Opinion


Tilting at windmills and Paso Robles garbage rates

OPINION by DANIEL BLACKBURN Earlier this year, my local waste collection company let it be known that it wanted to raise its monthly service rates. This isn’t uncommon; it’s a request that comes along every so often and I gave... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo mayor seeks growth through discomfort

Opinion by San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon As I write this, civil rights legend and long-time U.S. Congressman John Lewis is being laid to rest. It seems fitting to honor the man who called us to “get in good... (Continue reading)

Stuck between Mayor Heidi Harmon and Sheriff Ian Parkinson

OPINION by JAMES PAPP When I first registered to vote in 1982, I considered myself a Rockefeller Republican. Yesterday on the Congalton Show, I was asked if I was a Marxist. I’m either wise enough or naïve enough enough to... (Continue reading)

Patience while SLO County prosecutors investigate complaints of rioting

Statement by San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow regarding the arrests of Tianna Arata and Elias Bautista I know that many in our community are very interested in this situation. At this time, I would like to respectfully... (Continue reading)

Legislative power versus legislative courage

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE California’s legislature is returning to session on July 27 to consider nine housing bills that will forever change every city, county, town, village and neighborhood for the worse. The force behind these developer-backed bills is... (Continue reading)

Exposing SLO City politics from the inside out

OPINION by JAMES PAPP This should be the most boring article in the world. I work as a historian and architectural historian, which are evidence-based professions dealing with a lot of technical issues. But for five years, I volunteered on... (Continue reading)

Compassion for inmates should not outweigh safety concerns

Opinion by SLO County District Attorney Dan Dow Career criminals, those serving sentences for serious crimes, and individuals with prior convictions for violent offenses will likely be released early. In addition, prisoners with prior convictions of domestic violence, elder abuse,... (Continue reading)

SLO County needs to appoint a replacement for Supervisor Adam Hill

OPINION by MICHAEL NOLAN Are the members of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors above the law? The answer depends on the board’s response to the announcement that the 3rd District Supervisor Adam Hill will be unavailable to... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo City Council needs to stop muzzling the public

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Many of us believe that the San Luis Obispo City Council will go down on the wrong side of history when it comes to listening to the voices and concerns of ordinary citizens. Why do we... (Continue reading)

Taxpayers are watching the SLO City Council

OPINION by JAMES DUENOW Once again, the San Luis Obispo City Council and city staff are showing they are firmly in the pocket of mostly Los Angeles developers. I am taking about plans to remove James Papp from the Cultural... (Continue reading)