Opinion


Fire tax fearmongering peppers Oceano election information

OPINION by JULIE TACKER Oceano Community Services District has embarked upon the process to implement a $180 annual flat-rate special fire tax on its property owners. All registered voters will have a say, the measure will need two-thirds voter approval... (Continue reading)

SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill is a hypocrite

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE On the first of this month, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill sent out a vicious email blast from his personal computer excoriating his opponent Stacy Korsgaden. Then, after attacking her, he closed by... (Continue reading)

Days of yore in the San Luis Obispo County courthouse

OPINION by JIM DUENOW After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School and serving three years as a JAG officer at Oxnard Air Force Base, I came to San Luis Obispo in 1965. I went to work for a... (Continue reading)

Young cat euthanized, don’t make the same mistake

OPINION by CARA LANGTON-LEANDRO On Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20, my daughter and son-in-law took their 4-year-old male cat to a local San Luis Obispo County veterinarian for medical treatment as the cat had twice lost control of his... (Continue reading)

SLO Tribune’s growing credibility problem

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT What happens when a community’s newspaper abdicates its responsibility to watchdog local government and seek the truth? You get the messy arrogant cliquish partisan exclusionary faction-serving politics we have in San Luis Obispo instead of government... (Continue reading)

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)