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Posted on July 5 at 1:11 a.m.
Having missed a couple of years, I don't understand Mr. Lamberton's position. I thought we had a good relationship with him. When he put us behind all the horses we had a good laugh with him. It is my opinion that changes at the Veterans Memorial Building have led to this.
On Mayor Sides with Veterans for Peace over Float Flap
Posted on July 21 at 9:53 p.m.
The current usage of the Veterans Memorial Building is fitting for a Chumash burial site. Vet Center readjustment counselors counsel troubled warriors in the many rooms, the Disabled American Veterans Commander and Service Officer, Ellery Price, provides excellent benefits counseling to the warriors and more than a dozen recovery meetings every week are attended by veterans and non veterans, helping the warriors to reintegrate into society without alcohol or drugs. Many of these functions would be jeapordized or terminated by the museum construction and design. Thank God for the artifacts and the warriors who left them to preserve this building!! And yes, we need recovery, readjustment and rehabilitation for veterans, not a war museum!!Rowland Lane Anderson, Lifetime Member of Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans For Peace Chapter 54 Santa Barbara
On Small Dig, Big Discovery
Posted on June 25 at 5:17 a.m.
Hi Bill,No, the Ejido program was enacted by Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico's equivalent of FDR and worked well until Salinas gutted it after cheating President Cardenas' son out of the elections in a clearly fraudulent election. Salinas is so hated for this he lives in Ireland or would be killed in Mexico. The same kind of fraud robbed Obredor of the presidency last election. Obredor is a good man and would probably solve as many problems as any man could.Rowland Lane Anderson(from Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines)
On Interesting Info on Immigrants
Posted on June 25 at 1:06 a.m.
When you say that there is currently no migration from Mexico, it obscures the fact that there are still millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico in California. As someone who has worked in maintenance landscaping, restaurants and construction, I also understand that employers have used illegal immigrants to hold wages down in these trades and others. Millions of illegal immigrants hold jobs in these trades, and in meat packing and hotel trades as well. In fact, employers have all but ruined the meat-cutters/butchers union this way.Construction framers and laborers make little more than I did 30 years ago in this work because employers can take advantage of illegal immigrants. The plan to allow illegal immigrants to keep the jobs will do little to restore the wages since supply and demand will still have about 12 million immigrants competing for the work.In addition to having worked in most of the trades most impacted by illegal immigrants, I have spent a lot of time in the their homelands — Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. I was an international election observer a few years ago in El Salvador, a country with more than a quarter of its citizens in the United States.In a meeting with President Barack Obama, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes replied to Obama’s pledge of immigration reform by asking for restoration of opportunity in El Salvador. He is aware that U.S. trade and aid policies have destroyed that opportunity and that immigration has been destructive to the social fabric of El Salvador, taking its most ambitious citizens, breaking up families and communities, depriving citizens of the right to vote in their homeland elections and leading to gangs because of the broken families.I continue to think the only reform that will work for U.S., Mexican and Central American workers is reform that rebuilds the small enterprise and farming in the homelands of the immigrants. Obama promised to renegotiate NAFTA. He should do so and include CAFTA and examine foreign aid as well. We should use microloans to assist in this! A microloan equivalent to one visit to the emergency room, the only health-care option they have, would do it.Rowland Lane Anderson
Posted on April 29 at 12:16 a.m.
I agree that Bici Centro would do a better job than Bikestation, I have used both and Bici Centro is a local phenomenon and worth supporting for the good community work they do!
On Stop the Madness
Posted on April 29 at 12:08 a.m.
The building is a federal fortress, go look at it!It was built during the depression to provide the feds a place for a last stand in case the hoards increased. There are drop offs to prevent vehicles from assaulting its thick walls and the upstairs is accessible with only one staircase. I worked there for almost ten years. Maybe JP Morgan Chase or Bank of America will want it to hold off the Occupy Wall Street activists? There is already a safe in the basement.
On Downtown Post Office May Be Sold
Posted on April 20 at 12:06 a.m.
The cost to the taxpayer of the consumption of alcoholic beverages is not limited to the policing of the lower state street party zone, and not all of the bars down there are guilty of causing extra policing. Police are frequently and repeatedly called to domestic violence calls that are nearly one hundred percent related to alcohol consumption, many traffic incidents are as well. The best solution to this is not a fee targeting all the pubs in the lower state street area but a fee attached to all alcoholic beverages sold in the city.Rowland Lane Anderson
On No Hunt in That Dog
Posted on September 30 at 1:40 p.m.
Thank you Nick Welsh for doing the real work of the media! Without an Independent, probing media our democracy is truly compromised by the big money like that that is behind Measure B. We should be able to conduct a local election like this one without having hundreds of thousands of dollars poured into creating tons of porch and mailbox litter that usually goes into the trash before it is read. Things like this are the reason I have refused all campaign contributions. Lane Anderson www.LaneAnderson.org
On Ten Thousand Pound Gorilla Jumps In