Stumping for Fareed

As a voter of the 24th Congressional District, we heard a lot of campaign promises from Rep. Salud Carbajal when he ran. Rep. Carbajal promised to be a bi-partisan voice and work with both sides of aisle to fix the gridlock in Washington.

After reviewing his record, it is clear to see Carbajal played us for fools. He has voted over 97 percent in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi since he has been in office. His claim to fame is that he is on the No Labels Problem Solver Committee in Congress, but he is part of the very problem we sent him there to fix.

We need a representative who is not afraid of, and I saw Justin Fareed portray that message throughout his campaign. He wanted to fix the system from within and do what’s best for local residents. Justin focused on important issues such as water infrastructure, veterans and breaking the gridlock in Washington. Since Rep. Carbajal has been in office, he has voted against improving every one of those issues that matter to our district.

I hope Justin Fareed decides to run for Congress again because voters of the 24th District are starting to have buyer’s remorse. We need a fresh, independent voice in Washington, not a career politician who is out of touch with his constituents.

Rebecca Gowing

Santa Maria

Revealing real Trump

A recent letter writer, having committed to President Trump, plows forward to defend Trump's every reckless statement, action and move, castigating liberals.

Unfortunately, that reader’s opinions are based on little or no knowledge of the man he idolizes. Allow me to introduce him to the Trump I know — the narcissistic, dishonest, conniving, lying, amoral man with whom most New Yorkers, investigators, lawyers and former employees are familiar.

My father, a paint and wallpaper contractor, worked for Trump’s father, Fred, during the height of Fred Trump's building boom in the Coney Island, Ocean Parkway neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

I remember Dad talking about Fred's spoiled son, whom Fred called "The little King." I remember the deals Donald and his dad made with Brooklyn's corrupt politicians for no-money-down public land grabs in exchange for big political contributions, the deals with gangsters who got him cheap illegal workers for his construction projects, the court cases over the coding of rental unit applications to identify and exclude minorities, the blatant marital infidelities, the serial bankruptcies, which allowed him to pay his workers and contractors pennies on the dollar after the work was completed, and that was the stuff the “deal maker" boasted about.

Now he is our president, an angry, thin- skinned man who holds grudges, insults the weak and helpless, throws his friends under the bus when he no longer needs them, neither reads nor understands what he claims to support or reject, but may very well twitter the world into a catastrophic war that neither he nor his family would have to fight or suffer. This is the man that letter writer and his ilk defend, protect and even laud.

Lord have mercy on us.

Istar Holliday

Arroyo Grande

Change diet, save animals

We are a nation of special observances. There is even a World Day for Farm Animals, observed on Oct. 2. Apparently it's intended to memorialize the tens of billions of animals abused and killed for food.

Like most others, I always thought of farm animals as "food on the hoof." But when a friend sent me an amazing, endearing Facebook video, it dawned on me that farm animals are much like our family dog, fully deserving of our compassion and respect.

My internet search showed they get neither. Male baby chicks are routinely suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground up alive. Laying hens are crowded into small wire cages that tear out their feathers.

Breeding sows are kept pregnant in tiny metal crates. Dairy cows have their babies snatched away immediately upon birth, so we can drink their milk.

It drove me to replace the animal products in my diet with a rich variety of plant-based meats and dairy items offered by my grocery store. I have since learned that a cruelty-free diet is also great for my health and for the health of our planet.

Sedrick Mackenzie

Santa Maria