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Posted on March 23 at 9:14 p.m.

"This is why I have a Dodge Cummings, it saves joggers lives."

And destroys the planet, too.

On David Crosby Hits Jogger in Santa Ynez

Posted on March 20 at 11:36 a.m.

I am proud to note that I voted for Ms. Jackson, and I am deeply grateful that she has the clarity of vision and the wherewithal to pursue this critically important piece of legislation.

As for you asinine conservatives: you're ridiculous, and you're embarrassing yourselves.


Jeff Butler

On Jackson Goes After DOGGR

Posted on February 9 at 8:59 a.m.

"Inter-county disparities are the California norm, however;..."

I think perhaps you mean "intra-"

On North-South Divide Profound in S.B. Well-Being Study

Posted on January 25 at 8:14 a.m.

This is an excellent piece, about an incredibly valuable and important member of our community. On behalf of the Santa Barbara community, I would like to offer my warmest thanks and gratitude to Ms. Gutierrez for her efforts, time, and energy.

The asinine, embarrassingly ignorant, racist screed by one of the commenters is beneath contempt, and only illustrates the laughable, decrepit state of "conservatism" today.

Once again, sincere thanks to Ms. Gutierrez!

Jeff Butler,
Santa Ynez

On Cutting the Red Tape

Posted on October 12 at 7:58 p.m.

Well, yeah, sure: but the machine has to be powered somehow. In using this, we would essentially be trading one set of problems (lack of water due to overconsumption) for another (creation of CO2, unless 100% non-fossil fuel energy is used)...

On Making Water from Air

Posted on July 22 at 8:47 p.m.

Am I the only person who wonders what, precisely, an article on golfing in Florida is doing in the Independent?

Or, for that matter, what any of Mr. Navis' pieces are doing here? It's not that he's a poor writer- it's that his work has absolutely zero relationship to Santa Barbara, or the Central Coast.

Does the guy really need an outlet for his press-junket golf trips that badly? And, why does the Indy feel compelled to publish this stuff?

On World Golf Village and Caddyshack

Posted on March 18 at 3:45 p.m.

...and if people adhered to waiting for the facts, not a single living human being with a functional brain would pay any attention whatsoever to Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, or Glenn Beck.

My sincerest condolences to the families of those involved in this terrible and tragic incident.

On Hiker Dies on Cold Spring Trail

Posted on February 27 at 7:32 a.m.

C'mon, Ray-

Your opposition to mountain bikes is well documented- you were part of the farcical attempt a couple of years ago to limit mountain bikes on Santa Cruz trail, for example, and you have penned many other anti-mountain bike screeds in the past.

Furthermore, you make disingenuous, willfully misleading comments such as this: "Getting a handle on how we feel about mechanized use of the trails is one of those points of discussion as is what damage they cause to the trails."

We both know, Ray, that mountain bikes are not "mechanized" in general sense of that word. By lumping mountain bikes in with motorcycles, you are engaging in some pretty ethically dubious "journalism".

Also in this vein, the photo captioned with "This is an example of a spot along the trail where mountain bikes have cut a new shortcut down a steep section" shows no such thing: there is no evidence at that spot whatsoever of tires tracks, nor is is a place in the trail where it would make sense for riders to slow down just to cut the trail. Instead, that shortcut was created by hikers, Ray.

These examples- and there are many others in this blatantly slanted article, but I'll stop with these- show the extent to which you are simply using the Indy as a bully pulpit in an effort to further your minority agenda.

I am, frankly, shocked that the Indy would print such a one-sided piece: this is a pretty embarrassing editorial decision.

As for me, well, I will continue to ride my bike- with consideration for other equitable trail users, care for the environment, and utter and joyous disregard for you and your asinine agenda, Ray.



On The Hidden Costs of Mountain Biking

Posted on February 8 at 7:06 p.m.

Thanks for the clarification on Alder! I was up there last year, and ended up walking the final mile or so up the road in the dark. Figuring that the last half mile couldn't be that bad, I wandered around for a couple of hours by headlamp, and finally just camped under the flume...

A beautiful area, for sure...

On Alder Creek Camp and the Upper Franklin Trail

Posted on January 22 at 5:02 p.m.

It's "Allen Ginsberg"...

On Interview: Kevin Barnes

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