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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion

Re: “Trump logic

I'm a stone head who knows HEMP WILL SAVE THE WORLD

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Posted by Michael Ribble on 08/13/2018 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Forest management is the culprit

Dumb, both of you. And wrong.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 08/13/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “The cost of college is unrealistic

There are several countries that pay for college, not only for its citizens, but sometimes for anyone, including also for living expenses. If Slovenia can do it, we can.

Of course, the warmongers want to keep burning money in the pit of hell they support. We need to take control from the idiots who trade the well-being of our people for more rockets, bombs, and bullets.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 08/13/2018 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Historical narrative

Hear, Hear, Erik Huber! The Fonz is a nutty as a fruitcake.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 08/13/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “It's the sunshine, stupid

It's revealing that many people in this "welcoming" city consider their aesthetic preferences to be more important than providing people with places to live. We should truly welcome new neighbors instead of displacing people through economic segregation.

Posted by ra237 on 08/12/2018 at 6:19 PM

Re: “The cost of college is unrealistic

You cannot talk about the cost of college in 1961 without looking at the overall cost of living. In 1961, my wage as an RN was only $2.25/hr and the minimum wage was $1.15/hr. My father and husband brought home $75.00/wk. My parents mortgage payment was $75.00/mo and included a death benefit. My fellow high school graduates went to Junior College and Universities without any federal aid. I am guessing Teachers and Professors were earning about $4.50/hr if you calculated their salaries in that manner.
Costs have climbed to a breaking point but fleecing taxpayers is not the answer.
Paying a percent of earnings on their educational loans lets individuals pay off loans with fewer defaults.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/12/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Historical narrative

The world we live in is undergoing great changes.
Not just climate change but also parts of the world just beginning to catch up with us.
To think the developed world can stave off the developing world with legislation and/or Agreements to cut carbons released into the air in an organized fashion is conceit of the highest order.
Yes, things can be done but like all changes in human behavior, it takes education right down to the individual living off the land. Change follows understanding, not the other way around.
So, write those article pitched to the average reader and watch them ask for fuel efficient cars and the many new products just beginning to be available. End some EPA rule. The people will pay attention and make choices that retain the rule's effect.
It is the choices of individuals that run the world and it's economy.
When individuals ask for it, the market supplies it.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/12/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “False narratives

Al,
Your ego and self-righteousness continues to be apparent in this as well as previous articles. As a military officer, Ive met humble, selfless, and reflective officers and ncos who avoid spinning a horrible incident like this and inserting a political argument against the left (climate change, wildlife preservation, false narratives aka fake news). Yes, thats what you did in a very subtle way.

Do yourself and the readers a servicetry to be the better citizien and not mimic the toxic national political leadership narrative.

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Posted by jae lee on 08/11/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Life is about choices

I could not have stated that any better. Thanks for taking the time to present this point of view.

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Posted by Dee Marie on 08/09/2018 at 5:13 PM

Re: “No public benefits

Quote"What we know now from the expert panel of wastewater professionals and the memorandum of understanding between the city and Tri W Enterprises Inc. is: 1) Costs can be reduced by using another site; 2) There are no benefits to ratepayers to using the South Bay Boulevard site; and 3) The unnecessarily higher cost of building at the South Bay Boulevard site is for the purpose of subsidizing private interests. Under Proposition 218, money spent on building at the South Bay Boulevard site above what would be spent at another site is not money spent on providing water and sewer services to rate payers and is unconstitutional." Unquote

Number 1: It's true the City Council chose a site that was analyzed to cost more. But, that was after the "Not in my back yard" folks drove up the cost of the project by threatening to sue if the Righetti site was chosen instead. By choosing a site outside of city limits, the council demonstrated that it was worth the investment to reduce long-term exposure to NIMBY-ism. There's nothing unconstitutional about that!

Number 2: There are many benefits... Such as, getting the project done on the most favored site, the most analyzed site, the site outside the coastal zone with lots of separation from neighbors is a sound, long-term investment. Investing in a site that RWQCB and the Coastal Commission Staff have said is favorable is beneficial and sound policy. There's nothing unconstitutional about that!

