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Re: “North County health clinic closed due to pressure from activists, says Planned Parenthood

Great video on abortion: I highly recommend it!

Posted by Erik Loza on 04/25/2018 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Shun the character assassins

To have a political representative devoid of criticism for their actions in office would seem ludicrous. I did not see anything in Laurence's critique that had to do with Lynn Compton's personal life. Public figures are subject to rebuke or praise depending on their level of governance. Unfortunately Lynn has shown little aptitude for good governance not only by simple observation but as pointed out by Laurence.

Posted by Steve Lacki on 04/24/2018 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Shun the character assassins

Im writing to express my disappointment with the SLO New Times for publishing the letter from Mr Dawson, an obvious apostle of Lynn Comptons conservative agenda.

Ive written many letters to the editor of the SLO New Times and thank you for publishing them. My letters Ill admit have an edge and an agenda, but I dont attack a person personally; only their positions.

I challenge the absurd positions of dune riders when they deny science, I grade Lynn Compton due to her positions on air quality, and lock step adherence to the Trump/Zinke off shore drilling initiatives; I did give her an A when she made the political calculation to deny the Phillips rail terminal project, and I take issue with the banalities of Andrea Seastrand and her dog whistle partisan rhetoric.

But I think you are off base to print the comments of Mr Dawson when he says its time for voters to do the right thing and shun the falsehoods of character assassins like Laurance Shinderman.

Nothing that I sent and you printed were false , so to be characterized as a character assassin or that my content is false is absurd.

It would be easy pickings to skewer Mr Dawson and his fact-less letter, but he's not the issue. He's entitled to his own opinion, but not his characterization in print that my letters content was false or that it was imbued with character assassination. Ive challenged Lynns positions but never her character.

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Posted by sirlaurance on 04/22/2018 at 1:36 PM

Re: “One hit wonder: San Luis Obispo holds first cannabis competition

4/21/2018 cup was amazing. A wonderful cup with like minded people. All on a mission to help promote the medical cannabis industry... MD Private Reserve. Medical grade products grown and blended on the central coast.... Leah

Posted by Leah Balter on 04/22/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “North County health clinic closed due to pressure from activists, says Planned Parenthood

Citing the case of a woman who hadn't obtained a screening in eight years is not due to lack of available services or clinics. It's called procrastination, or being scared by a symptom enough to make that appointment.
There are plenty of opportunities to make appointments at clinics who are not controversially ending lives of their patients' offspring.
"Pushback from activists"? I think the PSHH assessed the whole situation, and after realizing that to associate with a controversial BUSINESS such as PP is to dance with the devil. There are other ways to "help" women, and it's not over a cliff.

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Posted by Celine S on 04/20/2018 at 7:29 PM

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: “Division plagues South County Sanitation District

Why are two people on paid leave? If they were not doing their jobs, do something about it. Paid leave is avoiding the issue. It is just plain wrong no matter why or how.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 3:43 PM

Re: “It's up to us

DOGGR is far too cozy with the oil corps. They should not be allowed to operate in the dark, because when they do, you end up with billions of gallons of toxic wastewater stored in open pits (Kern County, as one example) that never were permitted or even evaluated for their environmental impacts (leaks into groundwater, evaporation in air, birds and other wildlife dying...). Time to get this bunch of oil shills under control.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 04/19/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Head to head: Parkinson and Clayton hold first debate in race for SLO County sheriff

No comments? This deserves lots of comments. I'll check back to see if a fire has been lite yet.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Avila residents protest against development

Fairness leads us to everyone pays for needed improvements over time. Property or other local [paid by all] taxes fund our infrastructure.
But, I am now ready to say, let the newcomers fund a desalination plant so more can live here. it is not just about crowds, it is about resources. Especially water.
I am not keen on buying my drinking water at the store because current water treatment is inadequate. Nor am I satisfied with maintaining the status quo in water treatment. New technology would let each household reuse water thereby reducing water use. We could all do that.
However, the biggest argument against development is water and how much we have available.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 3:25 PM

Re: “North County health clinic closed due to pressure from activists, says Planned Parenthood

Why not a clinic with another name?
Remove the implied abortion clinic by calling it a 'Women's Clinic' since it is not just abortions but women's health care.
The same financial supporters could fund a 'Women's Clinic' that offers needed health care.
I am not opposed to abortions, there is a time and circumstance when that is the best option.

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

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: “Plans for three pot stores, 70,000 square feet of cultivation, await SLO City Council approval

Mind altering substances have been used by humans since the beginning of recorded time.

Banning them is useless and only drives their use underground.

Legal products are out in the open where education regarding proper use and side effects can be part of society.

We need education and understanding of both the substances and the individuals who turn to them in excess if we ever hope not to hear more stories like Jody's.

My personal and nursing experience is that individuals use drugs wisely or not depending on their emotional state at the time. Eventually, they hit bottom, end up in jail or 'recovery' or manage their medicinal use just fine. We need to encourage the wise use of all drugs and herbs.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Bloom or bust: An inside look at the emerging legal cannabis industry in SLO County

Well done!
Hopefully this will help change the minds of some of our elected officials who seem stuck in the Reefer Madness era.
High time for reality to sink in and cannabis to be recognised as a beneficial Herb.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 04/19/2018 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Cal Poly suspends all Greek life amid blackface photo fallout

Sadly, the Greek system at Cal Poly, as a microcosm of American culture, includes many immature, non-self-reflective individuals who will simply gather in secret to fly their flags of hatred under the radar . . . until they get outed again. Can these folks evolve? I sincerely wonder.

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Posted by Sharine Borslien on 04/19/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “It's up to us

Support the initiative to Ban Fracking and New Oil Wells in San Luis Obispo County by signing a petition at one of the locations listed on the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County website -

Sign in support by April 29th to assure this initiative qualifies for the November ballot. The time is now to act to protect our water and discourage low-grade oil extraction in our county.

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 04/19/2018 at 9:25 AM

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