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Posted on July 30 at 9:28 a.m.

I hope this is a lesson to anyone who thinks they can just make up false charges. It's not so easy, and there is punishment. Yes, this is bizarre and this young woman needs a skilled mental health professional to help her figure out what made her want to do this. There are a significant number of people who need to be beaten up in order for them to allow themselves to have sex, but they don't turn their partners in as rapists. Kinky sex requires mutual trust. She broke all the rules. And most people have a hard time understanding the desire to be hurt in the first place. But making a false claim of rape is against the law.

On UCSB Student Sentenced for Fake Rape Report

Posted on June 9 at 12:34 a.m.

Thanks for another great column, Starshine! As a colleague and college instructor, I am seeing that more and more college students are questioning traditional religion. As people learn more, they start to question the things that our culture teaches kids, similar to questioning Santa Claus. Religion is based on human beings' attempts to answer the questions societies can't know, such as where did we come from and what happens to us when we die. Sure, it is comforting to think that we will reunite with dead family members we miss, but there is absolutely no proof of this or of any of the miracles we find hard to believe. Religion gives answers to all the hard to answer questions, but it is a comforting fairy tale. Most smart people have dropped such beliefs from their childhoods. More and more are coming out as Starshine just did. Those of us who don't believe that a loving or punative god is running the show, are called Humanists. We share a common belief in science and the environment and art and music. Our numbers are increasing, so if you're a humanist, atheist, freethinker, you are not alone!

On Atheists Saved!

Posted on March 7 at 12:22 a.m.

It is so totally unfair to Farr who won both elections fairly to have to wait another day to get the money she has had to put out thanks to that sore loser. The creeps who bring frivolous lawsuits should have to pay for misusing our already stressed legal system, which tries to be fair to all in our government of laws. Pappas should pay, and he should pay now!

On ‘Last Gasp of a Desperate Litigant’?

Posted on February 27 at 10:10 a.m.

We appreciate Sen. Jackson's speaking up for women (and many other important things like the environment and education). We agree that Seth MacFarlane's jokes were pretty lame and hope he is not the host next year. But we are grateful to have a Senator in Sacramento who is on top of so many things and can get important legislation passed that protects our rights and our beautiful coastline. HBJ is articulate, smart and effective!!! So glad you represent us.

On Hannah-Beth Jackson Blasts Oscar Host

Posted on September 10 at 1:31 a.m.

Yes, he does. The sad thing is that often people who do inappropriate sexual behavior are either developmentally challenged themselves and don't understand what's not allowed or just unable to form appropriate relationships and therefore unable to get their own needs met in acceptable ways. They need to be educated by adults who will talk about sexual feelings that are normal and how to handle them. Otherwise they are just a tragedy waiting to happen.

On Man Accused of Molesting Developmentally Disabled Teen

Posted on September 7 at 11:17 a.m.

To those who are anti-union: The unions gave us limits to how much bosses could make people work in a day, gave us weekends, gave child labor laws, negotiations for fair pay, safety, etc. Working people need unions to stand up for workers' rights. Maybe if you're not a worker, you don't understand that, but your kids may have jobs someday and all people need to be able to negotiate hours, pay, safety, etc. Unions have fought for your rights, even if you're not union members. Thank you unions!

On Reform Candidate Joins School Board Race

Posted on September 5 at 12:03 p.m.

Mayor Schneider was innovative and bold, as the Indy says, and we should all support her attempts to raise money for schools and police protection. If she had gone to all segments of the city that might be affected, they would have watered down her proposal to the point of it becoming worthless. She did the courageous thing by making all segments pay something and get something. Keep trying Mayor! We respect and admire you.

On Mayor Scraps $12 Million Initiative Package

Posted on August 31 at 1:22 p.m.

For anyone who wants to see their favorite adult ed courses offered, it can't hurt to send a polite letter to the new President, Dr. Lori Gaskin, to let her know how important these courses are to us. We understand that SBCC can't continue to offer courses almost free, as they had been. Most other adult ed programs across the country cost money. $200 is not unusual, I've learned. So we have to get used to that idea and seriously try to get scholarship money, so those who can't afford $200 can also participate. Now get that letter off.

On SBCC Holding Forums on Continuing Ed

Posted on August 6 at 12:39 a.m.

Anyone who knows Congresswoman Capps, knows how honest and committed she is to helping the people of our area. She is busy fighting for our right to have better health care and better education for our kids and I'm sure she occasionally forgets something as we all do. Making a big deal out of this is typical of a candidate who has nothing else to pin on her, because she is very loved and appreciated on the South Coast.

On Capps Chided for Unreported Income

Posted on June 20 at 2:29 a.m.

As a new grandparent, I'm aware that there are way more celebrations today than there used to be. Kids never had graduations from Kindergarten before, but it seems that now parents give big parties for every thing completed. And grandparents have to fly across the country for all these celebrations. I think it's fine to recognize a chiild's accomplishments, but just attending school for a year isn't an extraordinary accomplishment. Flying two grandparents out for those things means maybe $1500 of expenses. This is a lot to keep up with if you have several grandchilren. And yet if this is what is being done today, then I will feel bad not to do it too. I think it would benefit the child more to use that $1500 to pay for piano lessons or camp. On the other hand we want to see those kids as much as possible. So I guess we're going.

On Parents: Guides or Cheerleaders?

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