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Human Trafficking: It’s Happening in Front of You

Learn How Santa Barbara's Easing the Threat and Fear for Victims

Forum hold on how Santa Barbara is easing the threat and fear for victims. Read story.

Ambassador Joe Wilson on Trump’s Pardoning of Scooter Libby

Ambassador Joe Wilson talks about Trump’s pardoning of Scooter Libby and the lies Read story.

Barney Brantingham Retires

After 60 years in journalism, Santa Barbara’s On the Beat columnist hangs up his typewriter. Read story.

Current Events Viewed from (Way) Afar

Extra-terrestrial concerned about Earth direction. Read story.

Human Trafficking: It’s Happening in Front of You

Learn How Santa Barbara's Easing the Threat and Fear for Victims

Forum hold on how Santa Barbara is easing the threat and fear for victims. Read story.

Toward Climate Change Resilience

Community-Wide Conversations Are Needed to Build Systems That Can Recover Quickly

Community-wide conversations are needed to build systems that can recover quickly. Read story.

Still Working to Make Dr. King’s Dream a Reality

50th Anniversary Commemorates the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

50th Anniversary Commemorating the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read story.

Wildfire Costs Now Part of Disaster Funding

Congressional Leadership Preserves Forest Service Budgets for Non-fire Requirements

Congressional leadership preserves Forest Service budgets for non-fire requirements. Read story.

Building a Sense of Urgency on Homelessness

Is Santa Barbara on the Precipice of a Problem?

Is Santa Barbara on the precipice of a burgeoning problem? Read story.

Killing Ends the Universe for All

We start to forget victims' own rich lives, the fact that they lived a life as we are now. Read story.

Holiday Awkward

Hoping for a winter anywhere but here. Read story.

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Trolls' Rights?

Comments from readers have long been a part of Free Speech Free Press. Read Letter

Misplaced Comments

Thoughtful and articulate comments, especially from people with relevant knowledge, greatly enhanced my reading of the online Independent. Read Letter

Nicholas Kristof Is Coming

I think your readership would appreciate a little special publicity for this double Pulitzer Prize-winner on stories of deep meaning. Read Letter

On Target

I welcome Target with open arms, but I am opposed to the store's redundancies. Read Letter

Thomas Endorses Olmstead

The relationship between our public safety agencies is paramount, and we need to consider who is best suited to be the leader of our Sheriff’s department. Read Letter

Contributions and Votes

Should county supervisors take large amounts of money from companies that seek their approval? Read Letter

Getty This

If it were put to a vote, we would turn Bellosguardo into a mini-Getty. Read Letter

State of La Cumbre

Why am I wasting gas and time now? Read Letter

Jogging the Goleta Slough

It’s only fifteen minutes away / By the flying of my legs. Read Letter

Adventure Time

Saying thanks to Kelsey Brugger for the serious, thoughtful journalism that she brought to the Indy. Read Letter

Folding Bike Kudos

Applause to Traffic Solutions for the "earn a folding bicycle" program. Read Letter

The Late, Great California

The left is always touting how great “diversity” is. Read Letter

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