Comments by NanoKelp

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Posted on April 30 at 4:03 p.m.

There's plenty of double taxation. One is tax on interest: your income gets taxed, you pay interest, and the person getting the interest gets taxed again. (Originally all interest was tax-free for that reason: now it's just interest on your home mortgage.) Another is corporate income tax: the company gets taxed, they pay dividends, and you get taxed on dividend income. Another is the fraction of gasoline tax: the government pays for the roads, you pay to use them.

"Double taxation" is a nice argument that leads to lower taxes, which help the rich get even richer.

And, oh yeah, it costs something to maintain "undeveloped areas" believe it or not. Otherwise we'd have Clive Bundy grazing his cattle there.

On Adventure Pass Foes Claim Victory

Posted on April 30 at 3:31 p.m.

Some Western Congressmen starve the National Forest Service, because they suck up to Cliven Bundy and his cohorts in the SageBrush Rebellion. If a sufficient fraction of our taxes went to paying the Forest Service to protect our common lands, instead of being sent overseas to start wars and blow up our own and others' young people, the Forest Service wouldn't have to resort to silly fees like the Adventure Pass.

The argument about "Double Taxation" is disingenuous at best. At worst it's a cynical attempt to starve the Forest Service from both sides, so we can blow up even more stuff overseas.

On Adventure Pass Foes Claim Victory

Posted on August 11 at 5:03 p.m.

What is the timeline for the appeal process? Must McCaw now go to Federal court, presumably with an ultimate appeal to the Supreme Court?

On NLRB Orders <em>News-Press</em> to Reinstate Fired Reporters

Posted on June 23 at 7:34 p.m.

Sounds great! I look forward to walking through expanded wilderness areas!

On Making the Los Padres Even More Wild

Posted on June 20 at 9:08 p.m.

The way to keep our access to the beach is to use it. I'm getting out there -- pronto!

On Haskell's Beach Is Our Beach

Posted on June 12 at 5:36 p.m.

You can also get to Devereux Slough from the parking area at the west end of Del Playa. From there, you can walk west along the blufftops (or along the beach) to the docent station at the east end of the area reserved for snowy plovers. The walk is a little longer, but there are no cars unless you turn back up the access road to the birdwatching pullouts.

On Discover Devereux Slough

Posted on July 13 at 8:38 p.m.

"more than 1.5 million visitors enjoying the park each year" ... "the 604 parking spots in the park" -- that would require each and every parking space to be taken by an average of 3.6 vehicles per day, 365 days per year, assuming an average of 2 visitors per vehicle.

But, it has lots of open parking spaces most days, nearly empty in winter. Plenty of parking spaces are taken up by one-person vehicles or UCSB students who don't want to pay for on-campus parking.

Numbers need more work.

On Back to the Future

Posted on April 11 at 9:56 a.m.

If guns make people safer, why don't we _require_ all school children to carry guns?

On Open Carry at Starbucks

Posted on June 18 at 4:17 p.m.

While growing up in the Southeast, I found that churches there are indeed a lot like the Shriners or Omega Phi Psi; or maybe actually more like the wontoks in New Guinea. They exist to advance their members in every aspect of life. They aren't about religion, that's for sure.

On Church and State Collide on Highway

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