Sometimes the challenge of being a person is to recognize that the task at hand should be performed later, considered from a new angle, or if it's a waste of time, ignored.
-Walter Kirn

Parting shot

by lesliedinaberg on July 24, 2003

The court of public opinion is a tough one in which to play ball. It’s charged with emotion, unpredictable and, ultimately, the victories won are hollow and imprecise. Do the squeakiest wheels actually represent a majority opinion, or merely a loud one? In the case of the proposed beach basketball courts, we’ll probably never know. […]

Landshark may not be beached

by lesliedinaberg on July 10, 2003

“This shark doesn’t bite,” at least not according to J.P. Manoux, “second mate” of the Land Shark Hydra Terra vehicle, which was beached by the Santa Barbara City Council at its meeting July 1. According to Manoux, the waterfront staff spent months “thoroughly researching the safety and sensibility of this kind of business in Santa […]

Rising Up

by lesliedinaberg on July 10, 2003

There’s a startlingly small degree of separation between the general population and mental illness. One out of every three people is personally affected — either they or someone close to them are mentally ill — said Denee Jordan, clinical director of Phoenix of Santa Barbara, a nonprofit mental health agency. Dedicated to both treatment of […]

One nation, many voices

by lesliedinaberg on July 4, 2003

Patriotism, defined simply by Merriam-Webster as “love for or devotion to one’s country” has become anything but simple in our recent political climate. Throughout our nation’s history, radicals, reformers, as well as those in the middle of the political road, have viewed their actions as profoundly patriotic. What better time to reflect on its meaning […]