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Re: “It's OK to be a lefty

A little more on "admiring" and publicly celebrating Trump, look at his record in the private sector when it came to housing.…

Posted by sirlaurance on 12/11/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “We are family farmers

Dear New Times Editor and Nawal Kassir,

In response to the Dec. 7, 2017, opinion article "We Are Family Farmers", may I point out several issues? Although I sympathize with their predicament and the many others in their position, the Kassirs did start their cannabis operation in a city and county with no directive ordinance. Other cities and counties in the State had already fully or partially banned cannabis activities. SLO County, on the other hand, was in a political war with itself, wasn't paying attention to what was coming, and consequently was blindsided by a deluge of growers arriving from other counties and states seeking to reap the benefits of an unregulated county. Paso's ban should have been a red flag as to what was coming for the Kassirs. Their move out to the Carrizo was paralleled by hundreds of others from all over the state and country. Sensitive habitat was destroyed, endangered and protected species were displaced or killed, the existing community in California Valley was completely disrupted, and the limited water basin was being abused. Hundreds of other growers spread throughout the county. In response, an Urgency Ordinance was enacted over a year ago that made it pretty clear that any grows could be eliminated by a coming Permanent Ordinance. It was also clear that due to various conditions, Residential Suburban zoning would be off limits to those grows. This has now happened. The Kassirs' pleas to the County are not falling on deaf ears, but the County is also responding to the pleas by the majority of other residents who are tired of having their communities overrun by outsiders with noisy generators, bright night lights, water trucks, and insufficient enforcement to regulate this new industry. If "locals" are getting swept up in these new restrictions, I sympathize. But give it some time; the outsiders will move back to their origins, or on to other unregulated areas, and the "locals" won't have the unwanted competition and can continue their "farming" activities in legally zoned areas. As far as cannabis patients; all of California can now grow, and there will be (and is) an abundance of medicine; just look at all the ads in the back pages of New Times, visit the many virtual dispensaries, or grow your own (up to six) plants - it's not that hard.

Patrick McGibney
Carrizo Plain

Posted by Patrick Scott on 12/10/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Great idea

Open the dunes

Posted by Margie DeComarmond on 12/09/2017 at 12:30 AM

Re: “We are family farmers

I've long supported marijuana for industrial, medicinal, and inspirational use. Your operation sounds like one I can support because it's organic. However, while you may not be harming the environment, many others are. They use rodenticides and pesticides, overdraft the water table, and allow trash to blow around. I've seen it. These are the reasons I support the County's position.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 12/07/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Men will be men

Hi, Gary. Thanks for your contribution to this social plight. I agree with most of your commentary, except for this phrase:

"let's all agree that men are here for one primary reason: to procreate"

I like to think that humanity has evolved to the point that we are here for far more important reasons than putting more of us on the planet. The part of our DNA that pushes us to procreate is old and becoming less useful. Humans now have the ability to reason and to tap into our desires and actions for a creating a future beyond having babies, although most of us seem to still be choosing to populate the planet with more consumers rather than take care of the problems caused by human consumption.

I'm not bashing people who have children, I'm just saying that following a physical and emotional tradition of procreation may no longer be the best use of the rest of our DNA.

As for sexual predators, they can only hide for a little while longer. Women are moving us into the equitable society that I believe is right. In that social construct, ALL people -- and the entire planet -- will benefit massively from women's perspectives, voices, and actions. But it is vital that women also rise to their higher selves and stop enabling the toxic masculinity pervading and poisoning the best of human being and human doing.

Keep writing, Gary. I enjoy reading your posts!

