Beth Terry 
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Re: “Reality Check: Violent Crime Is Down in Oakland

Robert, while I do acknowledge that crime rates might be down overall in Oakland, that fact does not allay my fears for my personal safety. My lower Rockridge neighborhood gets at least one armed robbery per day, sometimes more. Having a gun pointed in your face is not the same as having your smartphone grabbed when you're not paying attention or having your house burglarized when you're not home. Robberies at gunpoint are potentially lethal. I witnessed my neighbor get pistol whipped when she wouldn't give up her purse easily to thugs that followed her home from BART. My husband was held up at gunpoint right across from our house. And he missed the Casual Carpool robbery by a matter of seconds.

I used to think that the only people getting held up were those stupid enough to walk down the street with devices and headphones in full view. But that is no longer true. Robbers now point a gun at anyone walking alone-- or even in groups-- because the odds they are carrying smartphones are very high. Some people advise leaving your smartphone at home when you go out on foot. But for those of us who moved to this area because it is so walkable-- at least until recently-- and who are car-free by choice for environmental reasons, leaving our devices at home is not a workable option. And it doesn't even solve the main problem. I'm not worries about my "smartphone and other electronics being stolen." I'm worried about having a gun pointed at my head and possibly being harmed physically.

Sure, I think it's important for us to know the average crime rates in the city, but I would appreciate it if the tone of these articles (and this is not the first) did not trivialize the justified fears of people who live in areas where robberies at gunpoint are actually more likely to occur.

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Posted by Beth Terry on 10/10/2013 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze

@Ted Russell If the whole idea of coffee pods is convenience, I wonder how many people will go out of there way to take Nespresso pods back to be recycled. And even if they do, it still uses way more energy and materials to create them, transport them, and then recycle them than to make coffee the old fashioned way.

I've been making cold brewed coffee in a mason jar every day. Tastes better than hot brew and no waste and no energy required.

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Posted by Beth Terry on 08/22/2013 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Cat-sturbating

If anything the cat was probably attracted to the masturbation happening in its midst. My husband and I have to lock our cat out of the bedroom every time we have sex because she always wants in on the action. Cats are just freaky little perverts, bless their little hearts.

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Posted by Beth Terry on 04/04/2012 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Living Plastic-Free

Nate, thanks so much for the profile. Your article reflects my ideas and philosophy perfectly. Folks who want to visit the blog and follow along before the book comes out can visit:

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Posted by Beth Terry on 03/06/2012 at 11:03 PM

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