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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion

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.

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.

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

Re: “Disparity between the top and bottom levels at the county

Corruption. Something this publication or KSBY or Tribune etc etc will do nothing to seriously investigate. This is the most corrupt place in the USA.

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Posted by matarbongo on 12/06/2018 at 5:47 PM

Re: “San Luis Obispo County's bicycle obsession

A little education goes a long way.

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Posted by Tim Wilkinson on 12/06/2018 at 12:55 PM

Re: “San Luis Obispo County's bicycle obsession

RIGHT about getting bike riders to OBEY traffic laws like the rest of us.
if police would ticket and fine bikers instead of treating them like sacred cows we would all get along better

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Posted by John on 12/06/2018 at 9:44 AM

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

At last, and in disbelief, I am firmly gripping the arms of my chair as I compose this: Al Fonzi has produced an editorial for Rhetoric and Reason that I agree with 100%. I never thought I would see the day when his insights align with mine (and many others in Atascadero) on an issue. The recent proposal to adapt our city's armory building to an overnight or warming shelter for street people in the school and youth zones he describes is a terrible idea.

Those close to this problem will tell you that our county's "homeless" include a sizable contingent who are alcoholics, drug addicts, petty criminals, life-style transients and - sadly - the mentally ill. Among them is an organized subculture who - equipped with cel phones - inform their "colleagues" of charity opportunities up and down the California coast. In this instance, a build-it-and-they-will-come approach for the armory would concentrate their dysfunctions in an area used by our most vulnerable permanent residents: our children.

Gordon L. Fuglie, Atascadero

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 12/06/2018 at 7:46 AM

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

Like I commented in the appalling "homeless" editorial that was rich in emotion and low on facts (the classic low info progressive formula), the bleeding hearts care not about the taxpayers but simply fixing their bleeding hearts.

Atascadero is full of unwanted, unsavory transient types. STOP enabling them towards our city. Enough!

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Posted by M. G. on 12/06/2018 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Shredder: If you're so upset, do something about it

So tent cities are the solution then?

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Posted by ra237 on 12/06/2018 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Bi-partisan character

The affordable housing funds are a drop in the bucket, and appeasing NIMBYs results in mediocre, boring buildings designed by a committee of olds. A loosening of the absurdly restrictive zoning codes would be more effective to increase the supply of housing, but the local homeowners won't have it.

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Posted by ra237 on 12/06/2018 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Singing for our lives

Thoughtful piece. Thanks for raising a discomfiting issue that is at the heart of the struggle to build the beloved community MLK spoke about.

Posted by Steve Sanders on 11/30/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “A 9-cent raise is nothing to celebrate

As a social worker I agree.....who do they think saves the children from the abuse at all times of the day and night, who helps parents become successful along with all the other work the county does to keep our society safe.....WE DO....Social Workers, Mental Health workers, Sheriffs, all county workers that clean up after storms.....many people don't understand our jobs....but without us our towns aren't safe, aren't clean and wouldn't be the community that they appreciate......

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Posted by dmarie2279 on 11/29/2018 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Fools Elect Fools

a least these sleeze balls have a leader who lives down to their worst fears and paranoia. Trump follows the writings of Goebells more faithfully than Hitler. His followers are sycophants who are steadily drinking the cool aid he has provided at every opportunity.

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Posted by 1 on 11/29/2018 at 12:37 PM

Re: “The first step

If there were fewer regulations such as adult supervision of adults, more organizations might be willing to host the homeless more often.
One church came up with a way around the 'rules/ by holding church services all night long with communion [bread and milk?], blankets, etc for those who dozed off during the srermons.
Think about it.
Why do we need permission to invite guests into our buildings?
gail lightfoot

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 11/29/2018 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Morro Bay's issues are serious

You're talking about Morro Bay's issues but you refuse to mention all the racism, lack of diversity, and the massive percentage of white people in this area? How can you avoid this issue as one of Morro Bay's most serious issue? Do you stand up for white supremacy? You must be a racist....

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Posted by Eric Goodman. on 11/29/2018 at 11:23 AM

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