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Re: “Let's raise the level of political discourse

Jeeze, is that clown Congalton STILL obsessed with me? I actually wanted his movie to do well so he could stop poisoning our airwaves and succeed in movies. But alas, the reviews were uniformly awful and the spittoon known as "Dave" continues his small town AM radio vindictiveness towards people who have either 1) refused to be a sycophant to him; and 2) people who know him well enough to know what petty little hatreds and jealousies rule his raisined little heart.

And everyone knows that if you're an attractive woman, Congo the Clown will fawn over you in grotesque ways that fill his sordid mind with the delusion that he has power and that he matters.

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Posted by Adam Hill on 04/20/2018 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Let's raise the level of political discourse

Kirkland's letter is disingenuous, as he chides Compton's critics but gives her vocal supporters--and Ms. Compton herself--a pass. No one who has had to deal at length with Ms. Compton believes that she is an innocent waif, siting at the side of a pond and studying her reflection in the placid pool. Her temper and vulgarities are legend in the halls of government, and reasonable people have openly speculated about her emotional well-being. (And no--this has nothing to do with her gender; this is all about Lynn Compton the person, not Lynn Compton the woman.)

And certainly "Raising the level of discourse" is not something that can happen honestly on Congalton's show. Dave has thrown himself in with Lynn Compton, to the point of repeating stories that he could have heard only from a closed session breach, likely from Compton herself. His hatred for Adam Hill is beyond reason, as is his unbending allegiance to Karen Velie and her ilk. Anyone who has tried to provide balanced viewpoints on Congalton's show finds that they may or may not make it onto his program, depending on the extent to which their viewpoint aligns with Dave's biases. He is either dismissively rude or fawningly saccharine--depending on whether the guest/caller takes Dave's side. His is a bigotry of the worst kind--the soft spoken prejudices of a sad man, searching for influence in his tiny pond.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/19/2018 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Criminals, not guns, commit crimes

"The purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to limit the power of government and to protect the individual rights of all Americans. " That, or to facilitate the transfer of wealth from the working class and the poor to those at the top, along with codifing genocide and slavery, which the US was founded upon, much of which persists to this day...

" The purpose of the Second Amendment is not to deter crime but to deter an oppressive government. " That, or to suppress slave revolts and to keep slaves in their place...

"The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." " Well, you left out: "A well regulated militia..."

The Second Amendment, that thing, I don't think it means what you think it means. This read may help.
"The Second Amendment: A Biography "by Michael Waldman

Whatever one's feelings and or interpretation of the 2nd Amendment may be, one thing is for sure and for certain, there are far too many guns in this nation and they are far to easy to be obtained by those who have no business whatsoever in using them...

Personally, I am looking forward to when those who love and worship at the altar of all things firearms will love their children and their fellow citizens with the same zeal and passion they exhibit for their guns...

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Posted by Chris Knudson on 04/19/2018 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Stop sanctuary status in SLO County

I would submit that immigrants and refugees are not the problem, they are the result of the problem. If the US does not want immigrants and refugees to cross its borders, it should probably cease its policies and actions which create the need for people to come here in the first place. Insane trade policies, installation and support of brutal right wing regimes, assassinations, death squads, torture, gross pollution from US corporations, mass slaughter, etc. etc. etc. When you burn down a persons home and make it impossible for them to support their families, you probably shouldn't be too surprised to find them sleeping under your eaves when it is raining.... My sense is that the US could benefit from many more sanctuary cities, not less...

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Posted by Chris Knudson on 04/19/2018 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Let's raise the level of political discourse

Raising the level of political discourse, might begin with the two candidates agreeing on a place and time for a debate, so that their constituents can learn learn more from the candidates and what their platforms reveal. I doubt such a task could not be that difficult, and the community deserves such. If indeed, a proposed forum has already been discussed, how cumbersome could it possibly be to work out scheduling conflicts and do the right things for community members? Sometimes I have to wonder, when do politicians really do the right thing for their constituents. Please try to be the adults we expect you to be and do the right thing: Hold a debate, get your ideas out, and allow the community the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers! The community deserves nothing less!

Tina Dickason,

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 04/19/2018 at 6:46 AM

Re: “A response to fact-free hyperbole

Langford expressed outrage against "mob rule" but only because the anti-NRA protesters he hates so much comprise the wrong kind of mob,I'm sure he's fine with the sort of mob like we saw last year in Charlottesville VA where a mob of neo-Nazis carrying tiki torches marched through the streets & where one of their number shouting "white shariah!" rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman.

