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We are the first to admit that the Montecito remodel was not the greenest home on the tour. However, it did include a number of green features, demonstrating that any project can incorporate green elements. This 110-year-old home had numerous problems resulting from age and neglect by previous owners. The remodel reused the original doors and windows, added a new foundation, replaced the asbestos-filled roof, added new French doors that provide more natural light and ventilation, and eliminated significant moisture problems. A high efficiency furnace replaced three energy-guzzling models. These improvements address indoor air quality, durability, energy efficiency, and wise use of materials: four pillars of green building.

This project was an example of how to reuse and improve features of an existing home. The alternative would have been to tear down the old home and build a new one, something that typically happens on “remodels” in Montecito, adding significant waste to our landfills and wasting precious resources. Examples such as this should be encouraged rather than discouraged. It would be wonderful if everyone incorporated the greenest possible options in every project, but we have a ways to go before we achieve that level of commitment in our society.  — Karen Feeney Co-Coordinator Tour of Green Homes

Bhakti Backlash For several years UCSB’s Bhakti Yoga Club has been serving sanctified food to our club’s members at our lunchtime meetings. Recently, the UCSB Office of Student Life (OSL) stopped our club from eating together under the threat of police intervention. I have eaten sanctified food at temples in San Diego and Los Angeles and have been eating Bhakti Yoga’s sanctified food each week for several years here at UCSB. I was shocked and disappointed to hear that UCSB’s OSL would stand in the way of the peaceful expression of our club members’ religious freedom here on the UCSB campus. Part of the OSL’s stated mission is to “assist student leaders in establishing and maintaining effective student organizations.” Contrary to this stated mission, the OSL has stopped our group from gathering each week. I request that all those in favor of the peaceful expression of religious freedom contact the chancellor — Henry.Yang@chancellor.ucsb.edu or 893-2231 — and ask that Bhakti yoga lunchtime gatherings to be allowed to resume.  — James Wagner

Vanity Fair Iam still chuckling at the righteous-outrage letter signed by several dozen folks in response to a lovely and insightful (if I have to say so myself) piece I wrote for the News-Press. The essay was highlighting the difference in masculine (risk-taking) and feminine (nurturing) approaches to dealing with the development of children. Your protesters seemed to have had a fit over the simple fact that this child had a mother and father — and entirely, and intentionally, missed the point. To them I say, “You’re so vain. You think every song is about you.”  — Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Corrections ¶ In “Harvest Report” [Oct. 5], Chris and John Jones’s vineyard was mistakenly referred to as Fe Ciega Vineyard. The Joneses own the Faith Vineyard.

¶ In last week’s 3 Qs on the Arts Life page, Frameworks owner David Court was quoted saying that an anniversary party will be held on the third Thursday of next month. The quote was given in September, and thus refers to the party that takes place today, Oct. 19, at 8pm.

¶ Last week’s news feature on the sheriff’s race [“Verbal Slugfest at the OK Corral”] erroneously stated that incumbent Sheriff Jim Anderson won the endorsement of 63 percent of the Deputy Sheriffs Association in the June primary. He actually had the support of 37 percent; 63 percent of the voting deputies endorsed other candidates.



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