Lompoc Civic Theater delivers again
We are truly blessed to have a local theater troupe as talented and dedicated as the Lompoc Civic Theater. If you haven't yet seen their current production, “Bloomsday,” an Irish time-traveling love story, I suggest you put it on your calendar. The staging takes the viewer onto the streets of Dublin. The actors draw us in to share the "day, older versions [of themselves] come across their younger selves. How do choices echo through time and what do these chance meetings really mean?
The story uses humor and heartache to make an appeal for making the most of the present before it becomes the past." You won't be disappointed.
Let voices be heard
We've all ridden a bike or driven a car to get to where we want to go but a tire is flat and you're stuck, you can't get to where you wanted to go.
What to do. Change the tire? Call someone? You can't do it alone. Sound familiar?
This is what is happening in our government, only on a much larger scale. There is so much hate it has blinded the whole picture.
The country suffers because of the little minds of those not able to accept defeat. I'm talking about the presidential election. The president was elected but according to the left, this wasn't supposed to happen. They thought they had bought the election but the will of the people won out. Can you imagine the promises made to those big contributors "when I'm in office … ”
Our two-party system is tearing our country apart when our representatives think of their party instead of the greater good for all, our country.
I've been in a funky mood, thinking of what is happening, being told the world as we know it will end in a few years because of climate change. They are partly right, it will end, but not because of climate change. It will cease because we have not let our voices be heard.
I hear you — what can little ol' me do? I'm but one person. Don't throw in the towel and stop believing you won't be heard. Do as I have been doing, write letters to your newspaper, your representative and the heads of government.
Let the silent majority be heard once again as we did back in November 2016. God bless America.
Oil and quakes don’t mix
Increased seismic activity is only one of many inevitable dangers from the expansion of oil drilling in the Santa Maria Valley.
ERG, Aera and PetroRock all intend to use cyclic steam injection to pull the heavy, thick crude from the ground, which requires the injection of chemicals and wastewater. Wastewater injections are considered to be responsible for an increase in earthquakes, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Santa Barbara County has an estimated 100 to 200 of these wastewater injection sites.
From 2000-2012, the Santa Maria area averaged fewer than two earthquakes a year. Yet in 2013 alone, there were 58 quakes recorded in that same area. This major increase correlates with close proximity to wastewater-injected areas. Quake distribution is particularly dense in oil-active Cat Canyon, Orcutt, Casmalia, and south Santa Maria.
In its environmental report, ERG Resources itself refers to the geological hazards that can trigger landslides and seismic activity during construction and drilling. Such activity can also trigger accelerated soil erosion and cause damage to project structures, resulting in injury and death of oil workers who will be on the front lines of these projects. ERG tempts us to say yes to their project by boasting of the number of jobs they will create; but it is those very workers and the community who will suffer – not the CEO of ERG.
There is no mitigation for these hazards.
Irv Beiman, Ph.D.