Sunday, February 1, 2015     Volume: 15, Issue: 47

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Should parents be able to opt out of vaccinating their children?

Yes. It's their civil right to choose.
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Vaccines are the government's way of controlling us.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

To rail, or to rail against?: As decision time approaches, the Sun examines the pros and cons of a controversial Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project

When viewed from the proper angle, the central conflict here bears a peculiar type of poetic symmetry: A local refinery would like to transport much of its crude oil into San Luis Obispo County via train, while opponents would prefer such plans to be driven out of the county on a rail. Many stakeholders adamantly support the project, while many locals virulently oppose the proposed rail spur that would allow this transportation method to materialize. There are plenty of lawyers involved and lots of money tied up in each side o... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Higher education: location, location, location!

Recent news that Allan Hancock College competed unsuccessfully for a four-year viticulture degree speaks loudly of the undaunted future vision that Hancock President Dr. Kevin Walthers and his staff have for higher education in our valley. Hancock competed well in a field of heavyweight multi-campus schools. In the end, we can be proud of Hancock’s competition against highly urban campuses. Great things are ahead fo... [ Read More ]

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