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Posted on August 24 at 10:30 p.m.
I just wish that a pot smoker would ask him/herself this question before lighting up: I wonder how many people were kidnapped, tortured or killed so that I smoke this joint?
Could they still find it in their hearts to enjoy it?
On Pot Farmers Sparked Blaze
Posted on July 29 at 1:02 p.m.
I'm so happy that Dale Francisco is running. He's the only one who makes sense to me.
On Francisco Enters Mayoral Race
Posted on June 7 at 12:50 p.m.
appleoneusmonk: Get over YOURself. Tammy expressed her views politely, you should too. I agree with the Goleta council. They are trying to make sure we don't have huge buildings and overly crowded, dense structures everywhere. I'm glad they are taking a measured approach and that the community is involved with making sure that development does not get out of hand. Better to go slow because once it's built, it's there.
On Citrus Village Back to Drawing Board
Posted on May 11 at 6:27 p.m.
Hear, hear, dogsmom! I recommend paying for up to three years at a time. It's one less thing that you need to do on a yearly basis and it helps Animal Control to have this money up-front to use/invest. Think of it as a donation (even though it's also against the law not to register your dog). You can also register your cat. Plus, it's very inexpensive anyway! All good reasons to register. Maybe you could throw in a little extra (i.e. perhaps round up the $57 for 3 years to $75) as a little donation when you register too.
Posted on May 11 at 6:16 p.m.
Very good reporting throughout. I checked The Independent every day. I have a SB Newspress account and checked there too, but I got far more timely and detailed info from The Independent. It was an invaluable resource.
I would suggest one (minor) thing. During the Gap Fire, The Independent had a huge banner at the top of the page. The Jesusita Fire's banner was a bit buried in the middle and smaller, thus harder to find.
Thank you for the great reporting!
On Fire Investigators Narrow Down Start Point
Posted on May 6 at 11:15 a.m.
Do get your pet licensed! It is really inexpensive and benefits animal control services -- whose mission is to SAVE animals! A rabies shot only costs $10 at the Humane Society and it lasts for 3 years. THAT IS A DEAL!(http://sbhumanesociety.org/Fees.html#...)Note that the other vaccinations are $12.50 or less.
Plus, it is against the law not to register your dog. So do the right thing. Get your pet registered and get their shots. Keep them safe (the microchip is a great idea) and keep them healthy. Obey the law and support Animal Control Services because they do good work.
On Officials Urge Pet Licensing to Combat Rabies Outbreak
Posted on May 5 at 10:11 p.m.
The Independent is doing a great job covering the fire, as usual.
On House-to-House Fire Battles Possible
Posted on January 26 at 12:32 a.m.
PETA is definitely WAY too extreme!
I prefer to donate to the Humane Society (http://www.hsus.org/) and the World Wildlife Fund (http://www.worldwildlife.org). These organizations do really good work and they work WITH people (as well as for animals!).
On PETA's Ad Campaigns: Effective or Extreme?
Posted on January 9 at 10:47 p.m.
emptynewsroom: Sadly, something must be up with the way you interact with people, as well as dogs. The vast majority of people are very considerate, especially here in Santa Barbara, and every dog I've ever seen off leash here has been friendly. Perhaps you should take an interspecitve look at the messages (possibly non-verbal) you are sending out. Good luck.
On Preventing Dog Bites
Posted on January 8 at 11:30 a.m.
emptynewsroom: What made me question to accuracy of your account is that you wrote, "Only once in over 15 years (literally one time!) have I had a dog owner apoligize by saying, "I'm sorry that my dog bothered you."
Seems unlikely that only ONE person in all of 15 years(!) was respectful to you! That has GOT to be an exaggeration.