Wednesday, September 2, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 25

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Santa Maria Sun / Letters to the Editor

Fireworks need to be done

Betty Jean Mollenkopf Moore - Santa Maria -

I am a lifetime resident of this area and must comment strongly herein against the outrageous fireworks that plague the city of Santa Maria. I believe the nightmare has to stop. There was a time when fireworks were overlooked as they were thought of as all in good fun but no longer. Illegal fireworks explode throughout my neighborhood not only on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, but throughout the year. 

My animals are scared to death by the blasts. Returned veterans with PTSD suffer through the roar of the illegal explosions. It’s hard to determine on a nightly basis when and where the next blasts will sound off. We all know that legal fireworks are allowed, but we are hit with colossal amounts of illegal fireworks. Most cities ban fireworks both legal and illegal and the primary reason is the risk of FIRE. 

It really is time that our city leaders take care of business and get this ban in place. Banish both legal and illegal fireworks in the city of Santa Maria please! Enough madness!

Support the End of Life Option Act

Tim Rochte - Los Osos -

I am very pleased to provide readers with an important legislative update regarding the subject of the recent Sun opinion piece written by Dr. Zaf Iqbal, “The Dignified Choice” (Aug. 13).

On Aug. 18, the End of Life Option Act was reintroduced in the state Assembly Public Health Committee during the special session called by the governor. The bill’s new designation is ABX2-15. The deadline to bring the bill to the governor’s desk is Sept. 11.

ABX2-15 would allow terminally ill adults with the mental capacity to make medical decisions in the final stages of their disease to request medication from a physician to bring about a peaceful death. Californians should be free to choose how they die. This private, personal decision must be free from governmental interference.

All supporters are urged to immediately contact state Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) and ask for his “aye” vote. Requesting Katcho’s support for ABX2-15 can be done by:

1) Calling his office at 549-3381 for an in- person meeting (he’s in on Fridays).

2) Dropping into his SLO office at 1150 Osos St., suite 207, and speak to staff.

3) Sending an email: assemblyman.

4) Simply calling his office to ask for his “aye” vote.

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