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Posted on June 19 at 6:54 p.m.

The author stresses the allegedly environmentalist credentials of UCSB while failing to mention that part of environmental degradation is overpopulation/overcrowding. I suggest a simple googleling of the words "carrying capacity" to learn more about this.

It is arrant hypocrisy for UCSB to promote itself as a steward of the environment while continuing to increase its enrollment to the detriment of an already-overcrowded area where the traffic is getting so bad that the southbound 101 comes to a stop at the Patterson onramp due to the influx of vehicles coming out of Isla Vista. (Something that didn't start happening on a regular basis until about a year ago)

Whether its a profits-over-people mentality, (Chancellor Yang got that big pay raise recently, as did other chancellors) or the belief that their perceived moral superiority precludes them having to practice what they preach, UCSB and its representatives can hardly say that over the years they haven't contributed greatly to the transformation of their living space from a sustainable living area into another overcrowded urban blight.

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Posted on June 18 at 5:47 p.m.

It's like the public school panhandlers: "This will go a long way (note, the use of the word "long way"_ to help THE CHILDREN". The bond measure gets passed, then two years later, they're begging for another bond measure, meanwhile our tax money spent on the schools never stops the schools from being in a constant deficit.

A half cent, here, a half cent there, now we're talking about REAL money.

Meanwhile, where does all the money go? Obviously Santa Barbara ain't working out for the working-class.

On Half-Cent Sales Tax Ain't Happening Now

Posted on June 17 at 6:38 p.m.

"Good start. Now rescind NAFTA, any favorite status for WalChina et al, and get out of the WTO".

nativeson (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2015 at 6:54 a.m.

I totally agree with Nativeson on this.

On Capps Breaks with Obama over Trade Pact

Posted on June 16 at 2:58 p.m.

Andrew, how was the weather?

On Hi, Santa Barbara

Posted on June 16 at 6:39 a.m.

How about decreasing the debt?

On A Sound Infrastructure Indicates a Sound Country

Posted on June 15 at 9:08 p.m.

@Cartoonz: I have had four family members--one in my immediate family--hit by impaired drivers. Two maimed, one killed, and my dad's hands got damaged, all in separate incidents. None of the incidents involved marijuana, all involved alcohol.

As a side note: Domestic abuse often involves alcohol, yet I can't remember ever hearing about it involving marijuana.

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Posted on June 14 at 7:29 p.m.

@Davy Brown: I disagree with your call to "tax the hell out of it". When you do that, you only make it harder for those on limited incomes to access it.

The misconception of your way of thinking is that you think by adding more taxes, the wealth get re-distributed to those who need it, when in fact, all that happens is that those who are already poor get hit even harder every time they purchase something.

Perhaps this is why a Red state such as Arizona is more financially hospitable to working-class people than the Blue state of California.

On New Pot Shop Gets Green Light

Posted on June 14 at 5:30 a.m.

The Right doesn't know the difference between liberals and modern statists.

On A Sound Infrastructure Indicates a Sound Country

Posted on June 13 at 4:57 p.m.

"The Dems have controlled our city and county for decades and our infrastructure is a rotted mess. And the County just budgeted $1.8MM of a $965MM budget for infrastructure maintenance. PItiful.

INEPTOCRACY: a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable pf producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers."

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
June 12, 2015 at 8:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Our infrastructure looks good to me. JL do you have an example to back up your claim that is is 'a rotting mess'? "

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
June 12, 2015 at 9:19 a.m.

I will give you an example of what Locke is saying: California. California is a very "Blue" (Democrat) state and mentally ill homeless people are dying in the streets while they are a common sight on our streets. To my comment people will say "Yes, but Reagan caused that when he was governor when he shut down the mental hospitals", to which I point out "Reagan left Sacramento in 1974". Another point: The Democrat-run legislature of this state along with Jerry Brown are pushing their (sorry, I know I sound like a broken record but people need to hear this) $100,000,000,000-and growing high speed rail project when they can't even seem to get *basic* infrastructure working in this state. (And don't forget, the endless complaints about the schools lacking money)

I'm not excusing the Republicans, but the mindless partisanship mentality of people is what allows both major parties to get away with their boondoggle wasting of funds while the least among us freeze to death on the streets of our Progressive Paradise.

On A Sound Infrastructure Indicates a Sound Country

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