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Posted on July 27 at 7:56 a.m.

Excellent column. Let's add the dangers of biking and skateboarding while earphones are blasting the latest music or rap. Not only is it a distraction, it diminishes one of the key senses that tells us what's going on around us - hearing.

Many is the time that you want to get someone's attention but THEY CAN'T HEAR YOU!

We need to give our full attention when others are whizzing about us.

Thanks for the reminders, Vic.

On Distracted Drivers Gamble with Your Life

Posted on December 31 at 8:03 a.m.

Paul is a community treasure and the Indy and its readers are lucky to have him here.

On Paul Wellman

Posted on November 19 at 9:37 a.m.

There's a fine line between "out reaching" and "over reaching." In the end, Salud needs to try not to step too far over the line.

On Bark Twice, Bite Once

Posted on November 19 at 9:35 a.m.

Hmmm, would another name for this be "a diamond on the ruff?"

On Vajazzling Is Befuddling

Posted on November 11 at 9:35 a.m.

Hmmm, I think the author is pretty clear. The feminist agenda is comprised of many "planks" such as equal pay for equal work, the right to be free from sexual harassment and a woman's right to chose whether to have a baby.

The latter, which encompasses a number of issues, includes the right to have a safe abortion, the opposition to parental notification for minors, and broad, easy, affordable access to a wide range of contraception products and education how to use them.

There can be little doubt that a woman's right to control over her body and her health is the pre-eminent plank in the feminist agenda. Indeed, it should be one of the key planks in the humanist agenda, regardless of gender.

So the author is certainly entitled to put forth her view that women voters' overwhelmingly favoring Brown and Boxer over Whitman and Fiorina is grounded in their clear and sharp differences over womens' reproductive rights.

One may quibble that other factors, variable and issues are involved. But the contrast in the candidates' positions and the election results rather strongly support the author's thesis. This election should serve as both a warning and a challenge to candidates of all genders that California voters have arrived to a 21st century view of womens' reproductive rights...and left the coat hanger to the dust of ignorance and prejudice.

On The Importance of Being Pro-Choice

Posted on August 14 at 7:21 a.m.

Paula, was great at PTA and she'll be great on the council!

On The Fourth Candidate

Posted on July 1 at 8:52 a.m.

Um, while everyone weighs in on these issues, let's take a moment and express some appreciation for UCSB's decision to delay their presentation to the Regents. This delay seems to open a window of opportunity for real dialog between UCSB and the community to come up with a plan that both aids the growth of UCSB while respecting the needs of the surrounding community.

For now we should acknowledge UCSB's postponement as an at least important first step to maintaining good relationships with the community as well as seeking to harness the community's good will and substantial intellectual resources.

On UCSB Agrees to Wait on Plan

Posted on April 15 at 8:44 a.m.

I attended the forum and came away with the impression that Secord is a "Johnny one note" and not a very good one at that. As important as finances are, there's a lot more to being know like land use, environmental protection, public safety. And Wolf has been endorsed by all the enviros and public safety folks.

But as the article points out, Secord's "wolf cries" (pardon the pun) about bad fiscal policies are pretty well rebutted by the County's TOP bond rating. Bond raters look not just at a snapshot of today but the county's long term fiscal health. If they are giving SB County the top bond rating, that's probably more telling than Secord's alarmist "diagnosis" (sorry about that pun too.)

If Wolf seems somewhat awkward at times, I far prefer that to some slick politician who is reading what his or her handlers is doling out. Wolf is the real deal and deserves re-election.

On Second District Déjà Vu

Posted on April 14 at 8:10 a.m.

Revisionist (aptly named)

Don't know where you got the idea that progressives want housing on Bishop Ranch but let me assure you that progressives, liberals, non-conservatives all oppose the Bishop Ranch Plan.

Someday, there may be a need for housing there. Someday, it might be worth studying. If and when that happens, liberals and progressives promise to fight to make sure that there is adequate infrastructure and that the housing is for people who live here and can afford it, not for rich outsiders. We hope at that time conservatives will join the similar fight, not revert to laissez-faire, absolute property rights, anti-regulation diatribes.

So you may want to cool the rhetoric and not waste your invective on Goletans who actually agree with you to oppose any rezoning of Bishop Ranch.

On Bishop Ranch’s Possible Future

Posted on March 26 at 7:53 a.m.


Thank you for your leadership and your vote. The bill may not be perfect but the status quo was terrible.

Notice the hypocrisy of people who keep saying that citizens should not be forced to buy private insurance; these are the same people who opposed a public option.

Lois, keep up the good work and ignore the people whose only track record is tax cuts for the rich and borrow and spend policies that created this unprecedented condition of huge debt and bad economy.

On Why I Voted For Health Insurance Reform

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