Trump’s Pick to Chair the SEC Is a Risk to Your Retirement Account

And There Is Something You Can Do About It

And there is something you can do about it. Read story.

Death by Deliberation

Rental politics rehash: What would Silvio Di Loreto think? Read story.

On the Beach at Bocas

Barney considers island life on Panama's archipelago. Read story.

Current Events Viewed from (Way) Afar

Extra-terrestrial concerned about Earth direction. Read story.

Trump’s Pick to Chair the SEC Is a Risk to Your Retirement Account

And There Is Something You Can Do About It

And there is something you can do about it. Read story.

Santa Barbara Bends Toward the Beloved Community

Two Congregations Gather for a Meeting of the Minds

Two congregations and police officers gather for a meeting of the minds. Read story.

One Nation, Two Countries

'Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All'

Most presidents utter these words: "I want to bring our nation together.” Read story.

County: Consider STRs to Reduce the Deficit

Short-Term Rentals on Ag-Lands Benefit All

Short-term rentals on ag-lands benefit farmers, consumers, eco-tourists, and county coffers. Read story.

Wearing of the Green

History of War and Desperate Migration Repeats Today

Desperation and war drove the Irish to America, a scenario that repeats today. 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.

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Haves and Halves

Opinion: When the government gets involved, everything is screwed up. Read Letter

And Then There's 'Sicko'

Insurance should not be in our health care. Read Letter


In reality the "fresh blood" in Santa Barbara is the tourists and people who visit here. Read Letter

Tales of the City

I will no longer be riding my bicycle. Read Letter

Republican Reverie

The evolution of the Republican Party from just being "the Party for Business" to the extreme party it is today is an evolution that truly astounds me. Read Letter

Pet Dentistry

I have good news for cat and dog owners. Read Letter

Meeting Musings

I wonder if, just maybe, there's a world where the headlines might read, "Landlords Conspire on Eve of Tenant's Rights Meeting." Read Letter

Planet Pioneer

Professor Garrett Hardin (b. 1915), pioneer in the life sciences later consolidated as ecology, taught biology at UCSB. Read Letter

A Story of an Elder Chumash

In the year 1961, my grandma, Irene Valencia Cordero, was taken from the reservation after remarrying to a Caucasian. Read Letter

Government Out of Health Insurance.

The U.S. government has made a mess of health care because it wants to force some people to pay for other people’s insurance. Read Letter

Sensitivity Suggested

I was disturbed to open up this week's Independent and see that under the heading Law & Disorder were the stories involving two young men's tragedies. Read Letter

Roundabout Love

Thank you to all those people involved in the new roundabout at Cliff Drive and Las Positas. Read Letter

Healing Art

Your article on Hank Pitcher was outstanding. Read Letter

Health-Care Solution

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the closest the United States has come to addressing health care in the United States. Read Letter

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