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Re: “Time to speak out

Rightword is correct. Paulding is a REASONABLE and experienced public servant who believes the role of a supervisor is to govern. A vote for him is to restore collegiality and deliberation in county governance. Around our county government building in SLO, Compton is known by county employees for her rude and disrespectful behavior towards public servants. Enough is enough.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 01/18/2018 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

Whether you agree with Cuddy or not, or whether you live in the Fourth District or not, the best solution to the problem is to be part of the Republican/Democratic coalition in support of Jimmy Paulding for County Supervisor. Paulding has the common sense, integrity and RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE that will give the Board the type of balance it needs at this crucial time.

You don't have to take my word for it. Do the research. Meet the man. Paulding is the type of person that will promote a fresh and productive sense of unity on the Board and in our community at a time when it is needed more than ever.

There is no need to talk bad about other candidates or Board Members when there is so much GOOD to talk about when it comes to Jimmy Paulding.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 01/18/2018 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

Glad to read support for Bruce and Adam. I am so grateful for their presence on the BOS. I personally have had my business negatively affected by the gang of threes decision making. The only way forward is to make sure we vote out Lyn Compton

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Posted by Anna Gabriel on 01/18/2018 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Go fund it

Does doing a good deed, a kindness, a charity prevent you or others from also doing good deeds that speak to your heart or your specific passions? I'm sorry, but there is no logic or responsibility in that statement. Instead it should motivate you and anyone else with this complaint to follow the grey fox community's example . You are certainly free to inspire others to oppose breed specific prejudices in the case of the pit bull, or advocate for compassionate care for inmates if that is your calling. You are free to motivate others to contribute to the efforts that you have mentioned.

As for your comment about the fox being wild and the chicken coming first etc...Grey Foxes are a native species . They were in the habitat/ecosystem first before domesticated poultry were introduced.

Also, the absolute origin of the little grey fox is still unfolding. Perhaps he was a domesticated pet, captive born (yes there are domesticated foxes), or perhaps he was a wild born orphan ,rescued and then imprinted on dogs and humans in a domestic setting. But this particular fox was not wild. Please research the terms you use, so you do not contribute to the misinformation. We are all learning. Do you know the meaning of these terms? tamed, feral, wild, domesticated, habituated, imprinted. If not, it seems that there is scope for the wildlife education program that the grey fox community is initiating. I recommend that you be among the first to sign up for its educational offerings and workshops being planned.

And, by the way, I personally do care about the pit bulls, the chickens, the inmates. We all have the capacity to care about many beings and many issues. (yes, all at the same time.) Watch the videos of the little fox, showering all of the parkgoers with joy, and all of the dogs with affection. It seems that this little being had the capacity to care about many, unconditionally. It is this radiant innocence that we are mourning.

Are you a vegan or vegetarian? If not, I would guess that your concern for the chickens does not extend as far as your words imply. My advocacy for the grey fox also embraces the chicken (I do not eat them.) And there is no proof that the little fox killed any chickens. In fact, all video evidence supports his innocence, his playfulness and submission to dogs, as well as no evidence of prey drive towards the chickens in the park. They sat side by side on the fence with him.

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Posted by ML Sanders on 12/01/2017 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Go fund it

Lock the person who called animal control into a room and 'make them weep in remorse'. Really? I'd say that's pretty irresponsible of a paper to print. And if you read the GoFundMe Account page and listen to the Council Meeting you will note that the fundraising is not only for a memorial, but for Educational Wildlife Signs along the Creek Walk, public workshops and more. Since when is protecting our wildlife, educating and protecting our community a bad thing?

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Posted by Vivian Krug Cotton on 11/30/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Time to speak out

I have listened to Jimmy Paulding speak several times now, and he continues to impress everyone with his broad work experience, calm demeanor, desire to work with others, and commitment to public service. Go to his site and watch a short video of his upbringing, and you'll agree that this is the person we want for south county Supervisor.

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Posted by Dan Cook on 01/18/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Go fund it

I didn't realize there is a law in slo county for only one good cause? Why is I that when someone attempts to do something good for a cause that is not exactly the most altruistic cause on earth then it shouldn't be done and is a bad idea. It's a false dilemma. There's room in the world for more than one go find me page. "Lighten up Francis!"

