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Posted on March 21 at 12:21 p.m.

So blahblah, what is a "political indoctrinator"? A teacher or student group with whom you disagree regarding politics? Pretty tall order, to scrape that landscape clean of disagreement. You know they teach that stuff on campus: communism, socialism, capitalism, fascism, monarchism, totalitarianism, compare and contrast, characteristics of, historical emergence of, various manifestations of, comparative revolutions, social and cultural factors affecting… Naturally, the kids have some thoughts, get some ideas. --Nitz's wife

On Military Recruiters Targeted

Posted on March 13 at 10 a.m.

I agree with Mr. Locke. What the hell? This was done to save money… all righty. So, are the commercial boat operators going to get refunds on their slip and harbor fees? If something had permanently blocked highway 101 would we just let it sit there for months and do nothing about it? Clearly there's a monopoly issue here, and that's what needs fixing. We need some competitive bidding, pronto, even if we need to change the air quality regulations to do it.

On Imperfect Storm Seals Harbor

Posted on February 28 at 8:03 p.m.

And the Sheriff provides police for Goleta, too. Is that on a separate tab? Far too little information in this article; it's just a report of what was said.

On Revenue Deal Debated

Posted on February 14 at 11:05 a.m.

Big tobacco hopes to addict our youth in perpetuity. Their latest addiction gimmick is the electronic cigarette. E-cigarettes are in the marketplace now, and regulations are lax.

On Hooked on Nicotine

Posted on February 7 at 12:14 a.m.

Even habitual drunks deserve their day in court. In my America, the police don't get to beat them to a pulp in a parking lot.

On ‘Willful Disobedience’ Penalties Sought for DUI Lawyer

Posted on January 22 at 10:14 a.m.

Border security my foot. Might as well decide we should just lock up all men. Amnesty doesn't mean you get a pass on felonies. Talk about missing the point entirely. This case is about child rape. --Nitz's wife

On Alleged Molester Faces Life in Prison

Posted on January 14 at 6:07 p.m.

It depends what you mean by "it doesn't matter." This historical period ended over 200 years ago; we can't go back and change it now. We can learn from it though. You can look at a past event and just say bad wrong no, without knowing how it happened or why it started, but it's more helpful to look at what the people at the time thought they were doing, however messed up it looks to us in retrospect. I think it's interesting to know that Serra thought he was creating a Utopia, like other people were trying to do in the 18th century. And however we may conflate all the Spanish settlers now, back then they saw themselves as distinct groups, the missionaries, the military and later the rancheros. Serra had constant conflicts with the military over treatment of the native people, he moved the first mission at Monterey miles away to Carmel to get away from the presidio, he traveled to Mexico City (a 2-year trip) to get special laws written to protect the native people… that stuff is worth knowing to me, even if I don't support his missionary/culture change efforts. --Nitz's wife

On Que Serra, Serra

Posted on December 11 at 10:41 p.m.

The technology would have to improve well beyond where it is now for a starter-breathalyzer test to be used on every car. It could be monitored though: they monitor brakes and tires in many states (e.g. Pennsylvania where I used to live) with annual inspections similar to our smog inspections. But no test is going to make all drivers safe. My daughter was recently nearly run over by a giant pickup with a texting driver in San Roque where there's no sidewalk. No test is going to prevent that. Many, many people don't make driving safely a priority, drive too slow or too fast, weave around, straddle lanes, don't signal, jump out into traffic, drive through crosswalks, make illegal u-turns, turn right into the left lane, cut off merging cars, and all that while fiddling around with gadgets. --Nitz's wife

On DUI Hit-and-Run Victim Dies, Suspect Charged with Murder

Posted on November 25 at 12:17 a.m.

I'm with Dr. Dan on this one. Sometimes you're not going to find a permanent solution, just an ongoing problem that waxes and wanes. I'm not sure I can agree with your mother making such a demand of you; it sounds like she was concerned for your well-being but there's a tone of retribution toward your brother, too, for hurting her so much. Well that's over for her now, and you don't have to have her pain on your conscience. Whatever crap happens now happens to you! I think you can honor your mother but still act compassionately toward your brother. The trick is to find the balance that allows you to feel you've been able to help him without harming yourself, if that's possible. If this rehab helps your brother find some peace, even if it's not permanent, then perhaps it's a good thing, and you can feel lucky that you can afford it. If it's just a stunt to get money well then no. Very painful situation to be in and perhaps Al-Anon would be helpful? --Nitz's wife

On To Break, or Not to Break, a Promise

Posted on October 25 at 12:26 a.m.

It's not actually a simple concept Yeti. It's one of the most complex issues there is. He served 13 years for his part in that nightmare when he was 20 years old. Apparently some people think that's enough.

On Jesse Rugge, Markowitz Kidnapper, Released

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