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Posted by Sharine Borslien on 12/07/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “It's OK to be a lefty

It is difficult to respect the views of someone who enthusiastically sanctions the immorality and lack of integrity exhibited by Donald Trump, a man who continually puts the interest of himself and Vladimir Putin above the best interests of the United States and humanity in general, a man who is the most selfish and dishonest person ever elected to President of the U.S. , a man that Gary Wechter admires and publicly celebrates, a man that has done more damage to the well-being of the United States and its future than Osama Bin Ladin.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 11/17/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “The affordable housing myth

Gary, look around, it isn't just lefties who oppose development in SLO and other parts of California. Neither Atascadero nor Orange County are bastions of socialism and they have they same problems with NIMBYs slowing and stopping development.

Posted by JerryR on 11/11/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Environmental sense

Comparing Diablo Canyon with San Onofre shows your ignorance. San Onofre was suddenly shut down due to facility problems. The plan to shut down Diablo Canyon is based on being able to replace its energy production with renewables.

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Posted by dev young on 11/04/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Environmental sense

I agree that our world desperately needs some environmental sense. While we continue to raise the CO2 concentration in our atmosphere, we in the developed world are hypocritically sounding the alarm about the climate crisis while we close low carbon energy sources. Some calling themselves "environmentalists" are satisfied with trading low carbon nuclear for other low carbon sources, for a result of zero progress on climate. Meanwhile, the global energy supply is still dominated by fossil fuels, which are increasing faster than all clean sources combined. It is clear that we need nuclear and all clean energy sources for meaningful action on climate and air pollution. We in California are playing an expensive game with our planet's future, and our pocketbooks. Unfortunately it is the most vulnerable among us who will pay the highest price for our arrogance.

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Posted by Kristin Zaitz on 11/03/2017 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Environmental sense

Just stick to being stupid.

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Posted by Sherry Lewis on 11/03/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Environmental sense

Note that PG&E will replace that portion of Diablo energy needed with renewables that do not create CO2 or radioactive waste.

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Posted by Lucy Swanson on 11/03/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Environmental sense

Wholeheartedly agree with your premise that the premature shutdown of Diablo Canyon is just plain stupid. When will the masses realize groundwater contamination from the fracking industry is a REAL phenomena? The current natural gas glut WILL ultimately come to an end. CA residents will then sorely miss the reliable ~2250 MWe/year carbon-free baseload electricity from nuclear fission that continued to produce power when the sun did not shine and the wind did not blow. For God's sake people, we MUST stop burning sticks!

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Posted by U235surfer on 11/03/2017 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Environmental sense

Wow! There are just way too many inaccuracies here to even begin to try to counter them all.

Bottom line, PG&E made the decision to close Diablo Canyon because it is not economically viable for them. Period. The end.

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Posted by Molly Johnson on 11/02/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “What are you doing?

You could have bought reasonable insurance for everything except your hernia.....for that you need health care not health insurance.

You should do deeper digging before buying into what you quoted.

As to life expectancy, if you compare any group of AMERICANS to those from their native country, those in America have better life expectancy than where they originally came from.

Single payer means the nearly the end of medical advancements and the beginning of rationing. At the beginning the free lunch is great, but once reality sets in the resulting system would totally be unacceptable to you. As a 64 year old person in Great Britain if they feel your care would on the average cost more than 35,000 dollars a year for their estimate of your remaining years you would not get cancer care but hospice. They are now tightening the standards to make them even worse.

You want no more new drugs, put price controls on them....USA develops OVER 80% of the new procedures and drugs for the entire world. Perhaps that is part of our higher costs. The fact that we have over 20 times the MRI machines per capita also means we take treatments and proceedures for granted that are uncommon in Europe.

Universities have helped in background research but do not develop drugs.

To solve problems created by government interference with the market you propose more interference......
You want to abandon fealty to the free market and replace it with fealty to a big omnipotent government. A government as far from the visions of the founding fathers as you can get!

Free gold for everyone is as equally possible as high quality personalized first class healthcare without it costing you money.

