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Posted on March 5 at 8:42 p.m.

Italianurg, clausen, et al. If it's that easy and accessible, why don't you go to the Casa de la Raza and all the local area preschools to help parents fill out the forms for admission to Catholic schools and help them find the financial aid to be educated in Catholic schools here in Santa Barbara. They don't have these basic skills and need your paternalism--ehrr--patrionization--ehrr superior education as exemplified by your private school eduation.

Cost-effective education is something everyone seeks and parents want to be smart consumers at the same time. Where are Catholic school standardized test scores so parents and guardians shop based on quantifiable information rather than annecdotal comments such as, "I got a superior education in Catholic schools." I'm not disparaging Catholic school education and love the ethnic mix. It's truly unfortunate for the 1st generation of immigrants that they don't have time or knowledge of the process and they need your help.

On Red Ink Spilleth

Posted on March 1 at 6:49 p.m.

Dear Itialinsrurgalia,

The reason your children are in private school is because you are rich! Nonetheless, your privately educated children cannot make this country competitive without the children of parents who aren't rich and really don't need your patronization, either. They want to see their legacy succeed and value the educational opportunities.

I'm not particularly sympathetic to your point of view either not that you are begging for sympathy. Your hired hands know what work is all about and what the value of education is. They just couldn't afford it, your style.

On Red Ink Spilleth

Posted on February 29 at 8:25 p.m.

The bloated pensions in any public sector organization center around overpaid, uncreative, and self-serving administrators at the top of the unproductive, non-value-added organizational food chain. Outsource the analysts and bean counters to the global economy and save a few bucks and serious pension costs. Put educators back on the front lines of education and "administration" back where it and its minions belong!!

Seriously, by merging a bloated administration and outsourcing accounting and statistical analysis tasks, it may be possible for schools to get back to education and building the next generation.

Our children lag in basic skills and the acquisition of literacy, math and science skills while the fat cats continue to slurp at the trough of high paid jobs, benefits, and yes, bloated retirement benefits. Oh by the way, they aren't protected by unions but by the mere fact that they are paid to make decisions but not make a difference they get away with this.

On Red Ink Spilleth

Posted on February 17 at 8:16 p.m.

What a sad and unfortunate lose-lose situation. Somehow or the other SBCC manages to fullfill it's educational mission with or without the Administration or it's governing board.

On SBCC Trustees Chided

Posted on February 4 at 1:55 p.m.

Interestingly enough, the US constitution doesn't grant the right to a "free education" although we enjoy a number of other inalienable rights. Unfortunately, the California state budget cannot fund a free education either. I take adult education classes and recognize what a privilege it is to have such a high quality program in Santa Barbara that is available at an incredible bargain. I don't mind paying a modest fee for this and SBCC has also made it a high priority to provide financial aid for those in need.

On New Board, Same as the Old Board

Posted on September 2 at 9:01 p.m.

All of our children participated in school sports. It brought a much needed dimension to their day-to-day well being but some of the coaches on the high school staff don't have a clue about appropriate behavior with adolescents. Talent and self-control are among the essential traits. Jeschke is a clumsy and easy example. Across the board, many high school coaches need to show demonstrable proof of character to be put on payroll. ADs also need to expect character and provide education and oversight as well.

On Tennis Coach Sentenced for Witness Intimidation

Posted on August 12 at 8:36 p.m.

It's time to move forward and into the future. Let the community heal!

On Good Buy-Out

Posted on August 10 at 8:37 p.m.

Been there and done that!!

Hhhmmm!! I tried alternate forms of transportation while working downtown. I used the bus and it was so full I had to stand and trashed my back. Next, I purchased a commuter lot pass, which was great. When there was rain I took the shuttle and when it was clear, I walked. Even during the early morning hours I kept myself completely alert for traffic. One glimpse in the wrong direction and it was outright scary. In spite of what everyone who never rides the bus or walks opines, the bulb outs and crosswalks are very helpful for those of us are trying to reduce carbon monixide and take advantage of the wonderful environment that we are blessed to enjoy.

We are so lucky to have a wonderful and healthful walking environment in downtown Santa Barbara and Google flags don't help those of us on our feet walking. Visual signals great--electronic signals--how this helps real people!!

Keep on looking for the best solutions for people walking on the Earth!!

On De la Vina-Figueroa Won't Be Safer Soon

Posted on July 28 at 8:30 p.m.

Liberty4all...Really?!? You are pulling your kids out of SBCC? As college-age students, your kids ought to make these decisions on their own if they are allowed to think and act on their own.

What about your money? The cost of education at SBCC is basically free so what money, exactly, are you talking about? Money to the Foundation? And, what is the Foundation doing to make the first two years of a college education or vocational education available to those who are truly capable and poor? Out of state tuition? International Tuition? Private school? Perhaps your kids ought to decide!

On An Insider's Colorful History of SBCC Politics

Posted on July 20 at 8:47 p.m.

These thugs belong in an outdoor, tent-city, supervised chain gang. Army boot camps are more effective than the parents who raised them or the law enforcement overseeing their incarceration. The Sheriff makes every excuse to rationalize bigger facilities and more expensive staff to oversee what amounts to a zoo. How much do zoo keepers get paid? Do they get overtime or belong to unions? How about drill sargents in the army? Come on, Sheriff Brown! There isn't big money for overtime, over paid law enforcement or fancy digs.

On Jail Fights Lead to Lockdowns

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