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Posted on March 21 at 7:02 p.m.
O Lord where do I start? $1000/month for a studio? Exactly where is this crumbling unit? A basement, attic, or garage? The rents quoted in the piece are correct! And punishingly "too damn high," as that African-American candidate said in 2012. And he wasn't talking about our gilded, golden coast.
On What Do You Need to Earn to Live in S.B.?
Posted on March 21 at 4:29 p.m.
It's more than a shame! It's criminal, in and of itself. There is something called the Compassionate Use law, passed in the last century by CA voters. I agree with the poster above, however, that this fuss is going to look as silly as, oh, Prop 8 does today—A stupid, pedantic fight over definitions; meanwhile the suffering that the voters hoped to ameliorate is even greater. I doubt live I'll live to see the inevitable vindication of my position.
On The ‘Green Rush’ Is Crushed
Posted on March 21 at 1:54 p.m.
Ethan, thanks for your excellent and truthful piece, long overdue. Sorry this is so darn long. Your story sounds very much like the start of my own journey two decades ago, during which time I've suffered many difficulties but also obtained the great relief that medical marijuana provides for my many and very serious ailments. Not anymore though, thanks to a few local sadists! You know who you are and I'm calling you out. I've written to at least one of you. If you try to argue with me, fine, but I know history, and scientific truth. And I'm NOT alone anymore.Like too many who have been directly and sadistically affected by our local authoritarians, all I want is to live out my remaining years in peace, which is why I rarely comment on this issue, or anything else. Yet I've personally known Dr. Bearman for years, as well as many others in the medical cannabis movement here and in the state itself. I have helped produce a book about Federal Cannabis research patients (yes, there are four left nationally). It is called "My Medicine," by Irwin Rosenfeld, a Florida stockbroker, available everywhere, especially online. Check it out. (I get no money or royalties, in case you're a cynic.)The crazed opposition of extreme right-wing wingnuts here in Santa Barbara County is based on politically ginned-up fear-mongering and the same old ignorant nonsense that hasn't changed at all since the racist lies of Harry Anslinger in 1937. I suppose many of our cash-strapped politicians need contributions from this fringe, or think they do. But just maybe the better angels of our nature are waking up again, as evidenced by this cover story. I simply wish a few more compassionate souls still lived here! With far more relevance to the safety of this community and its children, something else has also happened as a result of this terrible and paranoid attack on the sick and the elderly. Many of these self-satisfied locals and their political cronies are too willfully blind to see the very obvious and immense increase in alcohol consumption, especially by the young. The cruel crackdown has had serious (and, for some, highly lucrative) unintended consequences. These anti-pot monsters keep approving more liquor stores and maybe we can only hope that they will end up drinking themselves to death soon, after being responsible in no small way for the innocent victims they have perverted, or even caused the death of, with their misguided stupidity. I have seen a HUGE upsurge in binge drinking here in I.V. since this unconscionable local crackdown. No one seems to be doing much to educate these young folks and school them in the actual TRUTH about EVERY drug they come across, including alcohol. I don't blame kids who think we have been lying, because WE HAVE BEEN, for decades. Only a completely ignorant and hateful individual would equate alcohol and marijuana, just for starters.
Posted on August 18 at 9:49 a.m.
Watching KEYT is like watching local over-the-air programming in 1982. The broadcast picture still looks and feels low-def and analog; the national HD signal is weak and sloppy. Sound is uneven and pumped up for ads and is rarely surround-quality. The station's graphics are ancient. If it weren't for important local news broadcasts this affiliate would otherwise be a waste of time. But Cox has a death-grip on SB.
On Cox Cable Customers May Lose KEYT
Posted on August 7 at 3:07 p.m.
Absolutely correct, Ken. It astounds me that the current powers that be at the paper seem to have absolutely no concept these days about its remaining print readers and who they are, and exactly how they too depend on the paper every week. I'm almost embarrassed to be one of the paper's original founders. I remember Marianne telling us that, in terms of readership, The Week's complete listings were the very most important thing that they published. I've never seen any evidence that she was wrong about this. What's happened?
On List All Events in Print
Posted on July 5 at 10:02 a.m.
This is welcome news. I have just received excellent care for the past six months at both facilities. All Santa Barbara and this entire area can now truly expect the kind of world-class, co-ordinated care I that I received from both institutions.
On Sansum Clinic and Cancer Center Join Forces
Posted on June 29 at 12:26 p.m.
I think this is brilliant!
On New Website Takes the Reading Out of Reading Scripts
Posted on May 20 at 3:13 p.m.
Reportedly U.S. AG Holder once said that the American people considered the War On Drugs to actually be a War On The American People. He got that right. For a while.
On Dope Days Are Over?
Posted on May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
I banked with SBBT for 27 years. I loved the bank back in the day, as much as one can appreciate a bank. But I received the same letter and immediately decided I cannot continue my accounts. I did visit my local branch soon after, however, and all the tellers and officers said that a mistake had been made with that unequivocal letter, and that my account would always remain free, as would anyone's who already had a free checking account. The letter said nothing about this exception.I switched to a nearby credit union anyway. And that's because I also thought that any bank's management that is so lame, careless, and badly managed as to needlessly frighten existing customers with an erroneous letter is not worthy of my support. In truth I suspect it's another move by the 1% to eliminate their poorest 99% customers, in other words, a deliberate strategy.
On Switching to Local
Posted on February 20 at 7:15 p.m.
That's "blessings," of course.
On You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody
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