Gail Katherine Lightfoot 
Member since Feb 11, 2018

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Re: “We can't do WWII anymore

Reader might note this when they read about Unhappy SLO.

Herein lies the reason housing is too expensive for middle income families today. All across California. California leads the way to excessive government control of our lives and the economy. Residents are forced to leave rather than come from all across the US as they did in the 1940s.

Remember how our parents survived the trials of the 30s and 40s and the good times of the 50s. Those were days of few or today's government controls. Our parents fought for freedom and it was here for them at the end of the war. We had a good life but our children and grandchildren will pay the price for our excessive demand for perfection and safety.

No committee, council, board or legislature can plan a perfect society. Didn't we learn that in school? Didn't the Soviet Union collapse under their 5 year plans? Was our education all lies and today's the truth? Or are we being lied to today by the progressives demand for an ideal society?

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 06/21/2018 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Unhappy SLO

The constant rise in housing costs are in part due to rising building costs and regulations. Land increases in value as open land becomes scarce.

Adding lots of safety features to homes, limited density rules, costs of permits and inspections as wages rise, need to provide water and other city and county services since SLO is no longer entirely a rural retreat. The list is nearly endless and includes all of California.

Providing services to residents, tourists and transients is expensive. Taxes and the cost of services hurt the low income families the most. It is, again, up to those who can to dig deep into our pockets to help fund private charities. No money? Give time.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 06/21/2018 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Cannabis application process 'a war' in SLO County, industry reps say

"It seems like we've given everything we possibly can for black market people to continue and everything we can to punish people who are trying to legitimately be regulated," Hill said. "We will kill a legal industry that the voters wanted to legalize."

Exactly why HEMP should have been decriminalized in all it's forms rather than treated like wine or tobacco.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 06/21/2018 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Take a chance

I was pleased to see Cannabis back on the City's Agenda [That's Arroyo Grande]. It seemed reasonable for the City to stop licensing cannabis businesses by accepting state licenses.
Now we learn that change effectively shuts down the one service available within the city.
Unintended consequences?
If all business were allowed to operate without city, county, state and federal oversight and taxes, our economy just might remain in high gear indefinitely.
The cities, counties, states and the feds could tax consumption instead and the thrifty among us would benefit most.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 06/14/2018 at 5:22 PM

Re: “County begins hearings to shut down Cal Valley cannabis grows

Voters approved Proposition 64 Legalize Marijuana in California on Tuesday. The proposition calls for legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older. Smoking would be permitted in private homes or at businesses licensed for on-site marijuana consumption. Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996.

Prop 64 , 2016 Election
Passed All CA = 57.1% - 42.9%
SLO = 78,114 57,234
SLO = 57.7% - 42.1%

But, of course, our elected officials need not pay any attention to the voters 'cause 'they know best'.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 06/03/2018 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The blame game

I believe there are solutions to individual acts in violation of local law short of jail for those with serious medical issues of any kind. Arresting officers can and should seek solutions other than arrest and incarceration for every offense small and large.
Some offenders can and should be left in the care of family, not sent to jail.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/12/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

News report:
"Officials suspect Ronald Rawlinson, 63, of Pismo Beach shot and killed 58-year-old Dana Neece of Grover Beach in her home before turning the gun on himself, according to the Grover Beach Police Department."
There is nothing to indicate there was any 'domestic violence' prior to the incident or even an absolute statement as to who shot who, only suspicion. It could have been her shooting him since the articles does not indicate why the authorities suspect the male rather than the female in this case.
Extrapolating this incident into a rant on domestic violence is disingenuous and apparently stems from the writer's fear of domestic violence not the facts of this particular incident.
Ever death by gun is not another need for more laws that dangerous criminals ignore. Not amount of laws and background checks will predict who might turn to violence ever.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/12/2018 at 6:30 PM

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