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Re: “Disappointing reporting

Ah, another gem from Gary Wechter. And what a shocker, it's regarding a minority. Between you and Al Fonzi, I think New Times has all its far right wing conservative bases covered.

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Posted by Barbie Clark on 12/13/2018 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Call a spade a spade

August, There is so much wrong with your commentary I don't even know where to start. How about with the title. No, nevermind, why bother? You seem oblivious.

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Posted by Barbie Clark on 12/13/2018 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Disappointing reporting

And just who is going to keep us safe from you?

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Posted by E Huber on 12/13/2018 at 1:09 PM

Re: “The Endangered Species Act hasn't fulfilled its promise

A Trumpian view of science: The problem has nothing to do with horrifying levels of unnecessary pollution, overfishing and unethical operators --and 1% of scientists say it isn't climate change-- so the blame must fall on the fish and marine mammals. Right?

They poop too much.

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Posted by E Huber on 12/13/2018 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Call a spade a spade

Mr Salemi, did you seriously just call the first African-American president in history --the one Trump lied about in his racist birther claims after he knew it was a lie-- a "flap-eared baboon?" I don't know if anyone has informed you, but common decency prohibits the enthusiastic support of racist belief systems in the public sphere.

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Posted by E Huber on 12/13/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “The trouble with alcohol

The bigotry in society directed at "illicit" drug users will be remembered by future generations as one of the darkest moments in American history. It is an enduring indictment of the criminal justice system and law enforcement, which has arrogantly used this tool to undermine, discredit, and destroy whole communities of people they hate. It is an indictment of the education system, who foolishly allowed cops into our classrooms to indoctrinate their children on hateful Drug War propaganda. It is an indictment of the medical community, that happily hooked kids on Ritalin & Methadone for profit and refused to study the benefits of cannabis. It is an indictment of Baby Boomer parenting, which was so terrified that they couldn't even be bothered to do their research on addiction. And it is an indictment of our government for-bribery, which has failed to represent the interests of their constituents over vested interests and promoted the anti-science approach to drug policy that has resulted in our opioid epidemic killing tens of thousands of victims while they pontificate.

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Posted by E Huber on 12/13/2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Al Fonzi forgets his Christian values and fellow Americans

Roberta and Al Fonzi both gave the same pathetic excuses: the armory's admittedly "worthless" designation as a "drug free" zone, whatever that means, its geographic proximity to the schools, and its overwhelming cost.

First of all, the City of Atascadero can EASILY afford the $35,000 (plus change) price tag.

They spent $48.6m for the Fine Arts and Middle School Project, $1.4m for a skate park, another $505k for the Joy Park addition to the CPCC, $320k for the Zoo Garden Event Center, and over $3m for the Centennial Bridge and Plaza Project. Not included in this spending spree is the exorbitant cost of the City Hall renovations, which totaled $48m and required millions in FEMA grant money, and the the city (Amanda) couldn't even provide me with a grand total for the Colony Park Community Center cost.

Even the McNamara Realty Performing Arts Center for Profiteers generated $370,000 in local donation money despite their unseemly local reputation as a slum lord with a history of ethics problems.

According to Al Fonzi, our perceived "severe" drug issue is located at the Sunken Gardens, which is right next door to the schools; he didn't mention that little tidbit. After research, it does not appear that any of these suddenly-concerned business & education leaders have hired any form of security or use fenced properties to protect the children from this imagined threat. The reason? There is no real threat.

Furthermore, the location of the armory is geographically located JUST on the other side of the schools, opposite the Sunken Gardens and closer to the police & fire stations, so it does not increase the proximity of the Sunken Gardens homeless population to the schools because they're the same distance: RIGHT NEXT DOOR.

So if the Sunken Gardens is the same distance as the armory to the schools, and closer to law enforcement, how exactly is the perceived threat increased in any way?

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Posted by E Huber on 12/13/2018 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Al Fonzi forgets his Christian values and fellow Americans

Thank you, Garland. Well said.
Ann Berry-Gallegos

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Posted by Ann Berry-Gallegos on 12/13/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “The Endangered Species Act hasn't fulfilled its promise

This is the sad truth, I was a commercial abalone diver for 40 years and tried to tell the the California Fish & Game and the Feds what was happening as I watched the southern expansion of the sea otters destroy all the abalone, Pismo Clams, mussels and dozens of other valuable marine resources of California's once amazingly productive coastline from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara. I'd like to point out that many non-profit organizations have made billions promoting false information about sea otters. By simply putting cute pictures of sea otters on their publications and making false claims they have filled their coffers abundantly, but ruined wonderful resources and caused hundreds of millions dollars and thousands of jobs lost.

Posted by Bob McMillen on 12/13/2018 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Why the armory is a bad idea for a shelter

Fonzi says there are many alternatives..would he like to expound.. Easy to be against something. Which he seems to be a lot.

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Posted by Steve Fleury on 12/12/2018 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Why the armory is a bad idea for a shelter

Remarkable display of rationalization in the service of doing nothing, i.e. somebody else (ECHO) is doing something about the issue, therefore nothing more needs to be done, certainly not by the city nor the opinion writer. Nothing offered (like the council and mayor) to address homeless needs, either with another location, nor with mitigation for the Armory conditions, just a lame hand-wringing: it will cost money! Mister Military Intelligence, try a Go-Fund-Me.

