So several thousands of people bike in Portland daily. That rules, because have you ever seen the difference in size of several thousands of bikes vs. several thousands of cars... Guess which one takes up a whole lot more space?
Thanks to cyclists, pedestrians, and public transit takers, there are several thousand LESS cars on the roads and in parking spots downtown then there would otherwise be. Please remember this the next time you're driving all mad at a cyclist. Angry driving = not good for anyone.
It seems like people say 'today isn't the day' and then everyone goes back to their lives until it happens again, and then that day is not the day. When is "the day" exactly? When will it be appropriate for me to have questions and concerns? The facts remain:
"The United States far surpasses other countries in terms of gun related violence and death. The numbers above tend to indicate that fewer gun-related homicides is a direct result of stricter gun control laws."
As someone who works closely with the mathematics Common Core State Standards, I can tell you that interpreting them is not always the easiest task. I agree that fiction should have a prominent place in education. If you read the standards, the intention is for the burden of teaching nonfiction to fall on all teachers so that English teachers don't have to cut out as much (from the WP article):
"Social studies teachers, for example, could have students read the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” while math students could read Euclid’s “Elements” from 300 B.C."
English teachers should not cut back on fiction - but other subjects should pick up some slack on reading and writing subject-relevant nonfiction. I personally enjoy reading nonfiction - and the analysis of it all. I would have enjoyed more of that in school and less multiple choice memorization tests.
Don't give up I, anon. counseling can do wonders. it has for me and I am sure it will again. asking for help means you are smart enough to take action when you know you don't have all the answers.
I love and share this perspective. I sat in traffic commuting needlessly for years while thinking about how damaging it was to both my sanity, my health, and the environment. Then I rearranged my life so I could bike on the daily and I'm so much happier. I'm not saying the everyone should do what I did, but the extent to which this country encourages and funds driving as the main viable option in the majority of cases is totally ridiculous.
I went to "Special Delivery" and the art was mind-blowing. What a shame that they won't be able to continue at the Railyard. I hope they are able to find a new space and owner that appreciates the inspiring work they have been doing and I hope the police leave them the eff alone.
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