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Re: “We don't want it

If no one wants to drill for oil then we should all abandon our cars, planes, busses, and trains and stop being HYPOCRITES!

Posted by Gary Maier on 05/19/2018 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Ending the bondage of bail

Don't forget using GPS devices to track individuals in all situations. We don't need more individuals in jails or needing bail money to keep them out. I like the ideas presented in this article. Let's do this, now.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/11/2018 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Ending the bondage of bail

We need more office holders like Bill Ostrander, men and women, that believe "justice" is equally important for all of our California citizens. End the "Cash for Bail System".

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Posted by Don Chrisy Wickstrom on 05/07/2018 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Ending the bondage of bail

end the cash bail system. we are one of the only countries who use it and its clearly used to discriminate against the poor and perpetuate a cycle of making money off incarceration of the innocent until proven guilty

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Posted by Violet Cavanaugh on 05/03/2018 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The SLO story

Packing and stacking more people into substandard housing is a solution looking for a problem. There is no problem with this much vaunted draw bridge as it has always been in the down position. However, SLO residents are not concerned with the quantity of growth (1% housing growth per year) but with the declining quality of growth. Growth can occur without building overly tall buildings, without crowding high density housing into low density neighborhoods and without denying new residents (as well as the existing Anholm neighborhood residents) places to park their cars. What is concerning most residents is that not only has the moat been paved over but the entire city is now slated to be paved over. Why? Because our city fathers no longer value what the majority of residents have to say.

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Posted by A. Cooper on 05/01/2018 at 8:42 PM

Re: “The SLO story

This opinion piece doesn't propose a solution. Pulling up the drawbridge or building a Trump wall around San Luis Obispo isn't realistic.

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Posted by ra237 on 04/30/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “The SLO story

Spot on!

Posted by Mrs.T on 04/27/2018 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Trigger warning

The best way to deal with poor thinking is to expose it to the light of day.
Not with protests or bans.
With logic and reason illuminating the truth exposing the lies.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 3:10 PM

Re: “A modest proposal

It's about self defense. A basic human right to life and liberty.

Fear of a government out of control as ours surely is today.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 3:08 PM

Re: “This is not a nice business

How about removing the labels and recognising that the people in power like being in power. From local councils and boards, elected officials somehow think some ordinance, regulation, rule, license, certificate or law will 'fix it'. They, their staff and the hired consultant and studies know what is best for me and you when all any of us can be best at is running our own lives.

Not only that, some of the elected official can't seem to run their own lives very well and voters don't seem to care how many scandals occur at every level. They just keep on electing and re-electing the same names they know [even it how they know the same is the latest headline grabbing negative event].

Go ahead, out my name on the front page above the fold so it is seen in every news stand. Then see how many more votes I get in June.

The solution lies in the hands of the voters.
Check out the candidates. Are they honest? Do they live the life they preach? Do you trust them as individuals? Would you like them as a neighbor?

In fact, find the candidate you never heard of , check them out and elect that under, if ata ll, funded individual who simply wants to serve a limited time in office returning to their own life in 4 - 8 years.

America needs you and me serving, not career politicians and career staff completely out of touch with the rest of us.

I am ready for term limits on the bureaucrats as well as the politicians!

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Why 'America First' is for losers

" here's what we need first:
campaign finance reform. Almost every issue, that needs attention and doesn't get it, can be traced back to money in politics."
- Sorry, it is not the money itself, it is the control by the people in power which leads to the money they need to remain in power. Controlling how much money a candidate can spend to get elected simply means only candidates who already have money get elected. Voters could pick the least known and least funded candidates and elect those who promise not to remain in office long enough to earn a pension.

"Gun control = money. Environment = money. Government waste = money. Healthcare = money."

The 2nd is why gun control efforts fail as patriots see the danger ahead and why those who support the 2nd easily raise money to get elected and/or lobby to protect the 2nd. Patriots understand the issue is one of Self-defense.
Protecting the environment is an educational issue and we can all contribute to a better understanding of proper use and care of the land and it's inhabitants. For instance, private ownership of land fosters proper use of the land. Privately owned forests and pastures ensure that regrowth is part of the sustainable use of the land and forest. Farmers plan to keep the land fertile and fight against over development.
The cost of health care today compared to 1960 prior to Medicare/Medical was kept affordable by direct payment by patients.
Charity care was handled by cities and counties and volunteers staffing clinics at hospitals providing surgeries and other bed rest care.
Medi/Medi meant more government control, billing for each and every item even at charity hospitals instead of a daily rate for carr, complicated billing services, care denied according to clerical guidelines, not medical needs and more regulations and retiring of qualified providers.
Yes, we have many more tests and treatments available but deciding what is needed falls to a clerk not an MD. We have the best health care in the world. We need to use the market to bring it to everyone.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Powerful reasons

Well the Judicial support is interesting smells like the good ole boy club, yet i learned that we have not has an elected Judge by the People in over 12+ years they have been political appointments, so now the time has come that we the people get to chose who we want as a Judge so we will vote June-5-18, my bet is since Mr. Covello was supported by the very same group for running for DA in 2014 yet he lost big time.

