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OUR VIEW Santa Barbara County officials have launched a program that will enable businesses and organizations to temporarily expand into public the right-of-way, perhaps even onto private property.

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GUEST COMMENTARY We all strive to be good stewards of the environment, so how do we know we are recycling right? Do you ever wonder what happens when you place non-recyclable materials in the recycling bin?

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KEVIN MERRILL It is hard to believe we already celebrated the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. This year is much different, with many of us focused on the coronavirus and its affect on family, friends and businesses.

GUEST COMMENTARY On Memorial Day, we honor veterans who gave their lives for our country. Think for a moment about how many others were saved from death. Doctors, nurses and medics have been on the battlefield throughout our history. Without them, the number of wartime casualties would be much higher.

OUR VIEW We launched this Saturday roses-and/or-raspberries feature last year, the idea being that so many things good and not-so-good go virtually unnoticed, so perhaps acknowledging the sweet and sour would be invigorating.

DAN WALTERS Clem Miller, a congressman from California’s North Coast known as Spendin’ Clem for his ability to bring home pork-barrel funding, was a shoo-in for re-election to a third term in 1962.

OUR VIEW At the moment, we all want our normal lives back, but what will that normal be? A tiny, deadly virus has changed the way we live and the way we think. Will it be for the better, or will it be for the worse?

GUEST COMMENTARY Joe Amon is the director of global health at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and former director of health programs at Human Rights Watch. This column was produced for the Progressive Media Project, which is run by The Progressive magazine, and distributed by Tribune News Service.

OUR VIEW Perhaps one of the coronavirus’ legacies will be a workplace revolution, which would solve the business owners’ capital outlay cost challenges, with employees working in satellite locations — their homes — instead of being clustered in a building at some central location.

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