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Posted on July 17 at 1:06 p.m.
The fiction that the Chumash or any other tribe of Native Americans is truly a sovereign nation is at the root of many of these conflicts. They are only a sovereign nation in a narrow legalistic way. If they were truly a sovereign nation they would have borders and separate passports which I do not believe they have. They would be exempt from US laws while in their enclaves which I do not believe they are. Several years ago when the citizens of California in their infinite wisdom and compassion for the Native Americans who had in fact been quite badly mistreated in the past voted to approve Prop. 5 that gave them the right to have legalized casino gambling the seeds for all these problems were planted. Now, with vast sums of money and no more scruples than any other huge greedy corporation they are attempting to ignore the needs and desires of their neighbors. Unfortunately I think the damage is done and it will be hard to fight them. Heck they even bought themselves some idiot congressman up in another part of California to carry their water for them. Good luck to the Santa Ynez Valley Alliance though.
On County Faults Chumash Camp 4 Report
Posted on June 21 at 11:10 a.m.
During these drought emergencies there will be a hue and cry to either reactivate the currently mothballed desal plant or even to build a new one for Montecito. Desal is one of the worst possible solutions due to its very high energy requirements and highly saline discharge into the ocean. It should be used only as a last resort. More water efficiency, using grey water, conservation, drought tolerant and ocean friendly gardens, etc all can probably tide us over until the next rains. However, we all need to recognize that we will have less water per capita in the future and conservation etc needs to become permanent so that when we are lucky enough to get rain we can fill the reservoirs and recharge the aquifers until the next, inevitable, drought.
On Appeals Pour In, but Montecito Has No Water to Spare
Posted on June 8 at 10:15 p.m.
I believe we do need fewer guns floating around. OTOH I believe we need more women to be armed and willing to shoot and kill their assailants. It is not so much that guns kill people it is MEN (and boys) with guns that kill people.
On Isla Vista: Safety in Sisterhood
Posted on June 8 at 9:57 p.m.
I am willing to bet a huge amount that not one opinion will be changed by these comments. I would be delighted to be proved wrong and if you were on one side of the issue but changed your mind as a result of some comment here or elsewhere please let us all know but I tend to doubt it.
On Guns for Defense
Posted on June 1 at 7:18 a.m.
Don't forget that Attias killed 4 people with a car. I am a strong proponent of gun control but exactly how that is done and what control means is hard to answer. I do believe that ordinary citizens with no criminal or psychiatric history should be allowed some reasonable amount of firearm ownership. Not rockets, bazookas, machine guns, or other devices that are intended for the military. What about semi automatic rifles and pistols? I don't know the answer to that but tend to wonder why ordinary citizens need or even want such devices. A hunting rifle or two, a shotgun and pistol or two seems reasonable but hundreds of rounds of ammunition seems to raise red flags. I am not optimistic that we will solve this problem in part due to its complexity and in part due to the power of the NRA and others who believe in almost unfettered access to powerful weapons.
On [UPDATE] Coroners Remove Three Bodies from Shooter's Apartment
Posted on May 29 at 4:56 p.m.
Sure, move them. Bee colonies are dying. However, just because there have been no aggressive attacks yet doesn't mean they don't pose a threat, especially to an individual with bee sting allergy. Let's hope this bee friendly decision doesn't result in a tragedy down the line.
On Africanized Honeybees Found in Goleta
Posted on May 1 at 4:12 p.m.
Roger is a nice guy but IMHO not terribly bright. Basically he is a North County pro oil pro development supervisor. I will give you 10 to 1 odds that if elected he will vote with the 2 North County supervisors 90% of the time. I also think that any hope of preserving the Gaviota Coast will be destroyed if he is elected. As weak as Janet has been lately in that regard Roger will almost certainly be worse. He trumpets his support for More Mesa and Bishop Ranch but is silent on the Gaviota Coast, and with good reason;if the truth were known he'd lose support.
On The Battle for Santa Barbara's 2nd District
Posted on April 7 at 12:54 p.m.
The problem will only get worse as UCSB expands and expands like a malignant tumor. Other than a police state, which we are to some extent already in, not a whole lot can be done. Raging hormones always trump common sense. When I was that age 50 years ago I didn't have much sense and I still really don't.
On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot
Posted on March 27 at 10:13 a.m.
Off leash dogs will definitley become a problem. I love well behaved dogs but their owners tend to view any restrictions on them as onerous and when nobody is looking they will let their pets run free and chase birds and poop in the bushes. Dogs will be dogs and many of their owners are not terribly concerned with the environment.
On County Parks Re-Affirms Position
Posted on March 4 at 5:46 p.m.
I am not disappointed in the 2 North County Supervisors, they did what they are supposed to do: support any and all development and oppose any and all environmentally benign actions. However I am deeply disappointed in Salud, Janet and Doreen. With friends like them who needs enemies. Not a single one of them could see their way to opposing this project as it is? I am so disgusted!
On The Math on Paradiso del Mare