Monthly Archives: May 2010

Memorial Day

Have a wonderful Memorial Day! A very nice reflection on this day’s meaning from Mark Helprin in the Wall Street Journal. An excerpt. “In American military cemeteries all over the world, seemingly endless rows of whitened grave markers stand largely … Continue reading

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Trail Rules

As the Sacramento Bee renews its annual review of the rules for everyone using the Parkway trail, it is obvious that we need to consider expanding the trail to create separate trails for bicyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians to reduce the … Continue reading

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Restoring Streams

There are many efforts to restore streams to enhance the ability of salmon and other fish to spawn, as well as providing the quality stream enjoyment experience so wonderful a part of being close to streams. One strategy focuses on … Continue reading

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Nonprofit Concentration Hurts Adjacent Areas

The community discussion reported in this story from the Maui News—while reflecting the situation in the Hawaiian town—also resonates with a Sacramento situation. Congregating the homeless concentrates the culture of homelessness, continuing the downward cycle. It is accepted as fact—by … Continue reading

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Global Warming Skepticism Becomes Legitimate

The skeptics become normative when evidence surfaces that the ‘true believers’ have cooked the books, as this article in the New York Times muses. An excerpt. “LONDON — Last month hundreds of environmental activists crammed into an auditorium here to … Continue reading

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Environmentalism & the Public Good

Though caring for the environment in a balanced way is a great public good and a heritage many American leaders share, the environmental lobby often appear to act as if the public good does not matter, as this article from … Continue reading

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County Parks Holiday Fee Increase

A bad idea is reported by the Sacramento Business Journal. An excerpt. “A day in the park will cost a few dollars more during holiday weekends this summer, but ease the financial burden and provide much-needed staff at the regional … Continue reading

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Regional Parks Tax Increase Proposal

The recent proposal to the County Board of Supervisors, to fund county regional parks, Sacramento County Regional Parks Strategic Workshop, was commented on by ARPPS in a press release yesterday, posted here and, also posted to our website. PRESS RELEASE … Continue reading

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Happier After 50

In what those of us lucky enough to make it to 50—and probably live in the suburbs—already know, life gets better, and this Gallup survey validates that, as reported by Science Magazine. An excerpt. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re employed, … Continue reading

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Suburbs & Cities

The war against the suburbs by the environmentalists, via the troubling narrative that the best way to live is in a high-density city (maybe for singles but not families) where you don’t have good schools, a yard, or need a … Continue reading

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