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Posted on April 16 at 5:53 a.m.

Certainly there's plenty of shameful opportunism to go around among all the would-be candidates so far, Gee, I wonder who the "influential Santa Barbara Democratic woman/women" who are urging the younger Capps to run and are also offended by Schneider's announcement might be? Schneider even "out-Dased" the ever-waiting-in the wings, perpetually climbing Das!
Hopefully, Laura Capps will rethink her "life decision" and not further damage her mother's already significantly tarnished reputation.

I may have to throw my vote away on a fringe candidate this time around. What a disgraceful joke the local political scene has become.

On The World After Lois

Posted on April 9 at 5:46 a.m.

If "Todd" is indeed Capps' son, he's embarrassing himself here even more than inveterate serial-poster JJ (whose daily spew has contributed to the ruination of this site.)

Seems unlikely to me that JJ is affiliated with the NP or any other newspaper unless he's deliberately writing garbled, often-ungrammatical comments to disguise the fact. Then again.....

However, "Todd" needs to get a grip. If indeed he feels compelled to defend "mom," surely there's a better forum in which to do so. Maybe he should "tweet" his love and support. Seems to be all the rage these days.

On Capps Announces She Won't Seek Reelection

Posted on April 9 at 4:12 a.m.

Shameful political opportunism, but no shortage of that locally, Despite the ill will that Schneider garnered locally in recent years, she'll likely be a viable candidate, Will be interesting to see whom the Capps machine ultimately supports.

On Mayor Helene Schneider Announces Run for Congress

Posted on March 15 at 5:10 a.m.

It goes without saying that bigotry, bullying and racial/ethnic stereotyping are not to be condoned. My own experience is these sorts of things are, sadly, found among all groups. When my kids were younger they attended a local school where most of the other families were Latino,
Neither they nor I had any issue with this and they did well and had plenty of friends. This did not stop some of their less enlightened classmates from sometimes referring to them as "caspers." Then there was the Lotería (a sort of wheel of fortune/bingo-type game) often found at the festivals and fund-raisers where one of the stock characters was "El Negrito. My point is this sort of crap is not limited to any one group. Efforts to eliminate bigotry or to increase "sensitivity" to language use are commendable but must be applied fairly like anything else.

On Hate Speech At San Marcos

Posted on December 17 at 6:50 p.m.

BC: I was simply trying to be fair-minded regarding the fundamental "choice" that people who have children make in most, not all, cases. That's what I meant by a prerogative, nothing more. I can't speak for others, but I certainly don't look down upon those who don't have children, whether it's by choice, circumstances, tragic or otherwise, financial reality etc. I honestly don't really get the rest of your explanation, but that's okay. I think "ploy" is a bit harsh, but of course people use "children" to call attention to issues that affect children as well as others.
My observation is that quite a few people who don't have kids seem not to like them much. Perhaps that's part of their "choice" in some cases.
Good for you for practicing what you preach, though, no sarcasm intended. Too few do that these days. Over and out.

On Hungry on the Holidays

Posted on December 17 at 6:34 p.m.

Clearly, I was addressing a specific comment (by billclausen), the one directly preceding mine.
Your poorly written diatribe directed towards me makes no sense at all.

Maybe you've become confused in juggling all your various online identities here?
Or perhaps it's just time for your milk and cookies break.

On Hungry on the Holidays

Posted on December 17 at 6 p.m.

Indeed, "hunger hurts" regardless of color, age etc. However, children, younger ones at least, certainly don't often have the means to feed themselves, even if the root cause is irresponsible parents etc.
I know we all have our agendas and gripes, but I've never quite understood why so many childless people (their prerogative, of course) seem so resentful of children or issues that focus on child-related problems. Seems rather small-minded and bizarre to me. I really don't see any evidence of societal desensitization to those who are childless or those without families for that matter. Presumably, we were all once the former and all have, or had, the latter.

On Hungry on the Holidays

Posted on December 16 at 6:04 a.m.

Although I realize that these letters are published mainly as click-bait, it's always interesting to get the perspective of the lunatic right wing fringe element.
Although I'm not much of a fan of Obama these days, which of these "problems" was not also an issue during the previous administration.
How would/should the President "stand up" to China, Russia etc.?

Now that it's looking like Clinton vs. Bush in 2016, the issue we need to be worrying about is the seemingly now-entrenched dynastic politics that prevail in the U.S. via the two party machines.

On Christmas Naughty List

Posted on December 14 at 6:49 a.m.

Looked at the local Waldorf School years ago when my older child was five and gave it some thought. The airy-fairy atmosphere was a bit too much (for us) . So too was the curriculum delay in reading instruction which seemed counter-intuitive in general
and possibly pedagogically harmful as my kid was already reading. Looking a bit more into the Theosophy-based underpinnings (which the Atlantic article referenced above discusses) provided a final factor in deciding against Waldorf.
All that being said, however, I do remember that the kids seemed happy and comfortable in their classrooms and the staff very sincere and dedicated. Like so many things with parenting decisions, it's a choice.

On Waldorf School in Financial Straits

Posted on December 11 at 6:33 a.m.

New Leader for Casa Esperanza
At 29 Years Old, Jessica Wishan Takes the Reigns from Financial Savior

Did someone mean to write that she has taken the "reins," or is there a pun there that I'm missing?

On New Leader for Casa Esperanza

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