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Posted on May 16 at 9:17 p.m.

People who buy and operate motor vehicles must register them, and pay registration fees yearly.

People who buy and operate bicycles do not.

This is interesting in light of the fact that bicyclists are making increasing demands on our roads.

On Hard Stop on Traffic Deaths

Posted on May 16 at 9:15 p.m.

When one registers their car, where does the money go?

Does one have to register their bicycle?

It seems as though there is an imbalance here.

On Do you support eliminating traffic deaths through Vision Zero?

Posted on May 16 at 9:10 p.m.

For what it's worth, I enjoyed the article, and pictures.

On Los Angeles Athletic Club

Posted on May 15 at 9:57 p.m.

Maybe I missed something, or maybe I'm onto something. These people are complaining about UCSB failing them in their quest for justice, but was the person who Melgoza claims assaulted her convicted?

For some of us of a certain age, this conjures up memories of the Scottsboro Boys rape case back in 1931. Nine teenagers were accused of raping two women and while the details are too long to get into here and the case can be easily found online, (it even has a Wikipedia entry) it was a horrific case of injustice. "Progressives/academics" will shudder at this case because it was an example of the endless cases of black males being framed for raping white women, yet somehow, a familiar air of lynch mob mentality wafts through this story.

The Red Herrings of "don't blame the victim" are not the issue, the issue is guilt vs. innocence. How many countless people have gone down for rape/child molestation and many years later, they are cleared of those charges? How is it, that in light of these facts all someone has to do is become a UCSB student, and claim they were raped, demand action be taken against the accused, and have that person's life ruined without the benefit of a trial? Again, the person Melgoza accuses of attacking her was never brought to trial because, she never pressed charges. (According to what I last read)

Rape, like murder, robbery, arson, and so many other injustices that offend our sense of humanity, is against the law. We have a constitution that is supposed to protect the accused. I find it ironic that "moredemocracypls" has such a screen name yet supports a movement that looks more like a lynch mob with torches that a reasonable demand for justice. Again, was Melgoza's supposed assailant convicted?

What these people who go along with this mentality don't realize is that while it may get traction with some, it has the opposite effect of what they are trying to achieve, because the "pendulum effect" will eventually take effect, and result in people not believing someone who is actually raped.

How does this help make for a better society, and again, how can anybody claim they are for justice when they want to railroad people who have not been given their day in court?

On Students Stage Sit-In at Cheadle Hall

Posted on May 15 at 7:10 p.m.

To the fire department: I think you should be very well compensated, but do us all a favor, do the job we pay you to do and leave the politics out of it.

This isn't rocket science, and even science by its very definition follows a prescribed set of laws.

On Lawsuit Forces Fire Chief into Early Retirement

Posted on May 15 at 7:05 p.m.

"Surprise. The usual irrelevant old farts (Clausen, Loon, Volek) weighing in on things they have no clue about in yet another successful effort in demonstrating their collective dumbth. Continue on, thou cyberwankers."

Draxor (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2015 at 8:39 a.m.

I'm giving you the microphone Draxor, tell us what the solution to the problem is. You will have no credibility among those you are trying to impress if you don't. Put up or shut up, or admit you have nothing, it's your turn now.

On Isla Vista 'Party House' Owners Put on Notice

Posted on May 15 at 6:59 p.m.

Let's make sure that the measures they ask for happen AFTER the people accused of the assaults are convicted in a court of law.

I would like a clarification on this, otherwise, these are nothing more than lynch mobs.

On Students Stage Sit-In at Cheadle Hall

Posted on May 15 at 6:55 p.m.

Get the desal plant going. How can we conserve water while we keep adding to our population locally? You can't have it both ways, we already overbuilt, let's face the reality that we're running out of water and get the plant going.

On Desalination: A Necessary Step

Posted on May 15 at 1:59 a.m.

Per Jarvis: From what I read, it sounds as though it's probably an issue of more pipes wearing out and needing to be fixed. No?

On City Still Spilling Too Much Sewage

Posted on May 14 at 7:04 p.m.

P.S. I've spoken with Keith Terry and he is an example of one who "walks the walks". He's a good man.

On Keith Terry Forgives, Empowers

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