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Posted on October 31 at 9:57 p.m.

billclausen, were you ever young? or were you born old & crotchety? Ever have any close calls? Ever think - wow, I was lucky just then? Never ever had a lapse of judgment or colored outside the lines? Never did something risky or a little dangerous or just a bit wild?

On County Approves Permanent Fencing in Isla Vista

Posted on October 31 at 6:25 p.m.

Too bad the new fence won't be up for this weekend. There will be 30,000 or more people drinking way too much, getting high on other substances, and roaming the town most of them are unfamiliar with, in the dark -- it is almost inevitable.

On County Approves Permanent Fencing in Isla Vista

Posted on September 3 at 11:39 a.m.

I'll give it another try, but the first time I went, when they had been open only a week or two, I was rather disappointed by the food, the service, and the ambiance.

On Veggies and Yak at Himalayan Kitchen

Posted on August 25 at 11:28 a.m.

I suppose that I would pray to myself. I am an atheist but I think that somewhere within ourselves we have the power to do all kinds of things we don't or won't do. Unless we address that inner being and ask it for help.

On Depression, Addiction & Me

Posted on July 10 at 11:42 a.m.

I just think it's grand that Wendy McCaw's ex-husband (whose business profits paid her off in the divorce enabling her to buy the SB News Press and then drag it down to its current sorry rag state) is in league with the SB Independent's publisher!

I hope he continues to contribute to our local agencies, and goes on to purchase the News Press and return it to its former status as a newspaper we actually can be happy and proud to read!

On Craig McCaw Donates $300,000 to County Fire

Posted on June 18 at 3:57 p.m.

Maybe they did do a background check. Maybe there is a lot more in his background than DUIs. My best employee is an Iraq war vet who informed me of his DUI on his application form, and I hired him anyway because of his skills and based on my assessment during the interview. He is level-headed, reliable, smart, honest and very likable person. He still drinks socially, moderately, and is careful not to drive afterward.

On Morua Films PSA Against Drunk Driving

Posted on June 18 at 9:46 a.m.

Morua made many grievous mistakes that night, starting with the first drink. There are a million people who do that every day, mostly they dodge the bullet and get to go sleep it off. Mallory herself was a bartender and served alcohol to lots of people not knowing what they were going to do when they went out the door. Hers was one of many deaths attributable to alcohol, though it was Morua's drunkenness that killed her. I noticed that the day after her death her Facebook page still had a photo showing her with a big armful of empty booze bottles, probably from the bar where she worked.

I do see a strange but perhaps positive thing here with Raymond, sober, obviously deeply regretting and deploring everything he did that night -- wanting to do what he can to help educate against doing what he did; and Richard Martinez, father of one of the Isla Vista victims, meeting with and working with Peter Rodger, father of the killer, as they've both lost their young sons. I see it as a good thing when the surviving people on both sides of a tragedy can unite to try to solve some of our deep social problems.

On Morua Films PSA Against Drunk Driving

Posted on May 19 at 10:37 a.m.

Worst case scenario: a person under the age of 18 gets a free, nutritious lunch although his/her parent(s) can afford to feed him/her.

Better case: kids whose parents feed them poor quality food get to have better food, and discover that there is a difference. They develop a taste for and understanding of good food.

Best case: kids who don't ordinarily get enough to eat can get free, good food without being embarrassed and singled out as "poor."

I don't mind at all.

On The Dude Stops by Franklin

Posted on March 20 at 9:15 a.m.

You can also peruse a copy of The Red Book upstairs at the SB public library (Central Library on Anapamu St. x Anacapa St.) - ask at the reference desk. It is a color facsimile edition published in 2009 by Norton & Co., and it is a BIG book. You can't check it out but you can spend a few hours paging through it - or all day!

On Carl Jung’s <em>Red Book</em>

Posted on March 13 at 9:30 a.m.

And yet, there are hundreds of new housing units being built or slated to be built in Goleta, up near the Camino Real Marketplace, and elsewhere near/at Hollister Ave. Many hundreds. Plus a big conference center at Storke/Hollister. Plus the UCSB new housing projects with a few hundred more units. Where do we think the water is going to come from if, every 10 years or so when there is a drought, we don't have enough for our current needs? With climate change the drought cycle could be accelerated. Don't the current customers of the Goleta Water District have the right to an adequate water supply? We should all conserve all the time, but there is only so much to go around. Overbuilding is a plan for disaster.

On Goleta Declares Stage 1 Water Shortage

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