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Posted on March 15 at 10:58 a.m.
Plastics are petroleum based products. Plastic bags are highly and easily recyclable for many more uses. The energy cost of recycling plastic bags is far less than recycled paper products. The environmental impact of recycling paper products VS plastic is significant. Paper mills that recycle used paper products are much harder on the environment than recycling plastic. We recycle plastics so that we don’t have to use new petroleum to make the harder plastic products. Plastic products morph during recycling from light use to heavy industrial use. Therefore there is less petroleum proposed for this use.
If any organization is going to tell us how many plastic bags we are currently using now here in Santa Barbara City, then they should also have a comparison number to how many plastic bags are being recycled as a percentage. They should also know the countries of origin that are bidding on the used bags. I can tell you that the plastic bags that go to a third world country, or to China, are put into shipping containers and are a commodity. They are recycled there and made into plastic products you are buying here.
On Zombie Bag Ban Reanimated
Posted on March 14 at 4:22 p.m.
So we are all going to ride our bikes to the store with our Radio Flyer Wagon tied to the back? This plastic bag ban by the government is totally unacceptable and does not place the blame were it should be held accountable; to the consumer. We are proven litterbugs but this is not the early 70’s, people are trying all by themselves to be more conscious of trash and the environment. Why ask the government to help? It is so base. The plastic bags are highly recyclable and sanitary. They are also very affordable in an industry that has a very narrow profit margin. Grocery stores net less than 1% profit of gross sales. The Southern California food market industry is one of the most competitive in the country. The cost of food has been going up steadily as gas prices have gone up and donations to the food bank have dropped off as a result of that. There is far less surplus or nearly out of date food. Never before have had both the consumer and the grocery industry tightened their combined pocket books. Grocery shelves look like bunk beds in some stores, until they get refilled, back stock is a thing of the past. Selling paper bags for a dime is a very high expense, who will legislate how your groceries are bagged? There are recycling bins in the stores for the plastic bags. People should use them. It’s that simple. Cloth bags, which are reusable, are not that sanitary unless washed regularly using up our water supply. So will it be, paper, plastic or water? Man needs air then water. Are we going backward? It seems that doing business in this town and state is getting absolutely ridiculous with so many government regulations being continually imposed on everyone. Sales taxes are 7.75% then add to that your water bill or your paper bag bill and you get hosed at the checkout counter. Now we are going to further press the consumer to do something by making a ban and imposing exuberant fee for paper bags. Leave the government out of this and ask your neighbor for their plastic bags if you are worried that they are not getting recycled. I did paper drives when I was worried about trees. I didn’t ask authorities to handle it for me. Be responsible.
Responsible, Resourceful and Respectful – not reading, writing and arithmetic; as so many government officials have explained the (3) R’s when campaigning for office. The State Constitution and The Federal Constitution are being totally ignored. Why, because the people seem to be able to muster a personal sense of destiny where they have a real sense of responsibility and accountability. It’s called a vested interest. The person that leaves dog crap on the sidewalk needs to be handed a plastic bag, you don’t need to call 911.
Posted on January 31 at 9:34 a.m.
I don't like the government telling private land owners what they can or can't do with their land. But these same people should be good stewards of their land when they include other people’s lives into their own.
I would have to read this, but if they buy the mobile homes I want to know if the previous owner has the removal fee deducted from the sale price? The government is famous for that.
Business, Charles Dickens had Jacob Marley speak about business, “Mankind was my business. The common welfare my business; charity; mercy; forbearance and benevolence were all my business!”
But this business is without any. It’s just business.
On Illusion of Protection
Posted on January 27 at 8:16 p.m.
I did honor it, I summarized the smack down. Did you want a metaphor like a boxing ring or a jujitsu mat so the gang banger can tap out? Life doesn’t work like that for the victims.
On Is the Past Fair Game?
Posted on January 27 at 5:29 p.m.
A gang injunction is the best way to help get these juveniles to have a chance to get out of trouble or go to the big house. These juveniles have strikes on their records. If they continue, then their juvenile record should not be sealed and their strikes applied when they commit one as an adult. So sad bye, bye . . .
Posted on January 26 at 9:11 p.m.
Greg,Where do we get the money to fight the billions? Litigation will bleed us dry.
On Cojo-Jalama Ranch's Canadian Connection
Posted on January 26 at 9:01 p.m.
This also effects the harvesting of birds and mammals. No water no food.
On Regulators to Act in Wake of Bass Fisheries Collapse
Posted on January 26 at 8:49 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson tried the best he could to exegesis the bible which was in Latin to English. The grammar rules made a translation of the Bible from Greek to English was horrible and a massive challenge. He knew that the Greek language did not have the same rules of grammar as English. He sought out the German Bibles to get the proper hermeneutical and isagogical significance of not only Bible passages but doctrines; the German theologians were the best.
The Pilgrim Pride is a good read.
Thomas Jefferson was a botanist and almanac aficionado as well. He was very anal in his note taking.
Thomas Jefferson was a Christian.
On The National Defense Authorization Act Is Unconstitutional
Posted on January 26 at 7:56 p.m.
What happens to an empty shell, a dead body, is not a desecration. The desecration is the beheading of unarmed soldier and filming it. Urine, kerosene, dirt, gasoline or even what the Himalayan priests do; grind corpses to pulp for the condors to eat, is what happens not only in war, but in times of peace. Bin L was buried at sea because he was a criminal and there is no marker to visit according to his religion. Worse things have happened in war than dead bodies being pissed on. Living soldiers have suffered to drink their own urine and worse. Read the Journal written by the JOINT MILITARY COLLEGE: "The Sources of Islamic Revolutionary Conduct" ISBN number 1-932946-02-0. I don’t think that many people of the west understand how benign this incident is compared to the atrocities of these malignant’s.
Go drive a road in Iraq or stand in the steet as an obvious American. Western Union will notify your family.
On Mind-Bending Irony
Posted on January 24 at 5:35 p.m.
I don't think the doctors that started Sansum would sell.
The challenge is to find a large group of doctors that would put together a Jonson's Family Dental mill. You need doctors, nurses, orderlies, janitors a facility and the equipment to have an urgent care center. A hospital, especially an acute medical care facility is a very complex matter. The Sansum medical center is just that. It is a medical center full of specialists that use cottage or other surgical centers for critical cases.
We are out of luck now that St. Francis is gone. We can’t even get a new police station. That place is a dump. So where will this new hybrid hospital going to be erected where the cost of property and living is ridiculous?
The conundrum is complex with health care beyond emergency medical care or urgent care. The majority of the top money earners are biology major and mathematicians. Both need want state of the art equipment and follow it while they are young and seeking experience. New doctors struggle in Santa Barbara and are discouraged from coming here. So if they don’t have strong financial backing they can’t stay here.
On Skimming the Cream