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Posted on May 26 at 10:10 a.m.
Dr. Otey Scruggs was respected and well liked by all who knew him. It was never a doubt whatsoever that his sound core values in times of deep social concerns would lead him to success in life. Never! His only marriage to the former Barbara Fitzgerald of Massachusetts brought him happiness and a wonderful family. In many ways, his marriage mirrors that of Dr. William H. "Bill" Cosby and his wife, Dr. Camille Hanks, both educators and philanthropists.
My condolences to family, colleagues, and friends.
On Obituary for Otey Scruggs
Posted on May 24 at 9:17 p.m.
An affluent mass murderer! Wow! And now that I remember, Ted Bundy was also affluent and corporate in presentation. So what were you saying about having a fear of someone wearing a hoodie, Mark Cuban?
On Witnesses Recall Isla Vista Shooting Rampage
Posted on May 24 at 9:11 p.m.
There is nothing stereotypical about the alleged perp in his appearance. A nice, clean cut presentation. No one would have imagined such behavior coming from someone who seems to have fit all the "right" social norms, at least physically and economically.
So let's hope that this is not just the beginning. Because if it is, law enforcement will have its hands full, what with a different physical social model in those committing horrifying felonies. In other words, no more "usual suspects" to round up!
On School Officials, Elected Reps React to Isla Vista Shooting
Posted on May 24 at 8:58 p.m.
Say, didn't the state of California once boast having the most comprehensive Department of Mental Hygiene in the country, that is, until a former Santa Barbara resident took office as governor and decided to scrap mental health programs, a move now seen as a mistake?
On Isla Vista Shooting: Echoes of David Attias
Posted on May 21 at 10:48 a.m.
Oops! I didn't quite catch it at first. So here goes the correction "PUBLIC or private." Now, that makes sense!
On Former Coach Sentenced for Sex Crimes
Posted on May 21 at 10:45 a.m.
This is indeed a sad story. Once a time a upon in our country, to be a coach was the closest thing to becoming a knight. When I use the title I have in mind Bear Bryant, Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, even that all-American player Doak Walker, Southern Methodist University -- in order words, men of sterling qualities, personal or private.
There was a time when starting up a personal relationship such as this was discouraged by school administrators. This news saddens and disappoints!
Posted on May 21 at 10:26 a.m.
This is certainly news that warms the heart! I had always expected at least one First Lady someday might make the plight of animals her priority. Alas it hasn't happened.
We just can't treat our four footed family members in such a callous manner, to ignore many of the horrendous conditions they live under, many uncaring two legged parents, for starters.
So here's to no-kill shelters and the wonderful volunteers. My donation will be in the mail shortly!
On Lucky Dogs Take Flights to No-Kill Shelters
Posted on May 18 at 8:10 a.m.
Tsk! Tsk! "...but did not take sufficient steps to warn the public and parents of scouts of the danger of molestation." Disturbing, to say the least! One would expect inviolate moral standards from a respected institution dedicated to character building and good citizenship. At this moment, I seem to recall a timeless quote:
“We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.” Sir Robert Baden-Powell
On Scouts Must Turn Over Files
Posted on May 15 at 10:48 a.m.
What led up to skateboarding being criminalized in the first instance in SB, an activity that seems popular all other cities?
On Bikes Belong in Santa Barbara
Posted on May 14 at 7:51 a.m.
This magnificent Wagnerian has been one of my favorites over the years. Although her entire repertoire is listenable, I'm most at home with "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix." Perhaps I didn't take my research far enough in her repertory, but I would also be pleased to hear her sing, "Take My Mother Home," by Hall Johnson.
On Jessye Norman Is a Diva with a Spine