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Posted on December 9 at 4:24 p.m.

Eckermann's early comment is right on the mark. Mr Armendariz is all about political ideology.

His is an ideology of being tough on people who are down on their luck. Of demanding personal responsibility when compassion and support are more productive and appropriate.

This is certainly the end of his political career. Yes, he risked harming others by drinking and driving. But every day he harmed many more by his political actions that cut funding for essential services. Ironically, services that include help for those with substance abuse problems. And, he never missed a chance to oppose funding for transportation for those who choose not to drive.

It is unfortunate that political careers are ended for personal mistakes rather than for the real harm done by hurtful political actions.

On Carpinteria Councilmember Joe Armendariz Arrested for DUI

Posted on December 29 at 10:53 a.m.

Here is the full program:
9:00AM Pre-March Program and Rally at De La Guerra Plaza

10:00AM Unity March up State Street to the Arlington Theater

11:00AM A Stirring Program at the Arlington

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March and Rally

Posted on February 5 at 11:45 p.m.

Where are the updates?

On Film Festival Program Announced

Posted on January 31 at 8:13 a.m.

BookTV is about the only thing I watched on TV. This theft of services by Cox should be prosecuted as a crime.

There is one alternative: Download the programs on-line using DSL which is what I have been doing.

By the way, the Cox channel guide at is not even correct.

On Cox Switcheroo

Posted on January 18 at 11:38 p.m.

Old Town Goleta Bike Lanes Now!!!
Thank you, George!

The huge city of Bogota, Colombia redid their entire transportation system to be bike, ped and transit friendly in less than three years.

Goleta has been unable to get bike lanes in Old Town Goleta in over three decades!

Imagine there were already bike lanes, wider sidewalks and a planted median.

Now imagine that someone said they would rip all of this out in order to provide a handful of storage spaces for private motor vehicles. Would any sane person approve of that?

If not, why is it we are doing this now?

And three people not in cars have died in Old Town Goleta recently just to keep those stupid parking spaces. Is the Goleta City Council guilty of second degree murder or just manslaughter?

On Dead Pedestrians Make Poor Shoppers

Posted on November 21 at 8:12 p.m.

Thanks for sharing your own story, Janet. It is most relevant. Children have a strong natural fear of falling, only overcome with confidence gained through experience. The species would not have survived if current pathological levels of vigilance really were needed.

I do not blame "bureaucrats". They are just doing what the public demands.

I blame ordinary citizens for demanding zero tolerance of risk. There is no such thing. Minimizing activity-based risk leads to far greater risks to personal well-being and to the environment.

On Teacher in Trouble

Posted on November 19 at 4:53 p.m.

Here are a few common examples of child abuse:
1) Forcing children to believe in mythical gods who will burn them in hell for innocent behavior.
2) Driving children to nearby places that they should be walking or biking to.
3) Arranging "play dates" instead of letting kids make their own friends and meet each other.
4) Feeding them drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup as their primary source of liquid.
5) Organizing every minute of the child's time
6) Not letting kids play and explore and learn and grow and make mistakes and fall down and be kids.

Lia is a rare hero who should be commended for going against the prevailing culture of child abuse in the US.

On Teacher in Trouble

Posted on November 5 at 10:17 p.m.

Another great article, Starshine!

With regard to awareness and play dates, none of this went on when we were kids.

"Be home in time for dinner" was the only rule. I never would have thought to ask my friend's parents for a snack nor would my parents think to offer one to my friends.

Mostly because parents were just not in the picture. By the time we were potty trained, we got ourselves to our friends' homes or else they came to our home.

No one had an extra vehicle to drop anyone off with. The idea of a "play date" did not exist. Parents and kids each lived in their own world.

It was not that parents didn't care about kids. It was just that it was obvious that parents had better things to be doing and kids had a better life with each other.

Think "Peanuts" for how our lives were. And it all worked pretty well.

On The Playdate Secret

Posted on June 24 at 10:53 p.m.

Great column, Starshine! I have been writing about the environmental and social costs of this paranoia for years.

Here is one.

The biggest danger to kids is being hit by a parent driving their kid to school... because they are so paranoid about the things that don't really matter!

We have a drug-free zone around schools. How about a dropoff-free zone around schools? At least the kids would get a little exercise and freedom and a chance to walk with their friends.

The biggest harm of driving kids everywhere is the lifetime habit it sets for never getting any exercise. That hazard is an order of magnitude bigger than the hazard of a crash in the car.

My brother made his kids walk or bike to school. And what was his reward? Being told by other parents that he was a bad parent. If you want to know where these bad habits start, I think that is a good clue. Thanks, Starshine!

On Off-Leash Kids

Posted on May 7 at 10:17 a.m.

Thank you, Starshine! "I'm an atheist." It is so simple and so clear and speaks for so many of us.

Regarding "god" with a small "g" I deal with it this way: I explain that I don't believe in any gods. Not Yahweh, Zeus, Odin, Allah, God, Vishnu or any of the thousands of other gods invented by humans.

Nothing personal about your god, I don't believe in any of the other gods as well. That keeps it with a small "g".

Thank you again, Starshine!

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