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Santa Barbara's Cost of Housing Is Five Times Greater

When Compared to Similar Cities, the Real Issue Is Home Costs

When compared to similar cities, the real issue is home costs. Read story.

Trump and Kim Jong Un Walk into a Bar …

Vandenberg is at the center of the U.S. and North Korea’s game of nuclear chicken. Read story.

Congress to the Public: Drop Dead

But health care will still be available to senators and representatives. Read story.

Current Events Viewed from (Way) Afar

Extra-terrestrial concerned about Earth direction. Read story.

Santa Barbara's Cost of Housing Is Five Times Greater

When Compared to Similar Cities, the Real Issue Is Home Costs

When compared to similar cities, the real issue is home costs. Read story.

Our Disloyal President

White Supremacist Violence Is Not an Issue with 'Many Sides'

The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulted in the deaths of three people and was a disheartening and disappointing regression for our country. Read story.

War on Poverty Continues

Community Action Commission Makes a Difference

The Community Action Commission really does change people's lives. Read story.

Thank You, Whittier Firefighters

Thank you to all the people and agencies involved in this amazing effort. You do a remarkable job serving our community. Read story.

‘A Living Hell’

Hiroshima: August 6, 1945

Hiroshima: August 6, 1945 Read story.

The Divided States of America

Muslim ban challenges the founding values of our country. Read story.

Holiday Awkward

Hoping for a winter anywhere but here. Read story.

Got something on your mind? Send us a letter: letters@independent.com

No Debate

Santa Barbara's City Council has met to consider whether we need new ordinances for just-cause evictions, mandatory leases, mandatory inspections, and enhanced mediation. Read Letter

Get in Line and Wait

I wasn't the least bit surprised when the president enacted "government work force training Read Letter

Promises and Alibis

'If a flock of Democrats suddenly replaced a mess of Republicans, it wouldn’t mean a thing.' Read Letter

Pot Addition

Is adding "something to the community" going to be the criteria for "allowing" a person to start a business in Santa Barbara? Read Letter

Bill of Goods

Mayoral candidate Angel Martinez is selling Santa Barbara voters a bad bill of goods. Read Letter

No Telling

In watching the ongoing train wreck we call the Trump administration, I recently found myself thinking about Bernie Madoff. Read Letter

What Goes Up

I have called Caltrans at least twice to report a grave error in the posted speed at the turn known as “Windy Gap” on Highway 154, so far to no avail. Read Letter

Heron Humor

Before trying to deal with the herons next to the children's pool, someone should talk to the Audubon Society or the Department of Fish and Game. Read Letter

Trapped in Goleta

Near Winchester Canyon and Calle Real, they have us cut off, as they are repairing all the main roads that go in and out of this area. Read Letter

Into the Frying Pan

The story on the arrest and incarceration of immigrants discharged from County Jail highlighted a problem with a desire that Santa Barbara declare itself a “Sanctuary City.” Read Letter

Buellton RV Ordinance on Hold

Buellton's RV, boat, and trailer ordinance has been suspended, but it will be revised and reintroduced in the future. Read Letter

Words of Welcome?

How can the rodeo during Fiesta celebrate only those who are born here? Read Letter

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