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Posted on May 23 at 10:25 a.m.
Common Sense 101's plan is so much better and economical than the Caltrans plan it's embarrassing................
It appears Caltrans is defending it's expensive, cookie-cutter approach, so it doesn't have to get its act together all over the State. The bureaucracy doesn't want to change its ways and Common Sense 101's plan is making them look really bad.
The dumbest aspect to the Caltrans Plan is the part-time HOV lanes that will make traveling 101 more dangerous, and basically make traffic worse overall, all the while increasing air pollution and wasting all our time sitting in our cars. Time for Caltrans and its supporters to face reality.
Thanks to SBCAG for voting to follow a more intelligent path for traffic management.
On Which Way to Widen 101?
Posted on May 17 at 12:31 p.m.
Santa Barbara is more than built-out......
You can no longer ride your bike on Haley or Cota without taking your life in danger. The traffic and speed of traffic is dangerous now. Overdevelopment caused to many cars to be on the road.
On Housing Experiment Makes Debut
Posted on May 16 at 4:33 p.m.
High Water Everywhere
On Siphoning Off Goleta Slough
Posted on May 16 at 4:21 p.m.
Shouldn't local Santa Barbara County farmers be first in line to sell at their own local farmers market?
On More Defendants in Farmers Market Lawsuit
Posted on May 16 at 4:16 p.m.
This new bank is a nightmare!!! After a dozen good years, with no fees, at SBBT, Union Bank immediately added fees and screwed up my accounts with false withdrawals that they had to reimburse. I closed all my accounts at Union bank.
While I was closing my accounts, a man came in with a check issued by union bank. The teller wanted a $5 fee to cash their own check because he didn't have an union checking account.
On Entire Staff of San Roque Union Bank Replaced
Posted on May 16 at 8:12 a.m.
This is a page out of the "How to look like L.A" playbook.
Posted on May 8 at 9:42 a.m.
On Wrongly Labeled
Posted on May 7 at 9:06 p.m.
I'm not disputing the theory with other forms of mental illness. I'm specifically referring to just the schizophrenic population.
"What most of the symptomatic people need is individual and/or group psychotherapy."
Schizophrenics without medication do not function as well in society as those with medication. That is a fact. The behavioral data is undeniable. Psychotherapy for the schizophrenic population only is effective if the patient is first not hallucinating and is somewhat grounded in reality. Hopefully we both can agree on this.
Perhaps the terminology regarding "mentally ill" does not include schizophrenia in the scientific world. However the prison systems biggest problem is the management of schizophrenics.
Posted on May 6 at 5:29 p.m.
Schizophrenia is considered a form of "mental illness" by the public. If you observe behavior from schizophrenics without medication it is often dangerous to themselves and others, self-injurious, and suicidal. That is why medication is usually prescribed.
Try observing schizophrenics without medication versus with medication. Talk to families who have a schizophrenic member, or with mental health professionals who work with schizophrenics on a daily basis. I think you'll find the statistics will strongly support a continued medical treatment approach for the population with schizophrenia.
Posted on May 4 at 8:43 a.m.
Medical treatment has been the saving grace for the mentally ill population with schizophrenia. When schizophrenics go off their meds, their behavior is often erratic and unpredictable. This behavior often lands them into the expensive and unforgiving prison system.
Expanding the prison system instead of mental health facilities that treat schizophrenics is not the compassionate and economically wise approach to helping this population. That's the huge problem we face, especially when law enforcement doesn't request more mental health facilities, but instead lobbies for more prisons. If we separate the mentally ill population from the prison population, the pressure decreases within the over-crowded prisons.
The idea that psychotherapy can substitute medical treatment for schizophrenics is not realistic. Until a patient is somewhat grounded in reality psychotherapy is not beneficial. Without medication, schizophrenics have not been able to function in society. Medication is not the cure all. Side-effects can be drastic and various medications can be effective for only a given period of time. However, so far no other approach has proven to be as effective.
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