Drones eye L.A. citizens

We read recently of the Big Brother syndrome — drones — perpetrated against the citizenry of Los Angeles. In the name of what?

George Orwell, where are you? The nove “1984” was considered ludicrous, but here it is. Is Santa Barbara County next?

The Gestapo had similar capabilities that they exercised with effectiveness against those who opposed the regime, but stopped by Dwight D. Eisenhower, thank God. So are we next?

David W. K. Godrich

Santa Maria

Abuse of flag in opera appalling

We recently attended Opera San Luis’ performance of “Madama Butterfly” and were enjoying it until the final scene. That’s when we were stunned — appalled, really — to see the grief-stricken character Cio-Cio-San grab the American flag off its pole (stage right), throw it onto the floor, then drag it as she sang.

There were audible gasps in the audience indicating there were many others among us deeply offended by such abuse of our flag, which is never to touch the ground.

Worse, it shows Opera San Luis’ willingness to exploit and demean the tragedy of Cio-Cio-San to make a gratuitous and contemporary political statement. After all, Cio-Cio was abandoned not by the U.S. government, but by a man who happened to be American.

In the future, instead of financially supporting this opera group, we will direct donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.

On a positive note, we invite readers to attend “From Sea to Shining Sea,” a Veterans Day concert presented by Coastal Voices Community Choir at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at St. Andrew church, 3945 S. Bradley Road, Santa Maria. This concert will honor our veterans, our country and, especially, our flag.

Elise Cassel and Juan Hovey

Santa Maria

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'Players' wrong to disrespect flag

Thank you to a recent letter writer from Nipomo for your letter published Oct. 13.

My parents were married in England in 1944. Dad had seen pictures of me and mom in 1945. He had been shipped back to the states before my birth and told he could "send for family." After writing letters to U.S. officials explaining what monies he had saved and what he earned, two brothers would be sponsors with his boss also writing on his behalf. Mom and I were able to come to the United States when I was 16 months old.

Dad was U.S. Army during World War II. I am a U.S. citizen because of dad, as well as my mom becoming a U.S. citizen in 1956.

I would expect U.S. citizen "players" to stand with hand over heart like any U.S. spectator would when the national anthem is played or sung. The players are wrong when they "take a knee" or turn their back as a show of disrespect to our nation, not even once thinking of lives - black and white - lost to keep this flag and country safe and whole.

Gwyneth DeBiase

Lompoc

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