Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Hillsboro/Aloha kids in danger!

I can’t hold my tongue anymore.  After seeing yet another near miss earlier today I have to say something that some might not take too kindly to.  I live in zip code 97006 near S.W. Cornelius Pass Road.  We live close to (actually in line of sight with) Reedville Creek Park and it is located along S.W. Cornelius Pass Road between two large schools.  In this park located among the basketball courts and soccer field, is a skateboard arena.  One of them huge concrete monstrosities that draw kids from miles around, which can be a good thing in itself.

You parents are familiar with it, a place kids can meet their friends, socialize, play some sports and unsupervised, buy and sell drugs . . . .  oh, wait!  I said a good thing didn’t I?  It’s bad enough that the kids are bombarded with the drug dealers and such at this park, but to also risk their young lives just getting there is unforgivable.  This is where the near miss should be of concern to all.   Many of these kids travel on foot, on bikes and on skateboards, down the adjacent streets to get to this park.  Most stay on the sidewalks, then there are the “cool kids” that walk down the middle of the side streets.  This still isn’t a problem.  It is when they cross Cornelius Pass Road to get to the park that is a problem.

When the youngsters cross the street it is rare that they actually check approaching traffic from both directions first!  They don’t cross the road directly either as if it were a cross walk, they meander diagonally across two bike lanes, two traffic lanes (one in each direction) and a wide median . . . all without looking first!  And this is done often by those walking, biking and skateboarding!  Today I saw a youngster dart across the street between two cars stopped at a traffic light!  Yes, the traffic light has a cross-walk too.  A number of the children cross the road one and two blocks from the park where there is no cross walk or traffic light to help them because it is closer and easier to dash across the street between traffic then to walk to the intersection and cross with the signal light.

The traffic in this area numbers in the thousands of vehicles per day.  It is the main connection between U.S. Highway 26 also known as the Sunset Highway and Highway 8 also known as the Tualatin Valley (T.V.) Highway.  While the road in front of the park is two lanes, it changes to four lanes at the intersection with the traffic light.  It means that two lanes of traffic merge right in front of the park with vehicles competing to see who will be first to the single lane.  This area’s speed limit is supposedly 35 Miles Per Hour but I have only seen a few abide by it.  Many times I have seen cars doing minimally 50 Miles Per Hour, some I’m guessing up to 70!  Some of those are Police vehicles with no sirens and no lights showing.  I’ve been waiting to see another vehicle pull out from one of the many side streets directly in front of one of these fast movers some day and the results won’t be pretty.

So what is the answer?  Excessive speeding in this area requires enforcement by the local Sheriff’s Department and the City Police Department.  Quit ignoring the situation and start writing citations, lots of them.  Crosswalks?  Crosswalks and possibly a blinking light to warn approaching motorists to the foot traffic at some of these intersections.  Or even a crossing guard, something!  As for the drugs and such, supervision.  There should be at least one parent for every so many kids supervising them for a few hours each day in the park.  Maybe a couple of parents, for a few hours then another parent(s) does a shift and so on.  Until the park closes.  Then it should be checked occasionally by the local Police throughout the night.  (Yes they even using the park at 3 in the morning!)  Why not have the Police supervise them during the day?  Why should the taxpayer’s money be spent raising your children!  As they say, you brought them into this world, you take responsibility for them!

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Sorry, I’ve been missing!

It was on Labor Day that I found I wasn’t feeling quite right. Well I was not only light-headed and slightly disoriented, but was having a screaming migraine headache.  So bad that it required me to cover my eyes to block out the light when I went outside for the trip to the Emergency Clinic.  Once there they covered my eyes with cool, damp cloths.  Then the shaking started.  I couldn’t control it no matter how hard I tried.

After calling in help to try to figure out what was happening to me, they all decided that I needed to go to the Emergency Room at the hospital for proper treatment.  I did after a quick glimpse from under the cloth noticed that I had two Ambulance staff there as well as two Firemen Paramedics, two Firemen, two doctors, three nurses, one intern and my wife!  So they loaded me up in the Ambulance and we were on the way with me blindfolded again.

Being a Vietnam vet, I wanted to go to the V.A.’s Emergency Room at their hospital.  Then I heard them tell my wife that I probably wouldn’t make it that far!!  Say what!  They told my wife that I was having cardiac troubles and needed care right away!  Then they asked me and I said, “Let’s go to the closer community hospital then.”  So we changed direction and I found myself in the local hospital’s emergency room soon after.

So after multiple doctors and nurses, a chest x-ray,  a Cat-scan, blood draws, injected meds and other such goings-on, they all made a decision and I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation.  So my heart goes thuh-thump alright, but every so often it decides to go much faster.  So now its been about three weeks and they are still trying to decide what the medicines are that they will prescribe for the condition.

The V.A. system isn’t known for its lightening speed but they get the job done and by the way, did I mention that my doctor has left the V.A.?  So I need not only new meds, but a new doctor as well.  Though I have to admit, the V.A. has been pretty good to me up till now and I’m sure that they will continue to give good service into the future.  Meanwhile it’s hurry-up and wait.  That sure do sound familiar. . . . .

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Warning about “2012 Senior Benefit Program” card!

