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Posted on August 8 at 11:21 a.m.

The ABR and other such organizations - love 'em or hate'm, should stick to their stated purpose. To use their authority or other purposes violates the trust that the public has placed in them. Whenever this happens, the public confidence in government in general is diminished. I would urge members of such bodies to restrain their impulse to use their power to impose their views upon everyone else and stick to their assigned tasks.

Robert Ramey

On Chick-fil-A Debate Santa Barbara Style

Posted on July 16 at 9:04 p.m.

This is the first time EVER that I've agreed to an opinion expressed int SB Independent. So I guess there's something we can all agree on. It's a hopeful sign

Wasting huge amounts of money is not an effective way to improve the economy for anyone.

On Costly Train to No Where

Posted on June 19 at 9:19 a.m.

Another spectacularly bad idea. A huge amount of public money just to shorten the commute of the homeless to the main downtown area? Give me a break!

On Lead the Way

Posted on June 15 at 9:52 p.m.

oh come on.

I would guess most people see this for what it was: An attempt to address state budget problems by taxing "someone else".

There is no way any new taxes are going to help the states financial problems. These are due to the fact that politicians and voters have insisted on making promises that the state can't keep.

Robert Ramey

On Smoke Screen

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

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