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Kyle Bagenstose

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  • On the article Plymouth Meeting Native Pacchiarotti Performs Across Globe with US Naval Band

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    Kyle Bagenstose

    6:04 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2012

    Hi Phyllis, I was having a bit of fun with the word "climbing" in the way a car might slowly "climb" up an incline. Thanks for reading, glad to hear the US Navy Band performed well.

  • On the article Seven Years after Tragedy, Simon's Fund Saving Lives

    Kyle Bagenstose

    3:49 pm on Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Thanks Beth,

    Glad to hear the condition was caught. As Mr. Sudman told me, did you know that American swimmer Dana Vollmer, who just won gold, was actually diagnosed with Long QT as well?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/dana-vollmer-heart-condition_n_1711515.html?icid=hp_health-fitness_top_art

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  • On the article DEP: West Nile Virus Spreads in MontCo, Ten Communities Affected

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    Kyle Bagenstose

    7:12 pm on Monday, July 23, 2012

    Hi Tiny,
    Good question that is worth a look. I have zero expertise to warrant answering, but I would think that A) Mosquito biting multiple times B) collection of mosquitoes from various sites and C) probability of contraction are all factors that would mitigate that statistic. I think perhaps a fairer statistic would be to say that 1 out of 14 tested sites in Montgomery County had an infected mosquito.

    I'll ask the question next time we talk to DEP.

  • On the article Poll: Is the Penn State Punishment Fair?

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    Kyle Bagenstose

    11:48 am on Monday, July 23, 2012

    Interesting Becky, does the page display as if you've voted now, or are you able to do so again? Just wondering if it went through properly.

  • On the article Super Bowl Champ Scott, Distinguished Resident Snear, Honored by Conshohocken

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    Kyle Bagenstose

    5:52 pm on Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Hey Jake, thanks for being "that guy" and pointing out the error. I'm afraid it was a Freudian slip from a few paragraphs later, as Snear was a graduate of Conshohocken High.

  • On the article Farewell Upper Moreland

    Kyle Bagenstose

    11:07 am on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Great job in Upper Moreland Gerry, it's obvious that you really covered the community well. Best of luck to you and Rob in your new positions.

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  • On the article About 9 Percent of PA Voters May Lack Proper ID to Vote

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    Kyle Bagenstose

    12:18 pm on Monday, July 9, 2012

    I think you're seriously underestimating the hurdles (or excuses, as you call them) that poor or elderly voters face. The access to information to which I previously referred is about awareness of the new ID law, which we instantly know because of our access to Internet. If one cannot afford the Internet or daily paper, the only option they would have is a public institution such as a library. Despite whatever hardships and expenditure of limited personal capital it would take to get there, that individual would then also have to know what to search for, without being told otherwise. I think you're taking for granted the ease and comfortability with which the middle-aged middle class accesses information.

    Secondly, I find it to be an unreasonable fear that you think there are, on a widespread scale, people walking into voting booths knowingly voting under another person's name. With the exception of a common name such as John Smith (which they would then ask for your address to differentiate you from others) that person would have to know you personally to commit such a fraud. I would certainly want to see a study showing widespread activity such as this before using taxpayer dollars to implement a bill such as this one. Since when is it frugal government to create a costly law without research to justify the expense?

    Finally, an uninformed electorate has always been a consequence of any democracy, but that doesn't mean you should limit their ability to vote.

  • On the article About 9 Percent of PA Voters May Lack Proper ID to Vote

    Kyle Bagenstose

    12:18 pm on Monday, July 9, 2012

    I think you're seriously underestimating the hurdles (or excuses, as you call them) that poor or elderly voters face. The access to information to which I previously referred is about awareness of the new ID law, which we instantly know because of our access to Internet. If one cannot afford the Internet or daily paper, the only option they would have is a public institution such as a library. Despite whatever hardships and expenditure of limited personal capital it would take to get there, that individual would then also have to know what to search for, without being told otherwise. I think you're taking for granted the ease and comfortability with which the middle-aged middle class accesses information.

    Secondly, I find it to be an unreasonable fear that you think there are, on a widespread scale, people walking into voting booths knowingly voting under another person's name. With the exception of a common name such as John Smith (which they would then ask for your address to differentiate you from others) that person would have to know you personally to commit such a fraud. I would certainly want to see a study showing widespread activity such as this before using taxpayer dollars to implement a bill such as this one. Since when is it frugal government to create a costly law without research to justify the expense?

    Finally, an uninformed electorate has always been a consequence of any democracy, but that doesn't mean you should limit their ability to vote.

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  • On the article About 9 Percent of PA Voters May Lack Proper ID to Vote

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    Kyle Bagenstose

    9:49 am on Monday, July 9, 2012

    Hi Smyrna and John Q,

    I think the most common criticisms of the Voter ID law are as follows:

    1) It addresses a problem that only exists in the psyches of proponents, i.e. there have been no studies completed to show any widespread voter fraud in the state of Pennsylvania and there have been only four individual cases of voter fraud since 2004.
    2) Therefore spending state resources, i.e. taxpayer money, to implement such a requirement is wasteful.
    3) There was already a law requiring voters to show their ID upon voting for the first time or moving to a new district, meaning that protective measures were already in place and the bill only serves to...
    4) Disenfranchise elderly or minority citizens who, statistically, do not have the same access to public information as many others (cannot afford Internet or newspapers nor transportation to renew a license).

  • On the article PECO Weathers the Heat

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    Kyle Bagenstose

    3:34 pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Hi John,

    Actually, and I'm not positive about this, but if my memory holds correct from a PECO presentation last year, they only make money on distribution. That's why they are so friendly about people switching to alternative power generators (following the recent deregulation), because they don't care if you take your business there. They just get money from owning the lines.

    Another interesting fact is that providers can also lose some amount of money on peak days. From a previous article about providers paying(!) large customers to curb energy use on peak days: "“Basically the grid operator has two choices. They can either go out and get more generators to increase peak capacity, or they can pay people to reduce their loads on peak days,” Paist said. “It’s cheaper for them to pay people to reduce their loads on peak days than it is to have power plants built... and have capacity sit idle.”