I guess you want a two tiered health system like Europe. There the rich buy private insurance that is good in the neighboring countries where they get the same access to health care as all of us in the USA get now. The national plan is for those who cannot afford better and it is way inferior in all serious measures to what we expect and take for granted in the USA. Clinic level care in Europe in readily available and good, but for serious procedures you would like dealing with the evil insurance companies a lot more than dealing with a national government health plan that is refusing to give you treatment.
The world is complicated and simplistic government centered solutions prevent the market and freedom from working out the problems without undue interference.

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Posted by Fred Amos on 10/26/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Trash cans

Bravo! Thank you, I agree completely.

Posted by sbarash 2 on 09/25/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Trash cans

Thank you for your clear response to all the trash talking about pirates cove. Trash cans....what a novel idea. So sad to see local publications bashing this sacred land based on hearsay...backing greedy developers hopes to pave our beautiful sanctuary to marine life. It should be protected as Chumash land like Montana de Oro. Not to mention the fact that it is home to a once endangered population of sea otters. Locals take bags of trash out every day that were left by tourists. There is no drug dealing or sex. I don't know how this rumor keeps perpetuating and am constantly offended that the local rag has taken their uninformed stance on the matter. Trash cans....seriously...why is this the last thing on the list of solutions to a problem that doesn't really exist? Every beach gets covered in trash due to tourists....this one less than most.

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Posted by Deirdre Loy on 09/21/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Fighting for public land

Great letter, Beki, thank you!

Trump is all about transferring wealth from the public to his rich cohorts. If he has his way, the corps will come in and suck out anything of value using as much mechanization to avoid labor costs, then bail out with bulging pockets while leaving their broken, toxic mess for taxpayers to clean up.

Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 09/10/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Mathematical conundrum

I am not a nuclear advocate just for fun. As Mark mentioned above, environmentalists for nuclear are quite outnumbered.

I grew up with very little resources in a little mining town in Arizona. We conserved water (our well didn't produce much). We didn't have air conditioning (did I mention we were in Arizona?). My dad personally built and maintained our composting toilet. We used propane for cooking. This is not a comfortable or easy life, despite the fact that I had more than the almost 2 billion people on this planet who have no electricity at all.

If we are going to raise standards of living for humanity, we must collectively use MORE energy, not less. Guess what? I DOUBLED my electric bill a few months ago, and I'm proud of it. Why? I bought an electric car, and am doing my part to help electrify our transportation sector. But the range of the car barely gets me to work and back each day. So, that means I need to charge at night, when the sun isn't shining. I'm thankful for emission-free nuclear energy each time I plug in my car, each time I open the refrigerator at night, each time I turn on lights when it is dark. Nuclear energy enables me to continue the life that I want to lead in this technological and energy-intense world in which we all live.

If you advocate for "going renewable" as opposed to the more accurate goal of reducing emissions, you better ask yourself how much you're really willing to sacrifice. And recognize that a majority of humanity will NOT be willing to make those same sacrifices.

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Posted by Heather Matteson on 08/28/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Mathematical conundrum

Mark Henry has made an excellent case against the possibility of renewables (solar in his example) being capable of stopping global warming. More and more serious analysts are reaching the same conclusion - there is no possible way wind, solar and other so-called renewables can do the job.

Stanford trained Google engineers reached the same conclusion about renewables ability to furnish the electricity America needs to curb global warming: IMPOSSIBLE was the term they used.

Each of us needs to focus on the all important energy debate for the sake of our children, grandchildren and the planet. We must got off deadly, planet-killing fossil fuels as soon as possible. Focus on this most important of all issues.

Any organization trying to sell you on the idea wind and solar can stop global warming is highly likely to have ties to the fossil fuel industry that you can discover, or perhaps can't see.

William Gloege

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Posted by James Fenimore Cooper on 08/20/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Fonzi misleads on climate change

"A simple google search of the climate for the last 10,000 years shows that weather changes naturally"

The problem is human-caused climate change now, not climate change in the past. Is this fact really too complicated for you to understand?

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Posted by David Rice on 08/12/2017 at 5:51 PM

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