Posted by Jay Bonestell on 04/12/2018 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Don't take away homeowner protections

SCA 6 which requires approval at the ballot if approved by the Legislature -- would set approval threshold for local revenue measures dedicated to transportation projects to be the same as the threshold for school facilities funding measures

SCA 6 would amend the California Constitution to allow cities, counties, and special districts to raise new revenues for transportation projects by meeting 55% of the vote. This would lower the threshold from the current 2/3 (66%) for dedicated taxes and bonds, and place transportation funding measures on the same approval level as school facilities funding measures, which are currently set at 55%.

Under SCA 6, to qualify for the 55% threshold, a funding measure has to be fully dedicated to transportation-related projects and programs.

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Posted by Jon K on 04/06/2018 at 5:50 PM

Re: “The Sheriff's Office is doing a good job

Thanking you kindly for speaking kindly with impeccable mannerisms! Sorry there are bullies whom think they know it all. Your a good girl..sorry for the rude behaviors you have endured. Have faith...good always conquers bad.

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Posted by Bradley Foster on 04/04/2018 at 9:11 PM

Re: “The Sheriff's Office is doing a good job

I love all the opinions..... everyone truly is allowed to theirs, and I pray for everyone involved, currently and prior to this awful situation. I love volunteering and being able to go inside the jail on THIS SIDE, because there was a time I WAS THE INMATE!!!! So I'VE SEEN BOTH SIDES FIRST HAND!!!!! Division and slander DO NOTHING....... Solutions and standing together DO.

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Posted by Christa Spates on 03/30/2018 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Unsafe, dirty, and unnecessary

Jerry, why should the general public trust your conclusions instead of years worth of research and analysis by experts in each of the topics you attack? This is an example of the anti-science fearmongering that is running so rampantly in our society, prompting us to make fear-based reactionary decisions instead of allowing us to evaluate the data and make decisions that minimize risk and maximize benefit for people and the environment.
Nuclear energy produces a large amount of low-emission power on a small land footprint - which means action on climate, action on air pollution, and land conservation for the protection of our planet. No energy source is perfect, but all things considered nuclear is one of the very best.

Posted by Kristin Zaitz on 03/30/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Unsafe, dirty, and unnecessary

Thank you for your well-written and apparently thoroughly researched rebuttal, Jerry.

Renewable energy sources, if they are ever made financially viable without heavy sudsidization, would provide an appreciable amount of amount of electricity assuming the infrastructure is established.

What should the energy industry do to accommodate the grid on days when perhaps the wind doesn't blow, or the sun's energy cannot provide ample power at ground level due to cloud cover? What should the energy industry do on days when both of the aforementioned scenarios occur simultaneously?

What should the energy industry do to accommodate the demands we put on the grid during peak summer hours when everyone and their mothers are running their air conditioning system at home? Should we build an overexcessive amount of solar farms to ensure that even the electricity generated for the most demanding summer days is solely renewable?

The answer the energy industry has for my all but my last question is to provide on-demand, as-needed electricity. Nuclear power has the ability to satisfy both baseline needs and this on-demand power I speak of, because the amount of power generated is controllable.

In contrast, California already pays other states to receive its excess solar electricity to prevent damage to its own infrastructure on some days. So, if we already sometimes have too much solar electricity, does it really make sense to build more solar infrastructure?

When our ancestors discovered fire, is it not safe to assume they burned their hands a few times before figuring out that even though it was dangerous, it also had many benefits for man?

-Stuart B.

P.S. Please no batteries talk; if anyone thinks batteries are the answer, he probably also thinks lithium, nickel, cobalt, and aluminum mining are sustainable industries with low emissions!

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Posted by Stuart B. on 03/29/2018 at 8:31 PM

Re: “The Sheriff's Office is doing a good job

Maybe we should replace the chair with a Bible.When you take God out you open the door for satan. HMMMMM

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Posted by Laurie Williams on 03/29/2018 at 4:35 PM

Re: “The Sheriff's Office is doing a good job

And so because of lack of help and staff these mens treatment and deaths are justified.Is that what you are saying?

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Posted by Laurie Williams on 03/29/2018 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Unsafe, dirty, and unnecessary

Thanks Jerry. March 5, 2018 was an energy history milestone for California; the first time that over 50% of the state's electricity was generated by solar power. Why do these fossils want to cling to dirty, dangerous outmoded methods so desperately? The may have legitimate reasons, like jobs in those industries, but usually it seems they are just shills for corporate interests.

