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Posted on December 9 at 9:53 p.m.

Posting a photo of a victim who is in the hospital fighting for her recovery to make a statement about what she may or may not have deserved* is victim blaming.

It doesn't matter if she went out and got drunk 100 times this year or never in her life. The actual matter at hand is that someone got into their car intoxicated and ran into her with that car. Not her fault. Not her responsibility. Not fair to make her part of some kind of crazed example that has nothing to do with anything she has done or not done in her life.

Some comments here never cease to amaze (and sicken) me.

*There's absolutely no other way to parse this or try and mitigate it by following it up with your best wishes for her fast recovery. Posting a photo of the victim and saying what you did is absolutely blaming her and pulling her into a debate to be used as an example for your own agenda.

On DUI Hit-and-Run Suspect Raymond Morua Has Criminal Record

Posted on November 6 at 5:25 p.m.

willy88, I know this will be challenging for you, but please provide a link to the legislation of which you speak, that states people be released from jail (not prison, mind you. We don't have a prison here, we have a jail) in the middle of the night.

What? Can't find it, you say?

On 1 a.m.

Posted on November 6 at 5:23 p.m.

It's absolutely discrimination, but wheelchairs not being allowed is illegal discrimination and I'm not entirely sure that strollers are covered under similar legislation. I could be wrong. I hope I am because ethically speaking, it should be illegal if it's not.

I'm not sure why they wouldn't allow strollers in their store, though. Did they give you an answer other than it being just a stupid policy they have?

My suggestion would be to forward a copy of your complaint to the manager of the retail space they rented this year. They hopefully would be interested in a seasonal tenant turning away customers illegally. Just a thought! :)

On Not-So-Hallowed Eve

Posted on November 6 at 5:19 p.m.

I think we've long had an issue with drunk driving in SB, but my observation is that it's been just as tolerated in other places in CA (and the world) so we haven't cornered the market on lax attitudes towards deadly behavior.

The culture of alcohol is going through a resurgence and with the advent of new alcohol related businesses that go beyond bars (painting and drinking, wine tasting event nights) there will always be the chance for people to take in too much drink and make poor decisions. It's also the same poor decisions that make people get up from their sofa after three beers and decide to run to the store for more.

Nobody has to be a raging alcoholic to drive drunk. You can be impaired without realizing it. Most of us are impaired after 2-3 drinks over the course of a few hours with food - less for those who don't drink regularly or who are very small. Even if you're "sober" after that time frame, your reflexes can be a bit slower, slow enough to not be able to avoid an accident when it's someone else's fault. You can be dangerous even if you're not swerving all over the road, passing out behind the wheel.

I regularly see people out at restaurants drinking three times that in one dinner session. I doubt every one has a designated driver. It's scary out there. I'll be honest and say I'm not sure what the solution is, however I don't think it's any worse here than anywhere else.

On Drinking Drunk

Posted on November 6 at 5:11 p.m.

Wow. This is a new low from Ms. Thorn (who writes so many letters to the Carpinteria and Montecito papers that one wonders how much time she has for logical thought to begin with.)

Doesn't really matter to me what side of the health care debate people are on. Argue away, I say!

But once someone makes a conscious choice to bring the President's race into their argument, they should be considered unpublishable as well as intolerable.

Poor form giving a forum to a letter like this.

On Bill of Goods

Posted on September 17 at 5:41 p.m.

@Eckermann - I think what's "so hard to understand" about that situation is more about the fact that you're coming to that conclusion from 1) a rational frame of mind and 2) knowing nothing but your own conclusions about what happened.

We don't really know anything at this point. There's no way of knowing. Everything is conjecture. But one thing that does happen to people all the time is a break with reality caused by mental illness (with or without the use of legal or illegal drugs) that potentially cause a situation like this one.

Again, this is not in any way suggesting that this particular case is a result of mental illness, or mental illness alone. I'm just trying to point out that not everyone out there has a perfect life in which a choice between staying at home, watching the game and ending up in a situation like this is really a choice at all - let alone an easy, automatic one.

On Vigil for Santa Barbara Man Killed by Cop

Posted on September 17 at 5:33 p.m.

I feel like it would be pretty tough to break the arm of someone who is drunk since the inebriation usually keeps one's body pretty flexible and relatively less prone to injury than when sober. Seems like you'd have to force an arm pretty hard to break it.

I don't like drunk drivers. Or broken arms via cop. Sometimes two bad things happen at once, neither of which excuses the other.

On Settlement for Broken Arm Woman?

Posted on September 16 at 6:30 p.m.

@AZ2SB - But, really, like most panic buys, the panic wears off, right? That was my thought.

On Lead Ammo Ban Passes Legislature

Posted on September 15 at 8:27 p.m.

An, but seeing as how .22 ammo shortages are from panic buying, it IS an issue since people do have it.

On Lead Ammo Ban Passes Legislature

Posted on September 13 at 4:07 p.m.

@Barron - Anyone, at any size, can have those types of issues in the blood work or lipid panel. But sometimes, obesity isn't the culprit for disease it's more dependent on how you got that obesity. In other words, someone who eats a lot of food without refined and processed carbohydrates and sugar is likely going to have a better bloodwork report than someone who is even moderately overweight and eats sugar and donuts.

Mix in exercise and that will also make a huge difference to how healthy "on paper" someone is.

We've all heard the stories about thin, seemingly fit people who have heart attacks when their blood work is stellar. So why can't a fit but fat person be a real life thing, too?

There is so much more to medicine and health science than how much a person weighs.

On Big Man, Big Plans

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