On a recent road trip I picked up the Seattle Times during a layover at Seattle-Tacoma airport (SEATAC), a story on the front page caught my attention; it talked about a proposal that recently went to voters that raises the minimum wage for many SEATAC workers to a whopping $15 an hour. The proposal was too close to call at the time, although it had an early lead with several absentee ballots still to count.
There is a deep dark secret in the equine industry -- illegal horse "rescues" and the shady auctions that have sprung up in the vacuum created by the the confluence of three events: the slaughter ban, the Great Recession and the worst drought the West has seen in decades. Even though the ban was lifted, the damage has been done. The slaughter ban is an excellent example of how a good idea gets totally perverted by our representatives in Congress. The thousands of horses that have died horrific, long, grueling deaths haunt me.
Elsewhere in this week's edition you'll find a brief story reporting that Pizza Hut is expected to open in Tehachapi. And just after we sent that page off to be printed we heard from Pizza Hut's spokeperson that indeed they will be opening (Dec. 23) on Tucker Road between Albertson's and Baskin Robbins. Like Hungry Howie's, Little Caesar's and Domino's, the Tehachapi Pizza Hut will be carry-out and delivery.
Most of us these days have a computer of some kind. We understand pretty quickly that if we don't make certain choices, the computer will make them for us. It's something called "default settings." If I don't choose a font and type size for something I'm typing, the default is Calibri, 11 point. I can choose any of a few hundred fonts, in a range of sizes. But if I don't make that choice, I get Calibri 11 point. I can easily choose another default. But until I do, it's Calibri 11 point. There are a lot of those default settings. Unless I do something to change them, they stay with me, making choices about how my computer works. That's what computers do. They keep doing what they have been told to do, and do it the way they have been programmed to do it, default settings and all.
Golden Hills Community is standing strong despite a very few repetitive voices, most from outside, who are attempting to stop a duly authorized, lawful competitive proposal process with misrepresentations and outright fabrication. That is costly.
As a computer repair specialist, customers often ask me a familiar question, "Why are there viruses?"
Much like an automobile, we use our computers for a variety of different reasons. Whether it is to pay bills, keep in-touch with family or simply browse the Internet, the use of our computers is something we take for granted. When we are hit with "malware," we often want to know what the overall goal of hackers is to create viruses and spyware.
I understand that the people who want Walmart want or need lower prices, but what isn't getting through is that Walmart will destroy Tehachapi as we know it and it will never be the same.
Look around now at the empty stores and multiply that by 10 after Walmart comes on the scene. The stores that close because of Walmart affect the stores that are left.
Golden Hills residents in 2010 might remember, a letter regarding the Advisory Ballot, sent to its residents saying "We have no intention of moving forward without clear direction from the residents we serve."
Many in Golden Hills have made decisions based on what we read in the water bill, what's seen in the paper about district activities, reading the minutes and sometimes attending a meeting. Going to the GHCSD.com website helps to decide whether to attend the meeting.
After reading responses from the five Golden Hills Community Services District board members in the Oct. 15 edition of the Tehachapi News, I felt compelled to respond to some of the statements, and share my view of what's transpired since I first found out about the GHCSD's plan to take over trash collection.
The residents of Golden Hills are being asked to spend up to $24,000 on a recall election. The issue that gave rise to this recall is the effort of our Board of Directors to bring the benefits of market competition to trash service in Golden Hills. Currently, Benz Sanitation has a monopoly and has been the advocate behind this recall effort in the hopes of preventing Golden Hills' residents from having a choice in its trash service provider.
The arguments of the recall proponents center around four issues:
Most people know that little girls love ponies. What might not be as evident is that grown-ups seem to love ponies just as much! Ponies seem to attract a hundredfold the attention of even the most beautiful and well trained of horses. It's what I call "pony magic magnetism." It still amazes me and I've ridden and trained ponies since 1980.
In response to the Guest Commentary by Terry Moody published in the Oct. 8 edition of the Tehachapi News, I'd like to offer the following: