Comments by RHS

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Posted on January 30 at 10:45 a.m.

Don't we elect council representatives to figure this stuff out themselves? Isn't it a waste of a quarter of a million dollars to have someone else do this? Isn't it true that our city government has become so diffuse as to be unaccountable by such techniques as this? Isn't it true that we need district elections to get these politicians to address the needs that they can see and that their constituents bring to their attention?
Yes to all of the above.

On New Taxes for Repair Backlog?

Posted on January 30 at 10:39 a.m.

Same council that just voted to hire a consultant to do further study on the preferences of the citizens re infrastructure. As far as I can tell they just do one study after another until the subject is chewed to pieces. Meanwhile they proceed with what they want to do and point to the pending study to hold critics at bay.

On Council Approves $250,000 for Directional Sign Study

Posted on January 29 at 12:52 p.m.

It's so simple. Local politics is best. Smaller districts lead to increased accountability of the elected official. If the idea of "at large" representatives is so appealing let's choose all our state legislative members that way! Let's choose our County Supervisors that way! "Racist" issues aside, I support district elections because the past 20 years of representation has been for the central business district. The Downtown Organization has been a greedy porcine that needs to be weaned and maybe served up as bacon for the rest of us. Let's get local sidewalks and infra structure outside of the State Street corridor.

On Girding for District Elections

Posted on January 28 at 10:13 a.m.

This demand is hard to understand. Basic duty and right of an elected official to investigate, gather opinions and facts about any issue in the purview of that person's office and certainly the confrontations in the plaza about the News Press language is of public interest. This has nothing to do with the position taken or not taken by the elected official. Curious if the implication of the request is that a city council member should do her research at home instead of at the office?

On <em>News-Press</em> Takes on Murillo

Posted on January 28 at 8:44 a.m.

The author's "good" intentions are overwhelmed by the difficulty of his purpose. Religion is the enemy of freedom and free speech. Simple. Once anyone claims to have supernatural/everlasting truth they are compelled to deny others equal standing. Some religions claim less truth and others claim all truth but all are a problem. The genius of our Constitution was to try and keep these proclaimers of irrational truth out of the government policy business. Right now the Muslim religion is the most demanding of its followers but Christians have done the same. And look out for the Buddhists in Thailand...

On The Tragedy of Paris

Posted on January 23 at 2:58 p.m.

No. City college needs to gets its priorities right. This is a "city college" and it needs to support LOCAL students. Housing is oxymoronic for local kids. DUH. The idea that the local taxpaying community owes a duty to provide housing for non local students because they want access to the party life (including matriculation to UCSB) is the fallacy. Cut SBCC enrollment to what is necessary to cover the local high school graduation levels and maybe a bit more for those returning to school after other adventures. That would probably be about 40% of the present enrollment.

On City College's Fence-Mending Menu

Posted on January 9 at 2:59 p.m.

Illegal is just a word. It actually captures the idea it represents pretty well. This is the purpose of words. The willingness of folks to go to the wall over language while ignoring grinding injustice in exploitation of "illegal" workers by employers, the exploitation of "legal" workers by employers anxious to hire "illegal" workers, the sabotage of family planning resources to insure more "illegal" workers, the disgusting failure of some nations (esp Mexico) to care for the poor and to provide social justice for the bottom of society in face of the corruption of the rich and powerful, and the glib dismissal of the idea of freedom of the press (if you don't like it, don't read it) is appalling. But of course it is a lot easier to demonstrate against paper tigers than to confront the real powers. Silly stuff.

On Protestors Blast <em>News-Press</em> Headline

Posted on January 9 at 2:47 p.m.

It seems a long shot that an Imperial County person has much to offer to Santa Barbara issues BUT it is a great idea that they have broken the recent cycle of local Probation Dept in house people being allowed to rotate into the job for a few years just to boost their retirement benefits. Hopefully this person intends to stay a while.

On New Probation Chief Chosen

Posted on January 9 at 8:50 a.m.

And what benefit does this offer to local students? Does this guy teach any classes or conduct any seminars or merely lend his name to the PR releases? Really asking. So many universities are now in the practice of buying big names to puff up their creds. This is a big reason tuition costs in CA have gone through such a dramatic increase and why so many young people cannot afford college in this state without huge loans, etc. I would prefer a special state program that provides grants and titles to these hired guns in some museum that we can visit for a fee.

On UCSB Nobel Laureate Wins Another Award

Posted on January 8 at 9:15 a.m.

Natural Born Citizen: Jarvis. It is clear you have no legal training and pursue ideological ends without rational discourse. "Dogma" is not a legal concept. The Wiki quote you cite does not offer legal analysis. The quote re the decision's meaning is opinion. Stare decisis is the applicable judicial concept and it says that a decision is binding on lower courts until and unless overruled. So for over a hundred years it has been the law of the land that children born of parents on US soil are "natural born" citizens. If you want to change this do it with a Constitutional Amendment, not with weasel analysis such as was used in Citizens United.

On Protest Planned over <em>News-Press</em> Headline

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