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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: “De-weirder

When people are trying to do good deeds and care about living things they should not be put down by deploreables.
Start thinking a little harder before opening your mouth.

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Posted by Dan McGeary on 12/08/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “De-weirder

You're digging a deeper hole ! I ask you to go back and read my comments from last week. My opinion has not changed and in fact you've just added insult to injury with your update on the fox. I was hoping to read an apology today and I suppose what you wrote was a half hearted attempt at that. But how about apologizing to the people you called out by name in bold letters last week. How about applauding good deeds instead of putting them in the shredder? I'll stand by everything I wrote to you last week. I'll wait, but I won't hold my breath, you still have a chance to make this right.

On Pirates cove, to our so called Stupidvisors.... although I don't always agree with their ideas or decisions, rather than name calling, suggestions and constructive criticism would go much further in my book.

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Posted by Eve Polk on 12/07/2017 at 11:14 PM

Re: “De-weirder

That little gray fox did not become too accustomed to humans. Humans have become too accustomed to killing everything that isn't caged up.

And Shredder, you did not make right your stupid remarks from last week by making more stupid remarks this week.

Shredder used to be sharp but compassionate. Now the blades are dull. Perhaps it's time to upgrade the machine.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 12/07/2017 at 5:35 PM

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: “De-weirder

I hadn't seen last weeks shredder until today and after reading this went and read it. WOW. Can't believe you thought that was funny. Nor did I know the NTs considers the shredder funny. I see the shredder and ripping people who deserve to be called to the carpet for misdeeds. None of this was funny, none of these people did anything wrong. They only stepped up to help. Hate magazine? Well the shredder in this instance certainly was. I can see why some vowed not to support advertisers and have requested an apology. I agree. How can you write this today and not apologize to the two woman you called to the carpet? Very wrong. Fix your error, don't hide behind it with poor me I'm deplorable!

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Posted by April Patterson on 12/07/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “De-weirder

You need to do more than jump into the deplorable basket. I'll agree with Mr. Katz above. You need to apologize, you need to get it right. You just don't seem to get it do you?

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Posted by John Brent on 12/07/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “De-weirder

The Council clearly said the ribbons in memory of the fox were fine but asked that folks don't attach paper/images. Why do you keep harping on the negative. You also did not apologize to the two people that you called out by name who deserve your apology, Vivian Krug Cotton and Cleo Stanley . And yes you omitted the educational signs which allowed you to joke and write a hit piece which clearly damaged these 'kindhearted folks' efforts to raise money. Those educational signs will also help the 'resident chickens' and roosters. Come on New Times. Do the right thing, apologize to the individuals you 'poked fun' at and New Times, write a piece helping raise the funds for the signs which you have personally damaged.

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Posted by Russell Katz on 12/07/2017 at 12:33 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: “Go fund it

Well if the inmates do not like the way they are treated in jail, don't do things that land you in there in the first place. They get 3 meals a day, free dental/ medical, more than many elderly can even afford. And the lil fox did no criminal activities to deserve what he got. This is why I prefer animals to people

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Posted by Mare Arthur-Reasons on 12/07/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Go fund it

ML Sanders, what a literally wonderful comment. So beautifully written, and so very kind. I love this: "...the little fox, showering all of the parkgoers with joy, and all of the dogs with affection. It is this radiant innocence that we are mourning."

I agree with Russell Katz: Shredder blew it on this one, on several points, but can redeem themselves with a substantial contribution to the fox fund.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 12/02/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Go fund it

Appalling! Since when do we punish and drag good people through the mud? They most certainly do deserve an apology in writing by this publication. Not only should the New Times publish an apology they should make a substantial contribution to the Fox Fund! I too have a good mind not to support your advertisers and unless an apology is made no longer touch your paper.

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Posted by Russell Katz on 12/02/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Time to gang up on our county representatives

On behalf of Californians for Green Nuclear Power, Inc. (CGNP), a local nonprofit corporation, I delivered CGNP's final oral rebuttal at CPUC headquarters against the allies of fossil fuel that want to shut down Diablo Canyon on November 28, 2017. I learned that the proposal to shut down Diablo Canyon was developed during secret meetings over a six-month span. CGNP has gathered information from energy and climate experts in our testimony. The replacement of reliable, emission-free Diablo Canyon power by new wind and new solar by 2025 is a physical impossibility. During a half-year period ending on January 31, 2017, Diablo Canyon generated about 108% of ALL of California's solar power - or about 178% of all of California's wind power. If this proposal is accepted, the reality will be the importation of huge amounts of PacifiCorp's really dirty coal power from Wyoming, at a greater cost to ratepayers than if that power was produced by keeping Diablo Canyon open!

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Posted by DrGeneNelson on 12/02/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Time to gang up on our county representatives

I was at the California PUC hearing for taking community comments on the "Joint Proposal" by PG&E . This proposal was hatched in secret by PG&E working with the worst enemies of clean, global warming-fighting nuclear power. If this proposal is so fair, why was it done in secret with these one-sided players? This stinks.

One by one, agency heads, and local government heads marched to the mike to say they were for this damaging blow to the community. Mark Henry is right - all these people betrayed the community by following some secret order to praise the loss of $1 billion coming into the community from Diablo Canyon operations each year. The Chamber of Commerce approved the loss to local businesses they are supposed to protect!

The environment will lose its best weapon locally against global warming - carbon free atomic produced electricity. What kind of people support this travesty?

Take action people. Protect yourselves because nobody else will. If you do nothing, don't whine when utility rates increase, CO2 emissions rocket upwards, soot, smoke and ozone enter your children's lungs from the fossil fuel that will take over Diablo's clean work.

William Gloege
Santa Maria, CA

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Posted by James Fenimore Cooper on 12/02/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Go fund it

Ignorant article written by someone who is obviously very ignorant of the facts.

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Posted by Dan McGeary on 12/02/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Go fund it

Ha what a joke funding for inmates healthcare. Most inmates healthcare is already shitty by the life style they chose, ie: drugs, alcohol, when they arrive in jail. And if they did not do things that intially landed them in coustody in the first place, we as txpayers would not have to support their free meals, free medical and dental care, that we out here can barely pay for. I hope when people think of the thousands of lil FOXY;s that live a disgusting life in cramped, filthy cages, just to be skinned for some one's coat, or hood, that i at least this innocent fox, got to actually feel grass under it's paws, smell the flowers, have kindness shown to him. The fox would get my money brfore some idiot who lands in jail due to their own actions.

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Posted by Mare Arthur-Reasons on 12/01/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Go fund it

What does the NewTimes reader say?


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Posted by LeeC75079099 on 12/01/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Give thanks for Planned Parenthood

Amy, I am grateful for your thoughtful journalism for activism and wanted to say "Hiya". I have fond memories of working with you on the College of Engineering newsletter. Cindi Karlen

Posted by Cindi Karlen on 12/01/2017 at 4:41 PM

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