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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

Bad decisions cost taxpayers

Is there any adult supervision at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center? My understanding is that the center and all of its parts are losing money.

It started when so many non-paying patients visited the emergency room at Lompoc Hospital for every ailment, including those that could be handled at a clinic faster and less expensively for both the patient and the provider.

The Center's response was to take profits from the Convalescent Care Center (CCC) and give them to the ER. The ER still lost money, and now the CCC is losing money also due to a reduction in Medicaid payments.

Then the Center spent $20 million-plus to create a facility to provide addiction care named the Champion Center. The consequential profits were to solve the money-loss problems. The Champion Center lost $9 million, then closed.

To provide a clinic for poor people — thus addressing the ER problem — the Center purchased the Valley Medical Group, which is now losing money. The very new Oncology Center is also losing money.

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center has five parts, all of which are losing money.

Citizens vote for the hospital district board of directors to provide sound leadership. Have they never heard about not throwing good money after bad?

With the City Council trying to figure how to not drive the city into bankruptcy, it seems all common sense has fled Lompoc Valley. I wonder if these troubles are connected to the huge increases in the transient, homeless, motor home and welfare population, which have been welcomed into Lompoc by our city council.

David Grill


Compassion exists in Guadalupe

On Aug. 18, law enforcement officials were in foot pursuit of a burglary suspect through our neighborhood. The suspect broke through our backyard gate as a means of escape since our home borders on farmland. During the pursuit, the gate was left open and two of my three dogs (all rescues), escaped through the open gate. If not for a phone call from our next door neighbor, we might never have known about this happening.

As a result, our beagle, Klaus and our deer Chihuahua, Libby were on their own, which has never ever happened to them. We began a search street to street looking for them all evening on Friday, all day Saturday and into Sunday, posting flyers all over town and following up on every lead that we received. 

Fortunately, through the benefit of social media everyone in Guadalupe was "looking" for our dogs and early Sunday morning, Libby had been found. We recovered her safe and sound, but frightened. We continued on foot in the area she was found to look for Klaus into the late afternoon and suspended searching because of darkness, but got a call that evening that he had also been found but was injured. He was recovered and hospitalized as he had suffered a bite wound that needed treatment.

On behalf of my wife and myself, we want to thank our friends, our clients and the residents of the City of Guadalupe for their understanding, compassion and care for our two dogs, for without their help, our dogs might never have been found. We are comforted in knowing that compassion exists in Guadalupe.

Jerry Beatty

Brenda Forsythe-Beatty