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Posted on March 14 at 1:25 p.m.
I'm quite familiar with the various arguments you use to characterize our military. We could debate them. For me. the military is a very honorable institution and good choice for a young person who wants to serve the country this way. Additionally I think the overall record of our young men and women now serving in the military continues to be outstanding --whether it's the occasional humanitarian service or in our wars. I am particularly upset that any fortunate Santa Barbara parent might think their family is too good for national service.
I am for obligatory national service for all our youth in a myriad of choices and possibilities. I think this national service should be required for 18-20 year olds. Take your pick, conservation corps, peace corps, etc etc. I say bring on the recruiters, the more the merrier. This would broaden the horizons of your young people and make them better citizens.
On Talk to Address Military Recruiters on High School Campuses
Posted on March 14 at 8:43 a.m.
I see, it's unthinkable that Santa Barbara's students should serve their country in the military. Is that the goal? Sounds very elitist to me. Why should they NOT serve and then others have to serve for them? Freedom is not free.
Posted on March 13 at 10:52 a.m.
Love this column of yours NIck!! And on those two Republican bozos, I totally agree with your narrative tack. However, why the hell can't you throw the same fireball at Loss Capps? Didn't she promise two terms is enough? And how about a close look at what she's really been able to accomplish. You're much too nice Nick.
You know as well as I do that when you look closely at the whole political apparatus and how corrupt it is at every level, it's a pretty disgusting view. Corruption is everywhere you look....this includes Democrats. The current system depends on only this one principle: how you feel about the ox that gets gored. As John Adams said, "Are not jealousy, envy, hatred, malice, and revenge, as well as emulation and ambition, as rancorous in the cells of Carmelites as in the courts of princes?" psst...this goes for California politics too. And so it goes.
On Getting Your Dog On
Posted on March 12 at 11:41 a.m.
I think it's odd that this turns into a discussion about porn. The definition of porn is in the mind of the beholder. What is porn?
This is about something else don't you think.
Ken: Are you arguing for the right of this professor to go violent and whacko in this situation, clearly outside the bounds of civilized discourse? Ordinarily I'd think, one would hope that faculty members are worthy of emulation by students and that's why they've been chosen to teach by the administration and the state-- don't you think?
There really is no excuse for her behavior.
On UCSB Professor Accused of Assaulting Anti-Abortion Activist
Posted on March 12 at 9:14 a.m.
About the abortion issue. Couldn't we all agree that less abortion is better? And that mothers who can't support or handle the problem of an unwanted and unexpected baby could possibly give it up to adoption. This way that baby could possibly have a wonderful life with some family that adopts it. More adoption and less abortion is certainly the better idea.
Personally, I think the professor in Feminist Studies should be fired for her behavior. If she has tenure (I can only ask myself how that could have happened?!)...we might categorize her fault as 'moral turpitude'...
Posted on March 12 at 8:51 a.m.
Ah...pierhead brings in the ROTC issue. I feel prescient, the anti-war left has entered the the room to scrim. I knew that would happen.
OK. First, and staying on subject. What's the point of the ladies with the awful pictures? --That millions of potential humans are getting murdered every year. It is a horrendous thing when you think about it. Who will stand up for the rights of babies? When does a fetus become a person? At birth or earlier? It's something to think about indeed. This little helpless potential human is given no choice.
OK. I"m ready to scrim. What's this issue about the evil military?
Posted on March 11 at 2:42 p.m.
Let's see GITMO re-enactments are OK in front of the Library but Anti-Abortion Protests at the Arbor aren't. Got it!
And I thought assistant professors were non-violent intellectuals.
Good thing a ROTC recruitment stand wasn't in the Arbor that day!
I would be interested in someone clearing up the question of how the women's studies department morphed into another department called Feminist Studies...How many so-called studies departments are out there at UCSB? Things were better with just the Trivium and Quadrivium.
Posted on February 3 at 4:47 p.m.
Wonderful!! Luis Moreno is splendid as narrator. Thank you Santa Barbara Conservancy and Independent. I love what he does with the Casa de la Guerra...!! You should mention though that Don Jose de la Guerra gave Plaza de la Guerra to the people of Santa Barbara and not to the City. Check the documents...Patrick O'Dowd
On Historic Walking Tour Is Now Available
Posted on June 6 at 10:30 p.m.
Interesting! Did the faculty, student body, decide to give up driving and divest themselves of their cars too? Why shouldn't I think this is the vote of hypocrites? I'd love the parking lots to disappear, and the kite birds to hover again. Restore the Marine base, that was a much lower energy design than today's high energy monster. Where's Huttenback when we need him...he had ideas....Should we REALLY consider this, a mere feel good investment decision, a giant progressive move....I think not.
On UCSB Faculty Votes in Favor of Fossil Fuel Divestment
Posted on May 8 at 4:11 p.m.
Clearly one can understand in this review that our critic, Mr. Donelan, doesn't like Churches and especially the 'real' history of the California Missions. Yet, being seemingly large-minded and a friend of the gallery, he has huffed and puffed himself up to degrade these superb paintings' meaning and hobbled Deakins' creative impulse to some simple understandable 'romance' Edwin Deakins and his time had for this 'fin de siecle', 'Romona' caused, folly, that Donelan thinks led to the Mission Revival movement. As a consequence, we are left wth the sad thought that these paintings (that I found absolutely extraordinary)are merely something obviously time bound and even if somewhat worthy, based on a delusion. I feel sure that what bothers Mr. Donelan is the subject matter of these watercolors i.e. 'The Missions'--clearly something he finds historically detestable from his own more 'clear eyed' and un-romantic point of view regarding the subject matter. What could be more revealing of Donelan's own view, than his unnecessary poetic quotation insert: "...(Missions) proper to grow wise in, if only that so many dead lie round"? This article is the functional equivalent of damning with faint praise. Mr Donelan: I don't like your review.
On Meaningful Missions
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