Civil War rekindled?

The rekindling of the Civil War to stir up division, hatred and controversy, it is suggested that President Lincoln's, 701-word, second inaugural speech be read in full, especially its end:

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

The war ended over 152 years ago. Lincoln also stated: "A house divided against itself cannot stand.” With all the major problems facing our nation, our $2—trillion and growing national debt, national security, terrorism, opiate deaths and addiction crisis, drugs and human trafficking coming across our borders, economic problems, tax reform, health care, education reform and infrastructure needs, why the concern about decaying statues of Confederates?

Thomas Bryan

Santa Barbara

Information vs. rumors

To the reader who thinks marijuana is an evil, according the World Health Organization, alcohol kills approximately 4 percent of the worlds’ population every year. That’s more than all the world’s wars, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis deaths, and all of the other drugs we use.

Is that evil enough for you? How about all the families destroyed daily by alcohol dependence? Or, the 20-plus DUI deaths that happen every day in this country. Is that evil enough for you?

You say you are afraid of your food being contaminated by drugs, then don’t order alcohol with your meal.

The reader also states drug users and dealers lie. That’s an understatement. But tell me, have you ever tried to get an alcoholic to tell the truth? Usually they are the only person who believes their own lie.

You know who else lies? The government, specifically Jeff Sessions and his cronies. We do not know how to use drugs in this country. We only teach people to not do drugs, or have sex, or whatever else we want to keep them ignorant about.

Instead of living in fear, arm yourself with education. Buy a book or go online and learn about drugs and drug dependence. Don’t rely on others to do it for you. If you do, they have control over you.

Don’t fight marijuana legalization, it’s already here.

Raymond Winters

Santa Maria


Truth has a certain ring to it

Ron Colone wrote an excellent piece on the "effects of deceit and the truth of lies."

I would like to add this to his excellent narrative.

Above all else, "be truthful to oneself," because then you are true to your God, family, friends and country.

Hemingway wrote "when you hear the truth, it has a certain ring to it. When you hear it, you know it."

Abraham Lincoln wrote, "you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time."

There are two ways to be fooled - not believing the truth, and believing a lie.

In closing, yes, the world is full of con artists of every stripe, color and size. As my doctor once said to me, "how suggestive are you?"

All I can suggest and write is try and get all of the cold hard facts and keep emotions under control as you make your most informed decisions about what and what not to believe.

By the way, Jesus Christ said "I'm the truth, the light and the way." Something to think about since we all are seeking the truth.

Joe Cronan



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