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Posted by Frank Schiro on 11/30/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “This is not a nice business

Great writing Adam. This should bring out action and opposition. First order, Elect Paulding!

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Posted by fmsuddarth 9 on 01/25/2018 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

I have met Jimmy Paulding. I have heard him speak and take audience questions. He impressed me as authentic and smart with common sense approaches to the issues facing us. I hope the voters of Dist 4 will make him their new Supervisor. He's the type of class act we sorely need to replace Lynn Compton.
On another note, as a voter in Dist 3, I am getting extremely tired of North County right wingers showing up to BOS meetings in droves for the express purpose of impugning Adam Hill's character. Mr. Hill was re-elected to his seat by a comfortable margin. The voters of Dist 3 have spoken. We support Hill. The policies of Hill and Gibson represent the wishes of a large portion of this county's voters. In theory, I have no problem working with conservatives, but in practice, the BOS majority refuses to work... PERIOD. That's not governance. Their vote to bill the rest of us for their North County donors' personal water use tells you all you need to know about what these three phonies are up to: socializing the costs of private services; rewarding their friends at the expense of everyone else. They are wasting our time and our money. We can do better. Let's vote them out!

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Posted by chrysb52 1 on 01/18/2018 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Go fund it

You're putting people in the shredder that are doing something positive in their community!? Give me a break.

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Posted by Benjamin Brooks on 11/30/2017 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Go fund it

Clearly this reporter has not done their homework. And attacking people who are trying to right a wrong is deplorable. Tormenting the woman who unfortunately made the call to remove the fox has also probably suffered enough. We are all angry for what she did, but she is already afraid for her safety and her children and you post a way to make her pay? Very offensive. Agreed there should be gofundme accounts to help all kinds of causes, local and worldwide and there probably are and those individuals have just as much right to start collecting and raising awareness for them. Why single out this cause as not being worthy because others may not have fundraising? Just as one persons mistake caused this issue to come about, your power with ink ridiculing this cause is a mistake that could hurt this project moving forward with educational signs and memorial. I loved that fox and what happened was wrong. A memorial which showcases one of the members of the vast wildlife in the Village along with educational signs can only do good. Maybe our next fox won't be so friendly and someone will reach out to pet it and get bitten. We need those signs!! I ask you to please reconsider your position and write an article supporting what Vivian and others are trying to accomplish here. It was wrong to put this in the shredder. If you want to shred something, shred those who are taking advantage of people, causing problems, not people who are doing good. I for one will not support what you've said or any of the advertisers of your paper. I will wait to see your retraction and for a story that supports Vivian, Frank, Nikka, Cleo and all those others that are doing the right thing. It's your turn to do the right thing.

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Posted by Eve Polk on 12/01/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

I too support Jimmy Pauldings campaign in the 4th District. Other people who have responded to Cuddys column have adequately described Jimmys deep level of real world business and public service experience. It is very clear that electing Jimmy Paulding should be a very high priority for every thinking voter who believes in fact based good governance. But there is more that needs to be said about the gist of Cuddys editorial.

While electing Jimmy in 2018 is important, defending and re-electing Bruce Gibson in the Second District is of equal importance. The COLAB cabal will be running the ex-executive director of the Home Builders Association of Central California in an attempt to unseat Supervisor Gibson. Not only is the HBACC philosophically opposed to the funding of affordable housing, they are actively petitioning Compton, Peschong and Arnold to repeal the Countys Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

I attended the April meeting and spoke out against the Countys funding ($2M) of the Paso Water Basins SGMA. I was also in attendance at the December meeting speaking in favor of increased funding when the BoS voted to stand pat on additional funding for affordable housing. While attending meetings and speaking in support of the issues that Hill and Gibson hold dear feels good, the end result is always the same. Compton, Peschong and Arnold vote to maintain the status quo, supporting the economic interests of the wealthy and powerful in this county who in turn support their election campaigns.

Attending BoS meetings and being informed about the facts surrounding the many issues facing this county is important. However, anyone and everyone who is concerned with the ideologically driven decision making process by the gang of three supervisors needs to be 100% on board with getting Paulding elected and Gibson re-elected. That means contributing generously to their campaigns and actively working within their campaign organizations to assure that these two fine candidates are elected, and reason is restored to the decision and policy making on the County Board of Supervisors.

