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Posted on December 28 at 12:48 a.m.
I guess it's validating to Kimoko and Martha that their objection to the rodeo is being challenged not in defense of its pointless cruelty and barbarism, but as random personal attacks at them and those who agree with them.
"The rodeo is promoting cruelty; please don't promote the rodeo." "Oh yeah, well you're a lousy feminist!""Um... what?"
On Cruelty Not Sport
Posted on December 28 at 12:37 a.m.
To clarify, I hope: St Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara was no longer financially viable. Increased operating costs, decreased market share, and the final straw being the new government-mandated sesmic requirements: rebuild, refit, or shut-down. They chose to close, and then Cottage bought the abandoned facility (if I understood my sources correctly).
Like small independent farms, factories, etc, stand-alone hospitals are increasingly bought out or closed down. It's just not as financially viable. The rehabilitation hospital, Goleta Valley, and Santa Ynez hospitals all are still operating as they are because they merged with / were bought by Cottage. If they hadn't, they would either have closed or been bought by some out-of-town corporate hospital system.
On Cottage Housing Spoken For
Posted on October 14 at 3:18 a.m.
The 154 is notoriously dangerous due to the way people drive (primarily way too fast). I avoid taking the pass if possible for that very reason. And yet you are complaining because there is... too much law enforcement... enforcing the law?
Perhaps they are there precisely because it's such a dangerous stretch of road? No? Don't buy it? Consider this: could the CHP use that corridor to "garner income" if people weren't so reliably breaking the law there?
I'm going to let that sink in. Meanwhile I'll assume you are just angry about your ticket.
On Doing 70 on the 154
Posted on September 23 at 1:05 a.m.
I think we have two camps, each trying to emerge the victim by pointing out the villany of the other. Sad to say, you're both in the wrong.
Drivers: I've travelled and lived all over the US, and from that experience I have decided that Santa Barbara drivers are the worst I have ever encountered. It's that perfect blending of incompetence with that quintessential Santa Barbara trait, self-entitlement. You don't need to know how to navigate a four-way stop, because it's everyone else's job to not hit you. You self-righteously see cyclics as pests on YOUR road, getting in YOUR way.
Cyclists: You're not innocent either. You share the same self-entitlement, but instead infuse it with willful disregard. You use the roadways, but blatantly ignore all signs and regulations. Fly through stop signs, use turning lanes to pass cars, it doesn't apply to you; oh no, those rules are for schmucks in cars! You self-righteously assume you can do anything, because if something happens it'll be the driver's fault.
I carpool to work, take the bus when it's convenient, and otherwise use my car. I used to bicycle but it's too damn dangerous in this town. Would I prefer a more bicycle-friendly town? Absolutely. Are the criminal antics of a handful of morons on bicycles the way to effect change? Absolutely not.
On Thou Shalt Have No False Dogs Before Me
Posted on September 22 at 9:51 p.m.
There are benefits to a large healthcare provider; that weight can be thrown around for good, too. Santa Barbara Rehabilitation Institute, as an independent entity, could no longer stay afloat. Merging with (being bought by, depending on who you ask) Cottage a few years back allowed them to stay open, and the community benefits from having an acute rehab facility, which is rare in a town this small.
On Attorney General Probes Cottage
Posted on September 21 at 11:47 p.m.
"Funding to Planned Parenthood should be done at a personal level. No government office should be contributing to a private agency. If people want to donate money, good for them! But my tax dollars should not be going to a place that provides something (abortion) that I completely disagree with."
By that logic we should abolish tax-exempt status and benefits for religious organizations. If people want to donate money to a church, good for them! But I don't see why we can't collect revenue from a place that advocates something (faiths other than my own) that I completely disagree with.
Why is "equality for all" such an incomprehensible concept for some people? Oh that's right, it's the 'mine first' mentality. It's agreeing to share the cake with everyone else, as long as you are first in line & get as big a piece as you want, even if it screws over the next guy.
Hate to break it to ya, but there's no such thing as "my equality first".
On Time for the ERA
Posted on September 14 at 12:47 a.m.
Italiansurg, what do you mean by "complicated"? People from the tri-counties go to Cottage because it provides services their local hospitals can't... even still, compairing it to what you could find in LA is just silly. That's like saying you won't visit a single resturaunt in Santa Barbara until the dinning scene has the range of options LA does.
Did you have a bad experience at Cottage? Maybe I'm biased because I've never seen anything but good care there (for myself, family, friends, etc).
And if the state hadn't sprung this requirement - with no funding assistance - all hospitals in California could be spending that money on improving existing services (or staying open, as some hospitals can't meet the huge financial drain).
On Goleta Valley Hospital Upgrade
Posted on September 7 at 12:26 a.m.
Want to dramatically cut medical spending? Ensure everyone has access to healthcare, with an emphasis on preventative medicine. Prevention costs a tiny fraction of what it takes to repair/treat/etc after the fact.
So many people have no or insufficient coverage, so the typical response to ailment is wait and see. It will either go away, or you end up in the emergency department. Can't pay that massive bill? The federal gov't (ie tax payers) reimburses some of it, and the balance is passed on to all other patients' insurance companies in the form of adjusted expenses.
Couple that with the fact most private insurance companies offer only nominal preventative coverage (because they're not paying a penny for something that doesn't yet exist).
An ideal HEALTHcare system is one that enables us to have a healthy population, not simply a treated one.
On A Conventional Dog
Posted on August 14 at 11:31 p.m.
He's trying to say that Cottage, as an entity that exist for the public good, has a higher responsibility towards the delicate sensibilities of relations by proxy (ie neighbors) than the lives of those whom it directly serves (ie patients).
It's lawyer drivel, meant to obfuscate reality and make one's argument sound not only valid but impressive, especially when it's neither.
On Cottage Helicopters Violate Rights
Posted on August 13 at 12:01 a.m.
This is impressive and encouraging. Kudos to Olsen, his team, and those behind the formation of this program.
On A Year in the Life of Restorative Policing
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