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Want to ‘make America great again’? Try not rolling back environmental regulations

My husband and I recently returned from a trip to India, writes Patricia Melsheimer of Arroyo Grande. When we arrived in New Delhi, we thought we had stepped back in history to our youth in Los Angeles in the 1960s and ’70s. Our eyes teared, our chests felt tight — it was smoggy! Maybe if you live in the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma as Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s new director of the Environmental Protection Agency, does, you do not understand the need for emissions control regulations.

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Racism is not dead

Many think that since the triumphs of figures such as Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., all racism has ended, writes Erica Lopeman of Laguna Middle School. But there are still public figures of high ranking in today’s society, such as President Donald Trump, who degrade African-Americans as if they have not gained their rights as Americans.

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SLO County Jail, which is not a mental hospital, was forced to regularly act as one

In late 2014/early 2015, I was hired as a correctional deputy assigned to the San Luis Obispo County Jail under the leadership of Sheriff Ian Parkinson and Undersheriff Tim Olivas. Within two months, I resigned. Since then, I have kept informed about local crime and policy issues, including the in-custody deaths. I feel uniquely positioned to explain what I saw during my short time in County Jail, writes Joel Miller of Arroyo Grande.

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Wild horses find a new home in the hills of San Luis Obispo

The horse sanctuary group Return to Freedom has reunited a family band of wild horses at SLO Springs Ranch on Prefumo Canyon Road in San Luis Obispo. The group was rounded up from their natural habitat in Nevada in 2010 through the Bureau of Land Management’s efforts to manage open space.

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Take a tour of a remodeled 1903 Paso Robles hilltop cottage

Debbie and Brett VanSteenwyk, who are part-owners of Adelaida Cellars and whose various enterprises include Scientific Drilling, bought the historic 1903 Reid-Hamilton House in Paso Robles in 2011 and began restoring it. Repairs were extensive. The project nearly doubled the house to 3,350 square feet from 1,755 square feet.