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Posted on April 14 at 10:28 a.m.
While this is interesting, I am a man who needs more basic guidance. Before I can start worrying about how to get a second date, I need to resolve the problem of how to get a first date. After 22 years of marriage I found myself single again a few weeks before my 59th birthday. A year later, I still have not figured out how to find an adult, intelligent female willing to let me buy her dinner (or even lunch).
On What Women Want
Posted on December 21 at 8:27 a.m.
When the founding fathers established this nation, one of the injustices of the old country that they rebelled against was the inherited aristocracy. They wanted this country to be based on merit.In order to make room for each new generation of high achievers, we must ensure that the children of the previous generation's achievers do not by default grab all the good spots. The inheritance tax is one of the means to make this happen.The phasing-out of inheritance taxes was/is offensive to me, and I am glad that it had a sunset clause. We can discuss what the exemption amount should be, and what the tax rate should be, but there is no doubt in my mind that social justice demands a significant tax on large estates.On the other hand, the existence of a year with no inheritance tax, to be followed by years with high estate taxes sees to be an invitation for the scions to kill their parents. It has been dubbed "throw-momma-from-the-train-year".
On State of the Estate Tax
Posted on November 16 at 6:16 a.m.
Arrgghh .... I wish I had heard of this LAST week, BEFORE it aired on KCET, instead of the day AFTER the last broadcast.
On Two Centuries of Chumash
Posted on September 3 at 2:39 p.m.
I thought I was early when I arrived at 5:30, only to find that my daughter and I were shut out. Why did they choose the smaller parish hall rather than the main church hall?At my church, when a meeting attracts more attendees that the chosen meeting space, we move to a larger space when one is available. I can only assume that it was a conscious decision not to move the meeting from the parish hall to the main church sanctuary which would have had at least twice the seating capacity. Was Lois' staff afraid of the crowd?
Personally, I am hoping for reform to pass and take effect soon. My first choice would be a single-payer system like the one that our state legislature has twice passed here in California, only to have it vetoed by the Governator.
On Capps Brings Healthcare Debate to Santa Barbara
Posted on May 15 at 6:59 a.m.
My vision for how to make Santa Barbara more livable a generation down the road (so my daughter might actually be able to live here) is quite different from our leaders':1) We need to allow enough density along the "main street" corridor that one can live without a car. 3- and 4-story mixed use apartment/shops/offices in a 4-to-6 block wide central strip. Yes this might mean losing some views from State Street.2) Address housing costs by increasing supply so the market can bring the price down. I would prefer to see this increased supply in the form of 2-bedroom apartments owned by public housing corporations, so that the "development profit" is captured by the community rather than given to [rivate developers.These two elements are mutually supportive.
On City Council Squeezes Affordable Housing from Smaller Projects
Posted on November 16 at 7:55 a.m.
In the helicopter video shown on KEYT on Thursday night and Friday morning, there seemed to be many instances of houses burning brightly amid untouched vegetation. This used to be a common pattern related to wood-shake roofing. It seemed amazing that so many older houses still had a wood roof.Maybe the mystery of "some burned, others survived" is correlated with roofing materials and general brush control.
On Tea Fire Appears Close to an End
Posted on July 17 at 8:08 a.m.
A year ago, both houses of the California legislature passed a law instituting a single-payer health care system in California. It was vetoed by the governator just before the election. This plan has received unbelievably little attention in the press.
For much more information, see http://www.onecarenow.org/
As for the efficiency of large systems: Medicare and VA are two very efficient health care delivery systems, with mostly satisfied clients. Doctors and hospitals do not like Medicare because it pays only 60% of the bill, forcing the providers to overcharge their other clients to cover the rest. Obviously, this is only possible because it is a small part of the overall system; a universal single-payer system would have to pay the full cost of services, and those doctors who have studied the California draft are satisfied with it.
The California system will be paid for by a payroll tax similar to the Medicare tax, with contributions split between the employer and the employee.
I hope to see a full analysis of this plan, which will be re-introduced in the CA assembly this session, in the Independent in the very near future.
On Santa Barbara's Healthcare Heavies Weigh in on SiCKO