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Posted on June 4 at 12:19 a.m.

Meg Whitman spent 160 million and couldn't beat JERRY BROWN! California has had enough of the conservative backwards bullsh* and unless they trot out something new they're going to keep on losing. The tide is changing.

On Endorsements: Measure M and 2nd District Supervisor and Sheriff

Posted on October 30 at 10:43 p.m.

This place is amazing... You've got to check it out!

On Santa Barbara Guitar Bar Sets a New Standard

Posted on May 27 at 9:57 a.m.

Not to mention that "benefits" are what you get in loo of "salary". A lot of this discussion smacks of "anyone can teach" Also, I have no children, and yet I pay the same tax rate as someone who has five kids... or more. Are we ready to have THAT discussion about "fairness" and equity in taxation.

On Santa Barbara Teachers Association Elects New Union Boss

Posted on May 27 at 9:45 a.m.

EVERYONE benefits in some way from all of us paying our taxes. The average time spent in the job for a California teacher is under five years. If it was such a cushy life, bleeding society dry sucking on the teat of government, you'd think far less would leave the job.
Why does no one seem to recall that teachers do not get Social Security either? If we were all dumped into that already broken system it would end it.
I am kept part time in my position, and the portion of my insurance I pay is going up THIRTY percent next year. If teachers did not have tenure protection, intellectual freedom would be at risk, and when a serious budget crisis hits the temptation to shed highly skilled teachers for political, or monetary issues alone would be too great. Why keep an older, skilled teacher when you can hire a twenty-two year old for half the salary.
As for the "bad teachers", there are bad cops, bad firemen, bad doctors and some very bad parents, etc. There is a percentage of "bad" workers in every industry. Who gets to decide who the "bad" teachers are? You? Me? Test scores? It's not that cut and dried. Awesome, outstanding teachers FAR outwork their pay scale... and there are very few "bad" teachers... although they do exist.
Trust me, education is the one area of government where we are getting more than what we pay for.
We need to stop demonizing teachers, and fix the real money pit of public spending: Health Care.... Workman's Comp...oh and War.

On Santa Barbara Teachers Association Elects New Union Boss

Posted on January 17 at 9:28 a.m.

Thank you for your service... and the example to young girls about the difference a strong, involved woman can make in this world.

On Winter for the Matriarch

Posted on November 15 at 7:07 p.m.

I feel as if, even is we don't know the whole story... we know enough! For the love of all that's holy, is this where we've come in this society. I know of children who are actually being abused, and when it is reported, nothing is done. But god forbid you let a child play outside when a woman with a seeing eye dog is around. Then you're screwed. Heaven help us all.

On Teacher on Trial

Posted on September 30 at 7:08 a.m.

I love this idea... nothing brings people together more than food.

On Westside Story

Posted on September 21 at 7:13 a.m.

This story seems funny at first, until you think about what could have happened if he hit a mini-van filled with kids. Sad.

On Police Arrest Man for DUI - Twice During the Same Day

Posted on November 14 at 6:16 p.m.

We need Oprah to come here and do her show "live from Santa Barbara"!

Best wishes to all...

On Tea Fire Update

Posted on November 14 at 8:09 a.m.

Our best wishes go out to everyone involved... be safe, be strong. Thank you firefighters!

On Tea Fire Morning Update

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