Metro Hotel In New York

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I applaud the governors of all four states for taking a proactive stance on this potentially dangerous virus. No disrespect to the CDC and the Obama administration, but what was the "science" behind Dr. Spencer contracting the disease? Given all the knowledge afforded him, Dr. Spencer came down with Ebola. As for Ms. Hickox screaming about how she tested negative for the disease and was still sequestered... I thought it takes from one to twenty-one days to be declared Ebola-free. There are too many lives at stake here in the U.S. for us to cross our fingers and hope that every good Samaritan returning from Africa will surrender to the authorities the minute they register a fever. With fifteen million people living/rubbing shoulders in the NY metro area, better safe than sorry.

50 2017-07-15 10:37:16 - stevles
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I wonder how much of this can be attributed to cultural differences in interacting with children? I grew up in an affluent suburb, where it is fairly common for parents to keep up an endless stream of talk with their kids. "Look at that sign! What color is it? It's RED! Do you know what it says? Let's read the letters! S-T-O-P! It's a stop sign! How many sides does it have?..." But when I ride the bus here in DC, which tends to have a lower-income ridership compared to the Metro, many parents with young children seem to ignore them most of the time, or only pay attention to them when reprimanding them.

(Of course, I've seen plenty of high-income parents ignoring their kids wile jabbering away on cell phones, and low-income parents who look like they have exemplary parenting skills, so the above observations are certainly not universal.)

29 2015-09-21 07:01:27 - KF
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Your condescension on the basis of my generation seems unnecessary.

As Andrew below mentioned, there is a rating system in place. I always make sure to highly rate my driver after I finish a ride, and if they were a "creep," I would rate them negatively and warn my friends not to engage their services.

You're right that my experiences don't represent a valid sample, especially since I try to rely on public transit (metro and bus) whenever possible and usually only take cabs when neither of those options are available. However, most of the evidence being given in this comment section when it comes to experiences with cabs and Uber is anecdotal and not statistically valid. Hopefully soon somebody will be able to collect statistically sound data about the experiences of both Uber drivers and consumers.

1 2015-09-14 03:51:50 - monika
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"Median household incomes in the Washington D.C. metro area are now the highest in the nation, over 2.5 times that prevailing elsewhere. And you consider this fair?"

Perhaps it depends, first, on exactly WHY median household incomes in D.D. are higher than elsewhere and, then, second, on what you mean by fair.

In the first case, is it government employee salaries that are the primary driver of higher median income or is it the salaries of lobbiests and executives at private companies that locate in the D.C. area to take advantage of proximity to politicians and government agencies? In the second case, to the degree that the median household income is driven by government employees, is it that their incomes (which actually seem rather modest) are too high or that incomes in the rest of the country, which is largely de-unionized, have been dragged down by the flow of income to those at the tippy top?

4 2015-06-14 17:12:47 - Annie
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Many female MDs do not develop substantial practices, work long hours or participate in the most important specialties such as orthopedic or general surgery (less than 10% of practitioners). Everyone knows there is an overrepresentation of MDs in large urban areas, many will accept lower earnings to live in a nice metro area. Remember also, the government subsidizes residencies to the tune of $100k per year per MD, so to become a part-timer is short changing the system and not fulfilling the obligations of being a physician. We need more general practitioners and family doctors that are dedicated to make the system work, particularly Obamacare. Virtually all experts believe our $2.7 medical expenditures annually to be 30% fraud, waste and unnecessary procedures, read the literature.

4 2015-04-30 20:22:40 - RJW
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I agree with Helvetico, ha has it right. We are a land that welcomes immigrants, those that choose to come here and get in line, not those who choose to disregard our laws and then demand their "rights" . The writer Adam has taken a snapshot and claims that represents the entire issue, it does not. In this economy the unskilled American labor force needs all the help they can get it, they do not need the competition from illegals who will work for less then a living wage. Our schools, hospitals, and social services are overburdened by the influx of illegals in major metro areas all around the country. The only ones who benefit from this arrangement are the employers who do not report or pay payroll taxes or any benefits for these people. Therefore when injury or illness strikes, guess who pays?? Need I say more?

11 2014-11-20 12:17:16 - Yknot
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Worked as a doctor in a busy metro ED for 27 years and can say that you haven't lived until you have tried to convince a geriatric patient that a one day history of insomnia is not a medical emergency at 3 AM. Also, had to flush my own mother's Xanax ( from her primary MD ) down the toilet after she could barely walk down jet way coming to visit. She had no recollection of the flight. I would never prescribe a benzo to an older patient for sleep. Neither Ambien. Spend a week with me and one would be shocked at the percentage of visits related to addiction to benzos and narcotics - it's an epidemic. Best advice for insomnia: no napping during the day, give up caffeine and don't watch Fox news, CNN or ( god forbid ) the local news before bedtime.

50 2014-11-10 22:09:43 - mgthomas

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