Opinion


Fix California

OPINION By Sam Blakeslee, Ph.D. - California’s 12.3 percent unemployment rate now ranks as the third worst in the nation. Other large diverse states post much lower rates which translates to millions of Californians who are unnecessarily unemployed and... (Continue reading)

Following the corporate pied piper

OPINION BY MARILYN ARMSTRONG Prior to the 1970’s, America was primarily a cash based system.  Most families had savings accounts, and adhered to a program of placing 10 percent of their earnings into their savings. Even large ticket items, such... (Continue reading)

How Sam Blakeslee misleads the voters

By JACK McCURDY I recently received a mailer from Sam Blakeslee regarding the special state Senate election on Aug. 17, which has him facing John Laird, and on one side it has this: John Laird Has the Wrong Priorities “Politician... (Continue reading)

It’s time to stand up for public education

OPINION BY JOHN LAIRD In May of this year, the Board of Trustees of San Luis Coast Unified School District, the largest district in San Luis Obispo County, voted unanimously to inform the California School Boards Association that no local... (Continue reading)

Wikileaks didn’t just happen

OPINION – By PETER SCHEER–The New York Times’ front-page stories on the war in Afghanistan–based on a massive leak of classified US military cables and other documents–are not likely to change the course of the war. But they represent a... (Continue reading)

The candidate and the TV commercial

OPINION BY DON REGAN, Ph.D. A question, relative to the current Sheriff’s race–Why is one principle candidate for Sheriff now the TV spokesperson for a local loan Company, in which his wife has a direct and immediate vested interest? It... (Continue reading)

Cortez speaks out against deputies transgressions

OPINION by JOE CORTEZ The video blog released by KCCN.TV depicting the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department activities is extremely disturbing. To be fair, it should be noted that the posted video contains excerpts of a real event interspersed with... (Continue reading)

Fighting over water in Paso Robles

By WALTER HEER I helped circulate the petition to allow people to vote in November on the Paso Robles City  water rate plan. People did get the chance to vote, and Measure A-09 was defeated. It is only right for... (Continue reading)

A Cayucos Fourth of July

By STACEY WARDE I’m raw and unbalanced, hung over from a bout with beer and whisky. I skipped going to work today. It’s gray, overcast and generally gloomy. Besides, it’s a Saturday, and a Fourth of July weekend. I hate... (Continue reading)

Singing the San Luis baseball blues

OPINION BY LESLIE RAMSEY HALLS I am a minority shareholder in the San Luis Blues baseball franchise. I purchased a 5 percent share in the team in 1998. Over the years I contributed considerable time, effort, and money to keep... (Continue reading)