Relating to Noozhawk’s July 18 article, “Santa Barbara’s $92 Million Police Station Challenge Transferring Forward,” I actually help and admire the police. I additionally really feel they deserve an honest, purposeful and cozy station.

However how on this planet can a challenge of that magnitude presumably value $92 million?! I can’t start to wrap my thoughts round it. Is anybody else curious?

I’d like to see a particular breakdown of prices. The place can one discover the figures to justify the fee? What number of bids are submitted? And who and what determines which bid to just accept?

Mystified and disillusioned …

Anne Morales

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Artwork Thomas notes in his July 15 letter to the editor that the president of america solely makes $450,000, wage plus bills, in comparison with the brand new Goleta metropolis supervisor’s wage of $300,200, however he fails to say that the president’s wage was final raised in 2001. Adjusting for inflation, that may be greater than $750,000 in the present day.

As well as, rising the compensation of the president requires an act of Congress, whereas hiring a metropolis supervisor requires a wage set by the present marketplace for metropolis managers.

Gregory Palermo

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Why does Dan McCaslin pejoratively use the time period “anglo invaders” in his July 17 column, “Step Again in Time with Hike to Historic Manzana Schoolhouse?”

He may have used the time period on the Spanish once they first arrived, and even utilized it to the Chumash. Current theories are that the Chumash “invaded” from the far north.

That is aside of in the present day’s anti-white marketing campaign. If McCaslin feels guilt about his occupation of Santa Barbara County, he ought to apologize, give up his possessions and depart!

A.J. Tarman

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Relating to Karen Telleen-Lawton’s July 18 column, “The Writing Life,” she must be a revered Santa Barbara author sharing her adventures to “faraway locations with unusual sounding names,” in addition to her essays which are simply plain good widespread sense, like her monetary columns.

Her ebook, Canyon Voices, is actually a gem. Her columns are all the time clear and logical with that precision of a former mechanical engineer. I envy it.

Earlier than Anne Lamott’s Fowl by Fowl, the Jungian poet, Holly Prado, inspired members of our workshop to hunt to grasp ourselves by writing — wherever that may take us, together with to the darkish chaotic locations.

Retaining a journal was virtually a requirement. She wouldn’t have known as it “journaling,” and neither does Lamott. Slightly an invocation, “Write so you may know higher what you assume.”

An actual journal, one thing with two covers, written by hand, was what she really helpful. We joked concerning the “de-composition” books as we looked for our personal phrase gems among the many pages. It was from the journal that form and kind may happen. Certainly, it will should be methodical and common if we sought to be revealed.

Some achieved writers are virtually “writing machines,” churning out phrases at voluminous warp velocity. Others are much less disciplined, but not much less inventive. I agree with Telleen-Lawton’s recommendation of a“mild contact” for younger writers reminiscent of her granddaughter. She, too, should be taught that the muse is a trickster who flits forth, however not all the time again except she is courted.

I as soon as heard her whisper, “Hey you, all nice writing is re-writing!”

Josie Martin
Santa Barbara

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Robert Sulnick makes good factors in his July 19 column, “Harmful Diablo Canyon Ought to Be Shut Down, On Schedule,” however they’re not backed up with many information.

Grant Christensen
Santa Barbara

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