Number 3: Yes, buying property anywhere else except the existing site could be seen as "subsidizing private interests"... They might also be subsidizing private interests by shuttering the existing plant in the coastal zone on Atascadero Road. Think of how the properties near Morro Rock and High School students could benefit, and there's nothing unconstitutional about that!

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Posted by Brad Snook on 08/09/2018 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Historical narrative

Eric, Col. Fonzi is a former North County Republican Party official and his energetic efforts to discredit the wide scientific consensus on climate change/global warming and their symptoms are par for the course. Since the 1990s and Al Gore's first book on the environmental crisis, Republicans have allied with the petroleum industry to fabricate a counter-narrative to climate science. They first failed with the discrediting of their handful of select "expert" scientists, euphemistically called "skeptics," and have shifted their arguments to create doubt in the general public.

One such tactic that Col. Fonzi employed was the de-contextualized and potted histories of past conflagrations, as if the kinds of fires we are seeing in recent years are "normal." Or that the fires are primarily due to unthinned forests. In the former instance, the fires are happening with greater intensity and frequency due to the increase in the unprecedented factors caused by the burning of fossil fuels that create the atmospheric conditions for the kind of destruction we see in the Carr Fire. In the second instance, a great deal of the land destroyed is not in forests at all, but rather low-lying and scattered chaparral that has become extremely dry due to the effects of global warming and related drought.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 08/09/2018 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Chorro and Marsh

$1250 for a studio apartment?? Affordable housing in San Luis Obispo has become an oxymoron.
The average service industry wage earner and fixed income retirees cannot afford that - period - no matter how high you build .

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Posted by Pamela Wittenbrook McKiernan on 08/05/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Chorro and Marsh

I am saddened by what is happening in our town...way too big building popping up all over the place. What is the difference between two and seven stories? Seriously? The closed in imposing feeling--blotting out the sky and the views of our beautiful mountains, to name a few. The 'thing' at Chorro and Foothill being the worst most 'overgrown, mountain view blocking, pushed to the street thing ever'. The too large hotel projects ---the overall reduction of parking when we already have a bad lack of parking. Rents are off the charts. I would like all of that to just stop. Hello Mayor? City Council? Somebody??

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Posted by James Scoolis on 08/05/2018 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Chorro and Marsh

Not too long ago SLO was on lists as the happiest place to live. But, with all the building going on w/o any thought to how bringing in all the new residents is going to impact everything about SLO, it will be anything but happy. We need to look to other areas to see what happens when thoughtful planning is not in place.

Ive seen developers find ways to try to convince the current community that what they are doing (in this case provide affodable housing) is to benefit the community ... but really, what is their real agenda? A developers job is to make a profit. The community really needs to look at the long-term impact.

A 7 story building downtown is going to impact way more than the view while walking down the sidewalk down town as a previous person commented. I dont understand how dense housing downtown allows people to live close to where they work - are there really that many jobs downtown?

I never understand why people move to an area because they like it, but then they change it. Look back at the history of San Jose which was beautiful at one time. Same with Santa Cruz.

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Posted by Denise Fitzgerald on 08/05/2018 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Fake news

Laughable.

Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 08/04/2018 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Political circus

These so-called progressives are hypocrites. They call themselves progressive, but opposing new housing is the definition of conservative.

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Posted by ra237 on 08/04/2018 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Chorro and Marsh

The problem I see is this is not affordable at all.
"$1,214 per month for an "affordable" studio unit, and a single person can earn up to $69,900 to qualify for it. "
A wage of $12/hr is about $2,000/mo. Half your income for rent? A studio you cannot really share with another individual?
It is a bare bones struggle to barely survive these days.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/03/2018 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Sad

Is August Salemi a US citizen? Does he have an IQ?

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Posted by jay 1 on 08/02/2018 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Trump and the Nazis

Is August Salemi a US citizen? Does he have an IQ?

Posted by jay 1 on 08/02/2018 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Development may give locals a chance

So many of the older generation in this city are saying "I got mine" and the heck with making room for anybody else. It's sad.

Posted by ra237 on 08/02/2018 at 9:15 PM

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