Comments by mindful

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Posted on July 4 at 8:26 p.m.

It would help if the city made it easier for people to create & rent out "mother-in-law" apartments on their property . Instead, people rent sub-standard facilities. Have you seen some of the "studio" spaces for which people want $!,200 to $1,800 a month?! Microwave on a table and wash your dishes in a tiny bathroom sink. No heat. etc etc. It's disgraceful.

On Santa Barbara's Recovery Blues

Posted on September 19 at 12:37 p.m.

I'm surprised by the bitterness in some of the comments! The SBMA is a wonderful institution! It not only goes to the schools in the area and gives art appreciation lessons, but also buses the students to the museum to see the art! This is all paid for by the museum. A huge # of students receive this gift each year. And as for the armed forces receiving free admission, they give so much to us, and receive little. It's appropriate they have this benefit. Times have changed, and there are not enough donors giving enough money to all of the cultural organizations in this country. They struggle to survive. I'm happy to support the art museum with membership (really reasonable price), and am grateful that they are reaching out to this community as they are.

On Great Art Goes Free

Posted on January 17 at 8:31 p.m.

The Independent said it perfectly! I find it hard to believe more people haven't responded positively to the editorial. If we look at the qualities of the strongest leaders, we see they have a clear vision of what is possible and the ability to inspire others with that vision. Other qualities which make great and good leaders include intelligence, integrity, wisdom and good judgment, as well as a commitment to the idea that the one who leads must use that power in the service of others. I believe that Obama has these qualities. I recommend people read his books "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope". They give insight into the depth and breadth with which he thinks.

On For President: Barack Obama

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