Encourage support for prohibition of nuclear weapons

Rep. Salud Carbajal is refusing to endorse and advocate for the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty was adopted by 122 nations and ours was one of those who boycotted the negotiations.

In a Sept. 1 letter, he said he "shares (my) concerns" about "nuclear non-proliferation agreements," but neglects to express his position on the Treaty.

I informed him that this is completely unacceptable, and asked him to explain his negligence on this matter. I encourage others to do likewise. Our survival may depend on it.

David Broadwater

Atascadero

Thankful for Colorthon support

Another Colorthon has just been concluded. Thanks to a very supportive community the Lompoc Hospital Foundation was able to raise funds for the renovation of the Comprehensive Care Center.

The venue at the La Purisima Mission proved to be a popular location which drew over 200 participants who enjoyed the morning walking and running toward an array of color. We would like to thank the members of our community who participated as well as all of our sponsors who purchased signs, especially Rabobank, Coastal Vision, Inc., Clos Pepe Vineyards and Grocery Outlet.

Tyler Perry,

Colorthon Chair

Lompoc Hospital District Foundation

Put differences aside

A recent letter about President Trump is typical of most millionaires from the beginning of time, and I'm pretty sure most non-millionaires have skeletons in their closets. In any event, Americans are tired of the hate rhetoric, so come on Democrats, not working with Republicans is only hurting the American people. Put your differences aside and join in the effort to make America once again a world leader.

George T. Baker

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Santa Maria

Let there be peace on Earth

If there is one thing that most of us can agree on, that is the value of living in a peaceful world, where there is trust, respect and kindness, and where we can thrive.

Having weapons of mass destruction does not give us peace, particularly in the hands of the wrong people. Assault weapons were designed for war, not a peaceful society. Do we really want to make these weapons available to anyone? Do we want our country to turn into a war zone, or do we want peace?

Even a knife can be a serious weapon in the hands of the wrong person. I was sitting in a park in Los Angeles with a friend, when I was suddenly attacked by an assailant with a knife, who stabbed me near the heart. The police and an ambulance were called and I was rushed to the USC medical center. I did not know how serious my injury was, and if I would come out of it alive. The hospital was like a war zone. Fifty people a night were admitted on a weekend night on average, many victims of gun shot and knife wounds. It was a busy night and my bed was placed in the hall for lack of space. Ironically this was Halloween night, 1969, and I was 24 years old.

The proliferation of weapons in our country is disastrous today, especially now, where we have large populations gathering in cities for different events. The 2nd Amendment right to carry weapons was designed for the pioneer days when citizens lived in wilderness areas, where they had to live off the land, protect themselves from wildlife, and where there was no law enforcement. Things have changed. It's obvious we need protection for our citizens from the danger of mass shootings. We can't let mass shootings become the norm. 

Stephanie Palomarez

Santa Maria

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