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Posted by Russell Hodin on 12/11/2018 at 8:57 PM

Re: “San Luis Obispo County's bicycle obsession

Even worse, outwardly sanctimonious bicycle riders.

Guess what, my household has 3 oft used bicycles. In 51 years of life, until this post, I never once had to tell someone this fact.

And btw, our two vehicles are both driven less than 7500 miles a year and one of them is a PZEV (zero emission).

Where are our prizes (or participation trophies) for using a childs conveyance item without seeking praise? /s

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Posted by M. G. on 12/10/2018 at 9:49 AM

Re: “San Luis Obispo County's bicycle obsession

My wife and I each bike about 3,000 miles a year, and drive our cars about 25,000 miles a year (and we walk some too!) and I think some of you angry cars folks are missing a few variables in your analysis. First, most bicyclists, like me, pay plenty of taxes, including car registration (we own three), etc. so the idea that bicyclists are not "paying their share" is largely fiction. Second, hello??? are you paying attention when you drive? Where would you rather have the slowest and most cautious bicyclists ride? In the same traffic lanes as cars? Slowing everything down? Or off on a separate area where their disruptive influence on motor vehicles is less? Third, every bike ride is one less car ride, one less vehicle's worth of congestion. Is that such a bad idea? So go ahead, hate bikes and everything about them, but factor in the above variables, and more. No need to be so cantankerous when bikes are saving our gas.

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Posted by Steven Ongley on 12/09/2018 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Racano got who should apologize to whom wrong

Yes, Mr. Racano, as shown in your video, the sewer lines are in terrible shape. Many of us have been working for years to expose how bad that situation is, and to get the City to fix the lines. What you don't appear to understand is that SEWER LINES ARE NOT THE SAME THING AS A SEWER PLANT.

If you would take the trouble to read the City's annual plant monitoring reports, you would learn that the plant's outfall is not harming the marine environment, and you would even see a picture of a colony of marine organisms living and thriving on one of the plant's ocean outfall ports.

You would also learn that the plant consistently achieves full secondary treatment for all constituents but TSS and BOD, and nearly meets the requirements for those. You would learn, further, that TSS and BOD have been found generally harmless for ocean discharges - which would explain the happy little marine organisms on that outfall port. Read and learn first. Know what you are talking about before you rant.

Meanwhile, how about focusing your energies on pushing the City to fix the sewer lines.

Linda Stedjee

Posted by Linda Stedjee on 12/08/2018 at 10:04 PM

Re: “San Luis Obispo County's bicycle obsession

@Tim Wilkinson

What a crock of chit link.

Non-partisan report my az.

I assure you, this zero emission car driver pays way more in every sort of tax from payroll, to gas, to property and back to utility tax than any effin tree hugging, broke ask bike rider and probably a negative tax paying student in SLO proper.

That report is as believable and non-partisan as any MSM report having to do with fair reporting on anything to do with non-liberal subject matter.

A useless word salad is what that link was that you provided.

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Posted by M. G. on 12/07/2018 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Why the armory is a bad idea for a shelter


Like the rest of America, use your freedom to move along to a better location for your (free loading) lifestyle.

Bleeding hearts sicken us and have ruined our once great state of CA.

Heres how you fix the problem...America needs to bring back PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY in the worst way and apply it to EVERYONE.

No excuses, no sympathy, no remorse. We, the productive and overtaxed, are given no quarter. Thus, turnabout is fare play.

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Posted by M. G. on 12/07/2018 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Racano got who should apologize to whom wrong

I presented an idea for a regional plan (A-B-C Plan) several years ago and it was dismissed offhand. A regional plan with a water re-use component would have brought in federal funds to help Los Osos, Morro Bay and Cayucos. While many come from a financial standpoint about the MBWWTP, I come from an ecological standpoint. Bad finances aren't destroying the planet, bad environmental stewardship is doing that.

I didn't want to sound mean in my opinion piece, I was just answering a mean letter. And I stand by my position that an ocean outfall is not to be seen as an artificial reef. Try to wrap your heads around this: there are 16,304 wastewater plants in the United States and only two operate with a sewage waiver on the west coast- Morro Bay and San Diego.

Morro Bay, do us a favor, get rid of the waiver. Protect the bay, site your plant away.

*And if you really want to see how bad the situation is in Morro Bay, watch the short film at:


joey racano

Posted by Joey Racano on 12/07/2018 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Why the armory is a bad idea for a shelter

It's not a coincidence that the state's most expensive housing markets have the highest rates of unsheltered homelessness.

I'd be interested to hear the author put forward some workable alternative approaches.

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Posted by ra237 on 12/07/2018 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Warned for free speech

Would the writer have the same opinion if the singers were, say, Nazi wannabes, singing Deutschland Uber Alles in front of a Jewish group? If her answer is yes, then she is consistent in her view.

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Posted by Steve Scarich on 12/07/2018 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Warned for free speech

Agreed. The students are exercising their freedom of speech. Crazy Milo was here and neither he nor his student supporters were shut down. Double-standard?

Posted by Heather Winslow Dine on 12/06/2018 at 9:23 PM

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