Comments by paulvmcdowell

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Posted on May 6 at 3:32 p.m.

Thank God civilization has come back to Santa Barbara. If the owner has no experience in the book business, so much the better. We may have a better selection than Harlequin Romances or the yee haw series of the westerns i never buy.

Best of luck to Mr. McDonougth and his partner Mr. Zolezzi. May your bookstore last longer then the Earthling, Borders, and Barnes and Nobles combined.

On New Bookstore Opening Downtown

Posted on January 4 at 11:59 a.m.

If the State of California was able to sustain tuition-free higher education in the years before the Reagan governorship, even during the Depression of the 1930s, why should we not re-implement this policy now?. Elimination of the bloated military budget, closing the bases that now circle the world, and termination of the wars that have compromised our reputation would free up all the tax funding needed to restore not only higher (and all) education, but also health services, social security, and much-needed public works projects.

How about a little common sense in addressing this and all issues?

On Student Loan Payback Program Implemented

Posted on December 7 at 9:53 a.m.

Not to toot my horn (well, of course it is), but I have been authoring a textbook in cultural anthropology that has gone through three editions since 2005 and now another book titled Cultures Around the World will be released around December 15. Both are used in my courses at SBCC. For further info contact

On Made in Santa Barbara Books

Posted on September 28 at 2:57 p.m.

Congratulations to the Chumash organization for this altruistic gesture. I live a block away form the Boys and Girls Club, and from what I have seen,they do good work for the neighborhood and the community.

On Chumash Give $100,000 to Boys and Girls Club

Posted on March 17 at 12:46 a.m.

The day after i read the story about the Union Bank takover, I went to the ATM to withdraw some cash. Imagine my surprise when SBBT charged me $3.00 for the "service.," the same bank that a few days ago charged nothing for the same transaction.

It was bad enough that the new ATM is manufactured by Diebold, the same Diebold that stole our votes with its voting machines. (The Dieb part of Diebold is German for "thief.")

Enough of this theft, current and future. I'm moving my money elsewhere.If enough of us do the same, perhaps Union Bank will drop its Bank of America ways--or its Central taken-over banks. Don't mourn! Act!

On Union Bank Buys SBB&T for $1.5 Billion

Posted on February 8 at 5:24 p.m.

Wow. Nothing like the comments to learn something you didn't know before. SBBT not local but based in Texas? An $11.00 fee if your account dips below $1,000? When my wife and I moved to Santa Barbara in 1995, we had very good experience with SBBT. The staff was friendly from teller to bank manager. Now it is time for us to rethink. I also do not approve of the downtown bank switching to Diebold, the same company that manipulated the voting machines back in 2004.
I won't break any windows. But as they use to say in the 1950s TV series in Rawhide, Move 'em out. This time money instead of cattle. Probably time to check out Riviera or the credit union.

On Vandals Target Mesa Businesses

Posted on September 6 at 4:46 p.m.

Thank you for including my photograph with the piece on the farmers' market, which was held last Wednesday.

A small correction: I teach anthropology, not sociology, at SBCC.. The error probably stemmed from the fact that the anthropology instructors teach under the auspices of the Sociology and Anthropology Department there.


Paul McDowell
Instructor in Anthropology .

On SBCC Farmers' Market

Posted on July 29 at 7:54 p.m.

On almost the very day Gov. Brown lambastes the excessive salaries of higher education administrators the Board of Trustees shells out half a million to an administrator dismissed for her high-handed policies and practices. She get a golden handshake for screwing up? Give me a break!.

We could sure use that cash for better things--like teaching.

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on December 4 at 2:54 p.m.

I can explain from personal experience why Croninger didn't get more votes.

In my ballot, it was not clear from the slot that I could vote for two candidates, not just one, so I selected another candidate, lamenting the limited choice I thought was open to me. If I had known that, Ms. Croninger would have had my vote.

I wonder how many other voters had the same experience.

On Miracle Comeback

Posted on July 26 at 4:24 p.m.

Finally!. Glad to see that *South of the Border* is going to be shown in Santa Barbara, almost a month after it started in Los Angeles. Why does it take so long for politically relevant films to arrive here?

On Far Left and Liking It

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