I think Chris Barriere needs to lay off the vape juice. His Oct. 4 letter to the editor should be included in the packet that doctors distribute to outline the dangers of vaping.

Talk about clouded judgment, but I do hope he keeps us posted on the progress of his FBI investigation.

Pres Hall
Santa Barbara

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Rep. Salud Cabajal, D-Santa Barbara, says he’s a “democratic socialist.” Definition? Advocating a socialist economy in which the means of production are collectively owned, in a democratic political system of government.

Scratch “democratic socialism” and you find “commuism” at the core. Democratic socialism is “communism-lite.” Carbajal is very good at it. He’s even broken his congressional oath of office to advance communism. That oath reads:

“I, Salud Cabajal, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

But Carbajal encourages criminal immigrants to illegally enter the United States. He counsels them how to avoid the law once they get here. He advises others to refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Of course, Cabajal is free to defend criminal illegal migrants; he should just resign his congressional seat first.

Mark McIntire
Santa Barbara

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Federal lands in Santa Barbara County will soon be up for lease to oil companies for dangerous drilling and extraction processes. As our county strives to reduce the water, land and air impacts of extreme oil drilling in county-controlled areas, the fed government is rushing to push drilling on federal lands.

Federal agencies are greasing the regulatory skids to cram big new oil development down our throats. Soon, the Bureau of Land Management will approve hastily prepared environmental impact statements that will enable oil drilling and fracking above Nojoqui Falls, Drum Canyon, Los Padres National Forest and the Lake Cachuma headwaters leading to our drinking water aquifers!

A U.S. Geological Survey report, published in the September issue of the Environmental Geosciences journal, confirms the polluting impacts on Central Coast groundwater aquifers from cyclic steam injection, waste water injection and other high-intensity oil extraction processes.

Elections are coming. Ask your local and federal elected leaders how they’ll stop this impending rape of our water, land, air and climate.

Our kids strive to protect our climate by urging us to slash fossil fuel use. What do we tell them in 20 years as they struggle to cope with a burning planet?

Larry Bishop

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