Takin’ it to the streets

Regarding the intersection of 154/246, has anyone noticed how well stop signs work at the 154 crossing of Baseline? Or how well the stop signs at the Nielsen’s intersection on Alamo Pintado are working?

Instead of a roundabout at the freeway intersection, how about speed bumps announcing stop signs at all four corners of the 154/246 intersection? The speed bumps would be announced by signs warning of them, as is done in Mexico where they effectively control traffic. Speed bumps are effective at controlling traffic, and anyone under the influence could not ignore them, whereas even someone sober could have a hard time getting through a roundabout. It would save a lot of money, which could be used on road repair, could be done in a couple of days and would take no property from anyone.

Is it too simple an idea for the government to figure out?

Gretchen Kieding



I was going thru my e-mail and I came to one that had a word that was new to me. INEPTOCRACY (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy), a slang word meaning a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Ineptocracy perfectly describes what our country is headed for if we don’t wake up and elect people with good old American free-enterprise values. We must get back to a system of government that will encourage people to work and excel, and be rewarded and not penalized for their efforts.

Wayne Barbarick


Dear Board of Supervisors...

News that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has approved the Chumash “fee to trust” application for the 6.9 acres was quite disconcerting. In particular because the BIA has essentially ignored all of the issues that you all raised in your opposition, not to mention the additional concerns raised within the community.

In engaging in a local issue with no regard for the input of local government, the BIA is effectively stripping the Board of Supervisors of its authority. You all are elected to look out for the best interests of our county and community as a whole. For you to be overridden by a Washington agency with no understanding of our issues is a complete outrage. On behalf of your constituents, we ask that you stand up to the BIA and demand an appeal, so that this blatant abuse of power can be contested. Failure to do so would invite similar outcomes in the future.

It goes without saying that the Chumash deserve full rights to develop their property just like any other property owner. No one would suggest otherwise. Accordingly, they would compete with local businesses on equal footing, experience the same regulations and the same taxation. This is fair and reasonable. But a government-assisted exemption from the rules and regulations that we all live by, and taxes we all pay cannot be justified on any grounds. It is an abuse of power from Washington and should be met with stiff resistance.

We urge each of you, as representatives of our county, to take a strong and deliberate stand on this issue and vote to appeal the ruling. This will go a long way toward demonstrating that you will not allow Washington bureaucrats to usurp your authority.

Steve Raftopoulos

Santa Ynez Valley