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Posted on April 3 at 4:20 p.m.

I say keep drilling off the California Coast. Certainly continue in the Santa Barbara Channel. However, at the same time we need to be developing green energies (solar, wind, geothermal etc) and nuclear (not "green" but certainly clean!). At some point totally get off oil, gas, and coal as are primary fuel sources, but not until we have developed the "green" fuels as reliable resources. We can never totally wean ourselves of oil because oil is used is so many products. Plastic for example.

I'm writing this from Gillette, WY which bills itself as "The Energy Capital of the Nation." There are open coal mines everywhere! I don't think the good people here would be very happy with what I just wrote about trading coal for "green" energy.

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Posted on March 26 at 12:42 p.m.

What a waste of money! Instead of spending the money that project; use it for mental health services. People who are intent on killing themselves will find some way to it. There are plenty of other options than just jumping off a bridge you know.

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Posted on February 8 at 8:24 p.m.

I think its safe to say that nobody likes her....judging from all the smack I've seen written about her in these comments. And Save More Mesa, thanks for the comment. That's what my dad says!

On Roberts Beats McCaw, $900,000 - $0

Posted on February 8 at 8:07 p.m.

Great article, Barney. Barclay alerted me to it this morning. Wendy McCaw has certainly been a blight on the Santa Barbara News Press and the city of Santa Barbara in general. I remember when she first took over the paper, she said that she would leave the reporting to the "news paper professionals," or something along those lines. Sounds like she has done anything *but* leave the reporting to the "news paper professionals." She needs to just go away and reporting to the "news paper professionals."

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Posted on February 7 at 4:10 p.m.

Whoops, Bill Clausen, I think you're right! How time flies. I've been living in Reno, NV since '01 so I've been kinda out of the loop. My folks still subscribe to the NP. My dad sure complains about it though. Did not know about the changes at the Santa Ynez paper.

On Roberts Beats McCaw, $900,000 - $0

Posted on February 7 at 10:24 a.m.

I remember when she took over the News Press back in the mid 1990s. I thought of her as a great savior of the paper because it was going through some tough times in those days. I remember her saying that she was going to leave the news the news professionals. Then the story came out that she wanted her own private beach. At Hope Ranch? Anyway, I thought she was being unreasonable. Then a year or two later--I forget when--came all these stories about how her employees were upset over pay disputes and other grievances. That's when I decided that she had really lost it. And its just gotten worse since then.

On Roberts Beats McCaw, $900,000 - $0

Posted on February 7 at 7:53 a.m.

Great piece. Wendy McCaw and her henchmen have destroyed what used to be a great news paper. I now refer to the News Press as the "sNews dePress."

On Roberts Beats McCaw, $900,000 - $0

Posted on February 3 at 7:33 p.m.

Proposition 8 is a sham. I hope it gets overturned. The government needs to get its nose out of the bedroom!

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Posted on February 2 at 7:57 a.m.

For me, science trumps religion every time. As far as bringing a fetus to term, that decision lies with the mother and her significant other. Most definitely that decision does not lie with anti-abortionists and even politicians! They need to butt out! I am unrepentant in that belief. Sorry if right-to-lifers disagree. Too bad for them.

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Posted on February 2 at 7:37 a.m.

Sevendolphins, oops, you're right! Just imagine my red little face. Anyway, I would think the opposite of what you say. I'd put my money on mental health providing the therapists knew what they are doing. If the therapists are incompetent, then I'd put my money on the barrier. But perhaps you're right. I haven't seen the studies, so I am going on "educated speculation." Have a most excellent day!

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