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Posted on April 20 at 4:16 p.m.

I spend many hours in Downtown Santa Barbara and if I had a $ for every cyclist that does not stop at a red light, or at a stop sign, or rides on the side-walks, or is riding on the wrong side of the road, or just blows through a pedestrian crossing while people are legally crossing the road, I would be a rich person.

Cyclists are very quick to complain about motorists but they are some of the worst scoff-laws when it comes to the rules of the road. And ironically the people I see breaking these rules the most are what I would call the "amateur pro-cyclist", all dressed up in his/her cycling gear riding his/her $2,000 bike. Cyclist are super quick to shout "share the road" but get very defensive if they are called out about their lack of respect for the rules of the road.

On Public Health Menace Grows

Posted on April 14 at 11:09 a.m.

@ Priceless - Here are some "bumper sticker" slogans held as solutions by the tea-party types.

"Freedom is not Free" - no one said it was, tea-party types just assumed it - and all the wars you LOVE (and even the ones I supported) was fought with tax-payer money; not private money. Private contractors fought it with public money.

"I built that Mr President"; yes tea-party supporter you did - using public funded roads, with public funded education; with public support or "handouts" as you call them - as your minimum wage employee is on Medi-Cal and food stamps, because you only pay them minimum wage and they cannot afford to live off the wage you pay them. Without these "handouts" you would not have employees - nor a business.

@Jarvis and Priceless - As for Social Security and Medi-Care. The money you pay into now is used by the current recipients, is not put away for future recipients. If you are getting a check or using Medi-Care now you are in fact the poster child of using other people's money - as it is my money I am paying in now that you are getting. Only about 25% of the premium you pay for MediCare now actually covers the cost of health care - the federal government funds the shortfall because the amount paid into MediCare is woefully inadequate to cover the actual costs. Please understand what you are protesting.

@Simpleton. I agree that broadly speaking the Federal Government does not live within its means, but that is because we as a society want so much more than we are willing to admit. Looking at OMB numbers the majority of "welfare" recipients are actually people working and holding down minimum wage jobs. That for me it is the real sadness because we want to shop at Walmart and pay as little for our goods as possible - and yes I also shop at Walmart and admit I am part of that problem.

On Das Williams Announces Run for County Supervisor

Posted on April 14 at 8:38 a.m.

I love to read some of these anti-government tea-party type people commenting here. If you are so opposed to politicians running for office why do you not have the courage of you convictions and run for office! We need government, regardless of what the tea-party types believe. No government and we have anarchy. We cannot live in a vacuum and think that roads will fix themselves or electricity will magically appear.

I am astounded at how uninformed some of these commentators are and how easy they are swayed by "bumper-sticker" slogans. If you think that all the world's problems can be solved through the "freedom" mantra, you are so simple minded it is scary.

I have no problem with politicians running for several offices, and if you do not like it get out and vote, or run for office yourself. For all the vile abuse heaped on politicians I for one will never run for office and actually admire people willing to run; regardless if I agree with their politics or not. I go out and vote - and yes my vote DOES count - regardless of what some of these Alex Jones conspiracy theorists commenting here believe.

Oh and as a final thought; if you dislike government so much give back your Social Security check and burn your Medicare card, and while you are at it throw away your high school diploma you got from a public funded school and tear up your diploma you got from a public funded university and destroy your driver's license that allows you to drive on public-funded highways . Then you are free from the so-called tyranny of politicians and government - see how well that goes!

On Das Williams Announces Run for County Supervisor

Posted on March 26 at 4:54 p.m.

To quote Daniel Patrick Moynihan - "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts." So there you have your explanation.

On Santa Barbara Law Enforcement Acting on ISIS Threat

Posted on March 26 at 4:04 p.m.

OMG but the paranoid Alex Jones Infowar freeks are out in force. Seems that the tin-foil hats worn by "14noscams" and "loonpt" are not working to well. Guess I should create a crowd-funding website so that they could purchase some extra tin-foil hats.

BTW "14noscams" and "loonpt" the guys from the United Nations in black suits and black helicopters have your names and will be picking you up real soon. They will be taking you to the UN facilities for reprogramming - so be on the watch!

On Santa Barbara Law Enforcement Acting on ISIS Threat

Posted on December 3 at 11:56 a.m.

So discoboy and randomkook what are your solutions, other than to criticize? Why do the 2 of you not step up and do something? I do not see any of you "keyboard tough guys" putting anything out.

On Isla Vista Finally Headed Toward Self-Governance?

Posted on September 24 at 4:46 p.m.

I could not think of a more deserving sentence!

On Macias Found Guilty

Posted on September 24 at 4:43 p.m.

I am not upset; rather disappointed that this could not have been handled better. One must not lose sight that the Chumash Tribe are a huge employer in the Valley, contribute greatly to its economic vitality and support many worthy causes. Sarcastic comments such as those by "art" and "sbkid" do nothing to move the relationship forward.

We in the Valley must look in the mirror and ask ourselves could we have not handled this better? I believe we could have, but that horse has left the barn - never to return.

Now that it is a "fait accompli" that they are building this huge hotel (which I find visually unappealing) I believe we should try to work with the Tribe on Camp 4, rather than try to pretend, like some people in the Valley that they can call in the US Cavalry to whip them in shape. We have to grow up in our discourse, understand that it is our attitude that needs changing, and find a way to work with them.

On 12-Story Hotel by 2016?

Posted on September 24 at 3:04 p.m.

@ Holly - Exactly because the rules do not apply to the Chumash tribe the only way is to not try to be "Master and Commander" when you deal with the tribe. You have to act as an adult, and enter into a dialogue with them. The way the so-called "leaders" in the community have approached them has made the relationship so toxic that now one has no chance to try to convince them of your side of the story. If that means eating some humble pie to get want you want - then so be it. It is called 'pragmatism" - which I guess is foreign concept to the "tea-party" types in the Valley.

It is not always the one that shouts the loudest that wins the argument, but the one whom is prepared to understand the other person's point of view that has a better chance of success.

On 12-Story Hotel by 2016?

Posted on September 24 at 11:36 a.m.

So for POSY and POLO, and the attitude of the Board of Supervisors, towards the local Chumash tribe, the "chickens have truly come home to roost". The so-called "citizen organizations" in the Valley have been so rude and condescending to the tribe that I do not blame the tribe for basically telling them, and County government, to go pound sand.

When the tribe requested government-to-government talks the Board of Supervisors basically blew them off and told them to talk to staff. When the tribe offered to pay for new fire equipment and law enforcement the Board said, no you will do what we say. So do I blame the tribe for thumbing their noses at County government - not at all. Do I blame the tribe for ignoring POSY and POLO - no not at all.

People in the Valley need to remember that the tribe can do what they want, and the only option we Valley citizens have is to treat them respectfully, ask nicely, and try our best to convince them; not get all tea-party like arrogant, huff-and-puff, and yell at them; that has gotten no one anywhere.

That being said I am not happy about the 12 story building as I do think it will be out of place in the Valley; but I do accept that there is nothing I can do about it. The so-called community leaders in the Valley, and our elected representatives, have really failed in leadership, and they have now lost any ability to influence the tribe.

This is what happens when people are not willing to compromise and see the other side of the story - you pay a heavy price.

On 12-Story Hotel by 2016?

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