I got a yellow card today. States that it is about a benefit program that will pay up to $30,000 toward funeral expenses!  It says it’s from an outfit called, “National Data Research Center” and it requests you sign your name, your phone number and you and your spouse’s birthdays then just drop it in the mail, postage prepaid!  First off, it’s a scam!  They are trying to get your information so that they can sell it to other parties for up to $25 a  lead. Mainly for annuities and insurance companies so that they can inundate you with their ads, fliers and mailers for their products.

At the least, hopefully this is all they’ll do to you. Seems this information can also be used for identity theft!  So what do you do with the card?  You can contact the local Better Business Bureau as it seems Oregon’s BBB had run-ins with this outfit before.  In 1997 and again 2001.  The Dallas, Texas BBB says the company is based in Melissa, Tex., and lists its owner as Ronald Morgan. The BBB says Acc-U-Lead (Morgan’s company) also does business under the names National Data Research Center, Lead Room, United States Senior Service Inc. and USSS.

The Oregon Better Business Bureau (BBB) link can be found here. The entire link if you have difficulties is: “http://alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bbb.org/Contact-BBB/”  Listed are not only the emails, but the phone numbers and addresses too. If you want to learn more about National Data Research Center, just google it.  All sorts of information can be found there.

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Hillsboro Toddler Drowned?

Okay I can’t hold my tongue any longer!  Have any of you seen this news article from Hillsboro, Oregon?  I was born there and still live on the outskirts of it, but anyway the article is titled: “Parents of Hillsboro toddler who drowned in washing machine warn others“. It goes on to tell how the mother always leaves the lid up on her clothes washing machine while doing the laundry.  Now as an electrician and appliance repairman, I noticed it right away.  My wife noticed it too!

Noticed what you might ask?  That it is not possible to wash clothes in a washing machine with the lid up!  Oh it will fill up with water and even drain, but it will not spin or agitate (clean) the laundry without the lid being down and closed.  Why?  Because the closed lid actuates a switch which completes the circuit to the washing machine motor turning it on.  Open the lid, the spinning or agitation stops almost immediately.

Curiosity got the best of you, right?  I was telling the truth about the tub moving wasn’t I?  Washing machines have had this safety feature installed in all washing machines for decades!  It was put in for this very reason, so a child would not be pulled underwater by the agitator and endanger his or her life!

Now knowing this and looking at the news release here at KPTV 12, I’m not entirely believing this mother’s story.  And maybe the Hillsboro Police might consider another look-see also.  What do you think?

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Idiots Posing As Parents

Well I thought there were enough idiots in the world as it was, but now a sorry excuse for parents brand their children as if they were some sort of fence to be tagged with their graffiti and calling it art!  All right, many people like tattoos and as adults they have the right to deface what the Good Lord gave them in any way they want.  I have no problem with this whatsoever.  But to put their children through this painful process without any consideration for the child is akin to child abuse and it should be treated as such!  Including the filing of charges by Children Protective Services.

What’s going to happen when the child is older and realizes that a good majority of the population doesn’t have these crude markings with the garish colors on them?  One would think that once this phase/fad falls out of fashion at some point in the future, that the child might be a little angry at his/her parents for using them as a human target for their graffiti now. Wouldn’t it be wiser to leave them unblemished so to speak and let them decide for themselves at a later date if they want it or not?  And just go get the parents a box of Sidewalk Chalk instead for now. See some samples of this atrocious behavior here.

Just a thought.

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Scam Alert! Phone # 315-413-8012

At least that is the number he gave to me today. It shows as a Verizon land-line out of Syracuse, New York. Possibly a Skype/Voip call. Claimed to be “Officer Mark Johnson” with the “Legal Universe Notification Department”, yeah right, with a very difficult to understand Indian accent! There is more information located here and here. What ever you do, don’t give them anything!! They say they have your account numbers and your Social Security number, etc.. and if this were true they would have already emptied your accounts.

Put them on the defensive, ask them questions. Things like, “Okay then, what is my Social Security number?” and so on. Believe me, he will hang up immediately and he might even tell you not to call ‘this’ number again!  By the way, is it possible to make collect calls against his number? Hmmm . . .  I wonder?  Until the next time, be careful and God Bless!

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Glock Safety Warning

Here we go again.  Although in this case the accident was the result of a worn holster, it was exacerbated by the ‘type’ of gun contained therein. The ‘type’ of gun being a striker-fired Glock semi-automatic handgun. Now before you jump down my throat, is it not true that all too often when an Accidental Discharge (AD) happens, it is usually caused by operator error? Is is also true that the bulk of the accidental discharges are more common with a Glock weapon than any other? I don’t have anything personally against them, but for a weapon with “supposedly” three safeties to prevent it from occurring, they sure seem to go off a lot anyway.

As a lesson in gun safety/maintenance, this anonymous person still wanted to post this as a lesson to all. And yes, there is a spot of blood in the accompanying pictures so for those few sensitive people, you might want to omit the last photograph. Although I get that much blood from one of my finger-sticks (diabetes, blood-sugar testing). Moral of the story: Always make sure your gear is in top operating condition. The video is courtesy of  ITS Tactical and can be found here.

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