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Re: “Killer Airborne Fungus Alert

What a useful article. 1) This thing will kill you 2)you can't do anything to prevent it 3)It's scary

What about 1)how rare is it? Really..... 2)what are symptoms 3)what treatments have been used 4)who is most likely to be sick and die from this. 5) where are the outbreaks and where are they likely to be 6) any other useful info.......

And stop using language better suited to a bunch of junior high students snickering about things they don't understand.

Posted by How helpful on 06/01/2010 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Crime Rates in Humboldt County

My desire to have Gallegos out is due to the accident where I stopped to help in which a woman, incapacitated by drugs, drove off the road, killing one of her children and injuring another. The Times reported the accident, then that she was negative for alchohol but drug testing was still pending. Then utter silence. As I was so bothered by the lack of information. I kept checking around and finally was told by what I consider to be a reliable source, the driver tested positive for drugs. Which was not a surprise as she did appear to be seriously impaired at the time of the accident. But no public word, not prosecution as far as I can tell, nada. One of my neighbors keeps insisting that drugs did not play a part otherwise it would have been in the news. They continue to drive their children after using. Now the DA is not responsible for the density of people who believe what they prefer to believe to be true. But the opportunity to point out the dangers to innocent people of engaging in this behavior is missed- this is also an obligation of the judicial system. I believe that too many times Gallegos's office makes the decision that behavior exacerbated by drugs is not a big deal.
That is wrong.

Posted by Yeah right on 05/10/2010 at 10:40 AM

Re: “College in Revolt

It doesn't matter who is in charge- the core of CR (and HSU for that matter) seems to be conflict between two groups of people who are sure they have the only real insight. Each group natters at the other endlessly. It's simply teacher's disease- comes from constantly telling people (ie students) who hopefully know less than than the teacher what to do. Leads to the notion that they should never be contradicted. That they are more important than the rest of the world. Ingrown unreality called tenure. You all deserve each other. Any story about college affairs is immediately filled with responses as if the rest of the world really cares.

Posted by same old on 04/03/2010 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Full Disclosure

Yes- Google should provide a share of their ad revenue to the article's originator. That is fair.
Having said that- there are only occasional stories in newpapers or magazines that gave me as clear an understanding as the comments that have followed the stories. Most articles seem to be written to support the point of view of the writer in both content and topic selection or so full of limited understanding. This is writing with blinders on - the comments let me know the wider view point that frequently expains the things that seemed unreal in the actual article. So my understanding is not limited by the writer or publisher. Even the idiot comments (I know, I know) provide understanding of a sort. This is the real advantage of the internet. No one source of information comes down from the mount, take it or leave it, without challenge.
We are becoming conditioned not to buy into every small group's agenda. Hooray for that.

Posted by Skeptical on 02/06/2010 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Top of the Charts

The first problem is the destruction of paper records- how can you double check if the original report is gone? The second problem is that the physician felt vindicated by the erroneous lab report. If the paper had been there, he might have seen the error and corrected himself. Once the error in in "writing", there is no further reason for the doctor to doubt. He has "proof." So you are one your own and frankly, most doctors do not seem to believe that their patients might actually know about their own conditions. I think that computer records are fine for an auxilary assistance but all hard data should be scanned from the original and be part of the screens in the doctor's path. And just try to get doctors to listen to you if you have the gall to raise a question. It's in their nature to be sure- after all a waffling doctor will not inspire confidence. A good-bad thing for sure.

Posted by but on 01/11/2010 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Still More Garden Theft

I disagree with Erin- the difference is that natural plant death is one thing- theft is unneccessary and mean. A person puts effort into their garden and gets daily enjoyment. A thief is an ugly intrusion.

Posted by really on 01/08/2010 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Top of the Charts

Well- my first experience with computerized records did not go so well. The doctor told me to do something I knew was wrong based on an entry on their records. I tried to explain how unlikely that test result was but he just waived his hand at the screen and said "see" and to his mind it resolved the issue. He believed the computer screen rather than me. It was later more or less resolved but it was very scarey that a typo could result in something very bad without the ability to resolve it by checking manual records. Lucky for me I had my own copies.

Posted by First impression on 01/08/2010 at 9:44 PM

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