Tuesday, May 26, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 11

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Should Plains All American Pipeline face penalties following the Santa Barbara oil spill?

Government should follow current penalty procedure.
Damages should be payed to SB County residents.
They should pay for all coastal cleanup.
They don't deserve extra penalties.

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Santa Maria Sun / Letters to the Editor

Salamanders don't need to be saved

Justin Ruhge - Lompoc -

When I recently read that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was promoting the idea of protecting the “endangered” tiger salamander in a project of condemning 30,000 acres of producing land and at a cost of $46 million in Santa Barbara County, I didn’t know whether to be appalled or laugh.

Who in their right mind would think of doing such a worthless thing? Why, the government, that is who. It just makes you wonder if the loony bins have been emptied and the inmates have been hired by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The only dumber thing I have heard recently is that Caltrans is making tunnels under the roads so that the salamanders can get to the ponds to mate.

One wonders if the salamanders can read a sign to tell them that the tunnels are there. Otherwise they will go across the roads and get squashed. You have to wonder how we Americans have gotten to this crazed state that anyone would even think of spending our tax funds in such a frivolous way. It is an example of environmentalism going off the deep end and no one to catch them. In all of nature there is no need to save the salamander—is there? Do they really serve any purpose worth $46 million?

If you disagree like I do, please make your opinion known at a Fish and Wildlife Service meeting on May 22 at the Santa Maria Betteravia Government Center.