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Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin has lived in San Luis Obispo for five years. The son of a career Air Force officer, Jim lived in many varied places growing up (Born in California but moving to Alaska at 2 1/2, back to California, to Illinois, back to Alaska, to Canada, and ending up in the Detroit area, Michigan, when he was twelve) having moved six times before the age of thirteen. Jim lived most of his life in Michigan. Jim has been a progressive political activist since his mid teens, taking part in anti-war movements, the civil rights movement, labor union struggles, and other movements for human, civil, and democratic rights. He aims to be a successful writer and author and to work in some capacity as a social service professional if possible. Jim is single but “looking.”

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Diablo Canyon is closing, but its negative footprint will linger

OPINION by JIM GRIFFIN Diablo Canyon Power Plant is finally shutting down. It should never have been built in the first place, especially over two earthquake prone fault lines. In fact, as we can see now, no nuclear power plants should ever have been built. Sooner or later they always leak radiation, and nuclear fuel waste takes... (Continue Reading)

Horrible reality of nuclear power

OPINION by JIM GRIFFIN Diablo Canyon is finally shutting down. It should never have been built in the first place, especially over two earthquake prone fault lines. In fact, as we can see now, no nuclear power plants should ever have been built. Sooner or later they always leak radiation, and nuclear fuel waste takes 250,000 years... (Continue Reading)

Who are the real illegals?

OPINION by JIM GRIFFIN There’s been a massive amount of talk and blathering lately about so-called “illegal” immigrants, undocumented aliens, “anchor babies” and so on thanks to Donald Trump and the rest of the ultra right wing chorus of ignorant, hate filled harpies. What’s the truth? Who and what are really “illegal?” The truth is... (Continue Reading)

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Organize and mobilize for a better future

OPINION By JIM GRIFFIN We’re now well into the beginning stages of the 2016 presidential election cycle and the “debates” are beginning. Attack ads are already appearing, scandals are unfolding and skeletons in closets exposed. Right wing fanatics seeing who can be the most reactionary from among all the other proto-fascist minded fanatics. Some candidates... (Continue Reading)

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Government needs to focus on infrastructure

OPINION By JIM GRIFFIN For decades now, money for infrastructure repairs and re-building and for a wide variety of public services has been steadily slashed and eroded. The average American bridge is about 50 years old with many having already collapsed over the years. Meanwhile, the basic railroad system has seen its budget drastically cut.... (Continue Reading)

Plans for reducing police violence

OPINION By JIM GRIFFIN There is a deep seated crisis in the country, and a mounting uproar, about police violence in general and police shootings of unarmed civilians in particular. Some people excuse the behavior of police pretty much no matter what. Many more people are putting forth ideas aimed at stopping extreme police violence... (Continue Reading)

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Keep taxpayers’ monies at home

OPINION By JIM GRIFFIN We are constantly told we don’t have enough money as a society to pay for various social programs, fix the roads, fund schools, rebuild infrastructure, etc. And yet when it comes to a new war or military adventure there never seems to be a shortage of funds. Now we are involved... (Continue Reading)

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Signs of a Failing Empire

OPINION By JIM GRIFFIN If you study history, there are certain clear signs that a society, a socio-economic and political system, is reaching the limits of its progressive power, potential, potency, and legitimacy. I’m sure there are others, but here are some of the major ones: * The main economic institutions are no longer willing... (Continue Reading)

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