December 11, 2012 |
Every time I see someone walk through the subway turnstiles to board a train without using a Transit Access Pass card, I shake my head. “Not fair,” I think. Why am I paying $1.50 every time I want to ride the subway or light-rail lines when clearly, I could be doing this for free and probably get away with it? A $250 ticket is a scary proposition, but on my weekend trips on the Purple and Blue lines, I have yet to see someone get caught for evading the fare. The threat of being caught seems less and less likely with every trip.
October 28, 2012
Re "Parking scofflaws," Letters, Oct. 25 Yes, people who misuse disabled placards for free parking exist. However, just because a driver appears frisky or fit is not evidence of him being a scofflaw. I have a placard and am thankful for it. If my walk from the car to my destination is a block or so, my stenosis pain often kicks in; sometimes it is moderate, and other times awful enough to cause me to find a place to sit for a few moments. If I can't find a place to sit, I just tough it out. I have had surgery to correct the problem and look forward to giving up the placard.
October 4, 2012 |
We've all seen it while sitting behind the wheel: A cop breezes up to a traffic light, obviously not on an emergency call, flashes the cherry top and saunters through an intersection as if he or she owns the place. When the traffic camera snaps, the officer simply ignores the ticket. Well, not anymore, at least not in Denver. City police officers on routine duty there will have to do what the law requires -- and what every other motorist on the road must do: Challenge the violation or pay the fine.
October 1, 2011 |
It's fall on PBS, when the big documentary blockbusters heave into view; and nobody builds them bigger than Ken Burns, whose name always seems to be part of the title, even when it isn't: "Ken Burns' Baseball," "Ken Burns' Jazz," "Ken Burns' Civil War. " Burns likes to swallow huge subjects whole -- American subjects -- and this year he brings us "Prohibition," the story of the 14-year misrule of the 18th Amendment and of the decades-long temperance movement...
August 24, 2011
If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? More to the point, if you roll past a stop sign in the woods and nobody is there to see it, do you get a ticket? You do if you're in one of the three Santa Monica Mountains parks overseen by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority where stop-sign scofflaws are on candid camera. The authority has set traps for unsuspecting motorists by installing video cameras at stop signs and mailing citations to those who fail to come to a complete halt.
June 10, 2011 |
In 2008, Alaska adopted a ban on text messaging while driving. On July 2, 2008, while engaged in a back-and-forth with staffers, her aide, Kris Perry emailed Palin: "U textin and drivin? Didn't you just pass a law... ;)" RELATED: Read the Palin emails Palin replied: "Um, no ;) I pulled over. " (In the language of emoticons, the semi-colon-and-parenthesis symbol is a wink.) RELATED: Palin emails: Governor's team scrambled to respond to 'Troopergate' affair Palin emails: Governor stood with Ted Stevens Palin emails: Former Miss Congeniality sought to defend pageant snub Palin emails: Palin took note of rival's pipeline criticism Palin emails: Selection as vice presidential nominee sparked jubilant exchanges