No safety training will stop assault rifle

Speaking as a high school teacher, there is no amount of safety training my district can provide that will stop someone from legally purchasing an automatic assault rifle with the capacity to assassinate 17 people in seven minutes!

Elizabeth Osborne


Redemption for seekers

Lompoc Police Chief Walsh, has been given permission by the City Council to remove transients from the riverbed. Walsh stated cleaning the trash from the riverbed would be very expensive and there is no money designated for that.

Additionally, the chief said replacement housing for the transients would require a coordinated effort by all government and private organizations along with citizen volunteerism. Moving transients onto the streets of Lompoc is not an acceptable solution.

I suggest transients be divided into two groups, those who want to be redeemed into working society and those who want to remain parasitic renegades. The redemption seekers would acquire from the Police Department identification badges much like a driver's license.

The seekers would live in Camp Redemption at Ken Adams Park. Tents, food, water, portable toilets and hygiene stations would be provided. Redemption would be earned by working every day cleaning the riverbed until all of the transient mess in Lompoc is removed.

Camp Redemption would forbid alcohol and drugs. Refusal to work or alcohol or drug use would be causes expulsion and loss of ID card on the first offense.

The parasitic renegades would receive nothing, no food, clothing, shelter, ID card and no access to Camp Redemption. The renegades would receive jail time if they returned to the riverbed because the riverbed is protected by law. Open space around Lompoc is protected by fire safety law.

All resources would be dedicated to the success of the seekers and their graduation from Camp Redemption into working society. The renegades will leave town when they are hungry, cold, wet and sick, or become seekers.

David Grill


Drinking and driving is a choice

I'm writing in response to the tough drunk driving laws. They're made this way to try and prevent the future pain of all the people involved. You can never replace a person or the lifelong pain of the injuries.

I was 13 when I heard a horrible crash in front of my house. I ran to the car of screaming people and a man placed a 4 year-old boy in my arms. He was dead. This man went on to chase after the drunk driver who was trying to get away. I'll never forget the pain this boy's sister and mom were experiencing, or this little boy's face.

A few years later I came across three motionless men lying in the road, beer cans surrounding them. I had just opened my car door when the first police car showed up. They came over to me first and told me, "We really don't want you to see this."

I had already seen too much. I'm still haunted to this day by what I saw. The men had gone through the windshield.

I don't see how the police and firemen can handle all this pain. Maybe they keep focused on the people they can save. Accidents happen. Drinking and driving is a choice.

Arleen Miller



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