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Posted on October 19 at 2:21 p.m.
I was at this presentation. I find the headline in this article very misleading and incongruent with what the Commissioner said. He clearly is a VERY strong supporter of Obamacare.
On Insurance Commissioner and Industry Bigwigs on Obamacare
Posted on October 12 at 6:49 p.m.
I am sure that these two people are very worthy of recognition - but I am disappointed with the lack of specificity of what these two have done.
On The SB Foundation 70th Annual Man and Woman of the Year
Posted on September 27 at 9:30 p.m.
I was at the meeting. Although I realize the wisdom of caution - as it turned out their was not the slightest hint of a need for security, the meeting was well run, many, including myself spoke in support of the Islamic Community Center, there were some concerns expressed - but most - if not all did not have a tone of - "we don't want these people here."
On Security Requested for Mosque Meeting
Posted on September 19 at 3:12 p.m.
Below is a message that I sent to my congregation in support of Afaf and the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara's statement.
In response to BeckyBee's posting - it might be helpful to see what the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has recently conveyed at a news conference - http://www.mpac.org/issues/religious-...
Dear Fellow Congregants: I thought you might be interested in the Press Release from the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara. It is signed by Afaf Turjoman a female member of their board and a close friend since I first met her working together on a Habit for Humanity project several years ago. Since then I have become quite close to her and her family. Her husband is Mukthar Khan and the two of them founded the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara 30 or so years ago while being students at UCSB. Mukthar served as their Imam for a number of years. I have had the privelege of getting to know the ISSB and many of its members, have attended many of their services and taken a eight week class from their outstanding young Imam Yama. In case you would like to visit their website and to get to know them better and/or attend one of their services - here is a link - http://islamsb.org/ I tell you all this to let you know that I can speak first hand that the statement of the ISSB is totally congruent with the people in this group that I have gotten to know and value in my life. I have also attended one of and driven some of their students to a national Muslim Public Affairs Council meeting in Long Beach - and found them to be quite congruent with all of the good things that I had experienced with my local Muslim friends. If you are interested in learning about this group and what they are saying about the current crisis - here is a link - http://www.mpac.org/ I have been one to support these people in becoming more visible with who they really are - and compliment them on their statement - something that we crave to hear from them - but it has been almost impossible for them to get their message out. I encourage you to get to know these people first hand. Marty Jenkins
On No Harm for Harm
Posted on July 11 at 9 a.m.
I agree with much of Oblati's appreciation of Dr. Serban and I was not one who called for her removal.
But it is now time to move on. Regardless of ones historical perspective on SBCC Presidents and Boards - we can not live in the past and it is now for all of us to rally around the future of SBCC.
Having attended Dr. Gaskin's presentation and seen the four candidates (all of which were excellent) I believe that Dr. Gaskin is a very special person with great skills, winsome personality, a master collaborator and perfectly suited to heal and move ahead with our beloved SBCC.
I hope that all of us will somehow become a part of the solution.
On Lori Gaskin Takes Over as SBCC President
Posted on May 4 at 12:50 a.m.
If there was just one vote and four candidates and during that one vote Dr. Gaskin got five votes and among the other candidates there were two votes - that would seem like an amazing vote for Dr. Gaskin. All three of the other candidates were quite good and one particularly good if the most important issue was getting back in the good graces of the accreditors. The apparent fact that Trustee Villegas voted for one of the other candidates is fully understandable - while at the same time, for me, Dr. Gaskin is very special and seems to me well suited for our college. By the way, I personally sent one congratulatory e-mail to Dr. Gaskin the night of her selection and was a part of another group who e-mailed her congratulations and welcome later - and in both cases got amazingly touching and personal responses.
On Hug Me, I’m a President
Posted on April 25 at 10:28 p.m.
I was a potential juror. One of the things we were told by the Judge, before being considered as jurors, was that this would not be a capital crime.
On Vargas Can't Be Convicted of First Degree Murder
Posted on November 15 at 9:22 a.m.
Ann - what a touching, healing, lovely story and lesson to all of us. I honor you for having the courage to go through it and envy you for what it has done for the quality of your life.
On Tale of Two Sisters
Posted on October 30 at 7:03 a.m.
If you want to send a message that in Santa Barbara running a negative campaign won't work and our votes are not for sale below is some information that you probably already know, but may be put in a form that is easy to sort out and then cast your vote accordingly.
For me, trying to buy votes in Santa Barbara is something to be voted against and creating horrific and dishonest negative advertising is something that not only must be voted against but Santa Barbara needs to send a clear and decisive message to whoever in the future may think that they can win by following that path that the absolutely sure way to lose is to do this in our town.
If you agree with the above:
Vote FOR those candidates that VonWolf:. and his Preserve Santa Barbara group attacks with negative ads. Namely vote for Helen Schneider or Steve Cushman for Mayor and for Grant House and Bendy White for City Council. Even if you do not agree with Grant House's politics can you stomach the vicious and totally unfounded attach on him?
Vote AGAINST those candidates that VonWolf: and his Preserve Santa Barbara group supports. Namely Dale Francisco for Mayor and Michael Self, Cathie McCammon and Frank Hotchkiss for City Council. None of these candidates were likely to win with or without VonW's money and ads. Had they had the fortitude and wisdom to denounce VonW: earlier on they would have likely gone from being a sure looser to a sure winner. But it is too late now. If they were to do so now it would be clear it would be a last ditch effort to be elected.
How about Measure B? That is a tougher call for me. A part of me wants it to be overwhelmingly defeated to complete the clear message to VonWolf: and those in the future that might think about imitating what he is doing. When I try to set VonWolf.. aside I recognize that there are two good sides which that are supported on each side by some really good and thoughtful people. For instance, I have great respect for Sheila Lodge and Dave Davis both of which have contributed and continue to contribute in major positive ways to our community and both of which have thoughtful, well researched opinions yet defer. Some of the evidence they interpret oppositely. Nevertheless, no one could ever accuse either of them of not trying to do what is very best for Santa Barbara, and each of them already have a legacy of having done so.
On An Election Scarier than <em>Halloween XV</em>
Posted on June 18 at 3:02 p.m.
There have been 110 Supreme Court Justices
108 (98%) have been white men
2 (2%) have been women
2 (2%) have been black
0 (0%) have been hispanic
How do you think this happened?
How do you feel about these statistics?
What do you think should be done in the future?