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Re: “A brief reprieve

No wonder we lost the Vietnam War. With military intelligence (an oxymoron) like Al Fonzis we were doomed to lose. Just like then as now science doesnt seem to be a strong suit for Al. As they said in Vietnam, we have to destroy your village in order to save you.

Posted by Steve Lacki on 07/18/2019 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Our 'never again'

Honored to live in a town with a leader who truly cares about the wellbeing of all people. Thank you for speaking up, and for highlighting that this is not a right vs. left issue. This is a humanitarian crisis that will require all of us to stop competing in our ideologies and to start conversing across party lines about those topics in which we can all relate: What are the origins of your last name? Where is your family originally from? Did your ancestors immigrate here by choice, desperation, or force? Do you remember what it was like to be a child? Can you imagine what it would be like to be taken from your family? Or to have your child or sibling taken from you? We need to remember our humanity. We need to remember these people seeking asylum are human too, they feel like we feel. It feels so much better to love than to hate. It feels so much better to care than to hurt. Those people who are in support of these inhumane policies are scared, let's all make sure that they know they are loved and cared for too. With love and respect for all, thank you for reading.

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Posted by Mary Fischer on 07/18/2019 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Our 'never again'

Yawn. Destroy the middle classes and change the demographics of your country forever because it's too expensive and mean to intern illegal immigrants. Hey Heidi, Ayn Rand called, she want's her ideology back. Remind me again why you call yourself a progressive? I know it's not because of quoting Laura Bush, or criticizing the way illegal immigrants have always been treated. All that weed money gone to your head

And Henry Ramos, a nation of immigrants? Oh come now. Dinesh D'Souza called, he wants his liberal tropes back. Look up the Hart-Celler Act for starters.

Posted by Kate Steinle on 07/18/2019 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Cost of resistance

Remember when the left was anti-war and Bernie Sanders criticized open borders as "a Koch brothers plan". "Diversity is our strength" is a liberal trope on both the mainstream right and left. The idea that diversity is an end unto itself and can never be critiqued is cult like behavior. Immigration is not popular. If you look at the original statements of Trump questioning immigration policies, they coincided with huge spikes in popularity. Trump was elected specifically because of immigration, while the entire establishment worked against him. That's how powerful the immigration issue is.

Now of course Trump has turned his back on everything he said. No one is moved by tax cuts to the rich, doing everything Israel wants, and "fighting socialism" or whatever tired old liberal ideological nonsense (besides maybe boomer conservatives, but many of them have died since 2016).
So Trump will probably lose unless he makes a radical shift between now and 2020.

Posted by Kate Steinle on 07/18/2019 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Bountiful: SLO County agricultural values hit all-time high in 2018

More H-2A labor.

Posted by James G. Green on 07/18/2019 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Dunes, dust, drama: Coastal Commission votes against proposed limits to vehicle riding in Oceano Dunes

Actually, six deaths this year. As the article notes, there was one of the very day this agenda item was being heard at the Coastal Commission meeting, and two days later, another death occurred. State Parks needs to address this, and the sooner, the better!

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 07/18/2019 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Paso says Salinas Riverbed is a public safety emergency

Just don't tell the homeless go to residential areas just out of city limits!! Our neighborhood has spent months dealing with those evicted from the River Lodge and RVs parked adjacent. They claim Paso PD pointed them our way! Now we have vagrants with dogs camping and fouling the land and over-running the home of an elderly, mentally unstable single woman. The Sheriffs have helped but we can't get Paso PD to handle crimes from within city limits.
Paso has failed to deal with panhandling, vagrants with animals off leash and RV's being used as homes so now it's become a bigger problem for the larger area.

Posted by Lisa De Spain Guerrero on 07/18/2019 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Cost of resistance

We also need lobbying reform.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 07/18/2019 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Our 'never again'

Also, lobbying reform.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 07/18/2019 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Our 'never again'

The unresolved issue of our awful immigration system, like many other issues, is a consequence of the two-party system. These people don't care about good policy, only votes. And if you think that one side is any better than the other, you have been tricked.

What we need is campaign finance reform, term limits, and ranked choice voting.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 07/18/2019 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Cost of resistance

This issue, like so many others, is a direct consequence of the two-party system. These people don't care about good policy, only votes. And if you think that one side is any better than the other, you have been tricked.

What we need is campaign finance reform, term limits, and ranked choice voting.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 07/18/2019 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Paso says Salinas Riverbed is a public safety emergency

Well, that's an interesting way to solve homelessness; make the world more unattractive. Sheesh, if you voted for this guy, what are you thinking about him today?

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Posted by Steve Scarich on 07/18/2019 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Our 'never again'

It is vital and important for leading public officials of conscience to take a principled stand against the dangerous excesses of the Trump Administration, especially in connection with the cruel policy of zero tolerance for admitting asylum seekers and other international migrants. The Trump policy is an affront to essential American values and is in any case extremely counterproductive. As Mayor Harmon notes, the costs of supporting this policy through private contractors is too high, both from an economic and a moral standpoint. I find it especially interesting that the most vociferous of those who defend the zero tolerance policy seek to do so in the interest of national security. They are most short-sighted in that perspective. In fact. the hate that Trumpism has unsurfaced and unleashed across our nation is laying the seeds for the next Bin Laden. By systemically marginalizing, demonizing and incarcerating "the other" (as Germany did in Nazi times), our current President is unnecessarily inviting future domestic violence and unrest. And who could be surprised in that event if the next major terrorism threat to America emerges from some child or young person who is presently in a cage along our sudden border? The Trump policy is entirely unwise, unnecessary and unAmerican. Even the great conservative icon of the 20th century, Ronald Reagan, understood the essential importance of immigrants to our nation. Indeed, his last speech as president was a love letter to immigrants. Google it and see for yourself. I am grateful to courageous public leaders like Mayor Harmon who see this matter from both a human and a practical policy perspective. It is time to get the misplaced bias and emotion out of our policy making on immigration. We need to be smart about this. Our economy would crash if there were not hard working immigrants in America. And our unique character as a nation of immigrants would be forever diminished.

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Posted by Henry A J Ramos on 07/18/2019 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Paso says Salinas Riverbed is a public safety emergency

This councilman thinks the solution is to make the riverbed a more unattractive place to live? It's time for the state or federal government to step in to fix the housing crisis--local government has completely dropped the ball.

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Posted by ra237 on 07/18/2019 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Cost of resistance

Congress needs to stop screwing around and do something about the problems at the border. There's no reason we can't have both a secure border and humane treatment of people.

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Posted by ra237 on 07/18/2019 at 6:14 AM
Posted by ra237 on 07/18/2019 at 6:09 AM

Re: “Dumb and dumber

Is Mayor Harmon more concerned about online commentary than a loaded gun being forgotten in public?

Posted by ra237 on 07/18/2019 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Our 'never again'

Please do something about all the people living on the street in San Luis Obispo. The homeless problem is getting worse. SLO County is the fifth least affordable place housing market in the country.

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Posted by ra237 on 07/18/2019 at 5:52 AM

Re: “SLO police chief disciplined after leaving gun in restaurant

If a civilian had done the same thing, wouldn't the punishment have been more severe?

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Posted by ra237 on 07/18/2019 at 5:49 AM

Re: “Unlivable: Tenants loudly demand habitable living in their North County apartment complex

If there were more housing available in the community in the first place it would be easier for tenants to avoid substandard dumps like Grand View.

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Posted by ra237 on 07/18/2019 at 5:44 AM

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