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Posted on August 1 at 11:54 p.m.
Things are never all black and white. Of course Dr. Serban did some good things, like taking very good care of the financial savings City College has. But anyone reading these comments can see that she was very disliked by some segments of the community and a good portion of her faculty and staff employees. She didn't know how to include the affected parties in the decision-making process. They felt not only left out, but often lied to and deceived. And then she mischaracterized the unhappy victims. I belonged to two segments, faculty and adult ed. It was not only the adult ed population that voted for new trustees. So it was not the adult ed population that got Serban fired. The parent-child program people were another segment that felt cheated and outraged, along with faculty on the credit side of the college. So please be realistic about where problems were. It was multiple places.And just to set another record straight, the students in art classes that I participated in were not rich people from Montecito and Hope Ranch. They were from Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpenturia, Ojai, and mostly middle class neighborhoods. And they were all ages. Another myth is that these rich old people made lots of money selling their art. I and most of my class mates have never sold a thing! This is another exaggeration. It's time to stop twisting the truth and making exaggerations. We need to work together to solve the problems. The Trustees were elected to look at the policies and try to correct mistakes that had been made. They have worked very hard to do that. We should be grateful that we have public servants who are willing to give so much to make our college the happy productive place it has been and will be again.
On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence
Posted on July 27 at 11:25 a.m.
It's no surprise that author Mercado, a Republican, supports the three conservative incumbents, who have voted together with the fourth conservative, Hotchkiss. They are not the choice of those who want to protect our precious and fragile environment or who want to treat our homeless people by helping them with their addictions and mental health issues rather than by throwing them in prison. I urge people to listen to the candidates in public forums and I think they will be impressed with how well informed and intelligent the challengers are. Progressives have enthusiastically endorsed Schwartz, Falcone and Murillo.
On Support for the Incumbents
Posted on July 22 at 3:07 p.m.
What? There is not enough water for Bishop Ranch to be agricultural, but there is enough water for 1200 families to live in that area??? Please leave us that open land and don't create more traffic and water shortages in our good land. We elected our officials to protect the life we love here and we don't want to help developers make a lot of money at our expense. Pouring concrete all over that beautiful lake and land would be a very selfish decision to benefit very few. Goleta residents want to keep the land and wildlife that we have now.
On Bishop Ranch Study Unveiled
Posted on June 21 at 2:38 p.m.
Beautifully written, Starshine! What is so touching is how honest you are, and subtle. There are no angels or devils. Life is not black and white, but lots of shades of color. And we readers all bring our own experiences as children, lovers, secret lovers or jilted lovers. Some readers want to judge, but that is not helpful … or possible! We don’t know all sides of a failed relationship and usually both sides play some role in a failure. I also hope that someday he’ll reconnect with you, because I’m sure that he also has a painful emptiness without you in his life. But it is also understandable to me that he may fear the judgment from Mom’s family and thinks separation is best. I hope he will read your column, because it is full of love.
On Lost: One Father
Posted on June 3 at 1:36 p.m.
Outstanding, as usual, Starshine! All the fear about homosexuality and banning any teaching about sexual orientation comes from MISUNDERSTANDING. Those who don't want their children to know about homosexuality are afraid that it might be catching, that hearing about two males who love each other or two females who love each other, might give their child ideas. Sexual orientation is well established before children are born. The children may not know that they have a "same sex" orientation until they start feeling sexual attraction, but it is not something any of us have a choice about. We are gay or straight or bisexual, and most people who realize that they are gay feel safer not to share that about themselves until they find a supportive atmosphere. Fortunately young people today have a better understanding than their parents' generation and it IS getting better, but not fast enough for those gay kids who would rather be dead than face the bullying from hateful and often religious groups. Let us teach understanding, acceptance of diversity and love and celebration of all human beings. Marian Shapiro
On Don't Say ‘Gay’
Posted on May 8 at 9:20 p.m.
I've known Jorgia for quite a while, but didn't know about her experience as a Freedom rider. She is very modest, but the people who did the Freedom Rides were terribly courageous and brave. They could have all gotten killed by the Klan and their supporters in the South. If these heroes hadn't done what they did, nothing would have changed. We'd probably still have White and Colored rest rooms, motels and drinking fountains. They did something very brave and important to challenge Jim Crow.
Sadly, we know that a significant number of people still don't want to believe that a black man is President of the U.S. It makes them so mad that they challenge his legitimacy and his intelligence. But more and more people are seeing and believing that he is one of the best presidents we've ever had, so thoughtful and creative, so mature and wise. He did not create the mess and crisis that he inherited, and he didn't have the votes in the Senate to make all the changes he wanted, but he has done a lot and will do more. Thank you Jorgia for leading the way to making changes in our country that allowed a talented black man to be elected President.
On Braving Burning Busses and Brutal Beatings
Posted on May 6 at 1:37 p.m.
Thanks Lee for calling our attention to Albertson's great policy and that it is working in other places. Reuseable grocery bags were given out at Earth day and it really isn't hard to keep a few in your car. If you forget, then pay a little at the store and of course you can get one. But it is more motivating if the store policies change to encourage more people to adopt this habit which helps the planet. Try it. You'll like it!Marian Shapiro
On The Second R
Posted on February 3 at 1:11 p.m.
Longtime_SB_resident states the issues opponents to the 2904 State St project are worried about. Yes, some people who are homeless have some mental illness. But how many of us have a family member with mental illness? I would guess that many residents in the neighborhood also have mental illnesses. And family members know that it takes some support and patience to help our spouses, sibs, cousins, parents, etc. stay on medications. A challenge for those who are homeless is that they may not have as much support and help to stay on their meds, which makes it much harder for them to keep jobs. This WillBridge program sounds like it will provide the help that people need. We citizens of Santa Barbara should be grateful that this non-profit organization is willing to provide that support. We want our less fortunate people to get help to become productive citizens, don't we?
The other point I'd like to make is that residents of this housing project have to have been off the street for 18 months, so they are no longer homeless. They also have to have a job or be in school, and they have to be compliant in taking their medications.
Sadly I think opponents of the project are fostering fear and misunderstanding by conjuring up the scary images of seriously mentally ill, homeless individuals. The residents will be 18 months away from homelessness, and our society generally believes in helping people who have shown an effort to become healthy and productive citizens. Most industrialized countries provide a safety net which doesn't let fellow citizens with problems become homeless. IMHO, we have an obligation to take care of our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate. Isn't that what Jesus taught?Marian Shapiro
On Failure to Communicate
Posted on January 24 at 9:28 a.m.
It isn't clear what the objection was. A friend who lived in Saudi Arabia 30 years ago, said that the word juice was blacked out on all orange juice containers, because the people thought it meant jews.
On Peet's Removes Local Art Following Complaint
Posted on October 25 at 9:17 a.m.
OMG! NO on Meg, Watson and Stoker! Don't vote against your own financial interests!!! Republicans believe in trickle down economics, believe in giving the tax breaks to the big corporations, and certainly don't believe in helping the middle class or even less in helping those less fortunate. Das, Lois, Boxer and Brown want to support EVERYONE getting a quality education, EVERYONE being entitled to quality health care, taking care of our environment against the corporate polluters and defending the rights of us regular people, not the multimillionnaires. Vote Democratic!
On Republicans in Paradise
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