Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday random thoughts

• The intractable problem with water in California: Too high a demand on too small a resource. We need to find a new source or get better at conserving. And fast.

• And though it's tempting...: We can't say "Screw the smelt" and drain the Delta further. It would be simple, but it would also be the death knell for a declining ecosystem.

• Will the best policy finally prevail? The county is fielding input as to what growth should look like in the next 40 years. And while almost everyone knows what's healthy — considering current gas prices, pollution, traffic, etc. — developers and single-home sprawl still have the inside track.

• Guess he wasn't kidding about the cow spots on his campaign posters: Two of newly re-elected Supervisor Leroy Ornellas' dairy cows appeared on the cover of the 2007 county agricultural report. No shocker, dairy products were a big economic star.

• Jerk of the Week Award: Goes to the driver who hit this 78-year-old and sped off. Runner-up awards to the dozens of witnesses and bystanders who didn't rush to the person's aid.

• How much evidence do we need, exactly? A recent report from Congress detailing, again, the ineptitudes and outright deception of the Bush administration in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

• Calvin and Hobbes quote of the week: "Dad, are you vicariously living through me in the hope that my accomplishments will validate your mediocre life and in some way compensate for all of the opportunities you botched?" "If I were, you can bet I'd be re-evaluating my strategy."

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