Opinion


The perverse lure of the new Progressives

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE What is the lure of the local new Progressive movement? As a Democrat most of my adult life, it’s hard to comprehend what’s become of the party that once attracted and welcomed me. As a... (Continue reading)

Lack of justice fouls San Luis Obispo

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT With justice, fairness and equal treatment for all! Isn’t that what America’s about? Maybe someplace, but in San Luis Obispo there’s justice, fairness, ­­respect and a really good deal for some, and the opposite for others.... (Continue reading)

Heidi Harmon’s embarrassing politics

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE Just three months into her second term as mayor of San Luis Obispo, Heidi Harmon is getting stranger by the minute. Her announced boycott of Amazon is her newest example of “speaking without knowing” and... (Continue reading)

I cannot support pay-to-play by the Grover Beach Council

OPINION by DEBBIE PETERSON After much soul-searching I have decided to submit my resignation, effective this evening because I can no longer in good conscience associate myself with this council. I want to thank the voters of Grover Beach for electing me to... (Continue reading)

Green New Deal, a future without consumer choice

OPINION by YAËL OSSOWSKI Democratic lawmakers in Congress have unveiled the outline of a number of policies they’ve dubbed as the “Green New Deal”. The Green New Deal is a series of legislative proposals that will focus on massively transforming society in hopes... (Continue reading)

SLO County official rebuts Tribune voter suppression allegation

Opinion by SLO County Clerk Recorder Tommy Gong In response to Tom Fulks’ Feb. 1 Viewpoint — “Why is SLO County Elections Office making it harder for people to vote?” — I want to make some clarifications and educate the... (Continue reading)

More bad planning in San Luis Obispo

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Let’s get real. The City of San Luis Obispo is giving away the farm. Our pro-development, pro-growth and so-called “progressive” City Council is conspiring with a certain developer to over build (even by State standards) on... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo City Council puts profits above habitat

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT Terracide. Land killing. Earth murder. Only the most oblivious would deny that’s the crime we’re committing. To hear our SLO City Council – all self-proclaimed environmentalists — tell this story, environmentalism’s all about greenhouse gases and... (Continue reading)

South SLO County sanitation board does an about face

OPINION by JULIE TACKER In September of 2017, South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board member alternates, Karen White from Oceano and Barbara Nichols from Grover Beach, voted to censure Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill. To censure someone is... (Continue reading)

Everyone hates Julian Assange, except for when you used to love him

OPINION by DAVID SNYDER It’s not hard to find people in Washington with strong opinions about Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange. But good luck finding someone with an opinion about Assange that hasn’t flipped 180 degrees (and maybe back... (Continue reading)