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Posted by T.P. Waterhouse on 03/29/2018 at 10:03 AM

Re: “The Sheriff's Office is doing a good job

This comment is directed. At the SHETIFFS Doing A Good job article.My nephew JetemiahbMobley also suffered at the hands and mercy ofyour SHERRIFFS DOING A GOOD JOB. They did such a good job that my nephew shot and killed himself because he couldnt get past the torture and abuse and humilationthat that he sufferedfrom your SHERRIFFS DOING A GOOD JOB. MY NEPHEW HAS NO PRIOR MENTAL or PRIO CRIMINAL RECORD. HE CALLED For HELP AND WHEN THE MENTAL HEALTH HAD NO BED THRY TOOK HIM TO THE SLO JAIL. NO CHARGES EVER FILED BECAUsE HE DID NOTHING WRONG . HE SURRENDERED HIMSELF BECAUSE HE KNEW HE NEEDED SOME HELP. PROMISED HELP AT THE MENTAL HEALTH OR HE WOULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO HIS MOM. THAT NEVER HAPPENED FOR 5 DAYS. 5 DAYS OF INCARCERATION ,torture and suffering. Be returned home temporairly blind and parionoud and scared to death (literally).So demoralized that no life seemed to be a better choice then having life. Yeah thats a zGOOD JOB DONE SHERRIFs. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE DIRT AND SEE THE REAL DIRT GOING ON LAURIE WILLIAMS

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Posted by Laurie Williams on 03/29/2018 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Sorry, Lynn Compton: Doesn't work that way

Lynn, as a grown proffessinal women I expect more from you then "kiddo" and an disrespectful uneducated retort to Mr. Sofrankos statement. Intelligent and respectful dialogue is more than lacking in our society. As a professional women herself who also graduated from Poly and also has 2 jobs to afford to live here. I expect more educated and intelligent arguments other than a petty high school response. Social services may not make alot of money but is a respectful career choice thag shouldn't be looked down upon from others who make more than us.

Sincerely another Cal Poly social services career choice 2 job to pay the bills "kiddo"

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Posted by esther bob on 03/28/2018 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Sorry, Lynn Compton: Doesn't work that way

One thing you can say about Lynn Compton and her supporters ... they are not masters of understatement. Recently Compton told NT multiple times in an on-the-street interview in front of her office that others on the Board "want to destroy me". More recently, Laura M. wrote to the SLO Tribune that "Without Lynn Compton, 4th District Would Starve".

Thin-skinned, hyperbolic politicians -- especially highly partisan ones -- will never create or support the kind of deliberative, fair-minded atmosphere which is the design for California local governments and which San Luis Obispo deserves.

Please consider supporting and helping Jimmy Paulding bring his centrist approach to the 4th District and county in general.

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Posted by slothinker on 03/25/2018 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Conservative values or Cuban?

B, You expect conservatives, including "Mr" Fonzi to be consistent? You only need to look at their fear mongering of people of color while ignoring white terrorists, or their indignation about deficits as they blow up spending while gutting revenues, to realize today's conservatives are not our parents conservatives.

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Posted by Jon K on 03/22/2018 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Flawed abatement order

Why is it that folks move into an area with too much dust or too much noise are the ones to complain when the airport, freeway or sand dues happened to be in place first? Nipomo had the sand blowing before developers started building. This is why the land was so cheap and they made so much money. They didn't disclose that the wind blew the
sand over the entire mesa..
I say mother nature must be laughing and saying I was here first, and asking why don't the people with breathing problems move? Some pf the people had lung problems before they moved onto the mesa or smoked for years causing lung problems.

Oh and what about the airports that have planes and jets taking off and landing? The people buying homes at the end of or near airports sue because of the noise or the traffic after they move in. This is all bs. They knew these problems existed and they didn't think far enough ahead. But it was "CHEAP".

You don't get my support of vote.

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Posted by Charles Heasley-Hutchins on 03/22/2018 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Social workers, you have our support

Thank you, Teresa, for this kind letter. Social Workers in Child Welfare are like police officers: They see the things that other people don't have to see, and then go home and try to live a life as though they have not been affected by witnessing the effects of torture, of sexual abuse, of the worst kinds of neglect. They suffer the scorn of the ignorant, no matter whether they return the children to their parents or keep them in foster care. They suffer the idiocy of the conspiracy theorists (yes, rightword 2, Lynn Compton is one of them) who believe that removing children from their homes is somehow a "money-maker" for the County, for the Department of Social Services. I had the opportunity to work for 40 years with heroes, and those heroes--underpaid, overworked, suffering the hostilities of fools--are known simply as "Social Workers."

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Posted by tsankawi on 03/22/2018 at 11:15 AM

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