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Re: “I Saw You | Cheers & Jeers

I Jeers to the person who wrote "Cheer Up America". First, I'd like to say Trump did demean women and ridiculed pretty much every major demographic in America EXCEPT elitist white males (much like himself). Second, you're on Obamacare. Well, Trump and the other two branches of government that also happen to consist of majority republicans plan to repeal Obamacare. And, they intend to block any filibuster made by democrats to do it. So, you may as well say goodbye to your medical care. And, as for SNL, it is a comedy show and not meant to be taken seriously. Furthermore, SNL and companies producing it have the right to freedom of expression. And, last but not least nuther and ain't aren't words. And, your multiple use of these is a prime example of how lacking the educational standards are in America. I'm not saying I like or agree with Hillary. What she did was illegal and, she deserves to serve time for her deeds. But, I don't think Trump is right for America either. But, nevertheless he is who the people voted for. And, Americans will learn the lesson of being careful what they wish for.

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Posted by Christy Welsh on 01/15/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Snow Removal Blues

Hi Kelly Rae, i think i might have a few answers for you as i used to work for the city of Spokane street dept for several years and have an inside scoop on many of it's workings. First off the deicer we use is a magnesium cloride which is designed to be applied to the road to prevent the snow from sticking so that we can plow the streets cleaner. It also can deice a thin layer of packed snow and ice usually no more than 1 inch thick. Now that is only if it is applied at a heavy rate of 40-80 gal per lane mile or more. Now our head management has told us time and time again only to apply it at 20-30 (gplm) and also only on hills, curves and lit intersections. Which means that all of the spaces in between will remain super icy and at such a low rate even the hills will only see safe ice melting after multiple applications from several shifts of workers. The only reason the deicer is not applied to the entire route and at an effective rate in the first place is, you guessed it money. Our head engineer Andy Schenk only cares about staying on budget. He will sacrifice pubic safety time and time again just so he doesn't look incompetent and have to ask the city council for more funding. He also gets a bonus if we keep our deicer budget under what city hall has allocated. So that is the main reason why the arterials in town remain super icy for most of the winter. He also buys the cheapest plow trucks money can buy. The paticular brand of Freightliner trucks we buy are terrible for plowing snow and do not even have a locking differential. They are constantly breaking down. Which means of the 60 or so peices of snow removal equipment we have at least 20 percent are usually broken down and waiting for repairs. Again it's a money thing as a nice Mac or Kenworth can cost 200k plus but a Freightliner costs only 120k. We also have lost many positions in the last 30 years. I think we had somwhere around 100 employees 30 or 40 years ago. Now we only have 60 do to yearly budget cuts. We also spread those 60 people out very thin to cover day and night shifts 7 days a week during the winter months. Our management also doesnot like to pay overtime wages and time and time again refuses to call in the entire work force for an active storm. Leaving on an average day or night maybe 12 people to make sure that every arterial street in town is safe. That is the best case, not including those on vacations or out sick. As far as the trucks running with their plows up. Most likely the truck has either a mechanical issue and is heading in for repairs or the driver is heading in for a lunch break. You can only plow at 10-15 miles an hour and that takes a long time to drive back to the shop for break. So to sum up bad management decisions have basically tied the hands of the employees who are trying to be as efficient as possible. That and a lack of good equipment and proper staffing equals poor response times during and after snow events.

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Posted by mike t on 01/14/2017 at 4:30 AM

Re: “I Saw You

Game on! Miss you something fierce. Nothing but love, tigerlilly

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Posted by tigerlilly on 01/12/2017 at 2:54 PM

Recent Comments

  • Re: I Saw You | Cheers & Jeers

    • I Jeers to the person who wrote "Cheer Up America". First, I'd like to say…

    • on January 15, 2017
  • Re: Snow Removal Blues

    • Hi Kelly Rae, i think i might have a few answers for you as i…

    • on January 14, 2017
  • Re: I Saw You

    • Game on! Miss you something fierce. Nothing but love, tigerlilly

    • on January 12, 2017
  • Re: Snow Removal Blues

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    • on January 10, 2017
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