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Posted on April 17 at 9:20 a.m.

We no longer can build hydro-electric dams because of perceived environmental impacts.

Solar fields only work during sunny daylight and take too much acreage, which isn't even available near many urban areas.

Wind turbines also take a lot of acreage and also only work when the wind blows.

Power has to be generated near the end users due to line losses in transmission.

So where do we get the power until a magic new source is developed?

On Fracking Freak-Out Justified?

Posted on April 16 at 8:40 a.m.

Government is no longer by the people, of the people, for the people. It's a massive self-propagating entity for career politicians and entrenched bureaucrats to further their careers enabled by those with sufficient time and money to lobby them.

In other words, the SEIU and other unions pay for the politicians, like Janet, that will keep giving them large salaries and lucrative benefits far better than exist in most private sector jobs.

We get the government that we deserve if we keep voting for these shills.

On Wolf Collects Another $20,000 From Labor Union

Posted on March 31 at 9:31 p.m.

The folks that have been able to get themselves designated as descendants of the Native American Chumash only want the reservation to preserve their historic culture - like casino gambling, luxury hotel-keeping and so on.

Why are you all so critical of their attempts to just preserve their traditional way of life and preservation of the land?

On Chumash Want More Gamblers and Guests

Posted on March 27 at 8:50 a.m.

Rukidding, Where have you been? It's been like that since 1957 until the temporary moratorium a few years ago.

On Council Moves Forward with Hedge Height Ordinance

Posted on March 4 at 9:18 a.m.

With all of the upscale businesses opening in the former Funk Zone, we may need something different to put the Funk back into the zone.

On Oreana Winery Puts Fun in Funk Zone

Posted on August 23 at 12:41 p.m.

"Child Of The Night," That's rather strange - to "hate" someone that you don't even know for doing a necessary job.

Do you live in a house or an apartment? Thank a developer for providing your housing.

Do you shop in any stores? Thank a developer for building the stores.

No, I'm not a developer.

On Metro to Build Arlington Apartments

Posted on August 14 at 12:53 p.m.

I guess McGinnes can be thankful that the cop only used the Taser and not the 9mm......

On Tased and Confused

Posted on July 15 at 9:15 p.m.

You might recall that in January, standing with little children, the president announced that he had issued 23 executive orders pertaining to gun control. Among those was one directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Has anyone noticed that study was done and it destroyed much of the administration's position on guns. It made many points that are of interest.

One, that the majority of deaths that take place annually by the use of a firearm are not related to crime, but to suicide.

Another point made that “defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed.” “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.”

There is a lot more. It would be worthwhile for the Independent to do a follow-up article on the entire report.

On The Guns of Santa Barbara County

Posted on June 2 at 4:58 p.m.

After reading all of the recent articles and comments about this topic, one point rings out to me loud and clear. That is the name chosen by the Montecito anti-Caltrans group, "Common Sense 101," is an oxymoron. There is virtually no common sense obvious in their stated positions.

On Which Way to Widen 101?

Posted on March 16 at 9:03 a.m.

Why is that government (staffs and our elected representatives) look to fix budget problems by increasing taxes?

We already are highly taxed but our government officials haven't done a very good job of managing the funds that they already take from us. Instead of repairing the streets they give the employees higher salaries. Instead of repairing the Cabrillo Bath House (presuming that it needs to be refurbished and not just maintained) they give the employees sweetheart retirement benefits. Etc., etc.

And the RDA went away partly because SB and other cities were abusing that program. RDA funds were used as just another source of funding for projects that were not redevelopment of blighted areas, as specified by the RDA law, but should have been general fund obligations.

Accountability has been lacking. But that is easy when 80% or more of the public are apathetic.

On Sales Tax Increase Appears Dead on Arrival

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