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Posted on April 8 at 11:23 p.m.

Waaaaaaaaaay back when, we managed to have sex (well, it was really "near sex" as Matt puts it - touche), drugs and rock 'n roll. We didn't have riots, tear gas and out-of-town thugs alerted via "social media." Yes, that would be LIVE music (and no, not hip hop). Yes, that would be pot... and beer... not the poison that exists nowadays including synthetic (stroke-producing) pot. And yes, that would be near (highly fantasized about) sex, not rape. What happened? I'm gonna point to the entertainment/reality-TV culture that kids grow up with now, where respect is unheard of. I'll point to government-gone-wild while I'm at it, and I mean at the Federal level. If society (we the elders that is) and those who own the networks, the music labels, the lobbyists, etc., don't MODEL and PROMOTE respect, how do we expect kids to even know what it is???

On The Death of Isla Vista?

Posted on March 1 at 5:53 p.m.

I'm more interested in why moving to St. George is the best move he's ever made. LOL all those socialist efforts have led him to flee CA?!?

On Long-time Santa Barbara Resident and Political Activist Finishes Memoirs

Posted on October 14 at 1:58 a.m.

If you voted for Obama you deserve what you won't get. Yeah the chickens are comin' home to roost.

On UC (Doesn't) Care

Posted on September 8 at 10:38 a.m.

Good for you, Dr. Saunders. Sounds like a great idea!

On The Integrative Medicine Center of Santa Barbara Announces a Reception at its New Location

Posted on September 7 at 8:17 a.m.

Yes, sure, the Great Recession has affected us all. But the writer makes good points. Why aren't there refreshments and a sitting area somewhere amidst the show? Why is it that food/beverage establishments -- such an obvious draw for tourists/revenue whether for the art show or simply strolling the boulevard -- exist only at the far ends of said boulevard? Americans are so dumb about basic urban planning it's once again a no-brainer... It's a great suggestion AND civilized; those of us who walk/jog/bike Cabrillo would appreciate it too!

On Sunday Art Show Suffers Not-So-Benign Neglect

Posted on April 28 at 12:41 a.m.

Good for you foofighter, for helping the "delusional" out with FACTS. While most of us have compassion for those with co-occurring mental illness and substance use, we also want to be safe in our streets. No easy answers here, but simplistic revisionist rants (Volok) ain't gonna help.

On County Psych Facility Needs More Beds

Posted on June 15 at 10:48 a.m.

What would you rather see, Draxor? Something featuring the Kardashians? At least this film is ABOUT large moral issues, something of weight instead of flighty superficial Hollywood crap.

On S.B. Screenwriter Pens Mexican Historical Epic

Posted on April 27 at 10:24 a.m.

That said just rezone the area--which should offset property value losses. Consider exceptions to burdening sellers with an increased tax basis when they buy elsewhere. If the City and Cottage REALLY want to be good neighbors, this would go a long way toward walking the talk.

On Cottage Hospital and Its Discontents

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

Some of these points are very well taken. True, these neighbors chose to live near a hospital... And sirens are noisy too. Not true--high density equals helipads and noisy day care centers. Most of all one should use common sense when purchasing or remaining in a home that's under a flight path or near a large commercial venue needing huge delivery trucks. Buyer beware.

On Cottage Hospital and Its Discontents

Posted on April 25 at 10:37 p.m.

I chuckled at the comment "was the sound broken" on the video of the hovering helicopter. And I am VERY grateful I am not one of the "neighbors" who has to endure their rotor roar. The City should rezone the area to commercial/mixed use at least, and let homeowners sell with less of a loss than they'll already take in a bad market. Obviously Cottage is not going away, that much is true. But sanity may be at risk if endless noise sleep deprives neighbors long enough... (Yes, there was another location that made more sense for expansion, i.e.. Goleta Valley... ... but never mind about all that now...)

On Cottage Hospital and Its Discontents

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