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Need a representative who can cross party lines

The last oil spill from a platform off California was in 1969. That was 49 years ago. The knee-jerk reaction from our representative Salud Carbajal and the Hollywood experts on expanding off-shore oil off California was predictable and follows a pattern of bad representation in California and our country.

I have to think that the oil industry has improved quite a bit since we have had zero spills from any platform off of California since then. Just once I would like to see our elected representative vote with his mind and facts and not mouth party line dogma and the wishes of the elite of Santa Barbara.

Another good reason to split our county so we can escape the death grip they have on electing their puppets. Both of those puppeteers for Rep. Carbajal, I guess, just want to continue to buy oil from Middle East countries, be a slave to their political whims, support terrorist groups and stay dependent on other countries for the life’s blood of oil. And yes I will agree with you naysayers that we will eventually have a spill, but tighter control and inspections instead of the canned ‘no’ answer would have been the intelligent response.

Intelligence disappeared years ago in our elected officials and now all we get is party puppets without one ounce of common sense. This will continue until we all stop voting with the party we registered with and vote for the man or woman that can cross party lines and vote with common sense and intelligence.

Jeff Scott

Nipomo

Pot doesn't stop with pot

A recent letter on legalizing pot is right on. I grew up in Santa Maria and saw exactly what the writer saw in Los Angeles. Not one person I knew started with pot and stayed with pot. It escalated too fast to count how many died at that time from opioids or heroin.

I am all for medical marijuana, but recreational marijuana is a joke. Please don't tell me it is safer than alcohol; any drug taken by someone with addictive tendencies will create havoc. Look around and see how many people you grew up with who were in the drug scene, where are they now? Good luck with an insane new law! 

Patricia Bassi

Nipomo

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