Comments by drberticus

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Posted on March 10 at 9:46 a.m.

What is this, a PETA press release?

Lisa Remorenko's ignorance of sled dog racing is staggering, and clearly displays a total lack of exposure to the sport; it reads like she pulled her sources directly from PETA's propaganda file. This type of shoddy, biased, disinformation has no place in the Santa Barbara Independent.

These racers love their dogs like children and take care of them accordingly, and for Ms. Remorenko to ascribe motives of greed and avarice to them is completely preposterous and unsupported.

Where's your support for conjecture like this: "Today's participants, many of whom are not indigenous Alaskans, are motivated by the cash prize and some will do anything to attain it." Nothing to back it up; just the ignorant fantasy of the author.

What a ridiculous and irresponsible article. If someone had spent ONE SECOND on the Iditarod site, they would have read:

"Iditarod dogs have some of the most intensive health checkups in the animal athletic world. Mandatory pre-race evaluations commence in the early part of February, which include blood testing and ECG recordings. All dogs are permanently identified with a microchip implant as part of the screening process. (Testing and microchip implants are provided for the mushers at no charge to them). Each dog's microchip number is scanned before starting the race, to verify their eligibility."

"In addition to the extensive pre-race testing, every dog is required to have veterinary physical exam within fourteen days of the race start, and all vaccinations must be current. Last but not least, each must be dewormed (medications provided through the ITC) within ten days of beginning their trip to Nome."

This article should be retracted and an apology personally authored by Ms. Lisa Remorenko should be printed, for the mushers and sled dogs that work hard and LOVE to participate in this magnificent event every year.

This is NOT why I read the Santa Barbara Independent.

On None

Posted on February 27 at 9:26 p.m.

Thank you Mr. Scoles for standing up against the tyranny of Scam Sanchez!

Anyone who spends significant amounts of time down by the beach near Shoreline *knows* that we need more enforcement in the area for "all the crimes going on by all the drunken bums, illegal aliens and Mexican gangbangers."

It's wonderful to see Mr. Scoles representing the neighborhood with the level of passion he does.

On Burning Hot Scoles vs. "Scam" Sanchez

Posted on January 26 at 10:07 a.m.

Starshine, you say "We want you to know CPR, We don't know it ourselves."

You then make this painfully clear when you infer that CPR "can re-animate a stopped heart." CPR (a combination of rescue breaths and compressions) simply keeps oxygenated blood flowing to your major organs, it cannot "restart" a heart with no pulse.

Can I suggest that *you* take a CPR class at the local Red Cross chapter before you spread any other inaccuracies? Your ignorance in such a matter is nothing to be proclaiming in a newspaper.

Will you wait until someone needs CPR (and you don't know how to provide it!) to educate yourself in this set of life-prolonging skills?

On Sitters: The Last Stand

Posted on December 31 at 12:25 a.m.

Yikes. Be careful out there.

On Rescue in Rattlesnake Canyon

Posted on December 31 at 12:23 a.m.

The title of this article conjures up rather pugnacious imagery.

I was half-expecting a YouTube link...

On Jerry Roberts Beating Wendy McCaw

Posted on December 31 at 12:21 a.m.

Couldn't agree more. Wellman is THE MAN.

Everyone else does a great job too. And I loved John Goodman as "Walter" in "The Big Lebowksi."

On Paul Wellman

Posted on December 19 at 10:14 a.m.

Great. Looking forward to seeing the human traffic double in an already popular and over-crowded spot.

Thanks for sharing.

On Seven Falls

Posted on December 5 at 8:49 p.m.

Drove by these lights earlier tonight. Completely obnoxious. Naples has been *shut down* - no cars at the usual 'parking lot' across 101 earlier today.

Woe be the surfers; hey, they've only been using it for decades.

On Security at Naples Trailhead Beefs Up

Posted on December 5 at 11:29 a.m.

Ashaw: elevating the conversation since July of '08:

'Hobbies: Girls, God and Guns - I "cling" to all three, I'm not concerned a bit about climate change ...

Although you are proud to claim "tolerance" as one of your virtues, you will find yourself very intolerant of me. I will dredge out your hypocrisy for all to see.'

Says what he does, does what he says.

On <em>News-Press</em>' Don Katich Explains Lay-Offs

Posted on October 17 at 9:51 a.m.

Oh Ray, why do you tease us with this lush scenery when in reality, right now it's as dry as a bone... :)

If you keep publishing all the desirable hiking spots, pretty soon everything will be over-run by the masses. Do you ever experience feelings of "hiking localism" ?

Just curious.

On Tangerine Falls

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