Fair theme should be more inclusive

I was shocked and disappointed when I heard the theme for this year's Santa Barbara County Fair: "Cowboys & Carousels."

This title is not inclusive. There are cowgirls in the world as well as cowboys, so why are fairground administrators excluding females from the fair theme?

I have sent a letter to fair officials requesting the 2018 theme be changed to be inclusive of all people (and succeeding years' themes be inclusive.) In a world full of wonderfully diverse people, themes/titles should be inclusive and inviting, thereby embracing the world in which we live: people of all genders, heritages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

In my letter to fair officials, I included some suggestions for themes such as: Joy to the World; Peace for All; Dream On!; Let's Play!; Never Stop Smiling!; Food, Fun and Family.

Jeanine Brooks

Los Alamos

Lady Liberty is weeping

Here we go again, another undocumented immigrant involved in a crime against citizens of this country. First, Marilyn Pharis, we've been waiting three years for a verdict. Then Kate Steinle, whose trial in my opinion is a miscarriage of justice, and now Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez, the Uber driver charged with multiple rape and robbery infractions.

In all three cases immigration status has been deemed irrelevant. What about the status of Lady Justice? She is portrayed blindfolded, modestly clad in a toga, holding a sword in her right hand, and a scale in her left hand. She originated in Roman times and is a symbol even today of our justice system.

The modern version would have no blindfold, but an Antifa bandana, her sword hidden behind her back, the scale unbalanced by 30 pieces of silver, a folded newspaper topped with a brick labeled slander and lies. Her toga would be askew with one breast exposed, and the bottom half sullied in the mud of politics and political correctness. Which version do you see?

I bet Lady Liberty has laid down her torch, put down her tablet, and is probably covering her head in her hands, weeping for our country and what it has become. Wake up everyone!

Bill Potts

Santa Maria

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Who didn't get paid?

There are two recent letters to the editor regarding the big story of the government shutdown on Friday night, Jan. 18 that begged questions. Who did not get paid? The military was paid on Jan. 15. The next payday is Feb. 1. The commissary was closed? Why? The commissary is a non-appropriated activity as is the PX, as are the low wage earners at the concessions such as Wendy's, McDonald's etc. Did commissaries close?

The shutdown did not mean that the President ran around locking and bolting doors. In the end, it is the decision of the President to shut down the government. Parts of the government did not have enough money to continue 100 percent operations. Some stayed open and active because they had sufficient funding. Some of the Democrats backed and voted with the Republicans but - some Republicans voted with the Democrats thus depriving the Republicans of their votes to back their party.

The Republican party has total control of the US government. The White House, the House of Representatives, the US Senate, all under the control of the Republican party. The government that was shutdown is Republican governed . But parts of the funded activities continued. Social Security, Medicare, INS, and so forth.

Again I ask, who didn't get paid?

Pat Lala

Santa Maria

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