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  • Is that dog missing an ear?

    • Yes, she is missing all of one and most of the other. She’s a rescue that was taken in with her mom and siblings at a few weeks of age when the abuse was reported (they were cut off with scissors). Bea is luckily a happy pup now and her mom and sibs all have loving homes!

  • For once, I’m so incredibly happy to be in L.A. this week. The wife said that the bike ride home was utterly unfun.

  • Once again, the roads, metro, and sidewalks of DC were not unsafe to use, yet the government shuts down. Our friends in Chicago or Boston don’t do this, but when we do, it costs the taxpayer millions per day.

    • Sigh I get tired of this oversimplification. Fed Gov’t shutting down has little to do with DC proper. It is because a significant majority of federal workers live in suburban VA and MD where the snow quantity is almost always higher, and roads are much more unsafe and the states (right or wrong) do not have the capability to clear them all- especially the neighborhoods people live in. There are also hundreds of federal buildings in VA and MD as well which are hard to access. I realize it is fun to constantly bash the federal government for shutting down and the fact it does cost us all money (not arguing there) but there is a logic behind it. I am a federal worker and live in DC, but I previously lived in suburban virginia and a day like today would have been very difficult/dangerous to get to my closest metro station to then get to work, let alone actually driving in. As a result, people don’t go in, in which case an operating building is losing money as well.

      • I do see it as very simple. I pay because people want to live in Fredericksburg and commute to DC. Most of my federal worker colleagues live in the district or within walking distance to a metro in VA or MD. Most of those that don’t live within DC or walk to a metro drive a short distance to the metro, which leaves very few that would be stranded in the inclement weather. Those few have chosen to live very far out and the rest of us are having to pay for their decision to live near Richmond or Baltimore. Yes, I know people who commute from Fredericksburg and Baltimore, but they are the exception. Finally, it is important to note that on the heavily used roads conditions were fine today.

        • – Most of the people that I know (hardly a random sample) who “live very far out” do so because they can’t afford to live in DC or a nearby suburb. Would you support some sort of housing allowance or even government compounds so that people could live within a short distance of their jobs?

          – Here’s part of the deal with government services: all of us who pay taxes have to pay for things that we don’t like or want, and that sometimes includes values that we don’t support — in this instance, the value of safety over efficiency. While I support this, I can assure you that plenty of my tax dollars have gone for things that I do not personally support. We spread it around to support a package of services that , well, serve the country.

          — While you note that the heavily used roads were “fine today” — I’ll take your word on that one — that’s an observation made post-snowstorm. Decisions to close the government or to close a school system have to be made in advance, and are based on weather predictions. Given the predictions that were forecast last night, closing, again, to me, seems like the prudent choice.

          — While you note that conditions were “fine” on “heavily used roads”, most of us have to take a few not so heavily used roads to get to the main ones. Are they “fine”– i.e. safe — as well? I”m guessing not, given that several school systems have already decided to close tomorrow.
          Again, safety is a priority that I, for one, support.

      • You’re right, and it’s pretty laughable how so many “educated” DC residents are so ridiculously ignorant of the world beyond their jurisdiction, unwilling to acknowledge that the world stretches beyond the range of their bicycles.

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