Wednesday, December 17, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 40

Weekly Poll
Why is car insurance so expensive on the Central Coast?

Because illegal immigrants drive around without licenses or car insurance.
Drunk drivers.
Too many rich people driving expensive cars.
Dumb people on their cell phones causing accidents.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

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The Sun's Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide offers some local inspiration

Some of us buy the self-deception that we do better under pressure, and thus come out guns blazing at the very last minute to complete a given task. Nowhere is it more apparent how hazardous this outlook is than in the act of gift giving. A gift tells the receiver much about the amount of time and level of attention paid by the giver, and a thoughtless gift can often be worse than no gift at all. But fear not, brave holiday shopper! The Sun has your procrastinating back this holiday season with our annual Last-Minute Holiday G... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Don't count on Diablo

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" bellowed an increasingly panicked Wizard of Oz after feisty Toto and his intrepid companions had blown the cover on the pugnacious imposter. Behind a fearsome façade of smoke and mirrors, this “wizard” managed to rule a mythical paradise through fear and intimidation. In a modern remake released last week—minus the Technicolor trappings&... [ Read More ]

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