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Posted on November 25 at 1:03 p.m.
Well Foofighter, I don't believe that we are dealing with any difficult moral ambiguities here. If a person makes a promise of marital fidelity and then breaks that promise then the person is a liar and a promise-breaker. I don't know any system of ethics in which that would pass muster as a moral act. Secondly, with regard to job performance, people in superior employment relationships are not supposed to engage in romantic pursuits of their subordinates. That comes right of supervision 101 and every workplace policy manual I ever saw. If these were two single deputies who had an affair that went bad, I would shrug it off as poor judgment and romance and not make the severe judgments that I did on these posts. But this circumstance is very different from simply a romantic entanglement that went bad.
On Undersheriff Jim Peterson Retired Amid 'Sexting' Scandal
Posted on November 24 at 1:17 p.m.
Walston is not an innocent in all this. She appears to be just as immoral, narcissistic, and stupid as Peterson. However, Peterson being in the superior position in the employment relationship holds more responsibility for proper behavior under the law. As a career law enforcement officer, he should have known that. And Foofighter, regardless of how well or how poorly Peterson did other aspects of his job, someone who would cheat on his or her spouse and violate internal policies regarding sexual harassment, has neither the moral fiber nor the discipline to follow the law that should be required of any and all law enforcement officers.
Posted on November 23 at 10:56 a.m.
The most troubling thing to me about this is how a man with such a debased and flawed moral character, incredibly bad judgment, and obvious sub-par level of intelligence got into such a high position in law enforcement. We are in trouble as a society if we are relying on intellectually impaired narcissistic sociopaths to protect us from the intellectually impaired narcissistic sociopaths.
Posted on November 21 at 1:32 p.m.
Well foofighter, as a South County resident I say, go for it and then live with consequences of cutting off their noses to spite their faces. When the North County had a 3-2 majority on the Board, they enacted all kinds of stuff against the wishes of the majority of South County residents, so their complaints, now that the shoe is on the other foot, seem disingenuous to me. Also, Lavagnino is correct that the vast majority of the property taxes generated in this County come from the southern half of it. The split off North County would start life in a deep financial hole. I don't believe that splitting is the answer. Lavagnino and Adam need to reach out to the other supervisors and build consensus and coalition through compromise instead of making ideological speeches on the dais for the benefit of TV audiences.
On Considering a County Split
Posted on November 16 at 8:14 p.m.
Foo, I am not convinced that science means anything to you, but you should check out this link if it does: http://www.sbcapcd.org/apcd/pub-healt...The science indicates that children and elderly folks should not live near any road with high volumes of traffic. In fact children who live near roads with high volumes of traffic can experience permanent diminished lung capacity. Do you really think we should ignore that kind data just to protect someone's rights to develop their property?
On Development Near Freeway to be Curbed
Posted on November 16 at 8:04 p.m.
Well Greenspan, either the data (as in scientifically gathered and analyzed facts) supports the danger of left hand off ramps or not. It has nothing to do with what we think (or what "any fool" thinks). It is all about the science. I for one have never experienced a problem driving past those off ramps and I do so at least once a week and have done so for over 40 years. Yet my anecdotal evidence is not science. If Caltrans has the science, let them share it. As far as Carbajal and Schneider's pandering to voters: I like politicians who pander to voters. That tells me that they are not dictators. They listen to the people who voted them into office. That is not a bad thing. If we wanted an all-knowing leader who patted us on the head and said, "there, there," we would have kings and queens, which we don't want. This is not a meaningless stunt. There are tens of millions of dollars and environmental and aesthetic effects at stake. Caltrans needs to either support their case with science or fold their cards and get on with the project.
On Way More Heat than Light on 101
Posted on November 16 at 9:50 a.m.
Foo, there is plenty of scientific evidence that living next to freeways and other roads with large amounts of traffic is bad for your health. In fact, the evidence shows that there are effects as far away as 1500 feet. But from my understanding, it appears as if the greatest effects are within the 500 foot buffer recommended by the California Air Resources Board. You are correct however that there is absolutely no evidence that sound walls or trees will mitigate the health effects of the traffic. That part is just the City staff trying to cut the baby in half. The whole point of that Biblical story is that nobody wins when you cut the baby in half and those who accept the bifurcation are usually just interested in everybody losing rather than anybody winning. Why don't bureaucrats ever seem to get that point?
Posted on November 16 at 8:09 a.m.
Caltrans is a bureaucratic bully that is not accustomed to getting push-back. The fact that this schoolyard tussle is happening in the public square with lots of people watching is not going to facilitate the compromise necessary to settle this matter without a fight.
Posted on November 15 at 10:08 p.m.
Foo, you are a laugh riot. Climate change is projected to cause drought conditions on the Central and South Coasts of California. All those CO2 breathing plants won't benefit much from the extra CO2 if there is no water. And don't expect it to flow down from the North. They will keep the water they need if there is a drought before sending it south. In the last 30 years, the largest number of jobs provided by the oil and gas industry is about 1,000, no a lot. The casino might provide some income, but it does not pay its way with regard to taxes for infrastructure and the social damage that casinos create. Agricultural makes a lot of money for a few folks and little dribs and drabs for all the workers, many of whom have multiple jobs to survive. So tell me how North County survives without the cash flow from the South.
On Enviros Successfully Challenge Oil Drilling Project
Posted on November 14 at 7:41 p.m.
Yes Foo! Please let the North County split off to become one of the most impoverished counties in California and give the South County all our tax money back that flows north every year. I would bet that Southern Santa Barbara County would be one of the wealthiest counties in California without the economic drag of the North County. Also, we would never again have to worry about our neighbors to the north affecting our public policy decisions. However, that would be wrong. It is just the morally right thing to do to send all that tax money north. But Foo, you got me excited there for a moment.
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