Dan Cook 
Member since Dec 29, 2017

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Re: “Labor Day Picnic with the SLO County California Democratic Party

This will be alot of fun, with quality local music, kid friendly activities, and local Dem speakers and candidates giving short talks. BBQ ing by Kevin and Joan, with tri tip, chicken, veggie burgers, and delic garlic bread. There will be Vegan chili, Vegetarian Greek pasta salad, potato salad, and pineapple cole slaw. Also corn on the cob, etc. Beer and wine for sale, desserts sold by our El Morro Club.
Its at El Chorro park, across from the entrance to Cuesta College, in a large shady area, next to Botanical Gardens. Come join us in fun and feast.
Dan Cook

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Dan Cook on 08/27/2019 at 3:36 PM

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Re: “Shackled by government services!

Michael Costellos' letter is very effectively amusing, thank you for communicating your viewpoint in such a lighthearted style. We all need to remember that Americas' version of socialism is just helping each other out, working together to solve common problems. None of us are able to do everything on our own, ie deliver our own mail, perform our own heart surgeries, grow all our own food, make our own electricity, etc etc. Cooperation is the way we get things done efficiently, and we're all better off because of it. Let's have constructive talks about how to cooperate better, and improve our lifestyles together.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dan Cook on 12/05/2019 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Honor and betrayal

If you don't believe in peer reviewed, checked and rechecked science, then I'm not sure what you do believe in. With 95+ percent of scientists agreeing with the actual technical facts causing climate warming, with the forests burning around us and sea levels already rising, with the observable melting of various glacial ice masses, what is the alternate reality viewpoint of what is causing this?? Conservatives can argue various viewpoints on social issues, etc, but there is no arguing about facts. Like gravity, facts dont care if you believe in it, you still go splat if you jump off a cliff.
The jobs and economic opportunities available to us in converting over to renewables alone should motivate us, with the resulting clean air and healthy living conditions just frosting on the cake. But 3 of our current Supervisors have shown they value their Trumpy viewpoints more than your childrens survival. Their tribal hatreds of those who acknowledge climate warming defies common sense, they are risking world ecological catastrophe to hold onto short term political gains.
It's time to vote them out, and in particular, vote in the Smart Honest Leadership of Ellen Beraud in the Atascadero - SLO District 5 Supervisorial race. Give your kids a chance to breath clean air, and protect the Planet - there is no Planet B option.

9 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Dan Cook on 11/29/2019 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Please define your terms

Nice hack job linking Communists in with Democrats, etc. I think your political opinions are clear.
The debate about income inequality is NOT about making everyone equal, but about removing laws that automatically benefit one group or hinder another. A perfect example in the news recently is Amazons’ profit of about 11 billion dollars, and paying ZERO income tax. Or the recent 1.5 Trillion $$ tax cut for mostly corporations, who spent 90%+ of that on stock buybacks and management bonuses. On the laws-that-hinder side, think GOP gerrymandering of or outright removal of voters in liberal areas. Or minimum wage laws that haven’t changed in years. Or crappy schools in poverty areas that will never educate anyone.
These are but a few examples of how one group keeps another group down and out. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, but these sorts of power structures give a huge advantage to one group, and similar disadvantage to other groups. And it’s short sighted, as it requires so much effort and anger to oppress someone, and doesn’t improve the country. A better idea is that “we all do better, when we all do better”, the idea that by raising up the lives of lots of folks, we make a bigger economy that benefits the average person as well as the rich. And as a side benefit, you can actually feel good about your efforts in the world, making it a better place for everyone’s children.
Try it, you might like it.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Dan Cook on 11/21/2019 at 9:40 AM

Re: “In the race: Dawn Addis, co-founder of Women's March SLO, announces run for 35th District Assembly

I was there, and it was an exciting time. So many folks, and so many of them women, have been jolted out of their background lives by the ongoing train wreck that has been Trump. They are not going back to the shadows, they are fired up and motivated. Democracy in action, and so much action. Love it.

8 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Dan Cook on 11/14/2019 at 4:26 PM

Re: “State letter chides SLO County for diminished role of agriculture in groundwater plan

Ms. Arnold tends to not listen to the voters. The people of Santa Margarita dont want gravel trucks going thru town every 2 minutes, but she votes in favor of it. Here, she denied the Estrella-El Pomar-Creston distict a seat at the table (the people actually affected by the plan). In North County, she denies everyone the right to choose for themselves if they want to use renewable energy by voting against the Community Energy project. Elections are coming up, time for a change, vote Ellen for supervisor.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dan Cook on 10/18/2019 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Saving the future

I was at the Atascadero council meetings where a very professional representative of this company answered every question the council wanted to ask, but it was clear that the conservative majority Mayor Moreno, members Ms. Fonzi and Ms. Newsome had already made up their minds and did not want to even discuss the program. They could have directed staff to research any questions they had, but it was clear, they were against it if any trace of the words Climate Change were involved.
These are the same folks who (I am not making this up) in 2014 went thru the cities Climate Action Plan and CROSSED OUT THE WORDS CLIMATE CHANGE where ever they showed up. Yep, crossing out words certainly makes the problem go away. Just like refusing to even discuss this money saving but environmentally safe program makes climate change go away. See the below (abbreviated) New Times article from 1/15/14 for more details, and check out the original article for even more amazement.

If you want intelligent experienced leadership, from someone who listens to and supports the regular North County voters, and who is not rigidly bound to ideology but rather finds true solutions to our problems, vote for Ellen Beraud for Supervisor. Lets change this situation.


January 15, 2014News
Atascadero takes a fine-toothed comb to its Draft Climate Action Plan
BY JONO KINKADE
FINE-TOOTHED COMBS: Atascadero City Council strips language from Draft Climate Action Plan.
Then the council members had their turn. Heather Moreno and Roberta Fonzi brought out the red pens in an editing session that removed hundreds of wordsincluding entire paragraphsthat made any mention of human involvement in climate change, the effects it has on the community, or the potential benefits enjoyed by the city for the plans adoption.
One line struck from the executive summary, found early on in the 261-page document, reads: The [Climate Action Plan] will also help achieve multiple community goals such as lowering energy costs, reducing air pollution, supporting local economic development, and improving public health and quality of life.
(Yep, 95% of the scientists are lying to us, and we dont want any of this in Atascadero)

Dan Cook, Templeton

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Dan Cook on 08/15/2019 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Atascadero, SLO County won't join Monterey Bay Community Power

I was at the Atascadero City Council meeting about this, both of them, and it was clear that the conservative majority was not interested in being leaders and letting their voters decide what they wanted, but rather were rulers that tell the voters what they want to do. Leaders vs Rulers, big difference. If they actually wanted answers to their questions, they could have agendized the issue and directed staff to report back on their questions. But no, they know better than staff and the voters, and wouldn't even consider this. It seems the Board of Supervisors had a similar situation.
Elections are coming, voters of Atascadero and County of SLO, remember who decided that YOU dont get to decide.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dan Cook on 07/14/2019 at 1:26 PM

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