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Posted on October 17 at 12:15 p.m.

O'Brien is a great speaker - I heard him speak in Minneapolis a few years ago. I recommend going to the talk even if you haven't read the book or have no intention of reading it. You might be surprised.

On Reading <em>The Things They Carried</em>

Posted on October 16 at 9:37 a.m.

Local nonprofit organizations can apply to have a month-long display in the lobby cases at the Central and Goleta Libraries.

On SB Public Library Display Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Posted on September 30 at 1:29 p.m.

Tim O'Brien will be speaking on Wed. October 23 at 7:00 pm at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. (SB Jr High campus). This is a free public talk sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library System for The Big Read, a community reading and discussion program.

O'Brien will be at SBCC the following day - contact SBCC English Dept. for details.

On Award Winning Authors Speaking at SBCC

Posted on May 4 at 4:36 p.m.

Fantastic column, Dr Thoman! There is no justification for withholding food from children, regardless of what one thinks of their parents' lifestyle or behavior. Nutritional assistance for babies, children, and youth, as you point out, will make for a healthier and smarter citizenry in the future. And it's just the right thing to do. Applause for you and our Public Health Dept for your service to the community.

On Government Chili

Posted on May 17 at 4:46 p.m.

Library monitors will keep the tables for ping-pong only during the hours the library is open.

After hours - have you ever walked around and seen all the people sleeping in doorways (at State & Anapamu, e.g., and other convenient sheltered locations), checked behind walls, in the bushes at the courthouse, and noticed the tagging in various spots around town? Street people do there thing wherever when nobody else is around. But as long as there are monitors making their regular rounds at the library, I think the table will be respected. (There will surely be a special surface installed beneath and around the table.)

I can see people meeting there at lunch time for a game, or after work or after school. Sounds like fun -- I'll play!

On Ping Pong for Library Plaza?

Posted on April 26 at 5:39 p.m.

As a parent, I also found it depressing, sad, that my two boys were exposed to hardcore porn way before I think they were prepared to see it, and worried that it imprinted them in unhealthy ways. (Neighbor kid's house was earliest exposure.) It colors one's thoughts, and probably feelings, about the subject, and helps shape them. There must be an upside to the whole sordid situation, but I don't know what it is.

On Indecent Exposure

Posted on April 26 at 5:25 p.m.

And third, the money cannot be used to fund library operations. It is for City property improvement. Can't use it to buy books, pay staff, or upgrade computers, etc. For some reason, as often as this is pointed out, many readers just don't get it.

On Library Plaza Project a Would-Be Boondoggle

Posted on February 8 at 10:21 a.m.

How many times have I been nearly hit while trying to cross State at Anapamu, or cross Anapamu at State? I wait for the light, but right-turning drivers don't look for pedestrians, especially when they (drivers) are talking on their cell phones. I think I'll start carrying my phone camera at the ready to get the license plates of the morons who terrorize us pedestrians.

On Police Cite 60 Drivers During Crosswalk Stings

Posted on January 3 at 9:41 a.m.

What prevents Farmer Brown from making a deal with a customer for services or goods to be given in payment at a later date? You don't need money for that, just an IOU.

On What Is Money?

Posted on December 6 at 7:33 p.m.

The stock market has always been a good investment *over the long term.* Better than real estate, definitely better than putting your cash in a bank account or under the mattress. I inherited a bunch of stock from my mother years ago and it has been a great source of funds for over 20 years, and I still have over half of what she left. I've spent probably twice the amount (in constant dollars) that she originally left. The market was really good for many of those years, and the sale of some of the stock (and dividends for others) financed college tuitions, property tax bills, a period of unemployment, occasional mortgage payments, and a couple of trips. There wouldn't be a penny left if I had converted that inheritance into cash when I got it. I am a modestly middle-class boomer (well, lower middle class in SB), and my mother also was able to live comfortably in her later years because of good stock market investments.

On The Stock Market and Faith

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