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Posted on June 2 at 11:23 a.m.
I hear and agree with you, Eckermann. I despise the survival of the fittest system, but it's what we have. It's obviously not working well, either. But hey, this is the land of the free and we built ourselves on capitalism and independence, so the predicaments like those of 90 year old ladies with nobody to care for them are a side effect of our political and economic system, no?
On Evicted Low-Income Tenants Look for New Homes
Posted on June 1 at 9:46 p.m.
Please, Eckermann, you go tell the 90 year old lady to get real. After you do that, then let's talk.
Posted on May 30 at 6:52 p.m.
Eckermann: "Why does such a person live in one of the most expensive housing markets in the world? I am not disparaging the poor, who find themselves in their unfortunate condition by virtue of a myriad of factors....But if someone is living on limited means, they need to move to a place that has housing that they can afford."
Are you kidding me?!?!? Maybe the poor (and in Santa Barbara, poor is a VERY relative term) live here because they grew up here, or because they have no financial means to move to a less than glamorous place where they don't know anybody! Just because they are poor doesn't mean they don't have a right to live in precious, idyllic Santa Barbara. So will you step in and help ship someone out of Santa Barbara because they no longer have the financial means to live here because they "need to move to a place that has housing they can afford"?
I moved out of Santa Barbara once because I made, in some areas, a decent salary (more than $65k/year) but it wasn't enough to afford the high rent and pay my student loans and car payment--and afford a decent place that accepted a large dog. The irony? I work in healthcare, where people with my degree are needed in Santa Barbara, yet we commute from Ventura, Santa Maria and beyond to take care of Santa Barbarians because the cost of living is so high here. I don't feel sorry for me, but I do feel sorry for people who try to get by making a decent, honest living, or for those--who like the 90 year old mentioned in comments--have reached an age where they can no longer take care of themselves, have limited means and memory, and who have few if any friends because most of them have died. Those people are supposed to "move to a place that has housing they can afford"? Get real!!!!
Posted on May 16 at 7:51 p.m.
As I see it, Cottage has two choices: end the use of the super-expensive helipad and return to landing the copters remotely, or continue to use the helipad and hear the complaints of the neighbors. I highly doubt with the amount of money Cottage invested in the helipad that they are going to cease using it.
At the risk of sounding completely callous, I think residents living near Cottage need to get over it. They live near a hospital and this is what happens when you have a hospital that is charged with saving lives! What if it was YOUR love one in that copter? Would you be kvetching then? I hardly think so. I agree with Eckerman; there is no way to make these people happy. I don't live near the hospital (but I'm only a mile away), so yeah, it's easy for me to say. But, I work in the medical profession and I hate to think that people are so superficial that a few copters a week or day is so disruptive that they cannot think with compassion about the purpose of the copter.
As I see it, the neighbors of Cottage Hospital have two choices: put up or move out. Yeah, moving out is not so easy in a city as expensive as Santa Barbara. But hey, at least you get to live in a great city with a hospital that has a helipad! God/dog/whomever forbid the complainers ever need to use the helipad. And if/when they do, I wonder just how much they'll be complaining about it.
On Cottage Hospital ’Copters Still Taking Flak
Posted on March 15 at 9:49 p.m.
Wow, I would think the beautiful, idyllic city of Santa Barbara, the home of Earth Day, would be all about getting rid of plastic bags!
Shame on your for promoting yourself as the home of Earth Day and celebrating it every year, but not living up to your environmentally conscious image. Get with it, SB, and put your money where your mouth is.
On Zombie Bag Ban Reanimated
Posted on February 29 at 11:56 p.m.
I have an idea...How about we stop paying movie stars and athletes zillions of dollars to entertain us and instead pour that money into the schools and teachers salaries and make educators role models? Oh no, it just makes too much sense to make normal, every day people good role models instead of focusing on the unrealistic, materialistic lifestyles of the rich and infamous actors and entertainers. Our culture is so messed up.
On Red Ink Spilleth
Posted on February 3 at 10:30 a.m.
This really isn't about having nothing to do. I have lost count of the number of times I've nearly been hit walking through a cross walk, even after I checked, double checked and triple checked before entering the pedestrian cross walk. Yet, I was still hit while in a cross walk and to this day have permanent, irreversible damage in my arm, and ended up losing my job as a result. Oh, and no nice settlement to compensate for the damages. But the important part is that I have my life, and it has made me very cautious about watching out for pedestrians. Please, slow down Santa Barbara!!
On Police Cite 60 Drivers During Crosswalk Stings
Posted on December 10 at 8:49 a.m.
"Santa Barbara’s ever-endangered middle class".....Buwhahahahahahaha!!!What middle class?
On Unanimity Breaks Out Over Growth Compromise
Posted on June 19 at 9:48 p.m.
So, so sad to read this. What a sad, sick joke. I remember when Bacara promised to keep public access for locals. But, as is the sad case, money talks. Where is the City of Goleta (or, should it be Santa Barbara since Bacara likes to say it's in Santa Barbara, not Goleta)? It may not be as splendiferous where I live now compared to Santa Barbara, but at least Oregon takes seriously the term "The People's Coast"--where coastal access is a right for all residents, not just those with the bucks!
On Haskell's Beach Is Our Beach
Posted on April 13 at 12:43 a.m.
Just checked out this band tonight in Portland and they put on a great show! Check 'em out; they're a lot of fun!!!