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Posted on December 24 at 10:54 a.m.

This raid on local assets by the state reaches far beyond Santa Barbara (yes, I know, it's hard to accept that it's not all about you). Many California municipalities have developed and own public parking facilities. Check out SLO as one example. If the state continues to usurp that which is local public property, other cities will be affected. SB has allies if it would use them - like the League of California Cities. Then, there's the courts. The rationale for public ownership of such resources is to keep them available to the wider public by keeping them as affordable as possible. Private parking lots in upscale communities like SB would be foreclosed to the poorer folk (Chevies, Hondas, old Fords). And what sort of redress do you think would exist at privately owned parking lots? Good luck...

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

JohnLocke: On the face of things, you're probably right. But Ms. McCaw has never shown an interest in allowing the paper's reporters to practice honest investigative journalism leading to conclusions she wouldn't support. Remember the Channel Islands "controversy" McCaw created about eliminating feral pigs? Remember the rabid lap dog, Travis Armstrong, she hired to perform hatchet work on the editorial pages? Her behavior has been so consistently toxic that there is no earthly reason to believe that the NP could ever recover while she owns it. That is also a logical conclusion...

On Wendy's Win

Posted on December 19 at 4:06 a.m.

Thank you, Melinda, and all the other true journalists who stood up for themselves and for all of us who read their work. You're all true heroes. I'm no longer living in SB, but I became a NP boycotter in 2006 before moving away. In addition to those who live in SB County never buying another edition of the paper, however, here's a another suggestion: call the advertisers who still do business with McCaw and tell them that as long as they continue supporting her, you can't and won't buy anything from them. And then create an alternative list of retailers who don't advertise in the NP. And don't forget to thank and support the Independent which provides a platform for truth and dissent in Santa Barbara.

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Posted on September 3 at 12:32 a.m.

While I may agree that the USADA process was outwardly ham-handed, I don't believe it was wrong. I'm close to someone who was a competitive cyclist during the Armstrong era, and my source mentored at least one rider who rode with Armstrong (and is still riding). It has been a poorly kept "secret" among professional cyclists that Armstrong was a "user" - and that Dr. Michele Ferrari, who also doped the '96 Italian Olympic riders to a team pursuit medal, was Armstrong's enabler. It is not true, however, that all US cyclists during those years succumbed to doping; there were more than a few who stayed clean because they were honorable and also suspected what the physical consequences were in the use of drugs like EPO and other performance-enhancing drugs.

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Posted on March 2 at 7:41 a.m.

Hmmmm....perhaps this is the way to overcome man's historical nostril-flaring, temple-throbbing fascination with the female body: over-exposure. But that would require co-ed Nekkid Yogurt classes. What a hoot...

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Posted on February 24 at 7:51 a.m.

The wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow, especially when the grit of too-much money, unearned, is thrown in its gears. Fortunately, history will record Mr. Roberts as the hero in this tragedy (along with the many reporters who stood up to tyranny), and Ms. McCaw as someone whose expensive education didn't succeed in instilling an understanding or appreciation of American journalism. Hers is a sad story of hubris, and there's never enough money to paper over the inner loneliness of never knowing whether any of her 'friends' love her for who she is rather than for the money of divorce. That's called Karma.

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Posted on February 8 at 11:17 a.m.

Good things can come from conflict and chaos - and clarity helps.

On Saltwater in My Hair

Posted on February 7 at 4:05 p.m.

I said I'd shut up, but need to respond to MVM's alleged (by momo) 'resignation' as a columnist: I'm sorry to hear it. While I don't care for his writing style, thinking it over-wrought and labored, I think he could perform a greater service, with more effect, if he'd drop the flowery prose and turn up the honest and hard scholarship. He's a smart human, I think he has a good heart, and I'd like to see him keep at it. Life's a journey, and a little criticism shouldn't deter anyone. But I'll still keep the negative stuff to myself from now on.

On Saltwater in My Hair

Posted on February 7 at 8:48 a.m.

Momohonu: I appreciate your responses (except for the part about expulsion from the right to comment - but that's ok) and clarification of some of my observations about McGinnis's columns in this paper. You seem to be very informed about the Advisory Council process, and I only have the say-so of a couple of former members of the Council about MVM's involvement in that process. And on that basis, I suppose I am biased. Your point about the need for "values" in the conversation around fisheries (or any exploitation) I also agree with, but not to the exclusion of science - and I don't recall MVM really ever examining the science (or the political processes which often warp it) behind fishery decisions.
It may be his writing style that, as you put it, is 'difficult,' that I may be responding to as much as anything. Obviously, I don't find it as thoughtful as you seem to. But I wonder whether those fishery managers who you cite as not complaining about MVM's columns read them - wouldn't you be interested in some form of collected response? I would.

Finally, I completely support the basis for McGinnis's writing and his concerns: the oceans and their species, whether fished or not, are in big trouble, and we DO need to change our ways. I just want to see a better (and honest) linking between values and scholarship.

And, having said this, I will shut up about it.

BTW, there are more than the hairy hermit crab among local species, and I was thinking more about the kid's book, Pagurus Pagoo - just because it one of my favorites.

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Posted on February 6 at 2:56 p.m.

Martha: I'm well aware of McGinnis's 'academic' credentials. Unfortunately, none of them pertain to actual work, or education, as a marine biologist which might have better equipped him for understanding the fisheries and ecosystems he comments on in these columns. I'm also aware that when McGinnis served on a Channel Islands advisory committee, purportedly representing UCSB (he wasn't), he was the only member to resigned in 'protest' of the consensus the committee arrived at. So much for his understanding of how 'communities' function.
It's easy to criticize fisheries managers, especially when their complicated work is further complicated by political interference, and it would be a much better service if McGinnis would focus on this aspect. After all, isn't that what a political science major is educated to do?
I have a suggestion: why don't you do a local poll among fishery professionals, academic and governmental, to ask how they regard McGinnis's literary contributions?

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