit quirky sometimes with bugs but generally reliable and readable.

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  • Dee#1November 16, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    Phil, that seems like a lot of work for a comment on these pages.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 16, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    Dee, some of us navigate meager, pathetic patches.

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  • cookie65November 17, 2013 - 7:10 am

    Rod, the Neanderthal / H sapien survival wars are alive and well. The final outcome is yet to be determined. The Neanderthals have regained their footing. They are aroused, encouraged (YES WE CAN) and full of hope since the One they have all been waiting for, the great divider, has achieved the ultimate goal of leader of the free world. Neanderthals need to conquer freedom in order for their short lived utopia of equal distribution of wealth to occur.

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 17, 2013 - 7:31 am

    It's Sunday morning and Kooky is up and trying to brainwash her future soldiers to take over the world...

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  • cookie65November 17, 2013 - 8:58 am

    oh brother, speaking of taking over the world, as you hypocritically accuse me of, the federal tax code is upwards of 5,600 pages and 4 million words long, while ocommycare is (still growing) 10,535 pages and 11,500,000 words long. Is everything about your world upside down? Have you done any reading on the reaction to obama's declaration that he can change his "settled" law by giving some speech? It isn't coming from me, it is coming from every corner of the country. They must all be hatemonger racists.

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 17, 2013 - 9:16 am

    kooky go live in a compound and be self sufficient on your own..you need no help...no police, no fire departments no nothing...have only yourself to depend on and get rid of your technology while your at it because the government is probably reading all your crap..

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  • cookie65November 17, 2013 - 9:53 am

    oh brother, your comment is all that needs to be said for why leftists cannot be negotiated or compromised with. Your position is identical to everything the tyrannical left seeks to establish. In your worldview anyone who would dare to question the need for 11.5million words of new regulations to address and correct necessary shortcomings of this countries healthcare system must, by your reasoning, be anti-police, anti-fire, anti-public safety, anti-basic services of any kind, anti-rule of law, anti-compassion, anti-order, anti,anti,anti. How do you deal with such a distorted sense of logic that tells you anyone who doesn't agree with your single minded solutions to issues is fully incapable of recognizing solutions do exists? You give meaning to the expression libtard.

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 17, 2013 - 9:58 am

    see so just go off to your own little world and you won't have to deal with us tards...got to watch some football now...suppose you have something to say about that also...got to go potty...you probably have something to say about that...you are ridiculous with your rantings is what I say..but still wouldn't lower myself to use the term tard in any sense of the word....

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  • cookie65November 17, 2013 - 10:15 am

    oh brother, it is difficult for someone of my understanding and EDUCATION to come to grips with all the gymnastics and calisthenics required in order to justify the beliefs of individuals of your paradigm. This country, indisputably, was founded on empowerment of the individual. NOT the state. NOT the collective. I actually do understand it, I always have. Even better than those who subscribe to it.

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  • rodNovember 17, 2013 - 9:30 am

    OK, cut n paste the whole tamale top to bottom,EZ, thot there was a rightclick trick, thanks. I see Mandarin classes available in highschools now (someone in the AFT is actually thinking). Maybe it will help our grandkids properly ask for a drink of water from their masters.

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  • cookie65November 17, 2013 - 10:27 am

    Rod, Sarah Palin made a reference to your point about our grandkids learning to properly ask for a drink of water for their masters. She got an interesting response offered by the always tolerant, always compassionate, always thoughtful, always enlightened, always civil, always loving left, from of one their favorite sources of unbiased media and information. Anyone at this point who is incapable of seeing thru these disgusting, depraved sorry excuses for humans never will. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/11/15/despicable-msnbcs-bashir-wishes-sarah-palin-would-be-defecated-urinat

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