So it is now time for the free people of the USA to elect our new judge not the judges to influence us, so i will use the democratic process and Vote for the next judge not allow the pressure of his buddies to tell us who to vote for, so to be open I'm voting for the most honest, ethical, not in the Governors pocket or the current judges pocket.

Illan Funke-Bilu will be getting our vote and he will prevail

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Posted by Mike Browne on 04/14/2018 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Why 'America First' is for losers

Sorry, Miss McClish, but when you grow up and realize that we can't take care of the entire world of immigrants who want to come to American, let everyone know and you can re-write this. Controlling immigration is not hate. Coming to American is NOT a right but a privilege that we, as Americans, must control the masses. Maybe you have been living in a bubble. Have you been to the Bay Area or LA lately and seen what is going on there? People walking down the street throwing their trash on the sidewalk because that's what they know. The process of immigration law is to ensure that people who come here understand our systems, our language, and our values. And, by the way, Adian Lentz, Gun control does not equal money. Owning a Gun is an American Right, not a privilege. It may mean money for some, but for most it means that we can take protect our own, when needed. When you take away guns in America you dissolve all freedoms and we are no longer a Republic.

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Posted by Gary Maier on 04/10/2018 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Why 'America First' is for losers

Ms Mcliss,

I agree with many of your points. Some others not so much. The main point I think you have wrong is that you're dropping all of this at Trump's feet, Congress is as much and probably more to blame for our current immigration problems.

If you really want to do something about it, here's what we need first: campaign finance reform. Almost every issue, that needs attention and doesn't get it, can be traced back to money in politics. Gun control = money. Environment = money. Government waste = money. Healthcare = money. Even our foreign policy is shaped by money in politics.

I fear that I am too old, and all my friends are too old, we all have to go to work. But you youngsters could actually do something, by demanding a constitutional amendment to address money in politics.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 04/08/2018 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Why 'America First' is for losers

Well done Miss McClish

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Posted by Adian Lenz on 04/08/2018 at 12:59 PM

Re: “A modest proposal

And then what is next? A yearly registration fee on our guns? A license fee? More taxes? We don't need to pay out the ass anymore than we already do...

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Posted by Md Waller on 04/02/2018 at 9:51 PM

Re: “A modest proposal

How the right wingers don't understand it was COMPROMISE to the slave states that required the second (SLAVE PATROLS)

"The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" (the framers knew the difference -- see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia's vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason and James Madison were totally clear on that... and we all should be too." Thom Hartman



AND until the right wing SCOTUS in 2008 CHANGED (Heller) over 200 years of precedent, an individuals right to own a handgun was never accepted in any case.

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Posted by Jon K on 04/02/2018 at 6:37 PM

Re: “A modest proposal

Richard, you're making this up. As Trump would say, it's fake news. "The founders wanted citizens armed with the current best grade of military equivalent weapons. One of their stated purposes was to be able to resist the government". This is not part of 2A. The militia were fighting against the English, the boys on the farm armed themselves with muskets and sabers. As the militia grew into a military force, heavy arms became part of their arsenals. If you're implying that AR15's are going to defeat the modern military and that's what your arming yourselves for, that's a sad commentary on your reality. The 2nd will be amended and if you're not one of those "honest law abiding citizens" then you'll become one of the criminals, but that's your right.

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Posted by Patrick Scott on 04/01/2018 at 11:05 PM

Re: “A modest proposal

Yowee, revisionists never quit. The founders wanted citizens armed with the current best grade of military equivalent weapons. One of their stated purposes was to be able to resist the government....you can not do that without having comparable weapons. They did not limit them selves to rocks and arrows. When it was written they also had cannons, mortars, mines grenades and bombs.
Once the government knows where all the fire arms are it is a short step to tyranny and confiscation. Those who will not learn from history doom the rest of us to repeat it.
Laws are only followed by the honest law abiding citizens....these are not where the problem is!!! Criminals, mentally ill and crazies do not follow ant of the laws , so the common sense stuff you are speaking of is actually totally ineffective and only represent a step towards confiscation and removing the RIGHT of self defense.
Only the ignorant and self serving would force laws on lawful citizens to change the behavior of the lawless and mentally ill who will ignore the laws. Those who would give up there Liberty in a search for safety end up with neither.

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Posted by Richard Ferris on 03/29/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Time for change

I am concerned about increased activity and possibly new activity by the oil producers in the county. I'd rather support the large local employers and taxpayers: agriculture and tourism, both of which could be severely harmed by any mishap by the oil companies. And they have a local history of big mishaps: Avila Beach, Tank Farm, offshore oil spills and more.

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Posted by 4Dummies on 03/29/2018 at 9:46 AM

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