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Posted on September 16 at 1:08 p.m.
Oaks for sure. Some native specimens.
On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB
Posted on September 8 at 3:44 p.m.
If you want to hear more about this and get the chance to question either Mark Schleich or his colleague Carlyle Johnston I believe Surfrider Foundation will have them as guest speakers at their General Meeting on Thursday 10/16 at the Watershed Resource Center at Hendry's Beach. 7 PM Anyone can attend for free.
On Trash: A New Commodity
Posted on August 4 at 8:30 p.m.
Chumash in name only. No respect for the land, no respect for their neighbors only interested in more money more money more money. Their ancestors would likely be dismayed at how they earn their living. While it is certainly true that their ancestors were virtually enslaved and almost totally annihilated by the Spanish the current crop of Chumash are really just a minor Mafia with a small bit of Chumash blood in their veins. The people of California screwed up big time when they approved Prop 5 way back when. I voted NO because I imagined no good could come of this but we are stuck with that vote. I think it is safe to expect them to try for ever bigger and grosser projects. Adios little old Solvang and Santa Ynez.
On Chumash Propose 12-Story Hotel Tower
Posted on July 27 at 1:55 p.m.
I am glad to see an interesting diversity of opinions with most seeing that Hamas is terrorist but some seeing that perhaps Israel is not without some fault by constant expansion into new settlements etc. I don't think either side really and truly wants peace other than on terms that they know full well are not and never will be acceptable to the other side. So, world and my fellow readers, steel your nerves for a long long period of horror in the Middle East that will only end when Hamas or Hezbollah or Isis finally gets nuclear weapons from either Pakistan or North Korea or stolen and smuggled by Chechens from Russia and then WWIII will start. I hope I'm wrong or at least that the timeline is longer than I fear but I don't think I'm wrong and the timeline, I fear ,is shorter than most of you would imagine.
On A Look at Hamas
Posted on July 17 at 1:06 p.m.
The fiction that the Chumash or any other tribe of Native Americans is truly a sovereign nation is at the root of many of these conflicts. They are only a sovereign nation in a narrow legalistic way. If they were truly a sovereign nation they would have borders and separate passports which I do not believe they have. They would be exempt from US laws while in their enclaves which I do not believe they are. Several years ago when the citizens of California in their infinite wisdom and compassion for the Native Americans who had in fact been quite badly mistreated in the past voted to approve Prop. 5 that gave them the right to have legalized casino gambling the seeds for all these problems were planted. Now, with vast sums of money and no more scruples than any other huge greedy corporation they are attempting to ignore the needs and desires of their neighbors. Unfortunately I think the damage is done and it will be hard to fight them. Heck they even bought themselves some idiot congressman up in another part of California to carry their water for them. Good luck to the Santa Ynez Valley Alliance though.
On County Faults Chumash Camp 4 Report
Posted on June 21 at 11:10 a.m.
During these drought emergencies there will be a hue and cry to either reactivate the currently mothballed desal plant or even to build a new one for Montecito. Desal is one of the worst possible solutions due to its very high energy requirements and highly saline discharge into the ocean. It should be used only as a last resort. More water efficiency, using grey water, conservation, drought tolerant and ocean friendly gardens, etc all can probably tide us over until the next rains. However, we all need to recognize that we will have less water per capita in the future and conservation etc needs to become permanent so that when we are lucky enough to get rain we can fill the reservoirs and recharge the aquifers until the next, inevitable, drought.
On Appeals Pour In, but Montecito Has No Water to Spare
Posted on June 8 at 10:15 p.m.
I believe we do need fewer guns floating around. OTOH I believe we need more women to be armed and willing to shoot and kill their assailants. It is not so much that guns kill people it is MEN (and boys) with guns that kill people.
On Isla Vista: Safety in Sisterhood
Posted on June 8 at 9:57 p.m.
I am willing to bet a huge amount that not one opinion will be changed by these comments. I would be delighted to be proved wrong and if you were on one side of the issue but changed your mind as a result of some comment here or elsewhere please let us all know but I tend to doubt it.
On Guns for Defense
Posted on June 1 at 7:18 a.m.
Don't forget that Attias killed 4 people with a car. I am a strong proponent of gun control but exactly how that is done and what control means is hard to answer. I do believe that ordinary citizens with no criminal or psychiatric history should be allowed some reasonable amount of firearm ownership. Not rockets, bazookas, machine guns, or other devices that are intended for the military. What about semi automatic rifles and pistols? I don't know the answer to that but tend to wonder why ordinary citizens need or even want such devices. A hunting rifle or two, a shotgun and pistol or two seems reasonable but hundreds of rounds of ammunition seems to raise red flags. I am not optimistic that we will solve this problem in part due to its complexity and in part due to the power of the NRA and others who believe in almost unfettered access to powerful weapons.
On [UPDATE] Coroners Remove Three Bodies from Shooter's Apartment
Posted on May 29 at 4:56 p.m.
Sure, move them. Bee colonies are dying. However, just because there have been no aggressive attacks yet doesn't mean they don't pose a threat, especially to an individual with bee sting allergy. Let's hope this bee friendly decision doesn't result in a tragedy down the line.
On Africanized Honeybees Found in Goleta