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Remembering Chief White

I’ve had the good fortune to have served the Lompoc Fire Department for 35 years, retiring in 2002 as fire chief for the city I grew up in.

I had a fulfilling career working with some outstanding people. One of the most rewarding experiences was my last assignment. The opportunity to be a part of the process that brought Linual and Carol White to Lompoc.

I retired knowing the department was in capable hands. Linual was a vital part of the fire service and a vibrant part of the community. We became friends and brothers, brought together by a special bond only a few can understand.

Ramona and I enjoyed our many trips with Linual and Carol, wine tasting in Napa, golf in Palm Desert, and especially our time sailing the San Diego Bay on their sailboat.

I will miss my dear friend and fellow fire chief. We shared the realization early in our careers, a fire fighter’s calling is to serve your community at all cost.

For me, Linual’s finest quality was simply to always look for the good in every person.

Ed Casarez


Great place for Amazon

Now that our city has expanded with a new shopping center, why have they not taken one step further and negotiated with Amazon? We have the perfect location our airport.

I know they are talking about opening one in Santa Barbara, why not Santa Maria? The economy would grow and it would create many jobs.

Our city manager and airport manager should think of the future of our city and people.

Mickey Freeman

Santa Maria

Speaking out against Trump

Fascism, according to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, is defined as: “… a governmental system led by a dictator who, having complete power, forcibly suppresses opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism. …”

In a speech given in Minnesota, ostensibly to promote the tax-reform bill forwarded by the GOP, President Trump demonstrated every one of those characteristics.

I'm old enough to remember Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, and since I heard Trump, in his inauguration speech mimic these fascist dictators with his declaration "I alone can save you," I have waited for the GOP majority to rein in this narcissistic madman, which, much to my despair, it has not done.

When will these powerful members of Congress represent the good of the people before he concentrates the wealth of the nation in the hands of the toadies who see their personal advantage in his actions? Will they manage to remove him from office before he abolishes the present protections of our environment, of the poor, of the sick? Before he abolishes the impartiality of the legal system to which we aspire by nominating federal judges who share his agenda rather than respect the law? Before his lack of forethought and restraint and civility and his nasty mouth brings us into a nuclear war?

I sincerely hope so. I at least hope he can be restrained until the mid-term elections when, if we cannot impeach him, we can remove those in power who enable and support him.

Istar Holliday

Arroyo Grande