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Posted on May 13 at 3:06 p.m.

I've appreciated the fact that in the Independent, we can find some in-depth quality writing and even some investigative journalism. We need this print publication as a forum for our community. I also appreciate how the Indy showcases the various arts groups in town; by publishing timely articles this weekly paper enhances our cultural experience.
Kudos to your staff, well-deserved!

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Posted on January 31 at 12:22 p.m.

You are absolutely right. Thanks for a well-written, insightful reminder of the truth.

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Posted on August 15 at 9:25 a.m.

Dear Mr. Hotchkiss,
You state suspicion that outreach sessions for public comment will be pointless. Elected public officials of course must ascertain public opinion on not just biking, but a variety of crucial matters facing our community - this challenge needs to be addressed by the community as a whole, otherwise democracy fails. I am sorry to see you reject the town-hall public comment forum as meaningless, but I see your point that special interests can tend to dominate these. Is there a way to prevent this and to get fair representation? It seems that a telephone survey would not be enough to give accurate results. There needs to be a systemic way for our government to inexpensively check the pulse and ideas of the populace.
If you do find an unbiased survey mechanism, I would think the City Council would want to include other issues that require public input, such as water desalination, fracking, land use, public services, etc.
As for bike lanes - please do everything you can to improve and expand them. As a local teacher who has observed teens in our town for over 20 years, I am certain our youth would bicycle to school if there were better bike routes, and more bike racks on buses. I've seen too many kids tangle with cars and the results are devastating. Obviously bikes are not for everyone, but the health, economic, and community environmental benefits are very real. Remember, support for commuter bicycling benefits you as an automobile driver too, because every bike you see on the road is one less SUV in front of you.

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Posted on June 4 at 5:15 p.m.

We are very grateful to Fred Eissler for all his service protecting the integrity of our environment for the enjoyment of future generations. His work has helped to preserve not only parts of Santa Barbara County, but also other natural areas such as the Yosemite high country. He successfully passed on this knowledge and activism to young people.
May we all be inspired by his example.

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Posted on June 27 at 5:26 p.m.

<I could justify giving up a traffic lane on multi-lane one way streets downtown for a designated bike lane. De la Vina, Chapala, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara St.s>

I agree.

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Posted on June 27 at 10:26 a.m.

I would LOVE to have protected bike lanes traversing all the major routes in Santa Barbara & Goleta. I was literally almost killed two weeks ago on State Street, cycling safely in my bike lane, when a car heading the opposite direction accelerated and crossed two lanes of traffic for a left turn, straight into me. It was only my extremely bright headlamp (shout out to Light & Motion bike lights!) that caused them to skid to a stop literally feet from me.

Please, city planners, many of us would love to go carbon neutral and enjoy the health benefits of cycling, but our bike lanes need many safety improvements. A dedicated set of bike lanes with physical barriers from moving cars would be ideal.

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Posted on May 7 at 5:59 p.m.

Wow! Outstanding review... I was there at the show, and this review helps me recall the details of *why* the show was so awesome.

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Posted on November 13 at 3:27 p.m.

"Minds and wounds are always opened simultaneously in philosophy. Comfort is the alternative, but it is deadly dark."
Wow! What a great phrase.

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Posted on July 26 at 11:28 p.m.

I would be sorry to see Susan Deacon go.

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Posted on March 2 at 8:57 p.m.

Extending Richard904's idea, consumers are faced with a fundamental ethical choice: support local business.

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