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Posted on March 23 at 1:54 p.m.

It is a problem when landlords pay too much for the property, then use that overpayment to justify rents that are too high. There is no actual rental competition in Santa Barbara because the owner-occupied/rental ratio is upside relative to most communities. A real estate bubble by definition means that the prices are too high regardless of comps.

No one is expecting landlords to "rent for pennies." Reframing the issue in terms of false dichotomies like that is a logical fallacy. However, rents like house payments are paid by wages. Rents need to be line with the wages of the typical tenant. And landlords need to respect tenants instead of considering them as down-and-outers who spend all their money on booze. Maybe they are teetotalers saving for a down payment.

It is beyond naive to think that good works merit a rent discount. Fair rent should be a given. The golden rule is also good business. It is also telling when landlords in Santa Barbara believe it is perfectly normal for a one-bedroom to require the wages of two people to be economically feasible.

Although it is true that retirees can go anywhere, in the current job climate, it would be foolish for those now in the labor pool to give up a job because of the outrageous rents.

On Please, Landlord, Please

Posted on March 21 at 11:09 a.m.

How on earth does pointing out that English spelling often preserves the history of its loan words become misconstrued to "applauding?" I also did not "defend" the regularity of English. I only pointed out that it is not so irregular that words have to be memorized one by one. Also, we must keep straight the regularity of grammar versus the regularity of spelling. run/ran is irregular according to grammar, but perfectly regular according to phonics.

Ms. Bell, comments like "...even now not everyone believes that enabling all children to learn as much as possible is a good thing. Having a spelling system that ensures that most kids leave school knowing less than they could suits them very well" are unnecessarily polarizing and invite others to respond to even your well-made points in kind.

On Teach the Children — All of Them

Posted on March 20 at 4:06 p.m.

If only employers will adjust their start and end times to accommodate the train schedule. After all, it is not like most commuter trains, buses, subways, etc in the US and the world that run every 5-15 minutes.

Also there is no point in complaining about the word gentifrication. If you have been following the comments for a long time, there are plenty of people who think Santa Barbara's workforce should live elsewhere.

On Commuter Train Service Expected by Spring 2016

Posted on March 20 at 3:53 p.m.

First, this letter and thread has nothing to do with illegal immigrants. Give it a rest already.

Second, Ms Bell is in good company when she recommended overhauling English spelling to make it more consistent. However, people are emotionally attached to their writing systems. Japanese and Chinese readers have long resisted efforts to overhaul their ideograph systems. It is not necessary to take an insulting tone with her.

Third, the old canard, homogeneity, has nothing to do with anything.

Fourth, although it is true that some research estimates the number of dyslexics at 17%, other estimates are far lower, at 5%. This discrepancy may be due to differing definitions of the term, and the fact that dyslexia occurs on a continuum from extremely mild to very severe.

Fifth, the logic of English spelling is partly phonetic, partly pattern-based, and partly historical artifact, so those four interesting rhyme pairs, taken out of their linguistic and historical context, clarify nothing.

Sixth, perhaps only 20% of society's jobs need a college education, but the vast majority of employers require a college education, and close to 100% of employers expect their employees to know how to read. This has nothing to do with who is president.

On Teach the Children — All of Them

Posted on March 19 at 8:36 p.m.

Actually, what surprises foreign learners of English (such as the Chinese who really must memorize individual "words" or characters), is how regular English actually is. Maybe of them began their study believing they had to memorize individual words, only to discover through the magic of phonics, that English is chock-full of regular predictable sounds and patterns. Although it is true that English is not 100% reliable, like Spanish, it is estimated to be about 85% reliable.

Most spelling "exceptions" preserve some aspect of the word's history. Other languages, such as Japanese, completely obliterate the history of borrowed words. For a truly difficult spelling system, try French. Sometimes it seems that nearly every letter is silent.

On Teach the Children — All of Them

Posted on March 17 at 5:40 p.m.

"...the reality of early Irish immigrants proved far more complex than the prevailing stereotypes of drunken, illiterate brawlers." Kinda like the reality of Hispanic immigrants is far more complex than prevailing stereotypes of US-taxpayer-supported moochers.

On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

Posted on March 15 at 4:38 p.m.

When a vote is taken, the expectation is that everyone abides by the result of the vote. What if the vote had gone the other way, and the supes voted against the pay raise. Would that mean the supes who want the money should be paid anyway? Of course not. When Buffet says the rich should pay more in taxes, of course he means all of the rich. The hypocrites are the ones who say he should send a donation. That is just mean-spirited. I do not think Mr. Adams needs to have a smart mouth, but neither does any one else.

On Salary Shootout at the County Corral

Posted on February 22 at 8:15 p.m.

The childishness of the comments relating to Bill Clausen is truly stunning. Grow up already. Most people left the garbage behind when they left Junior High.

On Employed Illegally?

Posted on February 21 at 4:44 p.m.

And where do you suppose the illegal employees get the Social Security numbers on the W-2s they present when the do their taxes? They do not make them up out and they do not buy them from some guy in a trench coat. Their employers provide the numbers. Many illegal employees believe the everybody, even you and I, got social security number from their first employer.

On Employed Illegally?

Posted on February 18 at 10:58 a.m.

Jarvis, Instead of endlessly repeating yourself, you might cite your sources for your numbers, because as I pointed out, I found sources that contradict your numbers.

On Few Scholarships for Undocumented Students

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