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Public Comment and the Wall

On the Right to Speak Freely and Openly

The Supreme Court settled the right to speak freely and openly about 40 years ago. Read story.

Trump, Climate Change, and the California Fires

How Trump’s trickle-down policies are affecting climate change. Read story.

Barney Brantingham Retires

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

Kavanaugh Should Withdraw

Statements prejudging presidential lawbreaking disqualify him. Read story.

Public Comment and the Wall

On the Right to Speak Freely and Openly

The Supreme Court settled the right to speak freely and openly about 40 years ago. Read story.

When Is Parking Trespassing?

The Closing of Hot Springs Trailhead Lot

For some months last year the trailhead parking lot for Hot Springs Trail in Montecito was closed in the evenings. Read story.

A Political Season for Homelessness

For Every Community, There Is a Duty to Help Alleviate the Problem

'The homeless' are from every community, and each has a legal, if not moral, duty to help alleviate the problem. Read story.

City Council Should Stop Clutching at Straws

Frustration Boils Over from an Inability to Deal with Critical Issues

The current “plastic straw debate” is an example of the Santa Barbara City Council's inability to deal with priority problems. Read story.

Kavanaugh Should Withdraw

Statements Prejudging Presidential Lawbreaking Disqualify Him

Statements prejudging presidential lawbreaking disqualify him. Read story.

Got something on your mind? Send us a letter: letters@independent.com

Budget Targets Women and Children

Title X funding to clinics is in danger, as are programs that support the health and nutrition of children. Read Letter

Positive Impacts

To make a positive impact on our community, consider volunteering for a city committee. Read Letter

Micheltorena and State War-Zone Look

How does one of the most beautiful, historical sanctuaries in all of Santa Barbara go from a lush wonderland to war-zone-looking devastation? Read Letter

Meeting Basic Needs

In Santa Barbara, one in four children live in poverty, but government programs helped keep millions in California out of poverty. Read Letter

Underground 'Em

It seems unwise not to have already put dangerous electrical lines underground. Read Letter

Birdhouse Books

The Little Free Libraries article only scratched the surface. Read Letter

Free Advice

Regarding the issue of the intersection of private property rights and the rights of county owned roads. Read Letter

Not at Micheltorena and Olive Streets

Thankfully, the appeal process worked this time. Read Letter

Pickle Memory

Last year my cousin Tom treated me to a night at a favorite watering hole, the Pickle Room. Read Letter

A Local Fan

There is virtually nobody else with a platform commentating well regarding local affairs. Read Letter

Missing Content

Bring back the comment sections. Read Letter

Overland Travel to the Sea?

A question for Cachuma water managers: Read Letter

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