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Posted on October 29 at 1:04 p.m.
This is such a FANTASTIC piece, Zak! Bravo! Very funny, concise, great rhetoric and even leaves the door open for the "Independent" to reconsider their fear. I'm stunned how strong the "No on P" people are and even though we have a "Yes on P" sign in our yard, they were ringing the bell and tried to scare us out of vote. Unbelievable. Money talks. I'm just disappointed because I had more hope that with SB's horrible experience with big oil that the no fracking bill would sail right through.
Great work, Zak. I look forward to more of your writing and while I don't want to create any marital strife, I thought the sarcasm was well handled. ;-)
On No Shame in Changing Your Mind, <em>Indy</em>
Posted on October 30 at 9:06 a.m.
Starr King and The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara are both two phenomenal organizations here in Santa Barbara. I support them both. While no school or church is beyond reproach, they're both pretty close given how they care for and educate children and adults in our town. As I understand it, this parting is only to do with the successful growth of both organizations as more good people appreciate their efforts and come to join them. It refers solely to the use of space for an annual fundraiser and has been in discussion a long time.
I agree with DrDan and find it rather stunning that a "troll" (perhaps: "shallow bottom feeder,” is a more appropriate phrase) would find this an appropriate time to criticize good hearted people who lovingly teach and care for our little ones, our homeless and hungry ones and then suggest their politics are out of line for doing so. Wow. I mean,… really? How low can you stoop? I really try to resist name calling, but you sir, are not a Foo Fighter at all and do the name of a really talented band a disservice.
You sir, are a Dung Beetle.
On Starr King Rummage Sale Forced to Find New Home
Posted on November 17 at 12:44 p.m.
This is outstanding writing. I think the author is doing exactly what she says she is doing: Telling a story. I read curiosity there, as well as trepidation, excitement, sadness. I feel like I had a glimpse into a local boy's life who turned to crime. It's hard to see those in prison as "like us." It's scary to wonder how someone with a seemingly idyllic life can turn to such anti-social and stupid behavior. Nobody gets away with bank robbery. Duh. As a parent, I can't imagine the horror, grief and deep shame it must feel like to raise a child who ends up in prison for life. I feel guilty when my boy crashes into another soccer player. I cannot imagine what his parents have gone through and hope I never know first hand.
This is a superb story with no moral. It's just a tale of a local boy who turned to a life of crime. It's powerful in it's simplicity. If he truly is a sociopath, all the more sad.
Outstanding job, Elizabeth.
On Surfer, Robber, Writer, Lifer