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‘Good People,’ a great show

For those thinking Lompoc to be a cultural backstreet, at least one saving grace avails — the Lompoc Civic Theater.

Currently, the LCT is offering “Good People,” a play about the lives of plain folks caught up in the unpredictability of daily living.

The cast is exceptional. Under the direction of Larry McClelland, their performance is all but flawless. The timing is totally on point and the play itself evokes emotions that theater-goers hope to experience. It is no exaggeration to say the quality of this effort easily rivals Hancock’s PCPA.

Do yourself a favor and see this play. Time is running out. The run continues through March 25 with one remaining 2 p.m. Sunday matinee and evening 7:30 performances on one Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday evenings. Consult the Lompoc Civic Theater website for all the details.

Barry J. Marks


Tariff plan bad for USA

Tariffs are a bad cover for failed trading deals promised by our “world’s greatest dealer,” as Trump boasted during his campaign.

In this first year, zero trade deals have been made. Now, Trump wants to use tariffs as a threat tactic, used by schoolyard bullies.

Even despite warnings by most economic experts and Republicans in Congress, Trump has pressed ahead. Already, there have been threats of trade-war retaliation from our friends and allies, especially, the European Union. Maybe such intimidation works on the schoolyard or in the hostile business climate, but Trump’s ill-advised threats will be met by national leaders.

China’s President Xi Jinping is gaining power and influence, thanks to vacuums left from Trump’s withdrawals from TPP, Paris Agreement and other world organizations. Xi is now challenging Trump’s America in world leadership, as in trade, with his development of the new Silk Road, by land and sea, to Africa and Europe. Trump has backed down from Xi by withdrawing his “currency manipulator” rhetoric. Xi is eating Trump’s lunch and playing him like a fiddle.

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Trump’s claim about “national security risk” is, simply a lie when Canada and Mexico are our No. 1 and 4 steel importers — unless Trump plans to start a hot war with them.

The WTO will not accept this lie. Rather, the tariff-producing trade wars are our much more serious national threats. This would be known if Trump listened to his military experts.

So, how is bolstering 10 percent of the steel industry, to crash 90 percent of the industry and tax Americans with higher product costs a good thing? Perhaps, subsidizing the 10 percent would be more cost-effective when considering both domestic and international implications of tariffs?

Don Jones

Santa Maria