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Posted on October 13 at 8:41 p.m.
Thank you Independent. I know it is time for a change at City College will be supporting all for candidates against the incumbents.
On Santa Barbara Community College Board of Trustees
Posted on September 5 at 12:18 p.m.
I welcome and support the candidacy of these four candidates. Their election is critical to the future of City College. students in the credit program are having trouble getting all their classes to graduate. I have been watching in dismay while all the progress in sustainability was nearly destroyed. I have also watched while wonderful programs for Seniors, families and the Spanish speaking community have been cut from Adult Education.
Times are tough economically, but City College is not in trouble economically at this time. The Board and the President are not using common sense as they take a hatchet to some of the schools most important programs. Classes are being cut while the President drives a leased Cadillac. Last year six figure executives were hired while $30 an hour teachers were fired from Adult Ed.
On Challengers Meet-and-Greet on the Mesa
Posted on August 5 at 12:24 p.m.
I am glad that this slate of candidates is running and I fully support their efforts. To many members of the current board are asleep at the wheel while great damage is being done to the College by thoughtless decisions by the administration. All of this is being done in the name of the budget, but the cuts are all at the bottom affecting part time teachers, students, and members of the community. No pain is being felt by six figure administrators. Ask the current board about what car the current President leases while she cuts programs for seniors and families.
On Let the Race Begin
Posted on June 25 at 8:30 a.m.
The long term solution to this issue, and to the problem of the gutting Adult Education is to vote the current Trustee members who are running for re-election out of office. Some have sat on the Board since the 1960s, and it is time for fresh Trustees with common sense. Recently the administration attempted to kill the Center For Sustainability which is an extremely valuable program. They are killing Yoga for Senior Citizens and many other valuable Adult Ed classes, but they have money for a Press Box. The priorities are ridiculous. This is a Board Of Trustees and school administration that is out of touch and out of control.Larry Saltzman
On City College Defends Stadium Spending
Posted on August 1 at 2:08 a.m.
Reading this article one might think that Israel was a peaceful little country minding its' own business, instead of a region nuclear power and bully. It would be easy to forget that by the end of 1949 Israel had ethnically cleansed approx. 750,000 Palestinians from their home. It would be easy to forget that Israel is conducting a siege in Gaza that has reduced the populace to conditions not unlike that of the Warsaw Ghetto. It would be easy to forget that ultra-Zionist "settlers" in Gaza are conducting actions against the Palestinians that could be best described as pogroms.
It would certainly be easy to forget that all the settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. That those settlements are all placed on land stolen from the Palestinians. That prominent South Africans have pronounced the conditions in Gaza as being worse than they suffered under Apartheid.
We also must not forget two brutal, unjust wars that were fought against Lebanon, along with a long nasty occupation of Southern Lebanon.
I would say that defenders of Israel should consider spending a lot more time attacking critics of Israel and more time trying to help Israel stop the madness it is engaged in.
Posted on July 31 at 6:33 a.m.
I hope that Professor Robinson continues to press his case and that in the end it is those who violated his rights whom get disciplined by the University. Professor Robinson is still owed a full apology from the university.
I also sincerely hope that this episode brought the ADL down a notch or two. They and other defenders of Israel have confused Judaism with Zionism. The ADL is, in my opinion, utterly blind to the war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Israel. In the world of the pro-Israeli lobby, better to destroy the career of a distinguished professor than allow legitimate criticism of Israel see the light of day. I was highly disappointed to even see a local Rabbi, Arthur Gross-Schaefer support this undemocratic attack by the ADL in these pages. The Rabbi had a right to his opinion, and I don't fault the Independent for presenting alternative viewpoints, but I hope the era of blind support of Israel is rapidly ending.
Posted on June 27 at 6:21 a.m.
I fully agree that this was an important case. the pro-Israeli story has dominated the discussion up to now. The pro-Israeli lobby is willing to shred free speech to prevent the American public from knowing the truth. Had Professor Robinson lost this case the attack of academic free speech would only have intensified.
It is important that Professor Robinson files a grievance over this matter, as apparently he will. The University acted badly in this case and appears to have violated their own policies in this matter. It is critical that Universities not knuckle under to the pro-Israeli lobby.
On Robinson Cleared by UCSB Academic Senate
Posted on June 25 at 9:59 a.m.
What wonderful news about Professor Robinson. this was a hatchet job by organizations that don't believe the Constitution, or the rules that govern academics at UCSB applies to them. Fortunately, it looks like justice prevails. A full apology to Professor Robinson is in order, and a commitment by the University to respect the academic freedom of their professors is also in order. The administration should reassure the other professors that they need not fear pressure groups as they teach their students.
Posted on June 24 at 6:27 p.m.
I won't give it up ever. As a Jewish-American, I am ashamed of the treatment of a fellow Jew, Professor Robinson by so called Jewish organizations who are supposed to protect civil rights, but have turned into mouth pieces for the Israeli government. My post said nothing critical about Israel, though I am a critic of Israel. It was about freedom of speech the right of Professors to present provocative information.
Posted on June 24 at 7:04 a.m.
Professor Robinson deserves a full apology from the University. The University knuckled under to the ADL and other groups who don't want free speech to exist in the University. They want to be the ones in charge of what speech is permitted. And that definitely means no speech that is remotely critical of Israel.
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