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Posted on May 30 at 3:39 p.m.

"The state must fund programs essential to the survival and well- being of our women and children."

At whose expense?

On Which Way, California?

Posted on May 18 at 10:10 p.m.

OK - the mediation task force does 25-30 mediations / year at a cost of $65000. Hmmm - that's about $2000 a piece - in this cease to mediate a claim of $750 which I suppose is typical. Do the math. This is not an effective usage of tax payer funds. We already have the small claims process - which includes opportunity for mediation. The author's claim that this process is ineffective are just not supported by the facts. It's thinking like this by well meaning people that has lead us to the current mess at all levels. Please consider these proposals more carefully in the future.

Robert Ramey

On Think Like a Dog

Posted on September 1 at 10 a.m.

wow - What planet is Jeff Moualim living on. Every action taken by the current administration has been a failure - even by it's own benchmarks. And this is the republican's fault? Those standing up to this serial stupidity are "holding us hostage"? Look around you - it's not working - and the response is ... More of the same - more programs, more regulation, more debt, more ..... - And this doesn't even include that which is already in the pipeline - national health care. It's obviously unsustainable and we're reaching the end of our credit. The country is bankrupt and ... the tea party is responsible for this? So far they've only managed to point out the most glaringly obvious problems. Though quite an accomplishment in these times - still far short of anything substantive.

I could go on, but I'll stop before this turns into a rant.

On Republican Follies

Posted on August 3 at 8:18 a.m.

Another comic tour d'force.

On Comic Takes on Courthouse Fountain

Posted on July 22 at 1:50 p.m.

Fantastic comics - very, very, very entertaining. I don't know if there was some point trying to be made. It seems there was but more than one possibility comes to my mind - a sign of good art.

Think about turning this into a regular feature for the Independent which I usually don't find all that interesting or entertaining to spend the time reading.

On Comic Adventures at City Hall

Posted on June 5 at 10:58 a.m.

Just one question: How is it that someone who as pleaded guilty is referred to as a "suspect"

On Planned Robbery Defendant Skips Court

Posted on May 30 at 8:06 a.m.

This is very funny.

Unfortunately, I had to read the whole thing to be sure it actually was meant as a spoof. The mayor is the same person who promoted painting a blue line through the city as a means to promote action/awareness of global warning. I immediately dismissed those reports as mean spirited and infantile attempts to unfairly portray our liberal mayor as an idiot. Of course they weren't spoofs and the mayor is in fact an ... . Of course she then went on to get re-elected so I guess I'm the idiot now. Anyway, in the future you might save us readers lot's of time by explicitly labeling he articles as satire. I recognize that this would be a lot less fun, but it would save a lot of time.

On Mayor Files Lawsuit to Block End of World

Posted on April 2 at 2:05 p.m.

"But there have been few, if any, new stations in town for ages. My guess is station properties are probably not leased. So you'd figure the property costs are all amortized by now. Unless gas station ownership is being churned."

Right - because "Rent or purchase price of real estate is higher ..."

You can't expect more competition when you discourage new business.

Robert Ramey

On High Gas Prices Because of Too Little Area Competition?

Posted on April 2 at 11:10 a.m.

It's amazing to me that are local authorities are not aware that doing business here is significantly more expensive than it is in other parts of the country. Rent or purchase price of real estate is higher. Compliance costs with local building regulations are much higher than other places. Cost of living is higher here so employee's have to be paid more. etc. In order for a service station to here to earn the same as one somewhere else, it has to charge somewhat more. By the way, the same goes for other businesses - especially real estate intensive ones. Are you not aware that a hotel room price in Santa Barbara is significantly more expensive than other places which are in many ways comparable? It goes on and on. It's really the result of choices we have made as to how we are going to run our local affairs and these are well reflected in our leaders views. The amazing thing is that they themselves cannot see this!

Robert Ramey

On High Gas Prices Because of Too Little Area Competition?

Posted on January 27 at 9:06 a.m.

"The rationale is simple: The founding fathers over 200 years ago wrote the Second Amendment, and as in some Biblical interpretations we must strictly apply it to modern life"

It's not "Biblical interpretations", it's plain reading. If you don't some aspect of the constitution, you'll just have to convince more people that it should be changed. This has happened 15? times since the 10 original amendments (and for pretty dubious ideas like prohibition). So, it's not that it's not doable. It's just that not enough people are convinced. Short circuiting the process through the courts SEEMS like a good idea when the result is something you want, but it comes back to haunt you in unintended ways.

On Truth in Gaffe

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