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Posted on November 13 at 10:43 a.m.

HarryHaller, are you kidding me? "... the indian is an american emblem of naturalism"??? Native Americans are people, not animals or emblems. You don't sound like the sharpest tool in the shed. Read a good book, maybe that will help.

On Communication Breakdown

Posted on August 21 at 8:50 a.m.

An unlikely coalition of agency representatives. So what? Doesn't look like much compared to the 11,500 residents who signed the petition to vote YES ON MEASURE B.

By the way, its a bit one-sided to not include YES ON MEASURE B argument in the "news" article, don't you think?

On B Is for Bad

Posted on August 17 at 1:34 p.m.

Iya, slip-ups can happen to anybody but, girl, you're trying to get people to trust you to be the mayor! Hold your head up. I'm not voting for you even if you make it back on the ballot, because... you know... this was a ridiculous mistake... but you're a capable woman. Turn lemons into lemonade.

On Falcone Disqualified

Posted on August 17 at 1:25 p.m.

Always rubs me the wrong way to know how much Chancellor Yang, UCOP, and high-level managers at the University get. Here's to a bounce back for the little and the middle people. Or, instead of merely hoping, how about we band together and bring down the big guys a few notches.

On UCSB Faculty Fumes at Furloughs Forum

Posted on May 4 at 10:26 a.m.

I wish we lived in a world where ADL, Prof. Robinson, and UCSB students could hold hands, break bread, and argue sensibly. Wait, we do. Take advantage of it.

On Students Protest Anti-Defamation League's Involvement in UCSB Matter

Posted on April 17 at 11:09 a.m.

It would've been better if Albertsons had commented on how they were investigating the claims of the employees in a thorough and expeditious manner. Perhaps reiterating that they take seriously their responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy work environment would show the community that they're not just concerned with the bare minimum (and more likely to cut corners). If the quality of their press statement is a reflection of the quality of their risk management, I'm swayed to believe that the janitors' claims are legitimate.

On Janitors Protest Albertsons' Use of Allegedly Toxic Chemicals

Posted on April 1 at 7:03 p.m.

Dear RC:

On hiding and being intolerant - Yes, I am enjoying my anonymity, and I'm sure you are, too. But I'd like to think that if I met you in person, we could have a nice chat as I am very curious and interested in open, sincere, dialogue, especially when there exists intelligible differences in viewpoints.

So I hope you can acknowledge that there are at least some folks like myself who may be more "liberal" than you, but are not wholly asinine. I paid a lot to be an educated, open-minded thinker so please give people like me some credit. :o) I think you can also acknowledge that intolerance, rigidity, and ignorance exist throughout the political spectrum (but I do understand your frustration). Well, take care!

On Schneider on Hot Seat

Posted on April 1 at 6:53 p.m.

Hi everyone, keep the party going! I love the posts.

So as someone who is clawing my way to higher income, I can't quite afford the nice homes in the nice locations that I want so I rent and bide my time. One reason I'm staying put here after living in diverse areas of the country (rural America to major metropolitan to now charming Santa Barbara), is because I love the aesthetics of Santa Barbara.

I am for a community that is hospitable to working- and middle-class families, but that is a much deeper issue to building heights. There seems to be more pressing issues of equity that need to be expressly dealt with.

Santa Barbara is expensive because of supply and demand and its impact on the cost of land/cost of living. I do not judge it as good or bad - it is what it is. Now if people want to change the composition of Santa Barbara so that it builds up and transitions into being a taller, more congested town... that's up to them. But for me, I prefer the smaller, less-congested setting, so that's how I will vote. Perhaps my fellow social progressives will tar and feather me, but I'll vote according to my beliefs, interests, and analysis of the situation.

By the way, nice move, Helene!

On Schneider on Hot Seat

Posted on February 21 at 3:43 p.m.

Thank you for composing this cover story.

On Understanding the Complex Lives of Our Transgender Community

Posted on May 17 at 10:21 a.m.

Dear Native1,

Perhaps it is more empowering to view this, not as "an overblown controversy" but as a teachable moment and an opportunity to create healing communities.

I encourage interested people to view, "In Whose Honor?" and engage in open, honest, and constructive dialogue. It may be helpful to take the magnifying lense away from oneself or one's immediate situation and watch events as they unfolded elsewhere in order to find new layers of understanding.

Finally, a bit of history: "It is interesting to note that most mascot names were chosen, and ceremonies using the feathers, drums, and clothing were developed, from the 1920s to the 1950s. During this period of time and up until 1978 it was illegal for Native people to practice their religion. Native people could be, and often were, imprisoned for using these same items in ceremonies. Ironically, while nonnative people were using sacred objects in mimicking the Indians at sports events, Native people had to stand by and watch their culture mocked while they themselves could not participate in the same activities in a religious way. This was not an honor then, and it is not an honor today. "

On No Dogs Need Apply

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