Comments by summersb

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Posted on November 25 at 4:50 p.m.

I know, the problems are complex and more than one. Just to give you an example, I see it at the University every day: I know of many graduate and post-doc getting paid for conferences around the world (hotel, air-fare, meals, etc). My friend last year went to Japan, Sweden, South Africa, and a few other conferences in the US. And this is not an isolated case.
On the other hand, I also see undergraduates getting cramped into classes than sometimes can barely afford (if they were lucky enough to get into).
Why don't we get the graduate and post-doc to use video-conferences instead of expensive travelling and offer more support to the undergrads?
Well, the grads are the ones bringing money to the University, get grants from the Feds and private institutions, etc - They are the only ones who haven't even received a paycut (unlike faculty and staff).
The undergrads are the underdogs in the school system, and it keeps going down and down...

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Posted on November 25 at 3:05 p.m.

@ JohnLocke,

I completely agree that education system has many faults, including unions, etc. I understand your wife's frustration and her decission of changing careers so she could make more money as a bussinesswoman than as a teacher.
However, just because the educational system is broken, doesn't mean we give up and forget about it (as long as we make our money...) It is too important for everybody to let it fail and go down the drain.

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Posted on November 24 at 5:17 p.m.

If there is such a problem with socialism, why are Switzerland, Germany, and Canada (all socialists) in a much better shape than the US?
Also, who said that Thatcher is a model of wisdom? It's like if a guy in England quotes something that GW Bush said as if it is a universal truth...

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Posted on November 24 at 4:34 p.m.

JohnLocke, you just don't get it dude. It's not about economy, it is about having education being a universal rigth. It's about what to save and what to throw away when times are hard. It's called PRIORITIES.
It's about not cutting school programs such as music or PE from a school everytime things get a little tough, like dispensables that were "luxurious programs".
I am sorry, but I come from Europe, and it is very hard for me that this country takes it out of education everytime there are shortcuts.
The education of our children is an investment in our future, not just theirs.
Just how many millions were spent on SB elections? We have money for what we want, not for what we need.
I prefer if my son doesn't have access to a TV or can't go to the cinema, but receives a decent education at school. But I see that's not everybody's priority...

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Posted on November 24 at 1:35 p.m.

JohnLocke? Not conservative?? Huh! Right!
Education should be a universal right, to give everybody the same chances. If only the rich are allowed to go to collegue, who is going to rule our world tomorrow? Not the most capable, smart, or ambitious. It will be the rich. And if there are a few lazy, incompetent between them, well, what can you do when you don't have any other options?
I volunteered the other day to Santa Barbara 4th and 5th graders. They didn't know the 7 continents. Most of them took more than 10 attempts to locate them right on a map... Think about, only children from parents with money are allowed to good knowledge? Unbelievable!!

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Posted on November 17 at 9:05 a.m.

Awesome. What an example for everybody to follow!

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Posted on October 30 at 9:55 a.m.

Bad sign of things to come if individuals such as Dale Francisco get elected mayor of Santa Barbara...

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Posted on October 23 at 11:50 a.m.

Well, what is the hope for people like me who want to enjoy Ben Harper without drugs?
Isn't the whole hippy-reague thing about freedom?
Where is my freedom if I want to go to a concert "just to hear the music", and not inhale the drugs from the person next to me?
What is this world come to where I cannot freely chose to not inhale drugs??

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Posted on October 22 at 11:28 a.m.

I do not recommend anybody with a family going to West Beach Festival.
High-school kids were right next to me on the main stage on Saturday, and they were offering free drugs to everybody around in exchange for a pipe, the worst part is that they were so high that couldn't even understand a single word of what was said to them...
Sad and decadent...

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Posted on October 21 at 12:21 p.m.

I agree 100% with the previous comment.
The US should just get out of the way, if we obviously are so manipulated by one side (Israel).
Want examples?
UN resolutions condemning Israel's crimes against humanity (including the killing of 300 innocent children) : blocked by the US.
Billions on weapons to Israel, such as white phosphorus that were illegally used on civilians: donated by the US.
Second biggest lobby in the US: Aipac (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
Major espionage scandals in the US: by Israel agents (related to Aipac).
Major fraude scandals in the US: Madoff, related to Aipac.
Etc, etc, etc...

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