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Posted on April 4 at 2:19 p.m.
We owe it to this community to not support the News Press. It was always mediocre but at least it reproted local news and for real news I got the LA Times. However now we can get free local news online here at the Independent so the NP is superfluous.
On Not Taking It to the Supremes
Posted on April 2 at 10:12 p.m.
Jim Farr is turning out to a lot worse than I had feared.
On De-prioritzing Old Town Goleta?
Posted on March 30 at 4:18 a.m.
Went last night. Incredible show. I think I'll go back for a slower second look Saturday.
On Visions of the Gaviota Coast
Posted on February 10 at 8:11 a.m.
Love me some wine and I love to go to all the wineries but once I read that the Cattleman's Association, as right wing and pro growth group as one can find, supported the "common sense" ordinance I knew it had to be a boondoggle. I also enjoy wandering around Los Olivos drinking (oops I meant tasting)wine but you gotta admit it has gotten a bit much. Some serious regulations and even restrictions are in order. I don't have any horse in this race, living in relatively peaceful Noleta as I do, but I hope those folks can find an amicable compromise that balances growth ( of vines) with domestic tranquility for the residents. Perhaps all future meetings on the subject should be preceded by a mandatory sharing of wine; "In vino veritas". Peace out folks.
On S.B. Wineries Are Not a Problem
Posted on February 10 at 7:58 a.m.
What me worry? Dress warmly, walk or bike everywhere and only eat local wild foods. I don't think it will happen. I do think we can slow down the rate of global warming increase but I don't think we can stop it. Better we figure out what catastrophes will ensue and prepare. Humans are not going to become highly enlightened in our lifetimes or our kids. C'est la vie.
On Smart Energy
Posted on February 2 at 12:23 p.m.
It has been said that "The perfect is the enemy of the good". The Farmers Marker is not perfect, some of the allegations against the board definitely need to be investigated but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. The SB Farmers Market remains a gem and I hope that these law suits don't screw up a really good thing.
On Farmers Market Harvests Discontent
Posted on January 28 at 10:35 p.m.
Sure its risky but if it gets shut down our electricity bills could go up by a few dollars each month. We can't have that can we?
On No Longer a Rational Option
Posted on January 28 at 10:24 p.m.
I voted no on Prop 5 the Indian Gaming Initiative in 1998. I felt bad for the way our native Americans had been treated in the past but foresaw big problems if it passed. It passed and we are now stuck with a group of people who are above the local laws in many ways and have a huge source of money to buy lawyers and politicians. Next time read the fine print, it's to late now. One can only hope that the Federal Govt does not allow the land in question to be made part of the reservation thereby exempting its use from all local land use laws. Stop blaming Das Williams and get to work opposing this land grab.
On Unhappy Campers
Posted on January 5 at 6:06 a.m.
To me the main "take home" message is not that we better start doing something quick to slow or prevent global warming and its effects but rather that it is pretty much inevitable whatever the cause and we need to start making plans for the accelerated rate of coastal erosion, rising sea levels, likely increasing drought and a variety of other somewhat predictable phenomena. Fortunately most serious emergency preparedness professionals are starting to take this problem seriously rather than blathering on about various preposterous pseudoscience. I personally fully believe in global warming and that it is in large part caused by green house gases and thus human caused to a significant degree, however I do not believe the world has the political will or cooperative spirit to take a meaningful concerted effort to reduce that, at least not yet. Vastly more serious and obvious catastrophes will be needed to get governments in the US, China, Russia, India etc to take serious actions. In the meantime I would suggest that one eat, drink and be merry and not buying property in low lying coastal areas.
On Facing Climate Change
Posted on December 29 at 5:57 p.m.
Martin, I'm not convinced the US has any true friends in the region. Israel is sort of a friend but only as long as we give them lots of money and arms, I suspect the Kurds are of a similar outlook; give us money and arms and we will be your friend until it is no longer convenient. Our true interests in the entire middle east are hard to know, murky at best and absent oil almost non existent. That part of the world is so alien to our culture that the most we can hope for in the long run is cordial commercial relations; friendship...I seriously doubt it.
On A Report from Kurdish Syria
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