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Posted on June 3 at 9:51 p.m.
He's been mercifully silent since May 26. I hope Kettman's admonishment has persuaded him to take a break. He's made over 4,000 comments on the Independent online. Poor guy needed a break. I hope he gets away from his computer for a while and goes out to see the town, the beach and the mountains, maybe even has a conversation with someone and lets the other person talk for a while without having to respond with a smug pontification. Then when he returns to the comments, under a new guise no doubt, he might have a better understanding of the world, society, humanity, politics, economics, etc.
On Dead Dolphins, Pelicans Continue to Wash Ashore after Refugio Oil Spill
Posted on May 26 at 10:02 a.m.
Oh, re: the Global Warming Petition Project - note that a whopping 1% of the signers have an educational background in Atmosphere, Earth, or Environment science. And look at the other info about the signers, and then check out what journalists have to say about the group. It's not hard to find 31,000 uninformed, fundamentalist, and/or right-wing people to sign something when they don't understand the issue - as long as it aligns with the party line.
On Community Demands Transparency in Refugio Spill
Posted on May 19 at 2:39 p.m.
Since when is it legit to refer to UCSB students as "Gauchos" in a news report? Lord, what has happened to journalism? They should have been identified as "two 22-year-olds, one a student and one a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara"...
Who knows what a Gaucho is outside Gauchos and their families and some community members (not most)? Geez, the Indy is starting to sound about as professional as the SBNP.
On Suspects in Isla Vista Shooting Charged
Posted on May 15 at 4:53 a.m.
Isla Vista has a long history of attempts at self government of sorts. Unfortunately, since the population is quite fluid and has so a high proportion of 18 to 23-year olds, who are eligible to vote, there is little stability and few have enough stake in the community to care. There tends to be a lot of passion during an election and apathy later on by the elected young adults. There are a few examples of people who cut their teeth on the IV Parks and Rec board of directors while students and are still in government or related organizations today, but mostly they stopped attending meetings after a few months of their term. Savvy older pols ingratiate themselves with the more engaged and well-meaning but naive students to whip up other students who are at a perfect point in their development to feel deeply about an issue or candidate and be strident about campaigning fiercely among their peers. The minority long-term residents become hostage to the short-term residents who have no stake in the future of the community and little understanding of the lingering effects of their votes. LAFCO made a serious, even illegal error in allowing Goleta to form a city leaving IV as an unincorporated island.
On Isla Vista Government Takes One Step Forward
Posted on May 9 at 2:12 a.m.
How does the marriage of psychopaths, sterile hetero couples, and violent criminals such as Manson "benefit nature"?
And how would the marriage of two peaceable homosexuals injure nature? Or interfere with whatever lifestyle you have chosen?
I think it's just your mindset that would be ruffled. You can get beyond your ingrained prejudices on this if you really think about it rationally.
On Right to Do What Other People Do
Posted on May 4 at 11:33 a.m.
I work and live very nearby. I seldom go into the public market because it is TOO DAMN NOISY to have a conversation. And it is confusing for first-timers and second timers, too. Esp. the bowls place - where do you stand? When do you sit? How does the line work? It is not a pleasurable or relaxing experience, it is stressful to be in the cacophonous space which is not really a food court and not really a market, but kind of both. Do I buy a glass of wine at the wine place and bring it to the fish place? If I get a sandwich at the overpriced sandwich place, can I sit in the seats near the fish place? There is tons of free parking under the market that nobody seems to know about. It is not a comfortable ambiance that attracts people again and again.
On A Public Market Divided
Posted on April 20 at 5:26 p.m.
This stupid "discussion" is so typical of the Independent commentors. Everybody piling on everybody with baseless assumptions, speculation, conjecture, theories...everything except facts. Nobody knows anything, really, but wants to spout off the same opinions they manage to wedge into just about any article comment they write.
Go read a book or go for a hike!
On Deputy Shoots Dog During Montecito Arrest
Posted on April 20 at 12:29 p.m.
Did you witness this? If not, you don't know how things went down, do you? Even if you did witness it, your version might be quite different from that of the officer or of the woman whose dog it was.
It is generally not a good idea to release your unleashed dog when the cops are trying to take you into custody.
Posted on April 9 at 8:23 a.m.
No blinders here. I watched the paper go down the drain slowly, then quickly. I have seen the contributions her foundation makes, including $500K to the Santa Barbara Foundation a couple of years ago, and otherwise all to animal-related charities. Public information, good that she shares some of the wealth.
But the question remains - why not put some of the billions into the business and make it into an institution that is not constantly having to defend itself, but rather one that is widely liked and admired for its journalism and business policies? Why not sell it and turn her attention to what she really is interested in, animal and wildlife issues?
On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?
Posted on April 8 at 11:45 p.m.
What a shame about the News Press. Considering McCaw is a BILLIONAIRE, you'd think she would want to invest serious money into the business and make it a real quality newspaper that she and Santa Barbara could be proud of. It could have been her legacy - in the good sense - instead of the depressing shame it is. Since she got her money from inheritance and a big fat divorce settlement, not through her own endeavors, you'd think she would want to do something positive and meaningful that would make a lasting difference. To at least show that the fortune was not wasted on someone who failed to use it wisely. She must surround herself with sycophants who assure her that she's doing a marvelous job -- or else she just doesn't give a damn.