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Posted on November 12 at 4:59 p.m.
I recommend this speaker. His message is vitally important and is independent of religious bias. Hope to see you there!
On J Street Rallies Support for Two-State Solution
Posted on September 12 at 8:32 a.m.
Having been in the new section for two days in the last few weeks, I can tell you that it is nicely done, and a major improvement from the patients' point of view. But the nurses do complain - rightly or otherwise. They complain that it takes a long time to get certain equipment, as they are stored a long way from the patient wings. They complain that they were not consulted in the architectural layout (what should be close to what). Perhaps they just like to complain - perhaps we just got some chronic complainers, or perhaps their complaints have some substance. But the care you get is still excellent, IMHO.
On Goleta Valley Hospital Upgrade
Posted on July 28 at 8:02 a.m.
Why have a recall? Isn't that what regular elections are for?
When one compares Serban to McDougall, there is no comparison.
On Punch, Counter-Punch
Posted on May 9 at 12:20 a.m.
Great comments, Mike!
Hope to see you at Aldo's.
Frank (from Ward Drive)
On Right Off the Cliff
Posted on April 27 at 9:05 a.m.
Regarding Obama's grades. Doesn't "magna cum laude" from Harvard Law School mean anything?
On Why I Can’t Vote For You Again, Mr. President
Posted on April 27 at 9 a.m.
OK, kids - time for some facts.
Regarding Obama's promises: Politifact, the Pulitzer-Prize winning fact checking web site, has been keeping track of more than 500 promises of Obama's. As shown here http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-met... the current total is 134 promises kept; 218 "in the works"; 40 "compromise"; 42 "broken" and 70 "stalled".
I'd consider that a pretty good record, in view of the continual harassment at every turn, and the fact that the president can only "propose" and the COngress "disposes."
Regarding the birth certificate brouhaha, I would emphasize "ha-ha." It seems that the White House has pulled off a classic "rope-a-dope" making Palin, Trump, et al look like village idiots.
Posted on May 25 at 8:45 a.m.
This, from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama:
"Compassion is equally important in Islam — and recognizing that has become crucial in the years since Sept. 11, especially in answering those who paint Islam as a militant faith. On the first anniversary of 9/11, I spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington, pleading that we not blindly follow the lead of some in the news media and let the violent acts of a few individuals define an entire religion.
Let me tell you about the Islam I know. Tibet has had an Islamic community for around 400 years, although my richest contacts with Islam have been in India, which has the world’s second-largest Muslim population. An imam in Ladakh once told me that a true Muslim should love and respect all of Allah’s creatures. And in my understanding, Islam enshrines compassion as a core spiritual principle, reflected in the very name of God, the “Compassionate and Merciful,” that appears at the beginning of virtually each chapter of the Koran."
Quoted in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/opi...
On A Mosque Grows in Goleta
Posted on May 23 at 12:16 p.m.
"Then again, it's always unfortunate when uninformed people (e.g. FightWoo) demonstrate ignorance and prejudice by employing the very practices that they claim to abhor. It's sad, really. This is a very pleasant article about a group of people who are working together to benefit their community, offering food and a safe place to practice their shared faith. The author recognized this, and did a great job conveying the unifying message of togetherness and love which all religions seek to enjoy. Good for them, they're apparently doing something right."
Posted on May 23 at 9:52 a.m.
Matt, an excellent article, and long overdue. I’m sure you realized that its publication would bring out the worst in our community, but I have not read anything that offers any facts to challenge your article, only opinions. Regarding diversity, yes, the Santa Barbara area has a large number of Latinos (Mexican-Americans, if you will). But do we have the Asian-American population that one sees in Northern California? Or the African-American population one sees in the South? Absolutely not. Are we diverse in Santa Barbara? Absolutely not.
I welcome the emergence of the Muslim religion in the Santa Barbara area. Perhaps by outreach to others who do not understand Islam, or would like to learn more about it, true communication and friendship can be established. Perhaps by speaking out against misperceptions and Islamophobia, our Muslim neighbors can help bridge the gaps of misunderstanding and fear that seem to be showing themselves in the comments here. Perhaps by exposing some Santa Barbara residents to the facts, and to our Muslim neighbors themselves, we can hope that some of us will say “I may have been wrong.”
Peace, Salaam and Shalom.
Posted on March 6 at 11:01 a.m.
Thanks for the link, pn2865. I'm in favor, and I am writing!
Someone suggested the old Mel Clayton showroom, which indeed is bigger (more sales tax revenue?) and has more parking. I suspect BevMo tried for that one, but it didn't work, for whatever reason (perhaps the city hopes for another car dealership?).
On City to Consider BevMo! Project