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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
Posted on February 20 at 7:12 p.m.
Nice piece, Dr. Luca, but you've got the wrong song title, technically. It's "Gotta Serve Somebody." But your point's well-taken. I know exactly what you're saying here. It can be done on a small percentage of the income the average local realtor makes too. Currently I am permanently disabled, and have been for many years. But I'm also personally helping shelter and feed two of our area's "working homeless," who help me with household tasks on a daily basis. We all live almost entirely on my Social Security check, no less. I consider it direct action, or walking the walk. Though I'm told some so-called Progressives privately consider me a fool, and some think I'm being taken advantage of, nothing could be further from the truth. There are innumerable blessing every day. Thanks for bucking me up.
Posted on January 7 at 6:27 p.m.
And this is the drug of choice of the SB City Council???
On Drunk Driver Hits Eight Cars
Posted on December 23 at 11:54 a.m.
To jstep805: Please publish the list of anti-pot SB pols that you keep on your fridge. Every Santa Barbara should get a copy!
On Pot Shop Approved
Posted on December 23 at 10:24 a.m.
I'm in total agreement with these posters. I have been a patient of Patrick Fourmy's Compassion Center for 11 years and I'm 65.
No Santa Barbara Politician who endorses this arbitrary decision will EVER get my vote or the support of many other completely legitimate patients like myself, ever again. I'm just like hundreds of folks in this community, I'm sure. And we have many friends.
And THAT is enough votes to swing an election!
Why is this town being turned over to meanspirited, clueless alcohol-promoters? Let's all work tirelessly to defeat these elements next time we get the chance!
Posted on October 15 at 2:12 p.m.
Bastards! These vicious County authorities--who come across as frenzied, terrified, cornered rats--are also attacking those Santa Barbara citizens least able to fight back--the ill, the disabled, and their caretakers! Include me in that group.
I am certain there are sheriff's deputies who do NOT support the marijuana laws. We can stop this endless nonsense forever on November 2.
The truth is that a "yes" vote on Prop 19 will change every California citizen's life for the better. I am so sick of the endless lies about marijuana! The original rationale was a racist lie in 1937 (look it up), which Nixon cynically compounded forty years ago, and it is more elaborate but still a lie today.
What are the actual criminal charges??? What is the criminal harm? Somebody got rich? Yeah, so did the capitalist next door with his small business. So what? What was the point of the raids, which the Indy apparently cannot report in detail yet or clarify for a very pro-pot readership?
End their ignorant and now dangerous marijuana fantasies and misguided notions about what is a crime and what isn't. Vote YES on 19!
On Authorities Release Dispensary Bust Details
Posted on August 13 at 4:31 p.m.
These comments are consistently pro-pot and they make all the necessary arguments.
It pains me to see the literal truth here, as stated some time ago by the Justice department: The American people consider the War on Drugs to be a War on the American People.
Perfect. So folks tell everyone you know to vote FOR Prop 19.
Send the most truthful message you can to the prison/industrial complex!
On Gigantic Gaviota Ganja Farm
Posted on June 10 at 6:58 p.m.
Thanks, Dr. Bearman, for a bracing dose of sanity!
On Tax and Regulate
Posted on March 16 at 2:15 p.m.
It should come as no surprise that the food stamp program is under-utilized. But it's not the fingerprinting requirement. That's somewhat invasive but, unhappily, fairly routine nowadays.
The larger problem is that simply applying and later re-applying for food stamps in CA is now a costly and too-frequent obstacle course, especially for the indigent. You must physically re-apply in person every three months, unlike saner and presumably less fraud-adverse states where six months of stamps are provided.
From what I'm being told by those enrolled, obtaining food-stamp assistance in CA is far too grueling and restrictive. This is just my opinion, but I understand it involves documenting every penny of income and subsequently re-viewing a long video one has probably already seen several times, just in order to renew the stamps.
All understandable, all well and good, but the dominant (and demeaning) assumption seems to be that you are a fraud if you are merely poor and unemployed and actually still need help getting something to eat. More demeaning is that all intimate, personal hygiene products cannot be purchased with stamps either. Do you personally know anyone who doesn't use TP or toothpaste, at the very least? Sure hope not.
Yet if you are lucky enough to actually land work of any kind, one can lose a day's pay or even the job itself just because of the need to travel to County offices every 3 months merely in order to renew! It may just not be worth the trip if you actually could lose that job, or miss an employment opportunity while going to re-apply for them every three months.
It makes you feel State officials haven't noticed that the recession has lingered for at least a couple of years now. And all that redundant paperwork. Nothing can be renewed online.
My friend had extra difficulty because his Mom had sent him a check for $20 for his birthday that he dutifully reported! In truth it was his only income.
On Come Back, California