From our inbox: Letters to the Editor for the week ending September 24, 2021 | Opinions
Thanks for the September 21 story, “Sheriff says guard staff may have sparked COVID-19 outbreak at Santa Barbara Jail.”
Despite all of Deputy Sheriff Sol Linver’s cover-ups on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and the presentation of statistics on hijackings, the gist of the story is that unvaccinated prison workers likely infected inmates, resulting in unnecessary illnesses and hospitalizations for treatment.
More than a third of on-call staff (public employees) have still not been vaccinated more than 18 months after the world recognized the worst pandemic in a century. What part of the law enforcement credo, “Protect and Serve,” does not include protection from a disease that has already claimed more American lives than the influenza pandemic of 1918?
It is high time that full coronavirus vaccination became a mandatory condition of employment for all employees and contractors paid with taxpayer dollars.
Richard Closson Pharm.D.
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Thank you for updating the information on the efforts of local schools to carefully monitor information on COVID-19 testing. Families and the community need this essential information.
Each school district should provide attendance information at the start of school. Information on attendance would be a good indicator of the impact of managing COVID-19 on schools and families.
I know from personal experience that some elementary school students have been sick twice with non-coronaviruses since starting school, and these students have missed more days of school than they have attended.
Reporting school attendance information for each school would provide vital information for families and the community to understand whether students are avoiding COVID-19 infection while still having the opportunity to receive an education.
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In Laura Capps and Kate Ford’s comment on September 22, “We need to do more to keep students in school safe from the Delta variant,” I find it curious that the authors are choosing the Centers for Disease protocols. Control and Prevention to respect.
They say the Unified School District of Santa Barbara is following “advice from scientific experts,” but almost immediately they say the CDC’s guidelines on class spacing for students “must be changed.” It sounds more like a political decision than a scientific one.
More importantly, this comment was posted on the same day as the special surprise Santa Barbara Unified School District School Board meeting, but somehow both school board members, one of whom is the chairman of the school board, failed to mention that they would vote on one of their “recommendations” a few hours later. It’s just fallacious.
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I read Noozhawk for the news. I am not interested in the opinions of publisher Bill Macfadyen. If he wants to publish his opinion, he should write an editorial and label it as such.
Macfadyen’s mix of opinions with reporting is fishy. Not all readers realize that is his opinion. Providing this information at the very end, after he has brainwashed people, is not acceptable.
I’m sick of Macfadyen’s relentless hatred of Governor Gavin Newsom and now President Joe Biden. He is doing his readers a disservice.
Kay lee ahnemann
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Noozhawk editor Bill Macfadyen won’t be publishing this, but I have to be happy how Californians have come together to rout Trump’s publicists’ unnecessary recall attempt against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Newsom’s successful leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been in stark contrast to the response from former President Donald Trump. Newsom listened to the science, not Macfadyen and his fellow profiteers, and so California is thriving.
Maybe Macfadyen should move to Florida or Texas because those nut states seem like a better match for him than California. He will not be missed.
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ExxonMobil plans to restart three offshore oil rigs and the Las Flores Canyon oil processing plant, then transport the oil in tanker trucks to replace the pipeline that exploded near Refugio State Beach in 2015. Here’s why you must act:
70 fully loaded tankers of 5,000 to 6,500 gallons of crude oil will travel daily on Highways 101 and 166 from Las Flores Canyon on the Gaviota Coast to refineries in North County. That’s 70 round trips a day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for seven years. It’s a tanker truck driving past you on the highway every 10 minutes, all day, every day.
Considering the narrow, winding road, dense fog, and high winds at the Gaviota Tunnel, the chances of an oil truck hitting you or pulling off the road are significant. According to the Environmental Defense Center, 79 tanker trucks have crashed in California over the past 21 years, killing 28 people and injuring 56 others.
An accident on Highway 166 last year spilled oil into the Cuyama River near Santa Maria. In 2017, a tanker dumped its load on Highway 101 near Carpinteria, dissolving the pavement and killing the driver. Are you still concerned?
The environmental impacts of oil spills are also catastrophic. Oil spills into the ocean and rivers, killing marine and land animals, disrupting ecosystems and contaminating water supplies. It should concern you.
There is no longer any doubt that climate change is real, fueled by our continued use of fossil fuels. We are the main cause of sea level rise and record heat waves, droughts, floods and storms.
The amount of carbon that will be produced if the ExxonMobil project is approved is surprising. The planet has already warmed by more than 1 degree Celsius, which means that we are halfway between the beginning of the end of human habitation in coastal areas and the end of viable agriculture everywhere in the world. world.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls our situation a code red, which requires immediate corrective action – no more oil! This should be of real concern to you, especially if you have children and grandchildren, or if you plan to have it at some point. It is their future that you hold in your hands, in front of your keyboard, in front of the ballot boxes.
The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission will hold public hearings on this project on September 29 and October 1. You can attend virtually and send your comments to [email protected]. Ask the Town Planning Commission to refuse the project to protect the environment, public safety and our climate.
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Santa Barbara is a difficult city to live in if you are not rich. As a tenant, I want to share how grateful I am to have Meagan Harmon representing me on city council, and I hope she gets elected for another term.
Harmon has fought hard for issues that matter to tenants, from restrictions on no-fault evictions, to rent assistance and moratoriums on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, to increasing the number of affordable housing units.
As a tenant herself, a working mom with a daughter and baby on the way, she seems to really understand that working families need help getting by here.
It’s easy to get cynical about our political system because elected officials seem so out of touch and too often really don’t understand the needs of the people they are meant to represent. Harmon is a breath of fresh air.
I am not rich and cannot make major contributions to political campaigns, but I can vote. I will vote for the candidate who works for people like myself even though I am not a well-heeled interest group. I am proud to support Meagan Harmon for City Council.
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I have been an observer for the Santa Barbara City Council for many years. It has been a constant pleasure to observe City Councilor Meagan Harmon since her appointment in 2019.
It’s no coincidence that Harmon’s colleagues voted unanimously to appoint her to the State Street advisory committee that will shape the future of our downtown area, a clear nod to her collaborative style and to his professionalism. His leadership in creating the State Street promenade has kept local businesses afloat and revitalized our trade corridor, finally breaking the deadlock that has fueled the decline of State Street for years.
Harmon has fought tirelessly to help working families, whether it’s pushing for protection against unjustified evictions, extended rental assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or paying heroes for grocery and drugstore workers facing additional dangers on behalf of all of us.
It has been a leader in requiring 15% inclusive affordable housing in new developments. She cut red tape and bureaucracy by demanding reforms within the long troubled community development department, pushing for regulatory flexibility so businesses can stay open during the pandemic, and developing a low / low loan program. uninteresting for affordable artist-owned condos.
The fact that Harmon has been endorsed by the most credible organizations in our community – like the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Santa Barbara City Firefighters Association, and the Women’s Political Committee – is proof that she is a talented and valuable public servant.
I look forward to her continuing as a sixth district council member, serving her district and the whole city.
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