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Posted on August 31 at 1:01 p.m.
Driving is a career, one must continue to learn. Hone skills or die. Please believe me, just when you think that you have seen it all...
Just say no to complacency behind the wheel or at the handle bars.
I have been driving, all manner of vehicles, for 45 years without incident. Started driving in the San Marcos parking lot with Driver Training/Education.
Those courses and the mentoring provided by already well known and trusted faculty members provided a basis of common knowledge and reason for all.
The situation on the freeways began to deteriorate in the 70s with the mass influx of drivers from New York and New Jersey and coincidental termination of Driver Education in schools. Homogeneity lost, a free for all. Situation continues to worsen.
Back then parents had some time left over to actually raise their children. It's the economy. Lack of parental supervision.
Insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, liquor distributors are all heavy lobbyists. Don't touch my business. The laws must change.
Tougher skills/attitude testing at DMV. They are the gatekeepers. Additionally, Zero tolerance for DUI.
On Teen Killed on 101
Posted on July 31 at 7:05 a.m.
I am surprised that there is no further mention of TELACU.
Back in the day I worked in East Los Angeles near a TELACU site. They are survivors.
From their web-site, "each and every business TELACU owns and operates has a double bottom line: profitability that is inseparable from social impact." www.telacu.com
On Schools See Lots of Construction
Posted on July 9 at 9:45 a.m.
As a Tea Fire survivor I feel for the neighbors of this facility. Construction on this scale really does disturb the peace. Breaking up that concrete foundation will require weeks of work by a bone-shaking, tooth-rattling, hydraulic "breaker". It's a continuous mini earthquake for eight hours a day until completion.
On UCSB Housing Project Destroyed by Fire
Posted on June 5 at 7:58 a.m.
Kudos to Daniel for his performance, his teachers for their interest and to the Indy for publishing this. When I was young I had a neighbor who served as my science mentor. In fact he was one of the individuals who built the Foucault pendulum at the Natural History Museum. I watched it go from his workbench to the display that is there today. The first astronauts were orbiting the globe, interest in science at school and at home was a given.
Today everybody uses advanced technologies in their daily lives but thanks to the highly successful Nixon/Regan dumb down the youth initiatives very few actually understand how they work.
It you know it, teach it. Pry a kid from their video game long enough to teach them the basics of coding. They are extremely receptive, it's simply that no one ever introduced them. Please see: http://scratch.mit.edu/
On A Comet in Santa Barbara's Astronomical World
Posted on June 3 at 5:42 a.m.
This is a great start. From the bicycles they can easily transition to scooters or reasonably sized motorcycles. Nothing sexist here, most people have motorcycles that are too large, often far too large, for them. Spritely is good.
I have ridden them all for decades and can attest that, in traffic. you are worlds and away safer on a motorcycle. More visible and capable of locomotion similar to the deadly enemy of us all, cars. They don't see you and they care less than that. Where is my iPhone, coke, mascara, pet, kids sit down...?
A cadre of healthy women on scooters/motorcycles opens the door for others to try their hand. In our sunny climate leave the cars at home. Let the motorized two wheelers take their rightful place in our transportation mix.
On Pedaling with Wings
Posted on May 31 at 8 a.m.
What "Goleta boosters would like to see most: people who come to explore the Good Land itself."
Exactly what/who is a "Goleta Booster"? Could that possibly be synonymous with Real Estate Developer?
The operative word in Goleta The Good Land is "land", not beach. The only remaining vestige of Goleta The Good Land is the Bishop Ranch. Without a firm plan in place for preservation of the ranch in it's entirety, Goleta The Good Land is lost forever.
We are out of water, have been for decades, stop the developers.
On Goleta Getting “The Goodland” Hotel
Posted on September 11 at 5:27 p.m.
Form follows function...
On City Dedicates New Type 3 Fire Engine
Posted on September 11 at 9:26 a.m.
Absolutely certain that my ferrocement home would survive the Tea fire I simply stayed inside. In an eerie way the experience was reminiscent of staying inside during a rain storm. www.ferrocement.com
Just as houses are constructed to survive rainstorms it should be mandated that new/replacement construction in wildland fire zones must be capable of surviving the next inevitable onslaught.
Post Tea fire it was disheartening to observe that the majority of the reconstruction employed exactly the same construction materials and techniques as had just burned to the ground.
Very few individuals took the que. In the majority of the cases the primary change was the absurd expansion of each home's size to the maximum permitted envelope thereby providing a bit more fuel for the fire next time around.
On On the Safety of Firefighters
Posted on June 29 at 9:58 p.m.
It's great that these people were able to achieve so much personal gratification through their athletics.
However, did anyone stop to ask any of the academic departments, especially math and science, if an injection of half a million dollars would be useful for equipment in their departments to stimulate student interest in math and science?
Athletics are mass media marketed 24/7/365. Very sexy.
Math and science need help, the fate of our economy hangs in the balance.
Astro-turf seems like a waste of precious resources, in these budget strapped times .
On San Marcos Gridiron Renamed Warkentin Stadium
Posted on December 8 at 8:16 a.m.
Apparently no one recalls when Jostens was a local company. They used to manufacture those rings in the building in Summerland that is now occupied by QAD. Our elementary school class was given a tour of the facility in 1960. By the time that we reached High School (Go Royals) we were already familiar with Jostens. However, there was no assembly related to Jostens, just some pamphlets. A better practice for next year would be to distribute pamphlets and allow Jostens to set up a kiosk for anyone who may be interested.
On Selling Graduation