You get paid for this?
"The intent of the plan is not to secure funding for every project, but, instead, to identify the opportunities that are available." Sure.
Why are you skeptical? Where is your evidence to the contrary? You're not having a conversation with your partner, you're writing an article for the Memphis Flyer. I'm surprised this got published. My respect for the Flyer just dropped a few points. This isn't the Rant, it's an editorial. Act like it.
"Census data show that less than two percent of work commute trips in greater Memphis were made by bicycling or walking." I bet it's more like point-two percent.
I bet nobody cares about your speculation. Did you do any research? Again, why are you skeptical?
"A 15-minute bicycling or walking commute can provide the physical activity that is necessary to remain healthy. You can lose 13 pounds, reduce the risk of heart disease 50 percent, and burn 508 calories in an hour if you peddle 14 miles an hour." Which is a pace that only the fittest cyclists can maintain.
Says who? Cycling speed depends on what kind of bicycle you're using, topography (Memphis is flat), the cyclists' fitness and skill, road conditions, weather, wind speed and direction and a variety of other factors. Do you even have an odometer on your bicycle? I know plenty of people who aren't "the fittest cyclists" than can keep up with a 14 mph pace.
"By simply replacing an automobile with a bicycle to conduct a four-mile long round trip, approximately 15 pounds of pollutants can be kept out of the air." The appeal to guilt.
Why do you feel guilty? This isn't worded in an accusatory manner. If anything this is an appeal to collective well-being. Breathing particulate matter is bad for everyone.
"Every street should accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists and transit users of all abilities and ages." Madison Avenue multiplied by 1,000.
A few cans of white paint. You're making this too easy.
"Support National Bike to Work Day and National Walk to School Day. Have the mayor and county commissioners proclaim May as Bike Month and October as Walk Month." Only if they wear biking shorts to work, I say.
You're so clever. You really get paid for this?
"All development plan submittals and future transportation plans should be reviewed for compliance with the plan." Says who? And if they are not in compliance?
Says whoever passes parts of this proposal, if anyone does. That would be our city/county government.
"Develop a GIS-based inventory of all existing pedestrian facilities including, but not limited to, sidewalks, curb ramps, overpasses, off-street connectors, parks, recreational walkways, and hiking trails. Once the data is collected and a thorough analysis is completed ... ." We can retire on a pension.
Google Maps disagrees.
"Address the issue of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act." Simple? See Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
So we shouldn't obey federal laws? Good plan Branston.
Ms. Stewart - I would agree with you, except that I would prefer if we could say IN the ordinance that sexual orientation and gender identity ARE NOT merit factors. It would eliminate any vagueness about TEP's intent while protecting all groups, not just the GLBT community.
"It is your religion, you should be able to read what your Bible says without filters." - From what I know of the Bible, and from what I've been taught since I was a child, it is to never look at anything blindly. You use filters for all information you receive in life, or you are allowing yourself to be deceived. At no point in the history of Christianity have people read the Bible and taken it at a literal value as it translates to English, and I don't think we should start now. If you read it from the point of view of the person who translates it, you're still not reading what was meant when it was originally written. "You know what the scriptures of Leviticus and Romans say... Why don't you just throw out all of the OT, the foundation of your religion, Judaism and Islam." - Clearly, you don't understand the Bible very well. All of the letter to the Romans was Paul's appeal to the Roman Church to throw out the entire Old Testament, and all the laws and rules that they entailed, and to show that Christianity transcended those petty laws. He was making the point that Christ's law was the only law, the new law. "What was the story about the crowd of gay men yelling for some guy to be thrown out of the house so they could all rape him instead of the daughters? Something about Sodam and Gamorrah." - Of course, I've interpreted the story of Sodom and Gomorrah as the Bible has. Every reference to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah have not referenced the sins of the city being homosexuality, and besides, the story was about homosexual rape, which I'm hardly a proponent of. Every reference, including Jesus speaking to his disciples about the story, reference the inhospitality as the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. The irony in that is that people have for years used that passage to do the very thing the passage is against. How about this passage, from Matthew 10:11-15; "Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town." I'm sure that view I chose is arbitrary and wrong, though, hmm? It couldn't have anything to do with my spirituality or my conversations with God, no?
Yes, like I stated, they have been attempting to find "genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences" for homosexuality, and actually they have found a few. One is that the female body produces more antibodies targeted at the fetus during later pregnancies, which has caused (in male babies only) and increased tendency towards homosexuality. They have, however, found that the attraction that homosexuals have for the same sex is NOT a choice. I repeat: research as found that, in most cases, that attraction is NOT A CHOICE.
And I fail to see how any private, consenting sexual action is any of your business. I don't ask about your sex life, so why should I be "held accountable" for mine? I don't discriminate against heterosexuals who have made public vows, so why is the same behavior towards homosexuals okay?
"Studies in Duh" was particularly well done. I enjoyed that.
I'm still confused about which part of the Bible you're referring to.
As olemiss stated, all morality is subjective, as are all statements in the Bible. There are rules about slavery in the Bible, and how people should be put to death for eating shrimp, and how women are not allowed to enter a church without wearing a hat and having their hair cut below their shoulder. Text without context is pretext, and that's all I've seen posted about the Bible. When considering Biblical texts, why are people not asking (or just not discussing) the "how" and "why" questions about these passages? What part of the Bible preaches about the "sin" of homosexuality?
Really? And you know this because?
"There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation."
Refer your questions about this statement, and the research done about it, to: American Psychological Association;
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office;
750 First Street, NE. Washington, DC 20002
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