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Comment Archives: stories: Music, Arts & Culture

Re: “Looking back: Pride art show honors 50th anniversary of Stonewall

It is in the nature of democracies that previously repressed minorities to tend to clamor for more and more rights up to and often well beyond the point where they begin to impinge on the rights of the majority; but at some point the majority starts pushing back. By now it can be stated with some certainty that in the view of the majority the LGBT movement has gone too far. Opinion surveys attest to this fact: LGBT support crested at well over 50% but has been dropping by roughly 10% per year for several years now.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 07/06/2019 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Santa Cruz-ing: Day trip to another coastal community rich in surf, sun, and outdoor novelties

Clearly the last thing Santa Cruz need is more articles encouraging people to go there. I lived in adjacent Capitola for seven years. On the weekend, it was faster to walk across the town.

Posted by Edward Bear on 06/27/2019 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Group Show at Cuesta's Harold J. Miossi Gallery tests the limits of the art world

Art or narcissism? It's always hard to tell in late stage capitalism.

Posted by matarbongo2 on 06/22/2019 at 10:19 AM

Re: “The Biggest Little Farm inspires and instills hope for a sustainable future

It's hard not to love the idealism reflected in this film. One wonders though at the economics actually involved. Farming is, ultimately, a cost competitive business, and much of the film's presentation seems to present a fairly unlikely economic model. As for the creation of a beautiful environment, it would be difficult to do better.

Reading between the lines, it's not clear that the "investors," who funded the development, earned a significant return on their investment. Unfortunately, "economics' is not a separate discipline, but one which infects every aspect of our lives. The concepts of individual incentives, price competition in free markets, and the hard work associated with earning a living, are not an artificial creation of government. As some wag has said, capitalism doesn't guarantee you'll be rich, but that many goods will be offered for the best price available. The alternatives to "capitalism" are generally far worse.

Posted by clovis dad on 06/13/2019 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Good vibes at Oso Flaco: Birds and families galore at this Guadalupe oasis on a sunny Sunday

I want to thank you for highlighting what makes Oso Flaco unique and irreplaceable. If State Parks opens the area as planned (campgrounds, entry point to MadMax Land, kiddie race track etc.) what else can be far behind? I view their proposal as exactly what they want it to be, a gateway: next comes more development to support the campground, for example. I see gas stations, markets, off road shops. Goodbye farmland. Goodbye peace and quiet. Goodbye biodiversity. I am not above begging: State Parks please, please, please shelve the idea that access is the number one priority. There are other, far more important, priorities, like preservation, conservation, sustainability, biodiversity. Let Oso Flaco stand as it is, an already perfect example of the balance the writer above mentions. It already functions as an example of a place where walkers, birders, anglers, beach-goers, hikers, families, artists, daydreamers, and nature lovers of any ilk can come together and enjoy a place that doesnt have the mark of humanity too harshly imprinted on its sand. My favorite thing about Oso Flaco is its relative peace and quiet. Quiet is a commodity that is harder and harder to come by. Dont let the drive for access and off road entertainment supersede all that Oso Flaco already offers. The stretch of beach from the Guadalupe Dunes to Pismo represents balance already. There is no need to tip the scales.

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Posted by A. Romo on 06/13/2019 at 9:58 AM

Re: “SLOMA executive director retires after 20 years

Fare thee well, Karen Kile. You have been such a blessing to the community all these years. I remember when you helped the Earth Day Coalition with our first Recycled Art exhibition. We thought it would be a small thing, but more than 1,000 people brought their beautiful, quirky, unusual creative endeavors, and you not only helped with the judging but had the walls and stands painted and then displayed the artwork in recognition that it was 'real' art. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Karen!

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Posted by gaiagraphics on 04/04/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Get your reggae on with some of the greats

Let me guess, you're an Anglo with dreads, yeah?

Posted by M. G. on 03/29/2019 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Get your reggae on with some of the greats

hi, fyi -if u are the child of a Jamaican father (and can prove it legally), by law - Brit and Ja law (virtually the same 'cause the latter still has 'commonwealth' status) this status allows u to be a Ja citizen... if u meet that condition u may have a Ja passport, etc, and if u live there( as the child of a Ja'can dad), u may vote, etc.

Steel Pulse are Brit-Jamaicans. NOT the mis appropriation/ negative bs need to 'categorize' as "non Jamaican". thank you.

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Posted by patmckaymusic on 03/29/2019 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Local author sets modern migration tale on the Central Coast

Author: great article. Two corrections: My new mystery is Veraison: The Ripening Shields novel is The Fig Eater.

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Posted by Randolph Rogers on 03/14/2019 at 7:34 AM

Re: “SLO Jewish Film Fest screens 'Miss Representation'

Forgive me for stating the obvious but isn't the American film industry in general a Jewish film festival? Seems redundant that's all.

Posted by matarbongo2 on 03/02/2019 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Veterans' Voices exhibit celebrates patriots, artists

When you go off and see a bit of the world you gain the wisdom of seeing the people of the world as one. You also witness the inequality, the injustices, and inhumanity not exclusive to foreign soil...Lynn Schmidt has turned this first hand soldiering experience into Art. A picture can say a thousand words and "Forks" does this so eloquently.

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Posted by Sebastian Dureaux on 02/28/2019 at 2:27 AM

Re: “Veterans' Voices exhibit celebrates patriots, artists

Wonderful story and I look forward to seeing the exhibit next week. That being said, this statement is disconcerting: "I think if somebody is going to put their life on the line and serve their country, I don't know why anyone would want to stop them," Schmidt said. "These people are willing to sacrifice their lives for their country..." I would submit that people in the military do not "serve their country", they serve the corporate, warmongering, war profiteering elite on the backs, bodies and misery of others throughout the world. At which point along the continuum does a person become responsible for their actions in facilitating and or being complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity in wars based on lies? Following orders does not take away the blame. It was thus for me in 71', and it remains so today...

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Posted by Chris Knudson on 02/21/2019 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Rap-poetess Noname plays the Fremont Theater Feb. 20

If you are white you can't say it because of your privilege. That's the law. New Times needs to hire a diversity officer and educate the white employees about their privilege.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/18/2019 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Rap-poetess Noname plays the Fremont Theater Feb. 20

uh they were in quotes of her song lyrics dumb ass

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Posted by Diana February on 02/16/2019 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Blast from the Past: A Face in the Crowd

Great post, Glenn. Too bad too many drank the Koolaid Mr.Trump handed out.

Posted by Pati Stanfill Nolen on 02/15/2019 at 4:45 AM

Re: “Rap-poetess Noname plays the Fremont Theater Feb. 20

You're not supposed to say the N-word, racist. This has been reported to the SPLC.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/14/2019 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Glitterotica brings shimmer, burlesque, and sexual freedom to SLO Guild Hall

Put some clothes on and grow up.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/10/2019 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Glitterotica brings shimmer, burlesque, and sexual freedom to SLO Guild Hall

So excited to see this!

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Posted by Kimberly Anderson on 02/09/2019 at 5:51 AM

Re: “Glitterotica brings shimmer, burlesque, and sexual freedom to SLO Guild Hall

Could you please use environmentally-friendly glitter? The microplastics are really affecting our environment in a horribly negative manner.

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Posted by Christine Brown on 02/08/2019 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Glitterotica brings shimmer, burlesque, and sexual freedom to SLO Guild Hall

I love that San Luis Obispo is celebrating fun and sexiness!! In these times of fear-mongering, oppression and walls... these lovely diverse people are sending out glitter and love to the universe and I say YAY!!! More please!!!!

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Posted by Robyn Berry on 02/08/2019 at 7:04 PM

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