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Extremes found on all sides

A recent contributor would have readers believe that the Democratic agenda includes an open door immigration policy, taking everyone's guns away, a guaranteed minimal income, and generally, the most extreme leftist position on virtually every issue confronting our nation today. While supporters of these positions can certainly be found, including by some who have announced Presidential bids, they do not represent mainstream party positions.

There are, of course, Republicans who espouse completely antithetical positions to those our aforementioned correspondent attributes to Democrats. There are Republicans that would, for example, close our borders to all persons of color and to all non-Christians. There are Republicans that would return us to a laissez faire, completely unregulated economy. There are Republicans that believe citizens are entitled to only the health care they can afford and that "socialist" programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and all other public assistance programs are government schemes that rob the rich of their just desserts. There are Republicans that oppose "racial and social justice" for all.

The point I hope I have made is that Democrats are a diverse lot and, while their positions are trending left, they are far closer to the center on most issues than are Republicans, most of whom seem to have enthusiastically embraced Trump's reactionary agenda.

Robert Hoffman

Santa Maria

Disputing the science

Once again, scientists are finding what a chemistry professor at Indiana University told us years ago. He cited Einstein, saying the more we learn, the more we learn how little we know.

This statement comes to mind when climate experts looked for data on ocean current mixing, and found the area in which they were collecting data was several hundred miles away from the spot they should have been examining.

Since they were so wrong, I wonder how they now know they’ve found the correct spot, but in a larger sense, these are the people who have told us every few years that if we don’t do something, the world will be doomed in 15-30 years.

If these geniuses had been right in their earliest predictions 30-40 years ago all humans would be dead by now. What is more bothersome is that no one has provided convincing evidence that our current short-term warming period is no more than a normal temperature rise following the mini-Ice Age that lasted from about 1250 to 1850.

These experts run the risk of crying the sky is falling if they continue to be so wrong so much of the time.

Jim Vint

Santa Maria

New York abortion law is offensive

It's official now, Democrat politicians in New York are on record supporting aborting full term human beings, which also makes it easier to commit the act of infanticide. And just to spike the football, they even gave themselves a standing ovation when Gov. Cuomo signed the bill. How callous is that?

This action by New York is also meant as a signal to other Democrat states to do likewise. The Democrat Party has now gone from recommending abortion to be "safe, legal and rare" to openly celebrating barbarism against unborn human beings. It seems some Democrats have more concern for convicted criminals than innocent unborn babies.

How is it that dogs and cats are rightfully rescued and offered for adoption? We as a nation desperately need to end this heinous practice. Over 60 million babies never got the opportunity to enjoy life. Why? Because it was a good way for politicians to get votes and and for Planned (non) Parenthood to make money.

Dana Franck

Santa Maria

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