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Democrats’ poor ideas

I read with interest a commentary by Mark James Miller, president of the Part-Time Faculty Association of Allan Hancock College, titled, “Democrats organized, ready to resist.”

He says the Democrat Club of Santa Maria president believes that if “people had been better educated on what the election and the candidates were really about, at least some of them would have voted differently …” The assumption is they would have voted for Democrats, specifically Hillary Clinton.

The kind of education Democrats are talking about is pure, unadulterated propaganda, which is not education. Anyone who just skims a newspaper or catches snippets of news programs understands the liberal strategy is to eliminate from public discourse any idea or thought that conflicts with their point of view.

If voters were to study the candidates and issues carefully as Miller suggests they would discover Democrat ideas and programs have cost billions and produced limited results.

If voters were truly educated on both sides of every issue and not subjected exclusively to liberal points of view in our education system they would most likely reject the failed ideas of Democrats.

Be careful what you ask for. It could backfire.

Ron Fink


Lompoc budget should preserve museum

The proposed Lompoc Biennial Budget for 2017-19 is an example of “penny wise, pound foolish” failure to forecast irreversible consequences. Specifically, the apparent decision to reduce supplemental support for the operation of the Lompoc Museum risks its closure.

Teresa Gallavan, assistant city manager, in her contribution “Join us in celebrating Lompoc civic pride” in the City of Lompoc PRIDE supplement, talks of many reasons to proudly reflect on “our native Chumash roots to the city’s formation as an agricultural town.”

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However, the omission to any reference to the city’s Lompoc Museum, which preserves and displays these cultural roots, raises concerns.

This proposed 2-year budget forecasts general fund expenditures to increase $1.6 million (2.4 percent) to $69,132,110, and cuts 40 percent of the Lompoc Museum annual operating budget. But this cut amounts to less than $60,000 annually savings to the city, only 0.17 percent reduction of total city operating expenses. Yet at the same time Gallavan talks about city plans to offer $50,000 per household deferred payment loans to first-time low-income home-buyers.

We read Ron Fink’s research in his “Petty, old-guard politics in Lompoc” Lompoc Observer column, that “council member Dirk Starbuck wants to stop charging developer fees for single-family dwellings, money that is used to improve city infrastructure to serve new developments. His (Starbuck’s) claim is that the $18,000 fee in Lompoc has hindered growth.”

The budget is a slick presentation, but it endangers the survival of our cultural heritage preserved in the Lompoc Museum. Be aware that preservation of city pride is more than painting “Creative Crosswalks."

Ted Suchecki