Opinion


Oceano board needs to respect free speech

OPINION by CYNTHIA REPLOGLE Since I joined the Oceano Community Services District (OCSD) Board in 2018, I’ve been working to make our meetings more accessible and inclusive. I firmly believe in participatory democracy and that government bodies should always act... (Continue reading)

Don’t let unscrupulous cannabis growers hijack SLO County

OPINION by DREW VAN DUREN An open letter to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors: The unscrupulous cannabis hijack of the Board of Supervisor’s Dec. 17 public comment period served only to 1) avoid conforming cannabis operations with... (Continue reading)

Government watchdog challenges career politician

OPINION by ANDY CALDWELL I identified as a traditional democrat for half my life because then and now, I wanted the little guy to have a fighting chance! This has to do with my life experience. I grew up relatively... (Continue reading)

The hubris of the SLO City Council

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT San Luis Obispo is going to save the earth from global warming. In 15 years. Faster than anybody – including the state of California or the United Nations — thought possible. We’re going to do it,... (Continue reading)

SLO New Time’s Shredder spreading false holiday smears

OPINION by JULIE TACKER The factual inaccuracies in the latest San Luis Obispo New Times Shredder column titled “Drama machine,” show a desperate attempt to produce drama and a failure to accurately report the news. While trying to draw a... (Continue reading)

Scrooge to raise trash rates on Los Osos

OPINION by JULIE TACKER Merry Christmas Los Osos. Here we go again, prepare yourselves for coal in your stocking as the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor will raise garbage rates by 25.31 percent, both inside and outside the... (Continue reading)

Why is Andy Caldwell running for Congress?

OPINION by ANDY CALDWELL Something happened that has caused me to do something I never intended to do, and that is declare my candidacy to be your representative in Congress. It all has to do with Ronald Reagan’s famous words,... (Continue reading)

SLO Housing agency’s disgusting pre-Christmas rent increases

Opinion by James Lopes, an open letter to the San Luis Obispo City Council I recently learned that my affordable housing neighbors are being slapped with 300 percent plus rent increases, right before the holidays. They live in an “affordable”... (Continue reading)

Former Grover Beach mayor’s plan to control dunes dust

Opinion by Peter Keith, an open letter to State Parks I am the former mayor of Grover Beach, and current ‘charter member’ of the Technical Review Team (TRT), which reports to various state agencies including State Parks and the California... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande Council cashing in on benefits

OPINION by JULIE TACKER The Arroyo Grande City Council voted to increase their monthly stipends by sixty percent! On top of that, they agreed to award the mayor an additional $150 per month. It is their intention that these increases... (Continue reading)