Opinion


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The Tribune and Tom Fulks

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE What is it about this pairing? Since the San Luis Obispo Tribune’s decision some months ago to “balance” conservative and liberal commentary between Andrea Seastrand and Tom Fulks, the Trib seems to have clearly favored... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district board’s failures costing rate payers

OPINION by RON ARNOLDSEN At the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board meeting on June 21, Chair John Shoals said that he relies on the advice of “professionals” when making decisions. We are on a similar course in... (Continue reading)

Carrizo on the chopping block, need your help

OPINION by BRYANT BAKER In April, you probably saw pictures of the California super bloom – massive fields of yellow and rolling hills covered in patches of purple and orange. These pictures were shared across the globe on social media... (Continue reading)

The public union negotiation trap

OPINION by MIKE BROWN The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ recent ratification of several expensive employee labor contracts reminds us that the process is devastating for the taxpayers and the public interest. The problem is that the contracts... (Continue reading)

The Tribune’s misguided misrepresentation campaign

CCN EDITORIAL A few weeks ago, The Tribune wrote that a CalCoastNews reporter appeared to be missing, in the follow-up to the $1.1 million libel judgment against CalCoastNews and two staff members, Karen Velie and Dan Blackburn. The Tribune claimed... (Continue reading)

California: Wherefore art thou?

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE Californians, it’s time to take stock of ourselves. Who are we? Where do we stand? Where might we be heading tomorrow? Tough questions that need incisive answers. As a native Californian, the state of my... (Continue reading)

353 trees in SLO on the chopping block

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Although discussion about the egregious removal of mature trees to make way for development in San Luis Obispo has recently been centered on 55 trees at 71 Palomar Avenue, it is important for the public to... (Continue reading)

Gerhardt Hubner’s new math

OPINION by JULIE TACKER Extra! Extra! Read all about it! South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Administrator Gerhardt Hubner has discovered a way to spend more money than the district received; but still ending up with a surplus. Hubner’s... (Continue reading)

California health plan conscripts your doctor and your care

By MICHAEL F. BROWN The story in the 1965 dramatic movie epic Dr. Zhivago takes place a little less than 100 years ago during the time of the Bolshevik revolution. It depicts the fated destruction of an upper class Moscow... (Continue reading)

What is happening to California?

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE First we have the recent push by state prosecutors to charge 86-year-old Edith Knight for making a phone call at a polling place. Then John Burton, chair of the California Democratic Party, flips a double... (Continue reading)



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