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Posted on December 3 at 11:56 a.m.

So discoboy and randomkook what are your solutions, other than to criticize? Why do the 2 of you not step up and do something? I do not see any of you "keyboard tough guys" putting anything out.

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Posted on September 24 at 4:46 p.m.

I could not think of a more deserving sentence!

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Posted on September 24 at 4:43 p.m.

I am not upset; rather disappointed that this could not have been handled better. One must not lose sight that the Chumash Tribe are a huge employer in the Valley, contribute greatly to its economic vitality and support many worthy causes. Sarcastic comments such as those by "art" and "sbkid" do nothing to move the relationship forward.

We in the Valley must look in the mirror and ask ourselves could we have not handled this better? I believe we could have, but that horse has left the barn - never to return.

Now that it is a "fait accompli" that they are building this huge hotel (which I find visually unappealing) I believe we should try to work with the Tribe on Camp 4, rather than try to pretend, like some people in the Valley that they can call in the US Cavalry to whip them in shape. We have to grow up in our discourse, understand that it is our attitude that needs changing, and find a way to work with them.

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Posted on September 24 at 3:04 p.m.

@ Holly - Exactly because the rules do not apply to the Chumash tribe the only way is to not try to be "Master and Commander" when you deal with the tribe. You have to act as an adult, and enter into a dialogue with them. The way the so-called "leaders" in the community have approached them has made the relationship so toxic that now one has no chance to try to convince them of your side of the story. If that means eating some humble pie to get want you want - then so be it. It is called 'pragmatism" - which I guess is foreign concept to the "tea-party" types in the Valley.

It is not always the one that shouts the loudest that wins the argument, but the one whom is prepared to understand the other person's point of view that has a better chance of success.

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Posted on September 24 at 11:36 a.m.

So for POSY and POLO, and the attitude of the Board of Supervisors, towards the local Chumash tribe, the "chickens have truly come home to roost". The so-called "citizen organizations" in the Valley have been so rude and condescending to the tribe that I do not blame the tribe for basically telling them, and County government, to go pound sand.

When the tribe requested government-to-government talks the Board of Supervisors basically blew them off and told them to talk to staff. When the tribe offered to pay for new fire equipment and law enforcement the Board said, no you will do what we say. So do I blame the tribe for thumbing their noses at County government - not at all. Do I blame the tribe for ignoring POSY and POLO - no not at all.

People in the Valley need to remember that the tribe can do what they want, and the only option we Valley citizens have is to treat them respectfully, ask nicely, and try our best to convince them; not get all tea-party like arrogant, huff-and-puff, and yell at them; that has gotten no one anywhere.

That being said I am not happy about the 12 story building as I do think it will be out of place in the Valley; but I do accept that there is nothing I can do about it. The so-called community leaders in the Valley, and our elected representatives, have really failed in leadership, and they have now lost any ability to influence the tribe.

This is what happens when people are not willing to compromise and see the other side of the story - you pay a heavy price.

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Posted on September 11 at 9:02 a.m.

Parents that oppose vaccination are ill-informed ( NOTE: I am not saying they are stupid, ignorant etc - I am not into name calling).

They might think they are acting in the best interest of their children, but that action is a danger to all children. I do believe it is the right of a parent to raise their child in the way they choose to, however if your child participates in society, and is part of society, you have a responsibility to society as well. If an action you take is harmful to society, you need to ask yourself if the information you have is accurate, and backed by sound scientific research.

To think that everything in life has to have a 100% safety threshold is unrealistic and not level-headed. Everything in life has some danger inherent to it, so why increase that by not vaccinating. I am astounded by the fact that it is seems to be the affluent parts of society, who generally (though not always) are better educated, that believe the vaccination writings of very fringe elements of pseudo-scientists.

I am pretty sure that the majority of these members of society, the anti-vaxxers, are those that would call climate change deniers ill-informed, because the vast majority of scientists say climate change is real. The same can be said of vaccinations - except that I do believe that there is far greater consensus on the safety of vaccinations amongst vaccination scientists than climate change scientists (for the record I do believe climate change is real).

I am old enough to remember the effects of polio, before polio vaccination, and to remember those pictures of many children lying in Iron Lungs. I also knew enough people who had polio as a child and were gravely disabled as adults. I think that once a few of these parents have their children disabled, or tragically die, from very preventable diseases they will live the rest of their lives with regret.

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Posted on September 8 at 10:19 a.m.

I love it when the "libertarians" have the free market exposes the shallowness of their arguments.

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Posted on August 15 at 10:32 a.m.

This is such a tragedy for everyone involved. I am just so sad to see that for a few the level of public discourse has taken such a negative and mean-spirited turn. It seems to me there is very little decency left in society.

My heartfelt condolences go out to everyone close to this unimaginable tragedy.

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Posted on August 15 at 10:27 a.m.

It would have been nice to have a Target store in the Santa Barbara area.

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Posted on August 15 at 10:25 a.m.

If I was a billionaire I would buy the Ranch in a heartbeat. It is situated in a gorgeous area (I ride my bike past it on a regular basis) and I love the privacy it would afford. They problem is not really the purchase price, it is the cost on maintenance and staff to run it, even if you just live there and have no animals, vineyards, etc.

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