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Posted by William Alexander on 01/19/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Harassment on the city trails

It sounds to me that these officials are simply trying to keep the trails safe for all citizens. Not everyone is a dog lover and even if they are you can't expect people to know your dog is friendly when it barks and runs up to people. I personally am a dog lover and own dogs, but I would never hike a trail where dogs are allowed to be off leash, as you just never know how dogs are going to interact with not only strangers or other dogs. My dog has been bitten by seemingly nice friendly looking dogs. Better to be safe and respectful of others to keep the trails safe for all.

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Posted by hannahrock 3 on 12/14/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

Rude, personal attacks have no place at a BoS meeting. That is true for all sides. They only serve to further divide us, foster a hostile work place and put up impediments to finding workable solutions for the citizens of SLO County. Since Mr. Peschong prefers not to do his job as Chairman and shut down all personal attacks it becomes apparent the voters will need to fix this mess by first voting again for Bruce Gibson. I have heard Mr. Gibson speak many times. His calm demeanor and depth of knowledge are evident. He speaks his mind in plain intelligent language without disparaging others. Second we must vote Jimmy Paulding into the 4th District seat. I have heard this rational, intelligent, hard working young man speak numerous times. I have watched him run citizen workshops where he listened respectfully to community members and gave on point answers. He is a problem solver for the future. Let's get this board working again for the majority of the county. Vote Gibson and Paulding.

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Posted by Jennifer Stover Doula on 01/18/2018 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Go fund it

Very irresponsible NewTimes. I'm joining in with the others and will no longer support your advertisers or your paper. I agree that ridiculing a community effort and calling out and posting peoples names that have done nothing wrong and are only working to help their community is reprehensible. You belong in the shredder!

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Posted by John Froh on 12/01/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Go fund it

Why dont we just make one GoFundMe campaign for all the worlds worthy causes and divide up the money according to individual need? Let me know how that goes. Money from the GoFundMe for the Village fox will go towards informational signs to educate the community about why wild animals need to stay wild. At least the inmates referenced received a fair trial, that is more than the fox was granted. The USDA will continue to quietly wage its war on wildlife across the state and country because so-called journalists are too occupied with making snarky remarks to gain social media attention. As for the Shredders requests for a pet fox and a memorial, if you move to a different state you could have that pet fox. I dont know of any states, however, that will memorialize an unscrupulous opinion journalist.

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Posted by LeeC75079099 on 12/01/2017 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Land-use politics

Mr. Powers what you know about California Valley? You came here 2 years ago just to grow Cannabis. You just want to sit and smoke marijuana, lazy, and a troublemaker to our quiet neighborhood. We want you out the Valley!!!

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Posted by Brenda Smith on 06/17/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Go fund it

Many good points made in the above comments. This is a ridiculous post. Just because people are striving to make a difference for a cause they believe in, does not mean that they disregard all other good causes. There are many good causes in this world! But this is one of them that some of us are trying to make a positive difference on.

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Posted by Renee Westerhuis on 12/01/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Go fund it

You messed up big time on this one. Good, caring people are trying to move the community forward in a positive way. Little Foxy taught us so many lessons and we are trying to preserve those lessons for future generations. He got along with Village chickens, dogs of all ages and types, and children and adults. He was so trusting. Not an aggressive bone in his beautiful small body. His end was tragic. To diminish the well meaning efforts of volunteers like Vivian and Frank, and our entire community, makes you so very small.

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Posted by ftjarratt 4 on 12/01/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “The perils of Paulding

Letter writer Phyllis Stout should be ashamed of herself. Her vicious, unprincipled and innaccurate attack on one of the finest political candidates to emerge in local politcs is a perfect example of why so many voters are joining the county-wide Republican/Democratic coalition to elect independent-minded Jimmy Paulding to the county board of supervisors.

Paulding has the skills, relevant work experience, and professional decorum to calm the local political waters and bring commonsense leadership to the board for the sake of all.

Phyllis Stout owes a huge public apology to Mr. Paulding and all SLO county voters who want positive change to our community and politics.

Do the research, meet the man and like so many others in San Luis Obispo County, you will be eager to see Jimmy Paulding bring a fresh attitude and fresh ideas to the county Board of Supervisors.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 02/08/2018 at 4:30 AM

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