Sunday, May 28, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 44

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Should SLO County ban marijuana cultivation in the California Valley?

Yes. It's bad for the environment and has no place in Cal Valley.
They should allow very limited cultivation.
No. Cal Valley should be treated like the rest of SLO county when it comes to marijuana.
It's legal! Get over it and stop picking on Cal Valley!

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The following article was posted on December 5th, 2012, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 19 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [] - Volume 27, Issue 19

Wealth doesn't necessarily involve money

Paso Robles

By Mary MacLauchlin

Things that I find unfair and/or misunderstood are excruciatingly hard for me to resolve in my mind. I try always to be fair and open-minded. I try to educate myself, investigate, and research facts and examine a thing from all sides before I take a stand. For the past year and better, I have been beat over the head with political stereotyping, from both sides of the aisle. While I am mostly liberal (albeit, a more conservative liberal than not), I despise all of it. I just wanted to share my liberal perspective because I try to exercise and promote common sense in all things. Things are not always as they seem. I feel I need to take a stand.

I am weary of hearing how because I’m a Democrat/Liberal that must mean I have a “bleeding heart,” want a “socialist” society, must be a slacker, just want to “freeload off the government,” don’t want to pay taxes—it goes on and on and on. What utter crap! For the past 20 years, I have been a self-employed single mother of two who can’t afford health insurance. Ironically, I have worked as an in-home caregiver for 30 years.

I rent the house I live in, often live paycheck to paycheck, pay my bills on time barring an emergency, and work 48-plus hours a week earning an annual salary of just more than $35K. My rented house is quite lovely and comfortable, I own my 10-year-old car and have zero credit card debt. I find the time and money to give to those less fortunate on occasion and treasure and enjoy my simple life.

Just because I have a social conscience and have the good sense to realize that by helping my fellow man I help myself makes me none of the above, it just makes me a decent person who considers herself not only an American citizen, but a global citizen. Just because I may have needed government assistance in the past does not a slacker make me. It just means times were really tough. I worked hard and made it out the other side a bit stronger and smarter. Just because I don’t feel it necessary to become massively wealthy does not mean I have no drive for success, it just means I define success differently. I am one of the wealthiest people I know. If you don’t understand that remark, let me know; I’ll be happy to share the wealth and wisdom I have earned, with you, for free.