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Posted on February 5 at 10:36 p.m.

I am not seeing anything about what films you liked or did not like.

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

Yes, climate science must be taken seriously. These extreme (desperate) extraction techniques make oil and gas as dirty for climate change as coal.

I think rambler got it exactly right about the Independent:
"I'd also suggest that the real reason you are gnashing your teeth is that you have taken a wrong position, and are too proud to admit the mistake. No amount of excuse writing will make it right."

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Posted on October 23 at 8:18 p.m.

I would like to be your friend, Nick, but I am having trouble even understanding your point.

"Any given Tuesday" is the expression of the fact that the Board of Supervisors can approve anything they want on any given Tuesday that they meet.

Measure P was carefully written to prevent approval of future extreme fossil fuel extraction. If not Measure P, what other assurance is there? You have not said anything specific that is wrong with Measure P.

As for your claim that "Against the vehement advice of every environmental activist within 250 miles, the Guardians collected 16,000 signatures in amazingly short order to qualify P for the November’s ballot. "

I am chair of the Sierra Club Santa Barbara Group. We did not advise against Measure P. Nor do we know any environmentalists who were. We actively support Measure P.

Yes, Presidential election years are better for liberal causes. But the laws of physics don't get to wait for our plodding political process.

Can you please just come out and say Yes or No: Are you asking people to vote for Measure P?

-- Robert Bernstein

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Posted on October 18 at 11:46 a.m.

I have never voted against a school bond measure. But Measure S will be my first NO.

Nick Welsh explained it well in the Angry Poodle: SBCC has expanded at an alarming rate, overwhelming housing, transit and other local resources.

SBCC needs to develop a plan to house its students as its top priority before I can support any further funding.

If they have failed to offer any meaningful plans now, why would we ever expect them to do so after we give them the money and there is no more accountability?

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Posted on October 17 at 8:28 a.m.

Nick Welsh did support Measure P in the Angry Poodle Barbecue. He said he was outvoted when it came to the endorsement of Measure P in the final Independent endorsements. Nick is the news editor and most senior reporter (he predates when it even became the Independent). Seems wacky that the paper would outvote his informed view.

Where did you ever see Nick Welsh come out against P? And what poll are you talking about? Where?

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Posted on October 16 at 5:22 p.m.

Linda Krop's piece in the very same issue of the Independent today lays out the details of why Measure P is in fact on solid legal grounds. I guess the Independent people don't have time to read their own paper.

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Posted on October 16 at 4:17 p.m.

It just goes to prove an old adage (which I just made up) "Perfectly intelligent people can hold perfectly idiotic positions."

Your position on Measure P is based on no actual facts, just on the belief that the Board of Supervisors will do the right thing if there is a problem with extraction techniques in the future. Did it occur to you that without Measure P there will be no accountability in the future?

Likewise your endorsement of Yes on S, while acknowledging that SBCC has done nothing to mitigate its impacts so far. But you are sure SBCC will do the right thing in the future after they get their money and there is no accountability. Right.

Also interesting that your senior news editor who goes back to before there even was an Independent has taken the exact opposite positions:
YES on P
NO on S
He is right and I cannot imagine how the paper decided differently.

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Posted on April 19 at 9:47 a.m.

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Posted on July 10 at 11:20 a.m.

Here is a photo of Gil that I took when he came on my Gibraltar Rock hike in February.

Sad that someone as pleasant and gifted as him could feel so alone as to want to commit suicide.

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Posted on July 9 at 12:03 p.m.

How very sad. Gil used to come on my Sierra Club hikes. He was pleasant and a good hiker, helpful to others.

I feel especially sad that I did not know he was having problems. We each live our lives and are not always sensitive to picking up on cues that might let us reach out to those in need.

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