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Posted on May 11 at 12:17 p.m.
Legal marriage has real consequences in terms of income taxes, property holdings of many types including inheritances, medical emergency access for spouses, and a host of other things. Do some really espouse going the way of Oklahoma, which proposes to cut off everyones' noses by doing away with civil marriages, whether hetero or homo, rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses? "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." -R.W. Emerson
On Right to Do What Other People Do
Posted on May 11 at 11:54 a.m.
Amen to all of that!
On The Future of Biking in Santa Barbara
Posted on May 11 at 11:49 a.m.
We have healthy numbers of parasitic wasps that control the whiteflies on our orange trees and other plants, along with Tanglefoot to keep the ants out of 'em. I hope that these newly-released wasps don't have any unintended consequences.
On Citrus Psyllid Predator Released in County
Posted on May 9 at 2:05 p.m.
J. Andrew's viewpoint always has been, "We're all going to die eventually, so why regulate COLAB's members to postpone the inevitable?" My silent-until-now response has been, "You first."
On 7 Dogs for 7 Sisters
Posted on May 9 at 1:54 p.m.
Is Cottage still using their medivac heliport for the convenience of their execs and other VIPs? What sick crap that was-is. Cottage Inc. has zero respect in my book. The regular people working there day-to-day have my greatest respect, and deepest sympathies; they put up with a lot of crap to do their jobs in spite of the powers-that-be.
On Cottage Gets ‘C’ Grade on Safety Report Card
Posted on May 9 at 1:47 p.m.
We recently scrapped a 450 sq. ft addition plan to our nearly 70-year-old, 1000 sq. ft. house, largely because of the need to move out and RENT somewhere for a year while the construction happened, esp. with a pet. Landlords have us all by the balls; how long will we let it go on?
On S.B. Economy Looking Good, But Rental Market a Mess
Posted on May 9 at 1:39 p.m.
-sigh- Everyone thought it'd rain big-time this past season. Now, OMG, a crisis!
Lack of reasonable-worst-case planning has brought about all of this angst, including virtually no planning for the longer and drier droughts resulting from long-term climate change. We ain't seen nothin' yet!
A complete moratorium on new or up-sized water meters, as well as all types of building expansions that would increase or facilitate increased water use, should've been imposed LAST year, with narrow exceptions for public health & safety. What if it doesn't rain next fall-winter-spring, hmmm? Do you really think that the desal plant is salvation on a membrane stick?
On Stage III Drought Emergency Declared
Posted on May 9 at 1:20 p.m.
It's a simple matter of CIVIL rights. Any RELIGIOUS org. has the right NOT to perform nor recognize any marriages beyond the boundaries of their creed--inter-racial, inter-denominational, inter-class, whatever. However, to impose any set of those mores on CIVIL marriages is just plain wrong-headed and a flagrant attempt to impose theocracy, in plain conflict with the First Amendment.
Barney, I think the vote will be 6-3. Roberts, like me, had a rounded Catholic education that taught him to think, rather than merely react. Time will tell.
Posted on May 9 at 1:07 p.m.
The hubris of some never fails to amaze and depress me. What makes the fake sign-posters think they're doing themselves any favors? Won't their potential customers go away along with the other unwashed masses, or is there a code of some sort on the fake signs? Are they really reserving on-street parking for own sorry selves?
I agree with setting the Coastal Commission upon them; they're about the last pro-publica regulatory body that still takes its job seriously.
On Funk Zone Business Owners Wage Parking Wars
Posted on May 6 at 4:56 p.m.
On Fine, Mom: You Were Right