What is Law?
By Robert Bernstein   |   July 15, 2021

“186,000 Miles Per Second. It’s Not Just a Good Idea. It’s The Law.” A friend in grad school at UCSB Physics had this sign on his desk. Why is this funny? Because we confuse two kinds of laws. Everyday laws are the ones we should not break. Or else we may get a ticket or […]

Knowledge is Good
By Katie Cusimano   |   October 21, 2020

In the 1950s, Harold Hill sold the kids of River City a band program. In the 2020 revival, he’s selling a bond program. Last week, while checking the Nextdoor website/app to learn which neighborhood cat was missing this week, I stumbled across some residents passionately debating Bond L2020 – Cold Spring School District Bond Measure. […]


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Letters to the Editor
By Montecito Journal   |   April 23, 2020

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By J'Amy Brown   |   August 15, 2019

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