Trailer rules are on hold

Though it did not affect me personally, I started the campaign against Buellton’s RV, boat and trailer ordinance to speak out against the impingement on our property rights and freedoms without proper notification and due process.

We spoke up and the ordinance has been suspended, but it will be revised and re-introduced in the future. I called City Hall officials and they were unable to tell me exactly when the ordinance will be on the agenda again.

Due to time constraints, I will no longer be active in determining the fate of this ordinance from here forward. I am proud of all of the Buellton citizens, mayor and the City Council for the way everyone conducted themselves in this exercise of democracy.

If this ordinance affects you personally as an RV, boat or trailer owner, or affects your principles with regard to personal freedom and property rights, I urge you to stay involved. Attend council meetings and let your voice be heard. The issue is not over and your voice is what counts in what happens to this ordinance form here forward. What happens now is up to you.

Thanks to everyone for your patience, caring, diligence and hard work.

Larry R. Rankin

Buellton

Making our schools better

The response to your questions about what happened to California public schools and how they can be fixed is simple — adopt effective curriculum and instruction that worked for decades.

Phonics reading instruction was abandoned. Whole language was adopted statewide and it took about a decade for California public schools to plummet from No.1 in the nation to dead last.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a study of the U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace and found illiteracy facilitates the  elimination of the best and brightest. Illiterate people don't start their own businesses. Illiterate people get their information from sound and video. Illiterate people have to wait for instructions. Illiterate people are not equipped to self-govern. Illiterate people are more dependent on government. Functionally illiterate people in the information age don't have a future.

It's been 20 years since California student achievement hit bottom and has barely moved since. All levels of government are unionized. The teachers' union is the largest in the nation. All unions are interconnected and international. In 1997 union leadership took the anti-communist clause out of the union constitution by unanimous vote. A recent Princeton/Northwestern study determined the United States is now a union/oligarchy.

Absent immediate and drastic corrective action of public school curriculum and instruction, increasing public debt and societal chaos will lead to full government control. It is easier to control illiterate people.

If we taught basic skills effectively, the costs of education would plummet while every child would have the opportunity to rise to their greatest potential.

We can do this. This is a choice.

Deb Andrews

Lompoc

At what cost legalizing marijuana

I'm very confused about what is occurring with the proposed use and growing of marijuana here in Santa Barbara County and the U.S. Why? It's against federal law.

All our governing politicians say "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the U.S. ..." The key words being "pledge," and "allegiance."

I remember my pledge like other service men and women pledging to protect our country, and we did and lots of us got killed, wounded or became prisoners for keeping our pledge.

To me, allegiance means devotion and loyalty. Most important, the U.S. flag represents our country, which is the federal government and its laws. So our governing politicians care more about money than respecting their pledge and allegiance to the U.S. flag. To me, it's not right and plain hypocritical and is contrary to what the high schools and colleges teach.

I grew up in Los Angeles' Chavez Ravine area (Dodger Stadium) and I still remember some grammar school friends who started smoking pot at age 13. I didn't because I respected my widowed mother. As they grew older, they eventually started using stronger drugs, which require more money. They were eventually forced to stealing and shoplifting and peddling drugs and eventually doing time for such. They ruined their futures and some died young, from overdoses.

So now Santa Barbara County wants to introduce a course, "Marijuana and Drug Addiction 101," which is in concert with the current opioid epidemic. 

"To gain something you have to lose something." In this problem the county gains revenue, but our youth lose their lives and futures. Also, I would hate to be forced to smell the toxic and repulsive secondhand marijuana smoke and dodge high drivers. The next step will be exporting marijuana and growing opium poppies for more revenue.

Augie Aguilar

Santa Maria

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