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Re: “Zeros

I worked with both Tommy Gong and Lynn Compton during my time with the County. One is a bright, dedicated public servant who cares about public service, good governance and getting it right. The other, of course, is Ms. Compton.

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Posted by tsankawi on 06/23/2018 at 4:46 PM

Re: “North County health clinic closed due to pressure from activists, says Planned Parenthood

I strongly believe that those opposed to abortion should never, ever have one.

Posted by tsankawi on 04/26/2018 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Attack the argument, not the man

If Mr. Dawson wants to talk to someone who challenges Lynn Compton's character, he can talk to me.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/26/2018 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Threat to liberty

You are, of course, wrong. This bill would prohibit "conversion therapy," a practice that is widely considered to be quackery. You can read the bill and the analysis. Conversion therapy already is illegal in California for minors, and is outlawed to varying degrees in 21 states. It is a concept that is founded in ignorance, and it is entirely within the purview of the Legislature to do what they have done: They have considered the consensus--the overwhelming consensus, Al--of the medical profession, and have proposed to prohibit this harmful, high-risk activity that has been shown to create long-lasting harm. The opposition comes from the usual Taliban of evangelist hypocrites who excuse pedophilia even as they vilify homosexuality. No thanks to them, and no thanks to you for spreading disinformation.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/26/2018 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Let's raise the level of political discourse

Kirkland's letter is disingenuous, as he chides Compton's critics but gives her vocal supporters--and Ms. Compton herself--a pass. No one who has had to deal at length with Ms. Compton believes that she is an innocent waif, siting at the side of a pond and studying her reflection in the placid pool. Her temper and vulgarities are legend in the halls of government, and reasonable people have openly speculated about her emotional well-being. (And no--this has nothing to do with her gender; this is all about Lynn Compton the person, not Lynn Compton the woman.)

And certainly "Raising the level of discourse" is not something that can happen honestly on Congalton's show. Dave has thrown himself in with Lynn Compton, to the point of repeating stories that he could have heard only from a closed session breach, likely from Compton herself. His hatred for Adam Hill is beyond reason, as is his unbending allegiance to Karen Velie and her ilk. Anyone who has tried to provide balanced viewpoints on Congalton's show finds that they may or may not make it onto his program, depending on the extent to which their viewpoint aligns with Dave's biases. He is either dismissively rude or fawningly saccharine--depending on whether the guest/caller takes Dave's side. His is a bigotry of the worst kind--the soft spoken prejudices of a sad man, searching for influence in his tiny pond.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/19/2018 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Objection to a 'modest proposal'

That's all a quite delightful reimagining of history, Al. You conveniently left out all of the facts related to slavery, and its role in the deal-making that brought us the 2nd Amendment with the help of Patrick Henry and the other Virginians who weren't keen on the new federalism. The South wanted to ensure that it would be able to put down slave revolts without having to rely on a central military, so Madison approved the idea of carefully controlled (does "well regulated" ring a bell?), state-operated militias. That satisfied Virginians, and they ratified the Constitution. So, the truth is not quite as prosaic as your English peasants waving their truncheons about, but it is what it is.

And, by the way, John Paul Stevens is about the only one I've heard calling for repeal of 2nd Am. It's a red herring that diverts attention from the real goals of the overwhelming majority of Americans: Universal background checks, limited magazine capacity, ban on semi-auto. Let's discuss those proposals, without ginning up fear among the NRA cultists.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/12/2018 at 10:25 AM

Re: “New life: The SLO County community comes together to give foster youth a chance at a better life

Wonderful article about a great program and a delightful young woman. Big Kudos to the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services and Family Care Network for working so well on behalf of Foster Children. Every county should have this program (TAY-FAP), but it is unique to SLO.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/05/2018 at 4:25 PM

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