It is time to stop unwanted calls

OPINION by GORDON MULLIN “Hello Gordon. We’re excited to tell you that you qualify for a $10,000 loan from … .” And it’s about here in this seemingly endless parade of exasperating intrusions that I start yelling profanities into my... (Continue reading)

Why Jeffery Specht would be a great addition to the SLO City Council

OPINION by BRENT SPECHT My name is Brent Specht. I’m 38 years old, born and raised in San Luis Obispo and I am the son of Jeffery Specht, who is running for SLO City Council. I’d like to explain why... (Continue reading)

Local Democratic Party supports Tianna Arata, blames sheriff

Statement from the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party The San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party (SLOCDP) is deeply disturbed by the San Luis Obispo Police Department’s recommended charges against Black Lives Matter activist Tianna Arata. We call on District... (Continue reading)

Bridging divides with kindness, SLO Mayor Harmon style

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT San Luis Obispo’s Mayor Heidi Harmon says SLO must be a “welcoming city,” one that values, supports, respects, nurtures, cares about people. One that is kind. One that is tolerant. She has specific people especially in... (Continue reading)

The age of American nihilism

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION T. KEITH GURNEE In this election year of 2020, America is tearing itself apart. It’s more than the Trump versus Biden election. I’ve never seen this country as divided as it is today, and I went through the sixties!... (Continue reading)

Trying to understand Tianna Arata

OPINION by SANDRA BOC Here is why I have a difficult time understanding Tianna Arata. My birth name is Sandra Del Carmen Rojas Portillo. In El Salvador you have many names and your last name order is determined by your... (Continue reading)

SLO City’s commitment to urban sprawl

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER The San Luis Obispo Planning Commission will be reviewing and probably certifying the Froom Ranch final Environmental Impact Report 0n Aug. 12. In my opinion this is a textbook example of bad planning. However, it occurred... (Continue reading)

An opportunity SLO County should not miss

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE With the passing of 3rd district Supervisor Adam Hill, there is now a vacancy on the San Luis County Board of Supervisors. In normal times, Gov. Gavin Newsom would have the sole power to appoint... (Continue reading)

Appointment of SLO County officer as standby supervisor won’t work

OPINION by MICHAEL NOLAN A request to review appointment of standby officers, listed as Item 4 on the consent agenda for the Aug. 11 San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting, won’t work and may create another big problem... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande mayor’s threats stopped me from running

OPINION by LEA RIGO I considered running for Mayor of Arroyo Grande because I disagree with the current administration on a number of issues. I don’t believe diverse viewpoints are welcome at the council and I don’t like the condescending... (Continue reading)