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Posted on April 1 at 4:47 p.m.

Anthem Blue Cross has repeatedly been found in violation of California state law (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02...) as have many other health insurance companies. WHY do we need a middleman between us and the healthcare providers? We don't and the sooner the U.S. truly catches up with the rest of the industrialized world with a less greed-prone approach to health care, expect the inefficiencies to continue. We always seem to take forever to learn and then have to do it the hard way. . .

On Health Care Lands in the Emergency Room

Posted on March 26 at 9:41 a.m.

Classic American success story! Sell mass-produced crappola to the unsophisticated, thereby accumulating a fortune on the backs of the unwashed masses. Heartwarming.

On Spilling the Beans on Ty Warner’s Toys and Troubles

Posted on March 17 at 1:28 p.m.

Easy solution to this problem: Rent a snow making machine and build an igloo in place of the teepee. I know for a fact that the Inuit population of Santa Barbara, and California for that matter, is very small and they don't kick up a fuss easily. I wonder if the American Indian Movement people are aware that the logo of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is a headdress? See for yourself: http://www.ncai.org/
How is this not a cultural sterotype? Furthermore, young Indian children are sometimes taught how to build a teepee to make them aware of their cultural heritage. See a photo of this here: http://www.ncai.org/NCAI_2014_Budget_...

On Tempest in a Teepee at SBCC

Posted on March 14 at 2:24 p.m.

Regardless of one's viewpoint on the issue of immigration (and frankly it’s surprising and disappointing to read the wrong-headed and ignorant comments of the posters here) there is no denying that under Wendy McCaw's ownership the News-Press has become an amateurish and embarrassing newspaper. Nations of Central America are at least in part politically and economically underdeveloped due to the imperialistic and destabilizing actions of the CIA and other U.S. federal agencies dating back to the 1950s and 60s, usually taken on the behalf of American corporations. As we've seen in the many decades of U.S. incursions in the Middle East, a country reaps what it sows.

On Hate Speech At San Marcos

Posted on December 20 at 12:13 p.m.

Cops are totally out of control all across the U.S. They need to remember that they work for the public and that the taxpayers are their BOSSES. Every police department in the nation should operate under committees of citizens that function in a similar fashion to a Grand Jury. Eac h incident of police brutality, misconduct or any sort of wrongdoing should be investigated by independent committee and not fake "internal investigations". Another badly needed change: the ridiculous "shoot to kill" policy that results in hundreds of "suicide by cop" incidents annually and the murders of the mentally ill. How many citizens in Santa Barbara County are killed each year by cops? Way more than should be tolerated.

On Jury Awards UCSB Alum $120,000 in Excessive Force Case

Posted on August 18 at 7:34 a.m.

Truth? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

On Holzer Officially Charged with Murders, Appears in Court

Posted on June 23 at 2:31 p.m.

Pacing has always been an issue with this home-grown, deliberately unpolished parade. In past years this shortcoming has been handily overcome by inventive floats, energetic dancers and the whole "let's put on a show" vibe of the beloved Solstice Parade tradition. This year, however, the snail-like pace, creative sloppiness and lack of organization really showed through. As spectators were overheard commenting during the block-long stretches of bare pavement, Solstice 2014 was a resounding dud. It was what you wouldn't think this parade could ever become - a tedious, self-satisfied and boring mess. After the umpteenth embarrassing lack of activity between floats at about the 90 minute mark, many spectators began to amble away, either thinking it was over (which it was not) or that it had taken their patience for granted several times too many. As usual, the start time was a solid 30 - 45 minutes behind schedule, creating an air of anticipation that this summertime turkey absolutely was unable to live up to.

As a valuable community asset that draws around 100,000 visitors and generates millions of dollars, perhaps it's time to institute a committee of concerned citizens with the drive and organizational skills necessary to return it to its former glory? Solstice should be brisk, loud, colorful, fun and, yes, a little naughty and edgy. The "parade" that trudged up State Street last Saturday had none of these characteristics.

On Happy Solstice 2014!

Posted on June 10 at 11:58 a.m.

The Santa Barbara Police Dept. is badly in need of a citizen's watchdog panel to provide oversight of their behavior. Sometimes the SBPD are absolutely professional and jusitifed in their actions, but clearly on occasion they cross the line. In fact, every police department in the nation needs to be under the authority of the citizens in their jurisdictions. The U.S. is rapidly becoming a police state (in case you haven't noticed) and its high time for law enforcement to be brought to heel and reminded that WE pay their salaries and they serve only at our pleasure.

On Cops Arrest Denunzio Again

Posted on April 16 at 9:08 a.m.

Funny how Morua was so quick to use his expense account to buy super premium cocktails but couldn't bring himself to expense a $50 cab fare to avoid driving around while in the middle of a blackout. Capps' office should have seen his drinking as a huge potential liability and assigned him a staff driver or insisted he use cabs whenever schmoozing (and boozing) while on the job.

On Morua Pleads Guilty to DUI and Fatal Hit-and-Run Charges

Posted on April 16 at 8:46 a.m.

"The most anticipated gourmet food development in Santa Barbara history"? Who says? Sounds like the kind of news writing that would never pass AP Style Book guidelines...

On Santa Barbara Public Market Opens

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