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Posted on September 30 at 5:57 p.m.
I don't agree with the towers being built. I think they are a blight on the area and a completely inappropriate and opportunistic decision on the part of the tribe.
That said, it's silly and ineffectual to exaggerate and say that SYV is going to turn into Las Vegas. Given that the tribe has a limited land range and that nobody else will be building casinos in the valley anytime soon, this borders on hyperbole and doesn't really elevate the conversation about the issue.
Posted on September 30 at 5:54 p.m.
I'm glad this lady and her dogs were okay. I'm also very relieved they called off the hunt for this bear, who was likely a very frightened juvenile or adolescent bear looking for water or food during the drought.
I don't think "humanely euthanizing" the bear was called for in this case. It's pretty obvious it wasn't suffering from some kind of disease and wasn't rabid and this is just an awful side effect of living in a drought condition in an area with wild animals.
None of this is to mitigate what this lady went through, either the attack or the emotional toll after, especially going through the rabies shots.
As a side note, I kind of love the snarky line about her having to wait an hour in emergency before being seen. Apparently, not even a bear attack gets you seen quickly at Cottage.
On Hunt for Bear Called Off
Posted on September 18 at 9:50 p.m.
This has got to be one of the most poorly written letters to be published by the Indy.
First, contaminants in sand have been present for the past few decades and our local beaches aren't any exception. However, the medical review document hyperlinked in this letter doesn't have anything to do with our local beaches. In fact, the beaches referenced in that study are on the east coast.
"Public awareness is what you do." I'm not sure what this sentence means, but it's more like "public paranoia is what you do" by publishing this.
If there were some modicum of relevant, factual information to this (have people been hospitalized due to exposure of beach sand, as this person is suggesting, in our area? What kind of exposure? Walking on it? Eating it? Being buried in it? Looking at it counts as exposure!) letter, I'd have more respect for it. But it just seems like a bizarre outrage based on something someone read in a medical journal or over-hyped news report.
On What's in the Sand?
Posted on September 18 at 9:44 p.m.
This guy has been a blight on our community for decades.
I find it funny to think that he probably wouldn't get away with his particular brand of slum-lordiness in a bigger city, which is ironic since most people in town would associate his kind of properties with unregulated larger areas in the state and an apathetic city council.
After reading this article and the article about the fight to save a that gator boy mural on the side of Cajun Kitchen, I have to laugh at the priorities in our area.
On Pini Sues Carpinteria
Posted on September 18 at 9:39 p.m.
But, the mural is not at De La Guerra Plaza. It's downtown on the side of a building that is next to a car wash.
In fact, most of our city isn't an annex of the Presido or the Mission or any kind of historical locale.
While I completely appreciate that we live in a town that retains it's incredible beauty (at least in relatively large part) due to strict zoning and permitting, this is ridiculous.
We don't live in a damn theme park, we should be able to have some semblance of individuality and interest in non-historical parts of town.
I don't love that they didn't go through a permit process but then again, had they done it, that mural would have never happened.
On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'
Posted on June 26 at 5:01 p.m.
I think this is great. I hope that some of the people who actually live in this area will attend.
This is a very good example of taking back a part of town that had become dangerous and at least attempting to give it back to the people in the area who would like to make use of it for the recreational area it was intended to be.
On Bohnett Park Starts Free Movie Nights
Posted on June 26 at 4:56 p.m.
Loonpt, perhaps because she didn't realize it was rape at the time? Or that she was inexperienced, or had a messed up idea of relationships and what sex should be like? Often people who have a pattern of abuse in their background genuinely think that rape is what sex is. If that's all they've ever known, it's understandable that they would not recognize what was actually happening to them.
I'm not saying that's the case here, I have no idea. My point is that there are myriad reasons why someone would have repeated contact with their rapist.
Asking why just seems to blame her for what happened, even if that's not what you mean to do. A better question than why did the victim "put herself in harm's way" might be "why did this man rape her?"
On Isla Vista Man Accused of Rape Appears Court
Posted on June 24 at 8:40 a.m.
Maybe she looks "bitter" and "resentful" because she's in the undesirable position of looking like the person calling the shots when she could very well be just enforcing them? It's her job to manage that property, apparently, so she's going to be the one who follows through with the owner's wishes.
I think it's sad that permission was denied for this, too.
But I think it's untenable to go after a woman's appearance in one candid shot and label her for it...for ANY reason, but particularly when we don't have any idea what she thinks about the situation or what really was said.
On Building Manager, Cops Shut Down Mural Event
Posted on May 29 at 4:30 p.m.
Any intelligent, reasonable gun owner has no excuse to continue to tout the NRA as being anything but a detriment to this country. At this point, they aren't even about supposed gun rights, they have crossed over into a for-profit lobbying entity.
The problem with the NRA really does go far beyond the issue of gun control. They have too much influence that comes from unethical and probably technically illegal power via money and contributions.
With them out of the way, some reasonable gun control measures that make some actual sense might have a chance to be enacted.
On Stand Up to NRA
Posted on May 29 at 4:25 p.m.
I'm not surprised that this was covered by the news. There have been shootings in progress and deaths in progress that are recorded on tape and then shown over and over without concern for the privacy or feelings of the victims or their families. This is how the press works.
While I'd love to see people in the media have a bit more sensitivity and put people's dignity over making ratings and a quick buck from sensationalism, I have to agree in principle with realitycheck88.
Do I understand the sentiment behind this letter? Absolutely. Ultimately, this is a facet of a free society and freedom of speech/press.
On The Right to Grieve Untelevised