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Posted on September 29 at 10:43 p.m.
Thank you Starshine! I agree with you 100%. Thank you for the courage to say what so many of us believe: that no one is up there running the show. If there were a god, so many awful things would not be happening, such as all the children killed at Newtown Connecticut. People have always had anxiety about where we came from and what happens after death. Clearly many religions have tried to answer those questions and have succeeded in attracting many followers, because people want to believe that their father loves them and will take them home to him. If this faith gives them peace, good for them. I don't want to take that peace and comfort away from anyone. But like you, I believe in Science, which has to be proven rather than accepted on faith. And if we want a planet for our grandchildren to live on in the future, we had better listen to scientists and stop polluting our water and air and do everything to protect our environment from the corporate polluters.
On Pray Tell: The Hocus Pocus of Happy Thoughts
Posted on July 4 at 6:35 p.m.
Thanks so much, Nick Welch, for a wonderful column!!! And I agree with the well written comment by Tabatha. We all know that what is so outrageous about the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision is the precedent it sets. Sure there are other methods of birth control for the Hobby Lobby employees, but why should the decision of whether to use an IUD or pills be given to an employer who is not the one to use the method? And the next corporation, as Nick forsees, may reject pills and condoms in addition to the IUD and Plan B.
If your 12 year old daughter is raped and you want Plan B to protect her from pregnancy, if you work at Hobby Lobby, that will not be a covered option. This is why it friggin matters whether we get another Republican justice appointed. If you see how important this is in our everyday lives, talk to your friends and show them how our most personal rights will be further destroyed if Republicans are elected.
On Ain't No Slur To Be a Cur
Posted on July 2 at 3:21 p.m.
Always a great pleasure to read Starshine! SOOOOO well written. And always an intelligent point of view, unlike the commenter who thinks this administration has ruined his country. Many of us see it just the opposite. This administration has saved us from the ruinous mess made by the Republicans in starting Shock & Awe and then wondering why the countries in the middle east hate us. Because this President is so much more intelligent than the previous one, countries around the world now have a lot more respect for the US!
On Ms. Roshell Goes to Washington
Posted on June 6 at 11:33 p.m.
Thank you so much for that well written column, Barney!!! Most gun owners, I've read, do not agree with the NRA in opposing every possible effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who might be a real danger to others and to limit semi-automatic weapons to our military. One estimate says that more than 15,000 Americans have died from gun violence since the Newtown massacre. We should keep in mind that the NRA does not represent gun owners. It represents gun sellers. No wonder they don't want any restrictions. That would hurt their business. But if we can reduce that number, 15,000 Americans killed, the progressive politicians who fight for sensible gun restriction will earn support from a large segment of the population. OK, maybe not the gun sellers, but most reasonable people including gun owners.
And the gun owners have somehow joined forces with the Tea Party. The common thread between them is the idea that we need arms to defend ourselves from TYRANNY. You can tell tea party rhetoric by their anti-government stance, you know, people who hate single payer health insurance which so many other countries have and love, people who want to end Social Security, people who are against food stamps and any programs that help those who are struggling with multiple terrible-paying jobs or who have lost their jobs altogether. These Tea Party views are the opposite of progressive, forward looking, intelligent. Marian Shapiro
On We Must Learn the Lessons of I.V.
Posted on May 9 at 1:01 a.m.
I agree with Robert Rich. Aceves is not endorsed by a single colleague who serves on the Goleta City Council with him. All the City Council members who are endorsing candidates in this race are endorsing Janet Wolf. They have worked with Aceves and they know he is NOT the one they want on the Board of Supervisors. I don't know what Aceves could have been thinking when he said all kinds of lies about Wolf, who is so respected and admired by a large segment of our community. I think he did himself in by those attacks. Then he runs his commercials trying to sound like Wolf. "I supported the environment and Goleta Beach." Pitiful.
On Endorsements: Measure M and 2nd District Supervisor and Sheriff
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!