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Prop. 47 Says 'Get Smart on Crime'

Costs of Prosecuting Minor Crimes Could Be Better Used

Savings could go into education, job training, and the treatment of mental illness and drug addiction. Read story.

Turning Whine into Water

The Poodle dissects drought-related gab fests. Read story.

Chumash Cash In on Chumps

New 12-story resort and casino builds on the wages of gambling. Read story.

The Ethics of War

Unlike Col. Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, President Obama shows a philosophical reluctance to wage war. Read story.

Prop. 47 Says 'Get Smart on Crime'

Costs of Prosecuting Minor Crimes Could Be Better Used

Savings could go into education, job training, and the treatment of mental illness and drug addiction. Read story.

Oil and Water and Measure P

The Fight Is for the Future

Gobbling vast amounts of water in a largely agricultural county during a long drought has everything to do with environmentalism. Read story.

Mayor Schneider: Stop Derailing the 101 Widening

Better Highway Passage Would Help Residents and Commuters

Santa Barbara's mayor has instigated a lawsuit against the votes of her council, SBCAG, and voters. Read story.

The Girl Behind the Drunk with the Fake Smile

Unveiling the Hidden Life

The perfect, pleasant life you see on social media tells you nothing real. Read story.

Why I Support Measure P

Water Is Too Important to Waste or Befoul

Contamination to water supplies has happened in every part of the country where these operations take place. Read story.

Despite Persecution, Ahmadi Muslims Engage in Prayer

When a mob in Pakistan set aflame several homes of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, police officers just ... Read story.

The Song Remains the Same

Curiously, the war on ISIS is funded on both sides by the same Gulf states. Read story.

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Sovereignty, Territory, and Oil Fields

ISIL has made Iraq's Sunnis an offer they can't refuse. Read Letter

Stop Fish Slaughter at Diablo

There is no reason cooling towers can’t be built at Diablo Canyon. Read Letter

More Renewables, Not Less Fracking

Measure P would be a nonissue if it didn't also ban routine well production practices. Read Letter

Perpetuating Rape Culture

Rape Culture is when grown men blame the victims of sexual assault instead of demanding accountability from the perpetrators. Read Letter

Get Specific, Measure S

Yes on Measure S mailers imply that if we give another $288 million, SBCC can fix its rusted and crumbling columns. Read Letter

Questions for Capps

Representative, Lois Capps, some questions as to your seeking a ninth term. Read Letter

Permits and Projects

Per California law, every time a permit is sought, it is a new project. Read Letter

S Has No Spending Guidelines

You have stabbed your paper's constituents and the people of the SBCC district in the back. Read Letter

So Disappointed

If your paper weren't free, I'd cancel my subscription. Read Letter

Thank You, Indy

We have lived with oil for 115 years without dire consequences. Read Letter

We Need Measure P!

We absolutely need Measure P if we finally want to get serious about addressing global climate change. Read Letter

Citizens First

The Independent’s endorsement of No on P and its rationale are both appalling. Read Letter

Slipping

The Indy's editorial is piously ascribed to an adherence to "good governance." Read Letter

Look at Kern County

Fracking, acidization, and steam injection carry the same risks; they use and pollute water, hurt our health, increase air pollution, and can trigger earthquakes. Read Letter

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