Thursday, June 30, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 17

Weekly Poll
Should all fireworks be banned on the Fourth of July?

Hell no! It's not the Fourth withouth them.
Thanks for protecting us like the children we are, government officials.
Yes. Pets don't like them and even the legal ones can be dangerous--especially in the hands of idiots.
We're in a drought!

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Santa Maria Sun / News

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Fire in the sky: Drought and new fireworks ordinances force Central Coast to rethink how it celebrates the Fourth of July

Editor’s note: Ralph’s and Larry’s names were changed to protect their identities. A call comes in at 11 p.m. on Thursday night. I answered the phone. It’s Larry and he said he’s got the stuff: a trunk full of mortars he acquired from a source just across the Nevada-California border.  I make the hour-long trek to a house located in a rural area of North Santa Barbara County where I met Larry and his friend Ralph, two guys who were kind enough to trust me and allow me to see their secret sta... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Diary from prison

Within a few weeks of my arrival at the prison, things began to fall into place. I settled in a cell with another white man (something that on the outside wouldn’t matter but is essential in prison). I finally, after what seemed like an eternity but was actually a little less than a week, got access to the phone and called my wife and children. You only get 15 minutes for a call and in that first call, it took me a ... [ Read More ]

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