Gail Lightfoot 
Member since Mar 15, 2018

Retired Nurse [RN, PHN], Libertarian - LP Charter member[1972], County Central Cmt Leader, State/Congressional and local candidate [1984-2018]. Three [3] children, six [6] grandchildren and… More »



Updated on June 3, 2018 at 4:24 PM

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Re: “False narratives redux

First is was plastic [and even paper] bags, now it is straws and we can now buy re-usable paper towels [rinse by hand, not with a machine.

All ways to change human behavior in the name of human activity caused climate change [preceded by global warming].
All designed to encourage GUILT in the minds of individuals across the country [and the globe]. All leading to government solutions via rules, regulations, ad infinitum.

The truth is our universe is evolving and we are part of that evolution. In the future people around the globe may have to migrate across the globe to survive.

Hey, has that ever happened before? Yes, indeed. But this time knowledge and technology might give us advance warning [unlike those who migrated across the Bering Strait into Alaska]. Then some of us or our great grands=children can think long term and actually slow down building in same areas concentrating on developing safer areas.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/16/2018 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Democracy demands a free press

"We dare because people's opinions matter too, even when we disagree with them." !

And may we have many more - particularly those from less well known individuals and organizations.

New ideas are needed now more than ever before as the world leaves the past behind.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/16/2018 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Life in America

What we need are voters who bother to study the past actions of candidates and the possible unintended consequences of Ordinances, Legislation and Propositions on their ballots.

Informed voters can then elect individuals who understand 1. that the Declaration quoted in the opinion piece is the conscience of the Constitution and that 2. the Constitution does not create an all powerful federal government. It LIMITs Congress to a list of 'enumerated powers' which is pretty much ignored today.

So the federal government grows bigger and bigger over time until We The People forget all about limiting government to its proper role of Protecting those Rights - Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.

At the same time, voters - one Proposition at a time - continue to expand the powers of state, county and local governing bodies.

I know saying the market will solve it is a time worn phrase but opening some government service to private competition might prove the market can solve problems.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/16/2018 at 4:50 PM

Re: “SLO County investigates Abel Maldonado for alleged cannabis or hemp grow

San Luis Obispo seems to be stuck in the Nixon era when all anyone admitted publicly was shown in Reefer Madness [none of which is accurate].
Now former drug warrior politicians say their thinking has evolved'. Nice. Where were they in the 1960s, 70s and where are they today? Looking at the potential profits, I bet.
It astonishes me that so many individuals much younger than me know so little about cannabis.
It is one plant with two major strains.
One is high in THC [gets you high], the other in CBD [medicinal]. The latter we call Hemp using the fibers for clothing, rope, paper and CBD oils. CBD oils can also be extracted from the the high in THC plants generally called cannabis or marijuana. Anything from the Hemp plant can be sold in any store or purchased on line paying normal sales taxes. Cannabis, on the other hand, is severely controlled from seeds to stores and delivery services for patients and heavily taxed as well.
Said controls will ensure the black market endures until politicians wise up and let growers grow and sellers sell with a minimum of government controls.

Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/12/2018 at 10:27 AM

Re: “The cost of college is unrealistic

You cannot talk about the cost of college in 1961 without looking at the overall cost of living. In 1961, my wage as an RN was only $2.25/hr and the minimum wage was $1.15/hr. My father and husband brought home $75.00/wk. My parents mortgage payment was $75.00/mo and included a death benefit. My fellow high school graduates went to Junior College and Universities without any federal aid. I am guessing Teachers and Professors were earning about $4.50/hr if you calculated their salaries in that manner.
Costs have climbed to a breaking point but fleecing taxpayers is not the answer.
Paying a percent of earnings on their educational loans lets individuals pay off loans with fewer defaults.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/12/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Historical narrative

The world we live in is undergoing great changes.
Not just climate change but also parts of the world just beginning to catch up with us.
To think the developed world can stave off the developing world with legislation and/or Agreements to cut carbons released into the air in an organized fashion is conceit of the highest order.
Yes, things can be done but like all changes in human behavior, it takes education right down to the individual living off the land. Change follows understanding, not the other way around.
So, write those article pitched to the average reader and watch them ask for fuel efficient cars and the many new products just beginning to be available. End some EPA rule. The people will pay attention and make choices that retain the rule's effect.
It is the choices of individuals that run the world and it's economy.
When individuals ask for it, the market supplies it.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/12/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Chorro and Marsh

The problem I see is this is not affordable at all.
"$1,214 per month for an "affordable" studio unit, and a single person can earn up to $69,900 to qualify for it. "
A wage of $12/hr is about $2,000/mo. Half your income for rent? A studio you cannot really share with another individual?
It is a bare bones struggle to barely survive these days.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/03/2018 at 12:01 PM

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