Roger Bird 
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Re: “Mayor Suthers hits his stride in accomplishing campaign goals

I just heard about a study on the radio about how most (over 70%) citizens of Colorado Springs do not think that there has been much of a change with regard to the quality of the streets. I agree with Suthers to the extent that the main thoroughfares in my area are much better. But the neighborhood streets not so much.

Robert Gentry, cats are not pets. They're coyote lunch. (:->) What possible emotional connection could a human have with a cat?

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Posted by Roger Bird on 03/02/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Mayor Suthers hits his stride in accomplishing campaign goals

So, I took my dog for a walk, on Weaver Drive, and I measured some of the cracks. One was about 8 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and stretched all of the way across the street. Another had a caved in side, so it was 12 inches across, from 0 to 4 inches deep, and stretches all of the way across the street. I am going to bet that Weaver Drive is not the only neighborhood street that did not get any fixing.

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Posted by Roger Bird on 03/01/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Mayor Suthers hits his stride in accomplishing campaign goals

Obviously Mayor Suthers does not live on Weaver Drive. The cracks (not pot holes) are so big that I almost twisted my leg on one once. And when driving, it is like a big bang on your shocks absorbers or struts every 20 to 30 feet. The cracks are so deep that once I noticed a sharp steel half ring that was a threat to people's tires, and I decided that the safest place for it was to drop it into one of the cracks.

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Posted by Roger Bird on 03/01/2017 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

I define lefties as people who impute evil and bad motives to business owners and other successful people. You did that with " employees are seen as an expense that needs to be minimized". This is often the case, but not always, and less now than 100 years ago. With "maximum income ratio", both the need for incentives and the need for equality are addressed. With a guaranteed minimum wage, there is the constant risk that a business will go bankrupt; businesses cannot hire people who would otherwise add value to the business but not at the level of the minimum wage, so the people don't get hired at all. And the CEOs just keep on keeping on, increasing their income at the same rate as the percentage of raise in the minimum wage increased the wage of the entry level worker. With the minimum wage, equality is never addressed.

My son just started work about 2 months ago at a fast food joint. Although we are very glad he just got a 12% raise, we also know that the raise will come out of the pockets of the customers, and if the customers don't like the increase in the price, they will go elsewhere and my son could be looking for work elsewhere. "Looking for work" doesn't pay very well, if at all since he has only been working there for 8 weeks. I voted for the increase, but I think that "maximum income ratio" is a much better idea. But since when did the American people go to a much better idea?

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Posted by Roger Bird on 01/04/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

A better way would be the "maximum income ratio". This means that the ratio between the highest paid employee, presumably the company CEO, divided by the lowest paid employee would be some fixed ratio, less than the current absurd ratios that we see now. Some really absurd ratios are like 360 to 1 in the USA. In Japan we see numbers like 10 to 1. I think that 12 to 1 or 20 to 1 would be healthy ratios.

This would preserve incentive while giving some semblance of equality. With minimum wage, some businesses just go out of business and the people on the top just keep giving themselves raises. In our society, no worker is 360 times more valuable than any other worker. Unlike lefties, I recognize the value of decision making, risk taking, and other CEO activities. But 360 times more important? That is obscene.

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Posted by Roger Bird on 01/04/2017 at 4:34 AM

Re: “Your daily dose of doublespeak

They have to give us that award or else we'll nuke 'em. (:->)

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Posted by Roger Bird on 06/18/2013 at 3:46 PM

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