Comments by ramey

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Posted on June 16 at 10:03 a.m.

"if the maintenance is sourced out, the financial problem would be gone. (Also, all the city employees would be moved to another city job, and, therefore, none of them would lose their jobs.)"

LOL - If no one loses their job - how would the city save any money? Wouldn't the city budget just increase by the amount paid for the the outsource?

On Keep Mulligan's Open!

Posted on April 21 at 11:05 a.m.

These cases should be handled by the justice system.

The justice system is designed to distance politics (to the extent possible) from the administration of justice. Universities are way too politically charged to address accusations of criminal behavior in an objective, fair, and legal manner.

On UCSB Students Call for Tougher Rape Penalties

Posted on April 20 at 10:01 a.m.

This article is extremely poorly written and argued.

traffic accidents are in no way analogous to an infectious disease epidemic.

The article states that SB county is #4 / 58 for bicycle related injuries then goes on to state that there isn't reliable information on bicycle accidents.

There is no real information of any kind in this article.

On Public Health Menace Grows

Posted on April 2 at 10:57 a.m.

I do find star shineshines's articles very entertaining.

and this one is one of the best.

It's almost gotten to the point where I'm afraid to read anything anymore.

On The Cacophony of Corporate Squawk

Posted on April 2 at 10:44 a.m.

Incredible saga.

Your tax dollars at work.

On Flexing Muscles Over Mussels

Posted on March 25 at 8:38 a.m.

"get commuters to and from Santa Barbara during peak commute hours will likely begin for trains between Moorpark and Goleta, said State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson today. “[I]t makes so much sense,”
"A start time of 6 a.m., arriving in Goleta by just before 8 a.m."

On what planet does 4 hours/day commuting make sense?

On Commuter Train Service Expected by Spring 2016

Posted on March 25 at 8:31 a.m.

it is everyone's responsibility to provide some service or good that other's deem worthwhile enough for others to pay for. The basis of a free society is free exchange and cooperation among it's members.

If people want to donate to help out some business that they want to support - fine it's there decision.

But I resent that idea that some business has the right to expect community support because they represent some sort of "special value" or "special circumstance" that customers aren't willing to pay for. This attitude doomed the Earthling - and rightly so.

For counter examples look a Chaucer's and the Book Den. They've been in business for many years outlasting the national competitors Borders and Barnes & Noble.

I would suggest that the owners take a look at their own decision making - including the idea of begging funds from fans that their customers won't supply. And recognize that starting a business is extremely difficult, labor intensive and labor intensive. Bookselling is especially problematic these days. I'm sure it takes one with years of experience in the business to be successful. (I have no idea what previous experience the owners have) 4 out of 5 new businesses fail. Be prepared to change things and try new ideas. Even if this fundraising effort is successful, I'm doubtful that it will be sufficient to save the business on it's own.

Landlords aren't the problem. Everyone charges what they think their customers are willing to pay (including bookstores).

For what it's worth, I like the bookstore - but then I like almost all book stores.

On Granada Books on Brink of Closure

Posted on March 22 at 8:51 a.m.

"Also, if it is naturally occurring arsenic then it is actually a necessary trace mineral (though still may be harmful in extraordinary amounts), whereas if it came from a byproduct of some industrial or mining process it is more toxic."

How is one gram of naturally occurring arsenic different than one gram of arsenic from some other source?

On Ills at Elings

Posted on March 5 at 7:17 p.m.

"Hang gliding is a lot more dangerous than being drunk on the cliffs in IV, being an attractive female drunk in IV at parties (which is actually safer than being drunk out in the streets of downtown SB) and also more dangerous than crossing railroad tracks"

As a hangglider pilot of more than 20 years, I would have to dispute the above statement. I don't think it has any factual basis.

"getting drunk and having sex with an attractive female is probably as or more fun than hang gliding for a young male"

I would dispute that as well. Though I would suppose it would depend on the particular female as well as the weather that day.

On Badly Burned Teen Took the 'Fire Challenge'

Posted on March 2 at 12:18 p.m.

I can't get excited about all this.

Speaker of the house want's to invite Netanyahu - that's his right. Some congress don't want to attend - that's their right (on a normal day half of them aren't even there anyway). The president doesn't want to receive him - that's his right. An insult to the president? Maybe, but I'm sure he'll recover.

Given all the important stuff which needs work, I can' t believe people getting worked up about this.

On Bibi, Go Home

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