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Posted on May 13 at 2:41 p.m.

I'm getting concerned (fish issue aside) by the seeming assumption that conservation is The Answer. Conservation is a very good thing on its own, better usage of the Earth's resources. But what if this drought is going to last a very long time, or worse, become a permanent fixture of our climate? How long can we get by sucking up groundwater? How much water would be needed to replenish supplies that are already gone, even if we finally get some significant rain? And what do we do about evaporation...our average temperature for the state has been going up every year in recent years. Since we all can't pick up and move, I think we are going to have to start considering other sources of water, including pipelines and water from Canada or whatever. Desal, I don't know, since there are such problems with it, but it should at least be considered. The time to start figuring what to do about our ongoing water deficit was yesterday. Also fracking, what with its water-sucking, danger to areas which are already prone to earthquakes, and potential to contaminate groundwater, seems contraindicated. And what places like Goleta are doing in the face of this, building increased water usage, I cannot understand. Lastly, I really don't think the ubiquitous conservative vs. liberal debate is at all useful, and is hampering progress on dealing with a survival issue.

On Lake Cachuma May Be Drying Up Faster Than Expected

Posted on May 13 at 2:40 p.m.

I'm getting concerned (fish issue aside) by the seeming assumption that conservation is The Answer. Conservation is a very good thing on its own, better usage of the Earth's resources. But what if this drought is going to last a very long time, or worse, become a permanent fixture of our climate? How long can we get by sucking up groundwater? How much water would be needed to replenish supplies that are already gone, even if we finally get some significant rain? And what do we do about evaporation...our average temperature for the state has been going up every year in recent years. Since we all can't pick up and move, I think we are going to have to start considering other sources of water, including pipelines and water from Canada or whatever. Desal, I don't know, since there are such problems with it, but it should at least be considered. The time to start figuring what to do about our ongoing water deficit was yesterday. Also fracking, what with its water-sucking, danger to areas which are already prone to earthquakes, and potential to contaminate groundwater, seems contraindicated. And what places like Goleta are doing in the face of this, building increased water usage, I cannot understand. Lastly, I really don't think the ubiquitous conservative vs. liberal debate is at all useful, and is happening progress on dealing with a survival issue.

On Lake Cachuma May Be Drying Up Faster Than Expected

Posted on July 28 at 8:37 p.m.

Dolphin, just change your number. dolphinpod99

On Mission & State Closes Down

Posted on July 28 at 8:23 p.m.

There must have been a better way than killing it.

On Plug Pulled on <em>Mission & State</em>

Posted on July 28 at 8:18 p.m.

I enjoyed the articles. I hope partisan politics didn't kill the project.

On Mission & State Closes Down

Posted on June 22 at 3:27 a.m.

I lived on the corner of the De La Vina Expressway and the Arrellaga to 101 Connector for 8 years, many years ago. Heard all kinds of horrors, and so did people I spoke with on my phone, who heard the carnage in the background. Wonder if it's any better there now. Probably not.

On Laguna-Micheltorena Danger

Posted on March 25 at 2:32 p.m.

This is an outrage and a slap in the face to our entire community. Let us know what we can do!

On No Matter How High the Hedge Grows

Posted on October 8 at 12:03 a.m.

Crisis counselors are available, at no charge, at the national hotline: 1-800-784-2433. Just fyi for anyone who might be drawn to this article due to themselves feeling low. (((hugs)))

On Man Jumps from Cold Spring Bridge

Posted on August 11 at 9:38 p.m.

Would I pay more in taxes? Of course I would. You get what you pay for in this world. I'm tired of people saying we just have to live without vital services and/or borrow and spend, to waste money on interest as well as to pass our bills on to the next generation. We got lucky with Jesusita. Do you feel lucky? Are we going to send the tea partiers out to fire; maybe they can pour their teacups over it? ;) I only wish that the magic fairy would come along and wave a wand and fight fires without costing us anything, but if anyone starts talking about that we know it's not tea they're drinking ! Someone please take the red pencil out of Arnie's hand and fund that DC-10. Or anything else our firefighters need. I trust their judgement over a bunch of politicians'.

On La Brea Fire Tops 20,000 acres, Jumps Sierra Madre Ridge

Posted on August 10 at 11:21 p.m.

It's Just. So. Dry. Do we need desal plants and planes to drop water on it once in awhile then? :) I hope we are not in a climate change pattern, but we could be.

On La Brea Fire Doubles in Size Overnight

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