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Posted on April 7 at 2:26 p.m.

What a Mensch, a beautiful person, David Selberg is!!! As the mother of a son just about his age, I have no doubt that his mother would be terribly proud of the work he has devoted his life to! It was a pure joy to read his answers. Thanks, David, for all the leadership you provide. So many in this community are grateful and appreciative.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: David Selberg

Posted on September 6 at 12:49 p.m.

I REALLY appreciate our council members for being concerned about traffic and views. Every time I'm facing the mountains, I think how beautiful they are, and maybe some people won't know what they'd be missing until there is a big building in the way. I say keep protecting the environment, the esthetic view and protect us from frustrating traffic jams. We want this community to retain it's small town atmosphere and not feel anything like LA.

On Concerns Raised About New Goleta Hotel

Posted on August 12 at 8:11 a.m.

I don't understand Aceves!!! I have voted for him twice and think he is a good guy basically, but Janet Wolf is a very loved and respected Democrat who works very hard for the environment and cares about people and civil rights and justice. Why would another Democrat run against her? It's stupidity. The active Democratic groups like Dem Women, Progressive Dems, WPC and the Dem Central Committee will be solidly behind Wolf, I'm guessing, and some have already endorsed her. Aceves should wait his turn.

On Roger Aceves Eyes County Supervisor Seat

Posted on July 30 at 9:28 a.m.

I hope this is a lesson to anyone who thinks they can just make up false charges. It's not so easy, and there is punishment. Yes, this is bizarre and this young woman needs a skilled mental health professional to help her figure out what made her want to do this. There are a significant number of people who need to be beaten up in order for them to allow themselves to have sex, but they don't turn their partners in as rapists. Kinky sex requires mutual trust. She broke all the rules. And most people have a hard time understanding the desire to be hurt in the first place. But making a false claim of rape is against the law.

On UCSB Student Sentenced for Fake Rape Report

Posted on June 9 at 12:34 a.m.

Thanks for another great column, Starshine! As a colleague and college instructor, I am seeing that more and more college students are questioning traditional religion. As people learn more, they start to question the things that our culture teaches kids, similar to questioning Santa Claus. Religion is based on human beings' attempts to answer the questions societies can't know, such as where did we come from and what happens to us when we die. Sure, it is comforting to think that we will reunite with dead family members we miss, but there is absolutely no proof of this or of any of the miracles we find hard to believe. Religion gives answers to all the hard to answer questions, but it is a comforting fairy tale. Most smart people have dropped such beliefs from their childhoods. More and more are coming out as Starshine just did. Those of us who don't believe that a loving or punative god is running the show, are called Humanists. We share a common belief in science and the environment and art and music. Our numbers are increasing, so if you're a humanist, atheist, freethinker, you are not alone!

On Atheists Saved!

Posted on March 7 at 12:22 a.m.

It is so totally unfair to Farr who won both elections fairly to have to wait another day to get the money she has had to put out thanks to that sore loser. The creeps who bring frivolous lawsuits should have to pay for misusing our already stressed legal system, which tries to be fair to all in our government of laws. Pappas should pay, and he should pay now!

On ‘Last Gasp of a Desperate Litigant’?

Posted on February 27 at 10:10 a.m.

We appreciate Sen. Jackson's speaking up for women (and many other important things like the environment and education). We agree that Seth MacFarlane's jokes were pretty lame and hope he is not the host next year. But we are grateful to have a Senator in Sacramento who is on top of so many things and can get important legislation passed that protects our rights and our beautiful coastline. HBJ is articulate, smart and effective!!! So glad you represent us.

On Hannah-Beth Jackson Blasts Oscar Host

Posted on September 10 at 1:31 a.m.

Yes, he does. The sad thing is that often people who do inappropriate sexual behavior are either developmentally challenged themselves and don't understand what's not allowed or just unable to form appropriate relationships and therefore unable to get their own needs met in acceptable ways. They need to be educated by adults who will talk about sexual feelings that are normal and how to handle them. Otherwise they are just a tragedy waiting to happen.

On Man Accused of Molesting Developmentally Disabled Teen

Posted on September 7 at 11:17 a.m.

To those who are anti-union: The unions gave us limits to how much bosses could make people work in a day, gave us weekends, gave child labor laws, negotiations for fair pay, safety, etc. Working people need unions to stand up for workers' rights. Maybe if you're not a worker, you don't understand that, but your kids may have jobs someday and all people need to be able to negotiate hours, pay, safety, etc. Unions have fought for your rights, even if you're not union members. Thank you unions!

On Reform Candidate Joins School Board Race

Posted on September 5 at 12:03 p.m.

Mayor Schneider was innovative and bold, as the Indy says, and we should all support her attempts to raise money for schools and police protection. If she had gone to all segments of the city that might be affected, they would have watered down her proposal to the point of it becoming worthless. She did the courageous thing by making all segments pay something and get something. Keep trying Mayor! We respect and admire you.

On Mayor Scraps $12 Million Initiative Package

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