Comments by elpesto

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Posted on September 21 at 11:28 a.m.

Interesting article. I think that it is always valid to ask questions that challenge a widely held supposition.

I am impressed with the many blog responses and the visceral dialog. This goes to our continued collective dismay and disillusionment about "what really happened" on that tragic morning, not only in New York, but also in Pennsylvania and DC, (lest we forget the full extent of the attack upon humanity and the globally tainted American image).

What was not discussed in the article, or in any of the blog entries, is "What does it all mean?" If thermites or super-thermites, or nano thermites were present, what does this really suggest? Who do we point the finger at now? Was it "us" or "them"? We will probably never know.

I agree that no one really knows what happens at the highest level of "government" in the US and around the globe, and that dark forces probably move invisibly throughout the world to garner power and control. I do not doubt that these agents-against-the-world exist everywhere, and that it is logical to deduce that the highest concentration of these specters would be seated in the most powerful bodies of government and finance on the planet... ours.

So what are YOU going to do about it? Argue over the veracity of discrete evidence? Spin on conspiracy? Do you suppose that you will ever come to a consent conclusion? Doubt it.

So again, what's the point? Seems like so much thought and energy wasted on subterfuge and divisiveness.

Maybe, in the long view of these horrible events, that was the real goal. To divide a nation from within, to polarize opinions to the point that we, as THE leading world economic and military power, might collapse from within, just like the WTC did on 9/11. Seems like we're heading that way, doesn't it? Better break out those tin-foil hats.

Who do you think will win in the end? Those that rule and control through hate and fear? Those who argue and debate themselves into the abyss of hate and fear? Or those who leave the backward-looking chatter behind and move forward with trust, hope and faith in the underlying nature of all good people?

We seem to have lost the notion that we can only survive by stepping back, in the moment, to take a full view of the human condition from a broad perspective and then working together to serve each other and all.

Isn't that how this is supposed to work?

PS: Kratatoa: I didn't just sign up yesterday.... point your "clue" somewhere else. And JohnLocke: one IP, one voice.

On Twin Towers, Twin Myths?

Posted on July 15 at 9:42 a.m.

Well said Noletaman. But I think you have made the case for marijuana as a gateway drug to other, more harmful, substances. If one smokes enough they will likely overindulge in those burgers and fries and end up with a weight problem and cardiac disease. Oh well, they're stoned... who cares. I say "Legalize it. Tax it. Bring and end to the state budget deficit once and for all!"

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Posted on June 10 at 12:02 p.m.

I think that a Santa Barbara Front Country Trail like the Mesa Trail in Boulder would be incredible! Thanks for posting Travis. But, even as I contemplate the idea, I begin to consider the obstacles and barriers that would impede (but not necessarily "prohibit") the idea. Rabbitrun asks an important question regarding ownership and jurisdiction. Who knows who owns all the land that such a trail would traverse? I would bet that it is a complex matrix of many individual private owners, conservancies, County, City, State and Federal parcels and easement dedications. Many private landowners in the front country have already staked their rights of exclusivity and have barred the public from entering their property, even where historic trails already existed (i.e. Arroyo Burro Trail) The first hurdle would be somebody proposing a reasonably viable corridor for the trail. Who would that be? Then a process of identifying ownership and easement dedication would follow. Every public jurisdiction involved would have a stake and process to wade through. Santa Barbara County alone would have several agencies contribute their two cents: Planning and Development, Parks, Flood Control, Fire. Then there is the State Lands Commission, State Forest, Fish and Game. Parts of the trail would pass through the City of Santa Barbara which would probably involve Parks and Recreation, Creeks Advisory Committee, etc. And, oh yeah, the Federal government; Los Padres National Forest, EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.... To do it "right", through a formal permit process, could be lengthy and expensive, involving Environmental Impact Reports, geology and hydrology studies, many public hearings, land use attorneys and lots of cash... and that's before the real work of building the trail even begins. Daunting. And would the trail be exclusive to foot traffic, or would it democratically include cyclists and equestrians? On the positive side, there are a lot of community groups that could have a positive influence on the process; Montecito Trails Foundation, Los Padres Trail Riders, Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Volunteers, the County Hiking and Riding Trails Advisory Committee, Sierra Club, even the Boy Scouts of America, etc. could contribute ideas and resources toward the realization of a dream trail for use by all. I have not heard, are any of these groups already undertaking and collaborating on the re-building process and the development of new trail corridors? I hope so, that would be good news. Mr. Ford, I think there's a serial story here for you.

On Time to Rebuild Local Trails

Posted on September 22 at 9:22 a.m.

My parents are 78 and 80. One has Alzheimer's and the other Parkinson's with clear signs of dementia. My father used to tell me that if he ever got old and senile, I should just take him out back and shoot him. I told him that patricide is a felony and that I wouldn't be able to do him that favor. Now he IS old and senile and we are struggling to help them manage an independent lifestyle before moving them into assisted living. Getting old sucks. Older people's pensions and savings are vaporizing before their eyes. Health care and insurance are costly and complicated to manage. Wit's end? Likely! Who knows, they may have made this decision together. If so, how much better will their quality of life be if Mr. Wheeler goes to prison? In any case, it's sad. I wish the Wheelers all the best in surviving their survival.

On Carpinteria Man Arrested for Attempted Murder-Suicide

Posted on July 28 at 10:55 a.m.

I like the concept of the Transfer of Development Rights. And aside from the astute comments above, one critical question looms. Where are the receiver sites? The City of Santa Barbara, which is also discouraging development and density, seems set to oppose offering any receiver opportunities. What's that leave? Goleta? Noleta? Carpinteria? Bueller? Anybody?

On Naples: Planners Approve Transfer Ordinance

Posted on July 10 at 8:44 a.m.

I only knew Frank for a couple of years as he and I worked together through every detail of a custom beach house down the street from his home in Carpinteria. And yet knowing him even for just one day was like having a lifelong friend. After that project was finished Frank retired from construction, I moved on to a new architectural firm and we lost touch. The last time I saw Frank he was loading his surfboard into the back of his truck down in Ventura. He was smiling, as always. And that's how I will always remember him.

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