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Posted on July 22 at 9:08 p.m.

The concept behind Mission and State was good- support independent and in-depth reporting in Santa Barbara. The 24/7 news cycle and the media economy makes it hard for any news organization to provide that needed type of reporting, except in big cities. Even if Mission and State went off the rails a bit, and even if other media objected to Noozhawk 'managing' the project, there must have been alternatives more beneficial to the community than shutting the whole thing down and returning the remaining funds.

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Posted on June 17 at 2:36 p.m.

I know Raymond, and despite all the deserved hate coming his way for his stupid and horrible acton, he is a good person. He served in the military and came home injured in ways others cannot understand. This does not excuse what he did.

That he is trying to do something positive from this, as a warning to others and as his own penance for something he has to live with for his life, is a good thing.

I only hope that the bartenders who served him when he was already drunk, or those who send others out with an extra drink, also think about their role and responsibility for drunk drivers.

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Posted on May 24 at 11 p.m.

I would be curious why the family worried about him enough to call the police to check on him a month or so ago, and if there was any failure or neglect to act on the police's part.

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Posted on April 13 at 2:27 p.m.

My personal experience: within days of our son receiving a DPT vaccine, he bumped his head (unrelated) and then went catatonic, rigid, almost like a petit mal seizure. The seizure-like incidents happened at least six times thereafter, always preceded by some sort of physical shock. They went away by the time he was two but it's hard for a parent to see their kid turn rigid, eyes roll back in his head, etc.

I don't know if the seizures were related to the DPT vaccine or not, but it did prompt us to look for alternative ways to protect him (and his younger brother) from diseases by the least risky options, and to lessen our reliance on vaccines.

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Posted on March 28 at 10:31 p.m.

and what about all the bartenders and bar owners who serve the folks who are too drunk to drive? can we start also to prosecute them?

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Posted on March 28 at 12:18 p.m.

Hard as it may be for all of understandably grieving for the loss of life that Raymond's irresponsible actions caused, those of us who know Raymond recall a person who offered much back to the community, a person who cared about others, contributed, and actually was a charming person. All this has been obliterated by his drunk-driving, death-causing accident. Raymond's tour of duty in Afghanistan created some demons he couldn't conquer. This is in no way intended to excuse his behavior which resulted in a tragic death. But it might help to understand it.
I know it will be an unpopular thing to say, but Raymond is a secondary victim here- a person shipped off to an unnecessary war, who saw and had to do terrible things, who was haunted and harmed by his experience serving our country, who failed to successfully deal with the problems he came home with, and who caused the death of an innocent human being.

While Raymond qualifies as a criminal, he may also deserve a small measure of compassion. And I am sure he will spend every day of his life regretting his action (as he should.)

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Posted on December 6 at 3:25 p.m.

Well, this is quite sad- obviously for the victim, but also for Raymond who used horrible judgement at every turn- drinking if he's already got a problem; driving, fleeing!

Some are saying (here and elsewhere) that it's the Indy's fault because it was their party, but the party ended 2 1/2 hours before the accident, so it's a good guess that Raymond did some heavy drinking elsewhere.

I know Raymond, and while this will not be popular to say, he's a great guy- with a generous spirit. Did he do something horrible and stupid? Absolutely.
Sometimes the perpetrator has his (or her) own demons. I'm not trying to excuse Raymond's behavior. Just saying I have compassion for him, too.

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Posted on November 11 at 5:53 a.m.

good work, TVSB staff and volunteers!

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Posted on November 8 at 9:21 a.m.

I don't think that, as claimed by the older vets, that "the underlying motives are to glorify war instead of providing necessary benefits to old and new veterans."

Those who want changes don't want to glorify war; from what I've seen and heard they want to honor the service of, and acknowledge the challenges faced by, returning vets. The building can serve many purposes- both as a living memorial to those who fought, sometimes without appreciation in unpopular wars, as well as a place where vets can meet, feel welcome, and find camaraderie and assistance.

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Posted on July 11 at 6:47 p.m.

Excellent and interesting article about something unique and unknown to most of us right here in our community.

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