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Posted on December 26 at 7:35 p.m.

@EastBeach: I appreciate that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but proving Irish lineage is much easier that proving Chumash heritage. Here's an interesting and seemingly objective study on the subject: http://www.academia.edu/2222572/How_S...

I hope this subject receives the sort of consideration it deserves. Sympathy with any abused people, mistreated because of their origins, is fine and necessary, but at some point, as time increases the distance between the harm and a period of reparation, assumptions must be critically examined. It may not be an apt comparison, but even Reconstruction following the Civil War had an end point...

On Lavagnino Sends Letter to Congressman Sponsoring Camp 4 Annexation

Posted on December 26 at 11:59 a.m.

I just don't see the logic in the Chumash request to make non-contiguous ranch land part of their tribal holding - therefore exempt from SB County or state taxes. I could be more sympathetic if two conditions existed: the land was contiguous to their existing holdings; the tribal members needed assistance building personal residences. Last I heard, registered members of the tribe collect $25,000/month (or more) as their shares of casino profits - and I have to believe that that would afford them the ability to purchase a pretty nice spread in the Santa Ynez Valley. And there's another aspect of this that I fail to understand and appreciate: the Chumash are now a genetically blended people and homogenized with the dominant society. Are we to believe that their cultural traditions will be enhanced with small ranch estates on Camp Four property that could not be developed as residential under SB County regulations? Sorry - it just doesn't make sense.

I'm also curious about the long term. Current tribal regulations require a certain minimum of Chumash "blood" to qualify for membership (1/8 ?), and with time, given the lack of "fuller-blood" Chumash, that percentage will very probablydecrease with future generations. What happens years from now when there are fewer and fewer qualifying Chumash? What would happen when there aren't enough "real" Chumash to whom to pass on the homes they propose to build on this tax-exempt property? What happens to the casino when there are no more qualifying Chumash to whom to distribute the profits?

My prediction: While the tribe has been reluctant to drop the already minimal percentage of Chumash heritage required to collect casino earnings, receive health care, and to live on the reservation, with time the percentage will be dropped lower and lower.

Which raises the question: when is a Chumash not a Chumash? Does 1/16th Irish heritage versus 15/16th German make someone an Irishman?

On Lavagnino Sends Letter to Congressman Sponsoring Camp 4 Annexation

Posted on November 1 at 12:44 a.m.

Richly deserved, Indy! Way to go! Notwithstanding the readers/posters who don't understand the difference between excellent journalists and idiotic posts by readers with too much time on their hands and too little furniture in the attic... Nick Welch should be declared a local treasure.

On Independent.com Named Best Weekly Website

Posted on May 8 at 8:40 a.m.

Having an elected sheriff is an anachronism, an antiquated, Old-West notion that needs to go. As others have pointed out, cities run very well with chiefs appointed by city councils. Sheriff not performing? You don't have to wait until the next election cycle if he/she is appointed. And - independently elected sheriffs complicate the running of county government with their own agendas and rogue political support groups created by "Citizens Sheriff Academies", preventing a better balancing of services - especially in times of fiscal stress. Elected sheriffs are a pain-in-the-ass of county governments, and it's time to get rid of the archaic idea that they need to be elected.

On Sergeant Sandra Brown Looks to Unseat Sheriff Bill Brown

Posted on April 5 at 8:58 a.m.

One would hope that "chilldrin..." and "topcat" would be shamed into an apology... Thanks for the additional post, Chester.

On Judge Sides with Costner

Posted on April 5 at 6:56 a.m.

While I agree that neighbors should be neighborly, no one has a "right" to a view at the expense of trees. If that were the case, there wouldn't be many trees left at this point. Blocking views with structures is another matter. It's amusing how some like "childrin..." and "topcat" somehow know the mind and intent of Costner whom they automatically judge as being guilty of boorish Hollywoodish behavior. Love the alternative movie titles, though... How about this one: "An Imperfect World"? Or maybe, "Message in a Battle"...

On Judge Sides with Costner

Posted on March 15 at 1:17 p.m.

Sausage raises a good point about referring to pH increases/decreases in percentages, and that acidification worsens as pH decreases. The writer should have used "acidification" rather than "pH." But sausage is confused about how percentage of change of a 0-14 pH scale is calculated; it's obviously not a linear relationship. Perhaps someone who remembers the math better than I can educate us.

On Ocean Acidification Eats Oysters

Posted on March 15 at 9:20 a.m.

Thanks to the Independent for being one of the leading journalistic lights shining on the various facets of global climate change. Unfortunately, the deniers will just use this as another "lie by scientists paid to lie," since they refuse to understand the basic sciences of chemistry and physics. We have to hope that no decently educated person can be a denier, as we also have to hope that educators are doing a better job at producing well- educated students. Climate deniers are joining the creationists, "rape-isn't-that-bad" idiot politicians, and trickle-down economists, as the clowns of progressive society...

On Ocean Acidification Eats Oysters

Posted on March 15 at 9:06 a.m.

Meanwhile, the rodent queen at the Snooze Press is uncontrite and unapologetic about being wrong (again).

On The Scourge Is Scrubbed

Posted on January 31 at 6:47 a.m.

Steve Szalay has been hanging around local (mostly county) government for 40 years, profiting handsomely from his executive salaries. And he still doesn't get what constitutes "government purpose" if his interpretation is that a service like parking must be used exclusively for public employees. Excuse me? Would he say the same thing about sewer and streets? "Government purpose" is anything that serves a wide public benefit that citizens agree to fund. And his rejection of the city's contention that privatizing the parking lots would make them unaffordable to many is ludicrous - who does he think would buy the lots except someone certain they would profit from their unregulated operation. What a disappointment Szalay is, but congratulations to the SB contingency, Williams and Jackson for prevailing against a completely ridiculous threat to local government by out-of-touch state employees.

On A Big ‘Whew!’

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