Comments by LeeKaplan

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Posted on June 19 at 1:42 p.m.

Let's face facts: SB Independent reporters and commentators Hayden and Welsh are unscrupulously using this oil-spill crisis to try and win awards by demonstrating their good old-fashion reporting skills, hardnosed question asking, brilliant writing and just sheer journalistic persistence. Will these guys stop at nothing to show how great they are?

In any case, let me be the first to congratulate them on a job well done!

On Refugio Oil Spill: The 80,000-Gallon Question

Posted on June 15 at 12:10 p.m.

Garfish says give up. He claims there’s no point to ensuring the safety of oil production and limit it. In contrast, Connell demonstrates a powerful common sense approach. She shows us how to steer between two impossible absolutes -- unlimited oil exploitation until we despoil the entire planet vs. totally ending oil use right now (not actually advocated by anyone).

On Neither Hypocrites nor Anti-Oil

Posted on June 15 at 10:16 a.m.

Great news. I would love to see this charmer restored. It's a one-of-a-kind beauty.

On Ty Warner Gives Historic Ellwood Gas Station to Goleta

Posted on May 20 at 10:08 a.m.

Dang! Don't know how this happened. The oil business is so safe and clean and should never be regulated or limited. I guess fish and our region's natural beauty will have to take a hit on the chin for the rest of us. After all, if we use oil in our car and home, then big oil should have the right to drill and dig anywhere using whatever techniques it deems best!

On Big Oil Spill Along Refugio Coast

Posted on May 13 at 10:07 a.m.

Kudos and congrats on your well-deserved awards. Hard work and talented pens is what truly characterizes the Independent staff.

Sad to read the comments of trolls, misanthropes and partisan hacks who only live to spread spite in your comments section.

On <em>The Independent</em> Wins Seven State Awards

Posted on April 28 at 11:42 a.m.

The place simply lacks funk (personal character of a real person). It's sterile and closed off from life and outdoors. Went once and didn't return. Ditto for my wife

On A Public Market Divided

Posted on April 21 at 4:30 p.m.

as always, I think brecht has the last word:

A Worker Reads History

Who built the seven gates of Thebes?
The books are filled with names of kings.
Was it the kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone?
And Babylon, so many times destroyed.
Who built the city up each time? In which of Lima's houses,
That city glittering with gold, lived those who built it?
In the evening when the Chinese wall was finished
Where did the masons go? Imperial Rome
Is full of arcs of triumph. Who reared them up? Over whom
Did the Caesars triumph? Byzantium lives in song.
Were all her dwellings palaces? And even in Atlantis of the legend
The night the seas rushed in,
The drowning men still bellowed for their slaves.

Young Alexander conquered India.
He alone?
Caesar beat the Gauls.
Was there not even a cook in his army?
Phillip of Spain wept as his fleet
was sunk and destroyed. Were there no other tears?
Frederick the Great triumphed in the Seven Years War.
Who triumphed with him?

Each page a victory
At whose expense the victory ball?
Every ten years a great man,
Who paid the piper?

So many particulars.
So many questions.

On LinkedIn Buying <em></em> for $1.5 Billion

Posted on April 11 at 4:25 p.m.

Congrats Lynda, your employees' skills, hard work and dedication has earned you astounding wealth. And for them? Not so much. A 10% worker cut? Your new wealth means an unmitigated disaster for many. I suspect a few million dollars less on your part might have persuaded LinkedIn to keep everyone on whose heats and minds you depended.

On LinkedIn Buying <em></em> for $1.5 Billion

Posted on March 25 at 10:43 a.m.

Yes, I get it that you don't like the latest business jargon. But besides demonstrating your own verbal dexterity (yawn), I fail to see any real light cast on this subject, not the teeniest twinkle of starshine.

On The Cacophony of Corporate Squawk

Posted on March 2 at 3:28 p.m.

Great reporting!

On The Crushing Problem of Ocean Plastics

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